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Here’s the answers to some of the questions heading into the Monday Night Massacre at Gillette:
This win proves one thing above all – what a crazy NFL season this is. The Broncos came in at 4-2, the Patriots were coming off a blowout loss and look at the result. Again, if Cutler doesn’t get hurt, and the Broncos running backs hold on to the ball, it’s a totally different game. It was very encouraging to see Sammy Morris run the play well, though it’s too bad to see him not play in the second half because of injury (though BenJarvis Green-Ellis did run well too). The secondary made some plays as Brandon Meriweather had a nice pick, we’ll need to see a lot more of that now with Harrison out. Randy Moss was back to his old self with two TD catches, the screen pass TD was sick.
With Matt Cassel, he played well but taking six sacks is unacceptable. In my unscientific count, I saw four sacks where the offensive line was atrocious and almost no QB could have avoided the hit (at least three of them came from the right side of the line). The other two – which are much more frustrating – saw Cassel hold onto the ball wayyyyyy too long and take the big sack. Yes, Tom Brady would have made a play on those even though not every QB could, but most QBs know when to throw the ball away. Cassel doesn’t seem to have any sort of internal clock and is slow on his read progressions. That’s one huge improvement he needs to work on in order to move forward.
Good win for the Pats and hopefully they’ll follow it up this Sunday against the Rams. I’ll be there to make sure of it.