Damn, what an awesome game. Like seriously, does anyone have any serious complaints yesterday? Because I sure as hell don’t. I was very critical after the game Sunday against the Jets, but New England definitely shut me up last night.
Let’s start with the offense. Tom Brady was Tom Brady. That’s all I need to say. He had one of his better games, completed some real nice passes, and moved the team efficiently. Off to a 20 touchdown and 1 interception (which wasn’t even his fault), he looks better than ever. TB12 is a man on a mission. After having pedestrian games Sunday (by their standards), Gronk and Edelman utterly killed it. They both looked unreal yesterday. And the x-factor, Dion Lewis, came back. This offense is diverse anyways, but when he’s on the field, it’s just on a different level. Forget the Kevin Faulk comparisons, he reminds me of a poor man’s Maurice Jones-Drew. The only reason I’m slightly hesitant in saying that is that it’s not like he gets the carries that MJD got. But then again, he doesn’t need to. If he wants to tear it up in the passing game and keep dominating in the YAC department, I’m good with that. The O-line kept the Dolphins pass rush off Brady for most of the night. They are deep and versatile, so hopefully they can keep that momentum going.
The defense took a big step forward. Other than one drive, Miami was LOST. Logan Ryan and Malcolm Butler both looked a lot better than Sunday, even though they both got lost on a few separate plays. Ryan even came down with his team-leading (I’m serious, team leading. That’s crazy, right?) 3rd pick of the year. Duron Harmon got his second pick of the year on a really athletic play. I love Harmon, I need more of him on the field and less of Chung. I think he’s going to blossom into a force in the secondary, and I think that day is coming soon. Dont’a Hightower again looked like the best linebacker in the league, and Chandler Jones had his way with the Dolphins’ line. Hell, the entire pass rush looked fantastic.
And finally special teams. Gostkowski is automatic. Everyone was scratching their heads when the Pats used the franchise tag on him, and then signed him to a big contract. But, as we’ve seen this year, it’s not easy to find a good kicker, never mind the best in the league. He’s automatic. Even when he looks like he’s gonna miss, he buries 50+ yard field goals like last night. Matthew Slater was all over the field again, showing that his injury either is gone or not a big deal.
It was everything I wanted and more last night. For the most part, everyone stayed healthy. New England flexed their muscles in every part of the game. To me, at this point in the year, the Pats are the unquestioned best team in the league. Though I hate Thursday night football games, they have the benefit of some extra rest before going down to our nation’s capital for a tilt against the Redskins.