Not quite the blowout I was looking for, but it was still somewhat of a blowout. It was a long shot to guess that the Lions would only score 10, but based on the way the Patriots had been playing, I would not have been surprised. Still, a 45-24 victory on Thanksgiving Day is still a big win.
The Patriots looked great throughout most of the game, but especially in the second half. They definitely gave me a few scares going down 14-3 in the first half. I think the Patriots remembered how embarrassing it was to get pummeled by the Browns 3 weeks ago and they did not want to embarrass themselves again on national television. It was the second half when the team just caught fire. Brady looked incredible being near perfect on his second half throws. He was 21-27 with 341 yards and 4 TDs for the game. Not to mention, all his touchdowns came in the second half. Everyone around Brady also looked good. I am very happy to see Welker get the targets and he is definitely producing with them; he had 8 catches for 90 yards and 2 TDs. He has looked great the past few weeks and Brady has to continue to look for his most consistent WR for the weeks to come. Deion Branch was able to get open a few times and had 3 big catches, 2 of which being TDs including a 79-yard TD catch. Benjarvus also played well running the ball 12 times for 59 yards and also scored twice. The offense looked great and really got things rolling in the second half. Hopefully they will carry that offensive momentum into the MNF game this week against the Jets.
As for the Patriots defense, they too looked good and played better in the second half. Again, Jerod Mayo led this defense with 8 tackles. The Defense forced two interceptions however did not play as well against the run as I predicted, but once they built a big lead, really dominated the pass attack.
Every week this team seems to surprise me in some aspect, but this week they did exactly what they were supposed to; win big. Now they have their favorite matchup of the season; the Jets on MNF. Not only are they trying to win to make up for their loss in Week 2 against the Jets, but the winner of this game will have sole possession of 1st place in the AFC East.
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Written by David Reid