On Wednesday, Brady took a day off—rest assured he wasn't kicking up his feet and resting in his cabana with beautiful wife Gisele Bundchen.
No, he was resting an injured shoulder and hitting the books hard. There is no rest for the weary—or, in this case—the legendary. The Washington Post reports Brady was back at practice Thursday after what was a day of crucial rest.
The Patriots are taking on the big, bad Baltimore Ravens for the AFC Championship and the chance to represent the conference at the Super Bowl. New England has the home-field advantage and the amazing offense to fall on. The Ravens have what matters, though.
The Patriots are going to be hit with a hammer when they have faced nothing but gentle breezes all season. This is a playoff team that failed to beat any above-.500 team this season.
Biggest challenge of the season? How about biggest challenge in two seasons?
The Ravens come in with a ground game that will serve the cold and cloudy day in Foxborough well. I have no worries about Baltimore scoring on a dismal Patriots defense. This is the same team that gives up nearly 300 yards by air and close to 120 yards on the ground per game.
None of that really matters, anyway. The big issues facing the Patriots are the beasts on the other side of Brady.
New England may impose a great deal of weapons, but the Ravens are just as versatile on defense. They come in with a mentality to force turnovers and not to make mistakes themselves.
The ball will be well taken care of by Baltimore and Brady will be forever on the run. Baltimore has an answer for all facets of offensive attack, and the Patriots are not nearly as prepared as they should be.
A soft schedule means the flood of touchdowns will meet a dam this weekend. Brady may have the legacy, but none of that matters in a championship game that has already been decided.
The Ravens are far more equipped to win this struggle, and that will become quite evident at game time.