One mark of a championship caliber football team is that, occasionally, they steal a win which they have absolutely no business claiming as a "W". Such was the case this Sunday at Foxobro in the Pats' 20-10 victory over the Miami "most-hyped pre-season team in NFL history" Dolphins.
Two key interceptions by sometimes maligned Assante Samuel turned what could easily have been a classic "trap loss" into a lethargic, albeit opportunistic, win. Tom Brady was once again just "OK" (16 for 29, 134 yards, 2 TDs), although his dynamic drive at the start of the fourth quarter was vintage MVP quality.
If you look at the stat sheet, about the only thing that Pats can feel positive about is the interception edge. They were out-rushed, out-passed, out-possessed--you name it. Again, these are the wins that future Super Bowl winners tend to grab. So, we'll take it. Especially against the Dante Culpepper/Joey Harrigton/Nick Saban juggernaught that was supposed to turn the NFL on its ear. Yeah, right.