The Oakland Raiders and New England Patriots will square off in Mexico in Week 11. This meeting reunites Raiders defensive coordinator Ken Norton Jr. with quarterback Tom Brady. The two last met when the Patriots defeated the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX.
This was when Norton served as the linebackers coach for the Seahawks. Norton shared this comment about the upcoming matchup going up against the future Hall of Fame quarterback.
Raiders defensive coordinator Ken Norton Jr. cited 2015 Super Bowl: Lost but “I’ve had some success against Brady.”
— Vic Tafur (@VicTafur) November 16, 2017
Norton’s idea of “success” must differ from most peoples’ definition. Seattle managed to blow a 10-point fourth quarter lead against Brady and the Pats in Super Bowl XLIX.
Brady went clutch as only Brady can do, completing 13-of-15 passes for 124 yards, two touchdowns and zero interceptions in the final two drives of the game.
The turn of events near the the final seconds of the game when Russell Wilson threw a costly interception late in the fourth quarter was the clincher for New England.
Brady is a beast to compete with and is one of the best at maneuvering his team from behind. That’s what Norton and the Raiders are up against in Mexico City this weekend.
Unfortunately, he doesn’t have one of the best defenses in NFL history to work with, much like he did in Seattle.