With Tom Brady returning to Foxboro on Sunday, a week after knocking off the rust in the Rust Belt with a 406-yard performance, many believe that Brady will light it up once again against the Bengals.
But there are two caveats that may apply.
First, the Patriots are concerned that Brady’s emotions could get the better of him. Sunday’s game marks the unofficial conclusion of #DeflateGate, with Brady welcomed home to an adoring crowd. If he can process that, relax, and stick to the game plan, he’ll be fine.
Second, the Bengals have a few guys who may relish a chance to take a shot at Brady, clean or otherwise. For a Cincinnati team that desperately needs a win, getting after Brady early and often may be the best (and perhaps only) way to do it.