"Nobody works harder than Brandin," coach Bill Belichick said. "He has the speed and acceleration to create mismatches and does everything well, from slants, outs and deep passes. He's been a good player for us."
"It's hard to catch him from behind," Brady said of Cooks, who showed off his blazing speed on the play. "With the thin air, you just have to let it go and hopefully you'll connect deep. It was a great play-calling by [offensive coordinator] Josh [McDaniels] and it worked on the fade. The defense bit it and Cooks was all alone, so I just needed to put the ball in there."
Cooks hasn't been quiet this season -- he leads the club in yardage and yards per catch -- but he isn't the only game in town. Brady meticulously spreads the ball to a rash of backs, possession men and deeper targets depending on the opponent.
Cooks catching fire, though, makes this passing game almost entirely unstoppable, which should tell you where the AFC is headed -- once again -- in this repeating, Groundhog Day-like, pro-football drama.