With the weather really not being that much of a factor (NFL record for pass attempts in a non-overtime game) New England made all the big plays at all the critical times and came away with a resounding 43-21 victory. What surprised me the most was how effective New England was at defending the run. HUGE game by Vince Wilfork and Jamie Collins stuffing the running game and it made Denver operate in 2nd or 3rd and long all day, which plays right into Bill Belicheck’s wheelhouse.
What else can I say about Tom Brady that hasn’t already been said? He showed remarkable poise in all but 1 of his 53 drop-backs today and if not for at least 4 drops (more like 5 or 6) this game might have gotten even more out of hand.
Now, in the interests of full disclosure, being that I’m a huge Patriots fan I’m trying to be as objective as possible but one can only imagine how this would’ve went had the Patriots had a healthy Mayo and Chandler Jones. A shutout would’ve been possible the way they were playing.
Now that this game is out of the way….the hard part is coming. Colts at their place in primetime, followed with Detroit, @ Green bay and @ San Diego. With the cupcake schedule the Denver has coming up, Somehow, they must win not only all 4, but they must win out. I just do not see them winning at Mile-High…which has been the biggest house of horrors for this team since it’s inception. Give me a road playoff game at Baltimore or Pitt any day over going to Mile High.
That’s all I have for right now. Plenty of time to dissect this one over the next two weeks.
Great Job Pats!!