Tom Brady’s streak of 52 straight games with a touchdown pass was snapped because the Cincinnati Bengals mixed pressure effectively. The Bengals sacked Brady three times on 12 dropbacks with added pressure, holding Brady to his second game of less than 200 yards passing this season. Before 2013, Brady’s last sub-200 yard game was Week 8 of 2011 against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
When the Bengals sent four or fewer rushers after Brady, they held him to 14-of-28 passing for 123 yards. However, it was blitzing Brady that proved especially effective on Sunday. The Bengals sent added pressure on 12-of-41 dropbacks (29 percent), similar to the rate Brady has faced since the start of last season, but with much better results.
Additionally, three of Brady’s last eight passes (all in the final 3:30) were dropped by Patriots receivers. Danny Amendola, Julian Edelman and Brandon Bolden all had drops. Brady was 5-of-10 for 65 yards and no drops targeting rookie wide receivers Sunday.