New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady needs 60 passing yards on Sunday against the Buffalo Bills to surpass 1,000 on this incredibly young 2011 season. Given that Brady has accumulated 3,190 yards, 34 touchdowns (to six picks) and a 112.3 quarterback rating in his last 13 games against Buffalo, it's a pretty safe bet he'll accomplish that feat.
Obviously, if the Bills want to beat the Patriots this weekend to stay undefeated, they'll need to do a little something to try to slow Brady down. If you ask anyone, getting pressure on Brady is still the way to go.
"Yeah, that's still the best way to go about it," said Greg Knopping of PatsPulpit.com. "If a team can use exotic blitzes to create pressure up the middle and force Brady out of the pocket, they can really limit his ability to make plays down the field. So far in 2011, the interior of the Patriots' offensive line has done an excellent job of keeping Brady upright - even with Dan Connolly stepping in for an injured Dan Koppen (at center)."
Pressure up the middle is easy in theory, but not in execution. In Kyle Williams and Marcell Dareus, however, Knopping thinks the Bills may be equipped to pull it off.
"The Bills are a team with excellent defensive tackles," opined Knopping. "Could they produce an inside rush similar to what the Lions did to disrupt Brady's rhythm in the pre-season? I guess we'll have to wait to see."