Tom Brady thinks Michael Bennett is the best defensive player in the NFL

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady will face the most difficult test of the season Sunday night against the Seattle Seahawks and the Legion of Boom.

Brady knows what it’s like to go up against this team, having defeated Seattle in Super Bowl XLIX less than two years ago. So he’s not necessarily foreign to the idea of having to face one of the stiffest defenses in the league.

In talking to the media about his matchup this weekend, Brady had this to say.

“He and his brother Michael (Bennett), I know he’s not playing this week, but if he’s not the best defensive player in the league, I don’t know who is,” Brady said, via SB Nation. “He’s right up there at the top, so they’ve got good genes in that family, I know that.”

While we’re not seeing gaudy 20-plus sack performances from Bennett, he’s among the most consistently dominant defensive linemen and has been through the past five years, dating back to his final season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers back in 2012. During that span, Bennett has recorded 37.5 sacks and has earned a trip to the Pro Bowl.

For his part, Brady knows full well what the Bennett clan can do on the field. Bennett’s brother, Martellus, is a tight end in New England and has proven himself to be a key contributor for the Patriots thus far this season.

Fortunately for Brady, he won’t have to go up against the other Bennett brother. Seattle’s top defensive lineman is out with a knee injury.