OK, present Bill Belichick with a challenge: beat the best run defense in the NFL. What does he do? He picks that defense apart via the pass, of course. Long passes. Short passes. Passes to tight ends. Passes to wide receivers. Passes to backs. Passes to the water boy. Seems simple in retrospect, but it's not really what the "experts", or the fans, predicted.
The New England Patriots and Tom Brady delivered a slap-down of epic proportions to the Minnesota Vikings on Monday Night Football on ESPN. Tom Brady passed 43 times, and completed 29 of those puppies for 372 yards. Oh, and did I mention the 4 TD passes to 4 different guys? Minnesota WHO? Felger WHO?
In addition to Brady, the Pats got huge efforts by Moroney, Watson, and Caldwell. On defense, Vrabel, Harrison and Scott had picks and Tully Banta-Cain nearly had three straight sacks in one series. Mercy.
This blow-out (31-7) reduced the boys in the booth to yakking about the commercial endorsement imbalance among Brady, Manning The Elder and Donovan The Choker. In the first half!
Any further doubts about the chances of this team returning to the Big One?