What started off as seemingly a blowout took a turn towards a nail biter on Sunday afternoon. Jimmy Garoppolo and the Patriots came out scorching the Dolphins defense early and didn’t look to have any interest in slowing down. Until Jimmy went down with an injury.
The third-year Eastern Illinois product, AKA Jesus in Training, AKA Jimmy G, left the game with 234 passing yards and 3 touchdowns to go along with a 66.7% completion percentage in under one half of football. That’s pretty dang good. Still, he’s played in only 1 and half games. Jesus in Training is still just that, in training. Barring some unforeseen reason like Brady coming back from his suspension and playing terribly, I’d trade Jimmy for some nice draft picks any and every day of the week. Hey @ChicagoBears
The timetable for the injury is still widely unknown but those around the internet have been throwing out a recovery time of 2-6 weeks. Either way, it looks like Jimmy G will be watching the next two weeks from the sidelines until Tom Brady returns to reclaim his throne. He was certainly impressive, but we very well may have seen the last of Garoppolo playing in a Patriots uniform. Unless the Patriots are somewhere around 14-1 and choose to rest Brady in week 17, but ya you get my point.
Perhaps the game’s biggest performer was the horse coming out of the backfield, Legarrette Blount. On 29 carries, the big man rumbled for 123 yards and found his way into the end zone (which he immediately followed with a stellar celebration pictured above). I’ve bashed Blount in the past and I’ll continue to do so, but his performance on Sunday was a pleasant surprise that I sure wouldn’t mind seeing continue. He looks quick, packs a mean truck stick, and apparently he can fly now, too.
Defensively, the team began to crumble as the game went on. Ryan Tannehill and the Dolphins could barely even generate positive yardage in the first quarter, then out of nowhere trimmed the score into a one possession game. Ultimately, turnovers killed the Dolphins in this one with the Patriots cutting 4 total Miami drives short with 2 INTs and 2 fumble recoveries.
The Pats are 2-0 and welcome the Houston Texans to Foxboro this Thursday. Jacoby Brissett will be under center and at this point, I really don’t think it matters. The Patriots are probably going to win; after all, only two things in life are guaranteed: we’re all going to die eventually, and the New England Patriots win on Thursday Nights.
by Mark Panzini