Although there are whirling rumors spreading across the internet, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is set to crush Buffalo on Sunday, despite being listed as “questionable” on the NFL injury list.
Brady’s “questionable” designation came after a recent ankle injury and was updated as of Friday. Fantasy owners should fret not, according to Yahoo Sports, because it would be “incredibly surprising” if Brady were a no-show at Sunday’s game.
The Patriots take on the Bills in an early game on Sunday, with both teams tied for first place in the AFC East. The pressure is on for Brady and the Patriots to clinch the win and take sole possession of the top spot, but Buffalo isn’t a great team against the pass so Brady may be looking at a huge game.
The news of Tom Brady’s injury comes after he had a momentous turnaround game last Sunday against Cincinnati, throwing for 292 yards and two touchdowns, topping the Bengals 43-7. The win was huge for Brady, who during the weeks prior was the subject of ridicule and trade rumors due to dip in his performance, with many claiming the time has come to cut Brady loose. That, of course, changed in a heartbeat with Brady’s phenomenal game against the Bengals and bandwagon fans everywhere picked up their “12” jerseys once again.
Tom still has one fan that’s standing by him in today’s game: Microsoft’s digital assistant, Cortana. The AI of Halo franchise fame has been busy predicting winners during the NFL season, and for Week 6, she’s backing Brady and the Patriots to trounce Buffalo. Microsoft signed a huge deal with the NFL this season, putting Surface tablets in the hands of coaches and some unique experiences for Xbox One users at home. Given the scale of this deal, it’s natural they’d put a lot of focus on the Windows Phone assistant, who during the FIFA World Cup, accurately predicted every winner using the Bing Predicts algorithm.
Analysts think the Bills will have a hard time defensively against Patriots’ tight ends Rob Gronkowski and Tim Wright. The Bills’ vulnerable defense is a bit of bright sky for Brady, who may once again be garnering the favor of the fair weather fans and sports writers. Defensively, the Patriots are doing quite well for 2014, allowing only 316 total yards per game, ranking them fourth in the NFL. This does not bode well for Buffalo, who need to work the running game to win.
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