Brady Without Welker
As everyone knows by now, no doubt, little Wes Welker’s season is over. Welker, eerily, was making a cut to try to avoid Bernard Pollard, the same guy who ended Tom Brady’s 2008 season in Week 1, when his knee bent awkwardly. That awkward bend served to injure his knee ligaments to the extent that he will be forced to miss the entire postseason.
Here in B’More, we hardly weep for Welker.
Especially when we consider that Tom Brady’s numbers in 2009 sans Welker were quite pedestrian compared to those games in which #83 was in the lineup.
Brady’s 2009 Stats
With Welker (14 games) – 67% completion percentage, 27 TD, 12 INT, 97.7 Passer Rating
Without Welker (2 games) – 54% completion percentage, 1 TD, 1 INT, 70.1 Passer Rating
Sure, two games is a pretty small sample size, and those games were in Weeks 2 and 3, way back when Brady was still seemingly getting his feet under him after coming back from the aforementioned 2008 injury, AND one of them was against the league’s #1 defense (New York Jets) with Darrell Revis draping Randy Moss all day….but, whatever.
No need to let small details like that get in the way of some good, old fashioned delusional confidence.
Dare we say that, Brady without Welker this Sunday is going to resemble…
Starsky without Hutch
Batman without Robin
Bart without Milhouse
Am I saying that Welker’s absence will lead to a Ravens victory in Foxboro?
Well, you’ll just have to wait until tomorrow’s game preview to get my opinion on that, but one thing is for sure – it won’t hurt.