Tom Brady Goes Big, But Aren't The Steelers Still the Team To Beat?

Kyle HulsebusContributor IIAugust 14, 2009

FOXBORO, MA - SEPTEMBER 7:  Quarterback Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots walks off the field with the aid of the Patriots staff after being injured on a play during their NFL game against the Kansas City Chiefs on September 7, 2008 at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts. The Patriots defeated the Chiefs 17-10. (Photo by Elsa Garrison/Getty Images)

So Tom Brady is back.


Apparently, ESPN is ready to give Super Bowl to the Patriots. We might as well not even play the season—they’re going to go undefeated.


Never mind that the reigning champs—the Steelers, for those of you who have already forgotten—were in complete control last night, beating on the Cardinals for the second straight time.


If it weren’t for a bogus pass interference call near the end of the second half, we would have led the entire game. Either way, we won, 20-10. Roethlisberger didn’t even play the entire first half, and second year receiver Limas Sweed had an awesome game. 


Since when does the first preseason game even matter?


Let’s not forget that Brady hasn’t played in a year, so the fuss is over him insisting on playing as much as Belichick will allow. From a rehab stance, Brady has to play all four games to be ready for the regular season.


After all, how many quarterbacks have we seen go down with knee injuries, only to never truly recover?


Carson Palmer—who suffered his injury in a playoff game to the aforementioned Steelers—has yet to make it back to the success he seemed destined to have pre-injury. Even Daunte Culpepper’s career was devastated once he got hurt—he’s now been replaced by Matthew Stafford in Detroit, of all places.


Don’t get me wrong—I caught some of Brady’s performance, and he was pretty good, especially in the second quarter. Even though I am a Steeler fan, I don't hate Brady—after all, he was a Michigan man.


Let’s just be careful to crown the Patriots just yet.


There's still a long season to go.