Tuesday, December 07, 2010
It's very difficult to beat the Patriots in Foxborough. It's very difficult to beat them twice in a year. And it's very difficult to beat them as well as they've been playing. Since that farce in Cleveland, they've amassed 160 points in 4 games.
I'll be honest, I didn't see much of the game, as I was very busy doing security at the Stadium. But I could tell from the crowd's reactions, from the glimpses of play I caught, from the box score, and from the play-by-play, that this was utter domination.
The Patriots are the best team in the AFC East. And if power rankings mattered, I'd lobby for them to be #1 in the NFL.
The last time these teams met, the game featured Tom Brady forcing the ball to Randy Moss. Mistakes, miscues, complete failures. That didn't happen last night. The Patriots have a diverse arsenal of weapons, and they're finally using them. Their offense without Moss is much more difficult to stop. It's unpredictable. Only 11 of Brady's 21 completions were to WRs.
How can you defend against a passing attack that can go in any direction, directed by Tom Brady? He's going to find an open man somewhere.
And now the defense is making big plays. This is really starting to come together.
But it's a long season left. The Patriots have to travel to Chicago and play the 9-3 Bears. Don't dismiss Chicago. 9-3 is 9-3 is 9-3. But it'll be a fun week, and what noise, if any, does come from the Meadowlands, will be quite enjoyable.