The Rise of the Wolfpack

The New England Patriots are off to a great start this season, winning 3 straight games to start the year.

Tom Brady has been stellar thus far, going 72 for 106 (67.9%), with 911 yards, 7 TDs & 0 INTs, and a passer rating of 116.5.

For Brady, the start to 2019 is on par with his first 3 games in 2015-2017; take a look:

Well, maybe this is where Jacoby Brissett learned how to play so well.

The Colts starting QB has his team off to a 2-1 start in the wake of the retirement of Andrew Luck.

In 3 games, Brissett is 66 for 92 (71.7%), with 646 yards, 7 TDs & 1 INT, and a passer rating of 112.0.

Through his first 3 games last season, Andrew Luck was 85 for 124 (68.6%), with 662 yards, 5 TDs & 3 INTs, and a passer rating of 84.8


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The Colts look just fine with Jacoby Brissett under center (Credit: Michael Hickey/Getty Images)

Maybe the Colts will be okay after all.

And lets not forget Jimmy Garoppolo, who is 3-0 to start this season with the 49ers.

Garoppolo’s stats aren’t as impressive as Brady or Brissett’s though. In 3 games, Jimmy G is 58 for 84 (69.1%), with 739 yards, 5 TDs & 4 INTs, and a passer rating of 96.3.

For those keeping track at home, the “wolf pack” (the name coined to the 2016 New England Patriots QBs) have a combined record of 8-1 to start this season.

We commonly hear that Tom Brady’s backups are awful when they get a chance to start, but maybe this is the season that narrative begins to change.

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It may look ugly at times, but all Jimmy G seems to do is win (Credit: The Mercury News)

Jimmy G still has to clean up his game, but his team is undefeated, and during his 49ers career, he has a record of 9-2.

Brissett got a chance to start in 2017 while Andrew Luck was hurt, and struggled, as Indy went 4-11 in games he started, and he only threw 13 TDs the entire season.

Through 3 games this year, he’s already more than halfway to his 2017 TD pass total.

The season is still young, but it’s fun to see former Patriots succeeding elsewhere.

Oh, speaking of former Patriots, look no further than the Matt Patricia-led Detroit Lions, who are 2-0-1 to start this season.

Even when the Patriots aren’t playing, they’re still dominating the NFL.

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Author: Nick Collins

Boston sports fan sharing his love for sports and perspectives as a fan

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