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“Outcoached.” “Outplayed.” “A total butt whooping.” Yup Rex, that about sums it up.
How fun was Monday night’s 45-3 blowout win over the hated Jets? I mean really, with all the hype leading up to that game… the “game of the year,” as ESPN and the NFL was touting it… how flippin’ sweet was that win? A win of normal proportions would have been good enough for me, but to totally beat the pulp out of Rex Ryan’s Jets, well that was a high like no other.
So now, the Pats are in the driver’s seat. Win out, and they’re the top dawgs in the AFC playoffs. Who saw this coming? Trading away Laurence Maroney and Randy Moss, losing Kevin Faulk to injury, and watching that young defense struggle mightily through much of this season… yet, the Pats’ problems seem miniscule compared to the issues every other team in the league is facing.
Before we turn our focus to the Bears game Sunday, let’s take a brief look back at the Monday Night Massacre, as we hand out Week 13’s “PATS on the Back.”
New England’s quarterback has to be the front-runner in this season’s MVP race now. On his way to his NFL record-setting 26th consecutive home win, Brady threw for another 326 yards and another four touchdowns, bringing his league-leading TD total to 27, compared to just 4 interceptions on the year. Monday night was his seventh straight game without throwing a pick… pretty good, especially compared to what the other “great” quarterback in Indy has been playing like lately. If someone can explain to me how his performance didn’t warrant a perfect QB rating, please figure it out and show me the light. He needed to be great against the Jets, and he was beyond that Monday night.
Seriously, who on that team doesn’t deserve a “PAT on the Back” after that game Monday night? It may seem like I’m taking the lazy way out on this, but how do I pick three players and ignore the fantastic job everyone else contributed to that win. That game was won by the Patriots as a team, no doubt about it. From Wes Welker and his seven catches for 80 yards and a TD, to Deion Branch’s three grabs for 64 and a score, to Aaron Hernandez’s big touchdown grab. From Brandon Tate’s TD catch (catch?), to BenJarvus Green-Ellis’s two TDs and 72 yards on the ground, to Danny Woodhead racking up over 100 yards of offense against his former team, highlighted by that 50-yard shovel pass and scamper job in the third quarter. On defense, we had a trio of picks, with Brandon Spikes, James Sanders, and of course, the rookie Devin McCourty, who now leads the AFC with six interceptions. The Pats were far superior in all phases of the game; offense, defense, and special teams.
I admit, I don’t think the Jets are as bad as we saw them play Monday night. They will regroup, they will rebound, and I’d hate to be the Miami Dolphins, the team the Jets host on Sunday. That’s a very frustrated New York team with something to prove now. But I have to say, the Pats just might be as good as we saw them play Monday night. They might be good enough to play into February.