Washington’s performance against weak opposition is a little more complex.
By this measure, the Utah Jazz, San Antonio Spurs and New York Knicks show the least tendency to play up or down to their level of competition, so adjusting for it makes them appear much more consistent. By contrast, four teams actually become less consistent when we adjust for context, which suggests they are playing to the level of their competition.
The Cleveland Cavaliers are perhaps the ultimate example of good (though probably still frustrating) playing to competition. They’re 17-5 against below-.500 teams but haven’t beaten a team with a sub-.350 winning percentage by double figures all season. Cleveland is truly doing just enough to win. It’s probably no coincidence the Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors rank near the top of this list. I found something similar with the eventual champion Los Angeles Lakers when I looked at this measure during the 2008-09 season.
The Wizards don’t score as more consistent without considering context because they have tended to blow out bad teams at times. However, their poor games against weak opposition have frequently resulted in bad losses.
Typically, fans tend to think of the better performance against good teams as the true ability of the team, where the bad performance against weaker opponents is a fluke. As you hint, I think the truth lies somewhere in between. The Wizards are much better than their play against sub-.500 teams but not likely as good as they’ve looked against above-.500 teams thus far.
Brady had two touchdown passes in that game, but was also sacked twice.
The one thing you got to try to do is not let him read you like a book, which he’s very adept at, LeBeau said. Whether you’re pressuring or whether you’re going coverage, if he knows where you’re going, he’s probably going to be pretty effective.
Brady isn’t taking anything for granted.
These are fun games to play in, he said. You’re out there, you’re in the position to succeed. Your coaches have put a lot on you. The team’s really relying on you. You’ve got to go out there and make the plays.