Sunday, November 23, 2008
Who else got sick of hearing the "W" word this past week? Hell, the entire season since week 3? I did. Not only did the Pats handle the Wildcat, they outlasted the Fish, rattled them at the end, and took home a 48-28 victory.
Matt Cassel has become a quality NFL quarterback. He's poised in the pocket, accurate, deceptive with his eyes, fast with his progressions, and smart when moving with the ball. He's the first Patriot QB to throw for 400+ yards in back-to-back games. Brady didn't do it, Bledsoe didn't do it, Grogan didn't do it. If not for a Randy Moss tip and a freakish interception, his day would have been statistically flawless.
Randy Moss and Wes Welker were genetically engineered. There's no other way to explain it. They're just too good at what they do to be naturally born.
The defense didn't impress me at all, however. The Pats have got to be the worst tackling team with a winning record in the NFL. Deltha O'Neal couldn't cover an anthill with a paper towel. Tedy Bruschi has become a non-presence on the field. And the secondary seems to lose receivers whenever they're in goal line situations.
But a win is a win. The Pats have a good QB again, and a top-flight offense. Will that be enough? At the very least, finding out will be exciting.
The only late game drama was when Channing Crowder and Matt Light came to blows on a PAT. Light was pissed about something Crowder did, ripped the linebacker's helmet off, grabbed a dreadlock and pounded on Crowder's head. Once other Dolphins came to Crowder's aid, he ran away like a little girl running from a spider. Both players were ejected, and both will likely face harsh disciplinary action from Der Kommissar von der Nationale Fußballliga Roger Goodell.
The Pats host the Steelers next week at 4:15.
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