Brady, McCown a bat­tle for ages

The Detroit News - - Front Page - BY DEN­NIS WASZAK JR. As­so­ci­ated Press

East Ruther­ford, N. J. — Todd Bowles fig­ures he’ll have to con­tinue draw­ing up game plans to de­fend against Tom Brady for years to come.

For­get the fact the New Eng­land Pa­tri­ots quar­ter­back is al­ready 40. Brady still is per­form­ing as if he’s a spry young­ster.

“Brady will prob­a­bly be play­ing af­ter I’m long re­tired at the rate he’s go­ing right now,” Bowles said with a smile.

Brady is off to a ter­rific start sta­tis­ti­cally, lead­ing the NFL with 1,702 yards pass­ing while rank­ing sec­ond with a 112.0 rat­ing. He also has the league’s two best pass­ing yardage games of the sea­son, throw­ing for 447 yards against New Or­leans on Sept. 17 and 378 against Hous­ton a week later.

“Ev­ery­body knows what he can do,” Jets de­fen­sive end Muham­mad Wilk­er­son said. “You can never doubt him or count him out.”

Brady and the top-ranked of­fense of the Pa­tri­ots (3-2) head to MetLife Sta­dium to take on the Jets (3-2) on Sun­day for early-sea­son supremacy in the AFC East .

On the other side­line, Brady will see a quar­ter­back who’s just two years younger in New York’s Josh McCown.

Play­ing against a sig­nal caller who’s ac­tu­ally older than him will be some­thing rare th­ese days for McCown, 38, who has faced Buf­falo’s Ty­rod Tay­lor (28), Oakland’s Derek Carr (26), Jack­sonville’s Blake Bor­tles (25) and Cleve­land’s DeShone Kizer (21) and Kevin Ho­gan (24). At least his op­po­nent in Week 3, Mi­ami’s Jay Cut­ler (34), is in his 30s.

“It’ll be nice for once and hope­fully it will hap­pen again later this year,” McCown said of fac­ing an older QB. “Ob­vi­ously, Tom has set a stan­dard and a mark for quar­ter­backs in our league. What he’s been able to do is noth­ing short of re­mark­able and, to a de­gree, it’s spe­cial to go against him be­cause he’s widely re­garded as the best to ever play. In my opin­ion, prob­a­bly right­fully so.”

With a vic­tory, Brady would break a tie with Brett Favre and Pey­ton Man­ning for the most reg­u­lar-sea­son wins by a start­ing quar­ter­back in NFL his­tory with 187. Brady’s 211 com­bined ca­reer wins, in­clud­ing reg­u­lar sea­son and play­offs, are a league record.

“To get to play against him and to get go against him, it’s part of it that when you’re done with your ca­reer, it’s a cool thing to look back on,” McCown said.

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