Well, the Pats got another W and looked like the Pats of old. They scored 59 points, 38 of them on offense, and didn’t stop until it hurt. They gave the Colts a cold, hard reality check. But, that is why this morning’s hangover is a pleasant one.
Even with Manning gone, it is still nice to give the Colts a beatdown. I think, while they still feel like a playoff team, the Colts now know they are not a championship team. Chuck Strong can only bring the team so far. While I wish Pagano a speedy recovery, his team did not look like they could beat many teams in the NFL last week.
The Pats averaged over five points per possession. Some teams this week, like the Chicago Bears, were lucky to average five yards a possession. Gronk dominated, Brady was Brady, and Edelman is back. This week, the Patriots affirmed to the entire NFL that they have the best running game.
With Ridley, Boldin, and Edelman, the Pats offense seems unstoppable. Edelman is officially back. He had a 68-yard punt return for a kickoff and 222 all purpose yards. With this kind of production, maybe the Pats will be able to start Mallet for a few games at the end of the year.
I am not going to say that Luck did not look impressive for his first outing against Belichick. He had over 330 yards, much like every other QB that faces the Pats, and he also racked up a pair of TDs. But he was not completely himself. He had over and under throws, which lead to 3 picks and fourteen points for the Pats.
While the Pats secondary was completely awful, they had turnovers and that is how they will win a championship. If the Pats want to win a Super Bowl and let rookie QBs rack up over three-hundred yards as well, they need turnovers. Brady and his running backs are going to need more possessions, score more points, to win a title.
It is hard to believe that both teams walked into this game at 6-3. The Colts still have a very good chance at making the playoffs. They have two games against the Texans, but can easily win the rest of their games. This was also a big win for the Pats and their march toward a bye week in the playoffs.
EXTRA NOTE: Gronk broke his forearm on a meaningless extra point. Some would say that Belichick never should have had Gronk in, but as he said, “You tell me when a player is going to be injured and I’ll take him out.” Gronk had surgery the other day and hopefully will be back in three weeks.
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Written by Adam Sharp
I have always loved The Pats and I have always loved writing.