Up until Week 9's masterful performance against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Tom Brady had appeared to be struggling more than ever with his accuracy and command of the football. Part of of his accuracy woes could be blamed on an unacknowledged hand injury, but there is shared blame with his entirely new group of receivers and running backs, who have dropped a league-high 32 passes and contributed to the substandard offensive output in New England because of a distinct lack of chemistry.
This season, thanks to those first struggling eight weeks, Brady has completed 57.1 percent of his passes, a career low as a starter. Despite all of this, he has led the Patriots to a 7-2 record in a pass-first offense. His touchdowns are down (13), as are his yards (2,256) from previous seasons at this point, but he has managed in one way or another to make plays for the Patriots, including a game-winning drive against the New Orleans Saints with a go-ahead touchdown pass.
The upside is that his hand is clearly better now and he will be able to rest up for the second leg of the season. He is expected to perform like his usual self going forward, a career 63.7 completion-rate passer.