Tom Brady is as good as they get. Over the last decade, there have been two quarterbacks who have dominated the league. That’s Peyton Manning and Brady.
The Broncos defense knows what they’re up against on Sunday. It’s been hyped in the media and they’ve watch Brady on film. It’s one thing for a 10+ year veteran in this league to go up against Brady, but it’s another for a rookie to go up against him.
The Broncos have some question marks in the secondary right now. Brian Dawkins (neck) and Andre Goodman (concussion) are listed as questionable. If they can’t go, they will have some younger guys trying to fill their big shoes against a quarterback who has got the biggest shoes of them all.
That vets on the Broncos roster spoke about what a unique quarterback No. 12 is.
“The one thing you see about him is he’s so calm in the pocket,” Dawkins said. “I’ve never seen a guy who can stand as still as a statue in the midst of a pocket with guys around him. That’s calm, that’s confidence, and having 100% confidence in the guys around him that they’re going to do their job so he can do his job.”
Even though Dawkins’ availability is uncertain for Sunday, Champ Bailey will be out there. He’s played against Brady plenty of times and knows how difficult it can be.
“It’s tougher when you have a quarterback like Tom Brady because he puts the ball where no one else can get it,” Bailey said.
In turn, Brady knows just how unique Bailey is. In the 2005 AFC Divisional Playoff game in Denver, Bailey picked Brady off in the end zone and ran it back 100 yards. He was pushed out of bounds at the 1-yard line, but the Broncos went on to score.
Brady is not immune to interceptions, especially around great corners like Bailey. He has 33 TD passes and 11 INTs on the season. Here’s hoping for a couple of more picks on Sunday.