NFL Power Rankings Week 6: Tom Brady Shines in Return

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At age 39, Tom Brady is the oldest player on the Patriots' roster and the oldest active non-special teams player in the NFL.

Quarterback Tom Brady enjoyed a winning return from his "deflategate" suspension as the New England Patriots extended the Cleveland Browns' losing start to the National Football League season.

Tom Brady returned to the field with a bang. Boomer Esiason of WFAN and CBS' The NFL Today joined 98.5 The Sports Hub's Toucher & Rich for his weekly call into the show on Monday, and said it was a little from column A and a little from column B. And now that Brady is officially back, don't be surprised if this team hits a whole new level over the next few weeks.

Brady was going to be out for the first four games of the season, but was it crucial to give him even more exhibition game work than usual in order to get him prepared for Week 5?

"I didn't probably have as much time as I would have wanted to in the preseason, but that was a product of a lot of things".

Following the game, Brady basked in the adulation from the Patriots fans ringing the entrance to the tunnel, Following his news conference, Brady stylish as always in a blue tailored suit, posed for a few photos with fans before he was greeted by friends, including former Browns tight end Aaron Shea, who threw his arms around his MI teammate. Cleveland has already started three quarterbacks this season and played five QBs in five games.

Brady, playing for the first time this season after serving his four-game "Deflategate" suspension, threw for 406 yards, connecting with tight end Martellus Bennett on three TD passes. That game, assuming everyone is healthy, will be epic.

Matthew Stafford completed 19 of 25 passes for 180 yards and three touchdowns and Theo Riddick took two catches for scores for the Lions (2-3), who snapped a three-game losing streak with the win.

NFL Power Rankings Week 6: Tom Brady Shines in Return
NFL Power Rankings Week 6: Tom Brady Shines in Return

At that moment, all was right again from Cambridge to Maine's coastline.

It was a new beginning, a fresh start for Brady, who found comfort after so many months of angst.

Prescott had his first turnover in five games starting in place of injured Tony Romo, a fumble when being sacked late in the third quarter.

The pass was behind Johnson and skipped out of the end zone, giving the Patriots a safety and the Browns another quarterback headache.

Coach Hue Jackson said both Kessler and Whitehurst are day to day with their injuries.

After the game, referee Bill Vinovich said Jones was ejected because "it was deemed that he threw a punch".

Falcons 23, Broncos 16: In Denver, Matt Ryan and the Falcons handed the Broncos their first loss since December 20 past year and left the Minnesota Vikings (5-0) as the NFL's last unbeaten team. "Not only in the games, but just in the practices".