Just to confirm what we all already know, Bill Belichick is the greatest coach in NFL history. Coming into a game with just 3 days of rest and practice, all while trying to integrate a rookie quarterback into the fold, Bill didn’t just get his players ready. Instead, he got them ready to dominate.
Through aggressive defense, a controlled offense, and stout special teams play, the Pats manhandled the boys from Houston in every facet of the game.
Jacoby Brissett was expectedly nothing special, but he didn’t make any glaring mistakes so I guess that’s pretty good. He had a nice touchdown run that put the first touchdown on the board in the first quarter; by the way, that was longest touchdown run by a Pats quarterback since 1977. He finished the game with just 103 passing yards with a 58% completion percentage(11 of 19). All in all, Jacoby didn’t leave many fans too optimistic at the time of his declaration as starter, but he was okay on Thursday night, and honestly that’s all he needed to be.
Once again the big man in the backfield, Legarrette Blount, was the star of the offense. A conservative gameplan gave Blount ample opportunities against what is considered a pretty good defense with the best defensive player in football,
Vince Wilfork JJ Watt. The offensive line guru, Dante Scarnecchia, somehow got those lumps on the offensive line to limit JJ noticeably, keeping him to only 2 tackles and 1 pass hurry. A common theme throughout the night was obviously to double team Watt, but the Patriots made a well-devised game plan to keep the ball away from his side of the field. A percentage of over 65% of all New England’s rushing plays went to the side opposite JJ. Well, that great defense didn’t surely look too good on this night. Blount picked up 105 yards on 24 carries, and found the end zone a pair of times. On one of the more impressive plays of the game, Blount was given the ball on the left side, found a hole and exploded for a 41 yard scamper and score. Oh, and followed up with another awesome celly with his boys, the Minutemen(pictured above).
Unlike the Dolphins game, the Pats D got out to hot start and locked things down all the way up to the final whistle. Once again, turnovers played a big part in this one with Osweiler throwing 2 interceptions and the Patriots recovering 2 fumbles, both on special teams plays. When you get each unit to play so well, there’s a 99.9% chance you’re going to win the football game. Unfortunately for most NFL teams, it’s very, very difficult to get everybody to perform at such a high level. And unfortunately for Roger Goodell and the 31 other teams in the NFL, it doesn’t seem too hard for the New England Patriots.
Overall, a great win by the greatest coach to ever live and the New England Patriots. The Ryan brothers come to town next week with a Bills team riding high after an impressive victory against the Arizona Cardinals. It should be a great battle in Foxboro next Sunday.
Actually, who am I kidding? Pats by 30.
By Mark Panzini