Sunday, October 01, 2006

Rush To Judgment

The New England Patriots made a statement about "body language" to the national media on Sunday. There's only one language spoken on this team: WIN-glish. By systematically dissembling the vaunted Bengals at home, they ran like they had never run before (or at least since 1993) and kept Carson Palmer off the field in a convincing 38-13 drubbing.

The three-time champs rushed for 236 total yards in making the Cincinnati D-Line look hapless in their attempts to stop them. Laurence Maroney alone rumbled for 125 yards and 2 touchdowns, while returning native Corey Dillon delivered an "in-your-collective-face" 67 yards and a TD of his own. Tom Brady, he of the shrugged shoulders, was a workman-like 15-of-26, for 188 yards and 2 touchdowns. But it was Maroney who stole the spotlight, stiff-arming his way into the national consciousness.

For over 3 years now, the Pats have not lost 2 in a row --hardly the demeanor of slouching incompetents. So, national media, keep dissing them. We like it.

1 comment:

Tom R said...

Dismantling is right. The defense set the tone with two big stops early, and the offense took over with a great selection of calls and conversions. I loved the direct snap then reverse. Thats the kind of mixing it up we need. Great game strategy and execution. Miami next!