Does someone want to tell the opponents of the New England Patriots that its okay to put up a fight against the defending Super Bowl Champions. With another cakewalk victory, a 43-0 annihilation of the Miami Dolphins, the New England Patriots have improved to 2-0. They have outscored their opponents 76-3 in just two weeks, and it looks like nothing can stop them at the moment.
For 42 year-old Tom Brady, this physically and mentally taxing game gets easier by the week. Brady rarely gets hit these days and his ability to see the game play out before he snaps the ball is a skill on full display in the early parts of this season. Brady has thrown 5 touchdowns and zero interceptions, is averaging 303 yards passing and has passer rating of 124.8 so far this season. After reading those impressive numbers, three letters come to mind. MVP.
It looked like Brady didn’t need any more help last week as he picked apart the Steelers, but the addition of Antonio Brown only makes the Patriots offense that much more dynamic. With crisp routes, hands like glue and a will to work and win, Brown will fit right in with the Patriots. His debut included 4 catches for 56 yards and a touchdown grab thanks to a perfect throw from Brady.
Sony Michel returned to the forefront of the offense in Miami in Week 2 as well. With 85 yards on 21 carries and a touchdown, the Patriots were able to establish a versatile offense.
For good measure, the defense added two pick sixes on Sunday. Stephon Gilmore and Jamie Collins both found the end zone for the Patriots defense to erase any shred of hope that the Dolphins had on Sunday. Jamie Collins added another interception as did Devin McCourty. The Pats also tacked on 7 sacks, including 1.5 from rookie Chase Winovich. Needless to say it was a long day at the office for Ryan Fitzpatrick and Josh Rosen. Both quarterbacks played, but neither could find success against the New England defense.
With this domination comes expectations. The Patriots are now a popular choice to finish the regular season 16-0 for the second time in Tom Brady’s career.
Next up for the New England Patriots is the 0-1 New York Jets. The Jets might go up against the juggernaut Patriots without their starting quarterback Sam Darnold, who is out due to illness.
Star of the Game: Antonio Brown – 4 receptions, 56 yards, 1 touchdown