Are we finally seeing the start of Tom Brady’s inevitable decline?

Tom Brady can’t play at a high level forever. Deep down, Patriots fans realize this and are fearfully awaiting the day that his inevitable decline begins.

In the past, we’ve seen plenty of analysts prematurely write the lede on Brady’s career obituary after a rough stretch of results, only for the greatest quarterback ever to quickly prove those doubters wrong. But, typically, a more in-depth look at Brady’s rough patches reveals the root of whatever problems he may appear to be having.

Brady is in the middle of one of those rough patches right now. Mind you, that a bad run for the future hall-of-famer would be considered a good one for about 90% of starting quarterbacks. Brady is still completing 67.5% of his passes with a passer rating of 97.6. Those are undoubtedly good numbers, but we have come to expect more than good from Brady.

For the first time since the 2013 season, we cannot say “this version of Tom Brady is better than the one we saw last season.” The 2018 Brady is a clearly step down from what we saw during his MVP campaign in 2017. And we now have statistical evidence backing that up…

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