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The defending MVP of the league has seen his fair share of ups and downs this season.
Tom Brady came in to the year with a few new weapons on offense, including former Bengals wide receiver Chad Ochocinco. Many thought that these additions would bring back some of the highlight reel performances that Brady and the Patriots put together in 2007.
So far, that hasn't been the case.
Brady has still put up fantastic numbers. We all remember Brady ripping the Dolphins to shreds Week 1 on Monday Night Football. After the first four weeks of the season, the media wasn't asking if Tom Brady was going to break Dan Marino's passing yards record—the question was by how much.
He did suffer a tough setback Week 3 against Buffalo. It is a strange sight to see Brady throw one interception, let alone four. Even though he still put up huge numbers, those turnovers stick with you.
The Patriots went on to pick up three consecutive wins, including a big win over their division rival New York Jets. Brady's play was strong, but not quite at the level he played last year.
Then came last Sunday's game against the Steelers, where Brady was held under 200 yards for the first time this season.
His numbers are still strong, with 18 touchdowns and eight interceptions for 2,361 yards. He has a 67.7 percent completion percentage and a quarterback rating of 104.4.
The stats are there for Brady as always.
What has hurt Brady's performances the past few weeks has been the lack of possessions. The Patriots defense is one of the worst in the league. New England currently has the fourth-worst time of possession in the league.
Only teams like the Colts and Seahawks are beating them out in that category.
It is clear that Brady hasn't been as sharp as he usually is, but how much of that is due to the fact he has to make the most out of every possession? It must be difficult game planning on offense when you know that it is likely the opposing offense will have the ball twice as much.
Imagine Brady's statistics if the Patriots' time of possession was the best in the league or even just middle of the road.
There is no doubt that Tom Terrific's performance needs to improve, but the blame for lack of production can't fall solely on his shoulders.