Tom Brady will return to face the Cleveland Browns after serving a four-game suspension that he believes he didn’t even deserve in the first place. The future hall of famer has not spoken to any reporters during his suspension, which has led many to believe that Brady has been preparing quietly in the shadows ready to lash out against anyone who happens to be in his way. In this case, the Cleveland Browns are going to have to step up to the plate and prepare for an uphill battle against one of the league’s all-time great field generals.
The Browns are dead last in the NFL after compiling a record of 0-4 at this point of the season and were recently dealt a pretty devastating blow after their talented, but troubled receiver Josh Gordon opted to check himself into rehab instead of resuming his professional football career with the team. They will have no choice, but to face the blunt of Brady’s return to the field.
Brady is still one of the game’s most formidable quarterbacks even if he is in an everyday frame of mind. However, he is usually able to show the world why he is considered one of the best to every play the game anytime he is placed in a situation where he has something to prove, and the upcoming game against the Browns this Sunday will provide him with that very situation.
He has never been able to completely accept the way the league has portrayed him after the infamous “Deflate Gate” scandal. Brady continues to maintain his innocence claiming that he had nothing to do with the pressure in the footballs used during the 2015 AFC Championship Game against the Indianapolis Colts — a game that the Patriots won with a score of 7 to 45. Some people even believe that he is only being used as a scapegoat by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell because of past indiscretions by the Patriots.
Regardless of what anyone may believe, the fact of the matter is that the Browns will be the ones who are going to have to face his wrath. Browns head coach Hue Jackson even admits that their upcoming meeting with the Patriots is “not fun at all.”
Whenever Tom Brady becomes motivated, he is usually a nightmare for opposing teams. Last season, he picked apart the Steeler’s defense for 288 yards and four touchdowns while still angry about the ongoing hearings for his suspension – and this came after an initial appeal that he was able to win. Right now, however, he is coming back from an appeal that he has lost, so one can only imagine how fired up he is going to be once he takes his first snap of the season.
The Browns defense has given up more points than any other team in the NFC with the exception of the Colts. This is not a good sign for a team that is about to go against a four-time Superbowl champion who has compiled a record of 172-51 since becoming a starter, and has helped lead his team to 12 wins in each of the past four seasons. The Browns are fully aware that this will not be a normal mid-season game for them.
Browns wide receiver Terrelle Pryor had this to say regarding his team’s upcoming game against the Patriots.
“It’ll be a circus. I know that from the standpoint of the media. He’s earned that. He’s one of the greatest quarterbacks to ever play the game.”
In 2015, Brady had 36 touchdown passes, seven interceptions, and amassed 4,770 passing yards. The superstar quarterback is coming back with a vengeance this Sunday, and one can pretty much assume that he is going to have a field day against the hapless Browns.
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