The Patriots offense wasn’t quite as sharp without him creating mismatches, but Brady is still playing at a high level and did enough to get the road win.
Brady finished with 30-of-40 passing for 303 yards, one touchdown, and one interception, reaching the 300-yard mark for the fourth straight game. He got productive games out of Brandin Cooks, Hogan, and Danny Amendola, making do even without using any of his tight ends. The Pats defense has been getting all the attention, but the team as a whole will be just fine as long as Brady keeps doing his thing.
Winston and the Bucs finally woke up in the fourth quarter, but there were several times where they couldn’t close the deal in the red zone, which led to missed field goals from Nick Folk, killing their comeback attempt. Winston hit Cameron Brate for a late touchdown to give Tampa some hope in the final minutes, but it got snuffed out when the Patriots hit a field goal and held the Bucs out of the end zone as time expired.
He likely will be eligible the following week at Washington based on the court’s timeline for another hearing.
The 22-year-old Elliott was suspended in August by Commissioner Roger Goodell after the league concluded following a yearlong investigation that he had several physical confrontations in the summer of 2016 with Tiffany Thompson, his girlfriend at the time.
The NFL investigated after prosecutors in Columbus, Ohio, decided not to pursue the case in the city where Elliott starred for Ohio State, citing conflicting evidence. Elliott denied the allegations under oath during his NFL appeal.