Monday, October 31, 2005
Comeback? I Am Back!
It was a theme that fit all aspects of this strange game. The inspirational comeback of Tedy Bruschi. The patented Brady comeback (his 20th game-winning drive) in the 4th Quarter. The comeback, or rather, re-emergence at the end of the game, of the real Buffalo Bills. (Despite dominating "time of possession" by a nearly 2-1 margin, the Bills inexplicably threw a flat pass on 4th and 7 with the game on the line. Same old Bills.) Bottom Line: Pats 21-Bills 16.
While the overwhelming story of this game was Tedy's brilliant return (he was in about 3/4 of the defensive plays and was on special teams), you can't escape without the feeling that this was another sloppy win. When will the Belichick-style precision return? When will this team hit on all cylinders? The most egregious non-Bill moment came right at the end of the first half. With the play clock running down, and Adam "Little Papi" Vinatieri poised for an easy tying field goal, the Pats took a delay of game! The re-kick from 5 yards further back was missed, and they went into the locker room out-played and down 3-0. Outrageous!
Of course, a win is a win is a win. But, do you really think this team is ready to take on the Colts next Monday night? Not bloody likely! They need to become, in every sense of the word, a true Belichick team again. Soon.
at 9:28 AM