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Tom Brady needs better help against the blitz for Pats' postseason run

Posted On: Dec 14, 2019   |   Posted By: Boston Herald

FOXBORO - When waves of pressure have crashed upon Tom Brady's shores this season, he's often weathered the storm. It's the rest of the offense that's been swallowed by the sea.
The Patriots have performed poorly against the blitz, including last weekend when Kansas City closed out a 23-16 win at Gillette Stadium - the first by a visiting team since 2017 - with an all-out barrage of the backfield. On the key play, Brady delivered an on-target throw to Julian Edelman, but it nonetheless fell incomplete. The Chiefs had already blitzed the Pats more than most of their opponents, and they weren't about to stop with the game on the line.
Repeatedly, Brady did his part, as he has most of the season.
According to Pro Football Focus, Brady's adjusted completion percentage - which measures accurate passes instead of completed ones - is 71.1% this season against the blitz, almost 20 points higher than his standard completion percentage under the same circumstances. Opponents have seen the strain that blitzing puts on...

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