In case you didn't know, Tom Brady is an animal.
It's hard to argue that Brady isn't the best player -- or at the very least, the best quarterback -- in football right now. After throwing for over 500 yards and for four touchdowns, it's tough to not have respect for his beastly play.
But just because the Bolts know he's incredible, the team's not about to go all Chad Ochocinco and just sit there and watch Brady go to work while they do nothing about it.
Because that's not how this team rolls. At least, not anymore. Let's break down how the Chargers can stop Tom Brady, even when Brady's running on full cylinders.
Throw pressure at him ... a lot of pressure. Tom Brady doesn't get rattled when there are 300-pound linemen in his face. (I do, but I'm not Tom Brady.)
That said, there's not a QB in this league that is more comfortable when throwing under pressure. And there are no QBs that perform better after getting knocked down pretty hard over and over again. The key to dealing with Brady in this game will be to stay physical and attempt to intimidate him, even if he isn't intimidated.
Shaun Philips is going to need a huge game; as is Antonio Garay, Corey Liuget and the rest of the defensive line. Stopping the run will still be their priority, but now it's almost certain that putting pressure on Brady is going to be the game-breaker.
Hit the running backs during the passing game and keep them in the back-field. Tom Brady knows how to dump-off to his running backs really well and it is a surefire way for the Pats to gain positive yardage. Those little passes have been known to kill teams in the past, because the secondary is so occupied with preventing the 15-yard pass and letting Welker sneak by them for a huge gain.
Danny Woodhead is the obvious beneficiary to the dump-off game because he's scary if he's in a face-up situation looking towards his endzone. Of course, don't discount the idea that BenJarvus Green-Ellis will work in the dump-off, either.
That's because Welker and Brady are the perfect QB-WR tandem, if only because they know how to play off of one another so damn well. Welker needs to only catch a five-yard pass from Brady and he'll normally convert it into a first-down (as long as Brady throws the ball in the right position for Welker to accelerate, which he normally does).
Eric Weddle matches up pretty well with Welker, too. Both are short, quick guys who can move on a dime. Welker can't duck under Weddle like he normally does to gain extra yardage, and Weddle is a great tackler who can wrap up Welker fairly quickly.