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The New England Patriots beat the Miami Dolphins this past Monday Night, 41-14. This win was key for several reasons. For starters, it was against a divisional opponent, which is always key (they do not have to suffer the next two weeks). This was the 1st win on the road since 2008, excluding Buffalo last season & London against Tampa Bay (neutral field). It also showed some of the lesser-known players can step up and contribute to a solid win.
Two lesser-known players who joined as free agents played a huge factor, Danny Woodhead and Patrick Chung. Woodhead scored a touchdown the past two games. Chung had a career game; two blocked kicks and a touchdown. Let's see if they can keep it up. Only good things can happen if it does occur. Imagine what New Englanders would be talking about if they did not step up. This blog entry would be different for sure!
Fans all around said they were pleased with the game and the result. You cannot argue about the end result, a win is a win. How it was won is a different story. Personally, I think the game was poor for the Patriots. Sure, special teams performed close to beyond belief. Not one team can expect to rely on special teams to win every game, not to say anything about lifting the team to victory, such as Monday night.
Fans are still questioning certain aspects of the team. One area is defense. The reality is they are young. That cannot be changed this year. They need to get older and gain more NFL experience. Simple? It is reality. Like it or not, live with it.
Next question mark… Tom Brady.
Ok, I am stumped, and late to the party on questioning him, while other talking heads and fans were doing so in the preseason. I was a defender of him all offseason and the first month of the season. Question marks are now running around.
Fans and talking heads have been talking about all of his offseason distractions (aka personal business). All players have personal business in the offseason. He was still working out. Does it really make a difference if it was in Foxbrough or California? No.
Sure, he has a kid and is married, so are a lot of other players. Do all players decline in ability as soon as they get a family? No. He just gets more attention than other players because of who he is and whom he is married to. I am sorry, not buying it.
The car accident has generated enough questions. Sure, it was reported (and appeared) Brady was fine. Did he get some sort of injury that is still allowing him to play, but preventing him to perform to his full potential? Maybe some side effects from his season-long injury?
Not saying the car accident is the cause, only where I see questions. Who knows, maybe it is his personal life! Or could it simply be he is getting older?
If you came here to get answers, sorry… nothing here.
Thanks to Keith Allison for the picture of Randy Moss.