Each Monday morning I’ll take a look back at how the Patriots executed my Keys to the Game. The Patriots emphatic 48-27 win over the previously unbeaten Cowboys solidified the Pats as the class of the NFL. Indianapolis may also be undefeated this season, but the Patriots are off to one of the greatest starts in NFL history.
- FORCE ROMO MISTAKES – Romo didn’t make any real costly mistakes until throwing an interception to Junior Seau in the fourth quarter which really sealed the deal for the Pats. Romo predictably had an easy time finding receivers on the outside as the Patriots kept focused on TE Jason Witten for most of the game. Though both Terrell Owens and Patrick Crayton caught TD passes, the Pats were able to keep them in check from making any huge plays and despite paltry tackling at times during the running game the Patriots held both Marion Barber III and Julius Jones to 98 yards combined.
- RECEIVERS BELOW MOSS MUST SHOW UP: Boy did they ever. Wes Welker had a career day (11 catches, 124 yards, 2 TDs) and Donte Stallworth led the team in yards (7 catches, 136 yards, TD) and scored a dagger of a touchdown on a 69 yard run and catch. Moss was thrown to often, noteably on the first play of the game on a deep route, an ill-thrown flea flicker and an amazing 50 yard TD catch that was correctly reversed. Moss still had a TD catch and even without Ben Watson for most of the game, Brady had open receivers. It was really a credit to offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels and the preparations coming into Sunday.
- ESTABLISH THE RUN WITH OR WITHOUT MARONEY: This was a problem all day as the Pats never got a running game going. Not that they needed it, but with Maroney missing his third consecutive game and Sammy Morris only lasting 10 carries before leaving with an injured chest, the Pats could never get a solid running game going, only rushing for 75 yards in the game. Good thing Brady chipped in for 388 pass yards.
It’s a special season for the boys from Foxboro, it’s important that we realize just how dominant this team can be. With 21 TDs and just two interceptions thru six games, Brady is on pace to smash the single season passing touchdown mark and his Patriots offense is on pace to score the most points in a single season in NFL history. Next up is an always interesting trip to Miami to play the Dolphins.
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