Who says the NFL has skewed toward the pass?
As pointed out by our buddy Tom Curran of CSN New England, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has thrown only 75 passes in the team’s last three games. Brady, per Curran, has never thrown fewer than 75 passes in a three-game stretch.
Of the 75 attempts, Curran notes that Brady has completed only 41. That’s his lowest three-game completion total since 2004.
That’s not a bad sign, given that the Pats last won the Super Bowl that same year.
The broader question is whether teams will now start running the ball more, taking advantage of defenses that are being built and coached and prepped to stop (or at least to contain) the pass. Given that Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson threw only 18 passes in the other conference semifinal game played on Saturday, the pendulum could be starting to swing away from glorified seven-on-seven sessions.
If so, veteran running backs could start getting more on the open market than veteran kickers.