When you score 59 points, it’s hard to complain. The Colts came into New England this week red hot with their super-stud rookie quarterback Andrew Luck, and they left looking like they never knew what hit them.
When the Patriots finally succeeded in applying pressure to young Andrew the Savior, he got happy feet and lost his accuracy—and that’s when the Colts' "Luck" changed.
So continues the winning season of the enigmatic Patriots, playing pitifully one quarter and sky high the next, eking out a win against the dregs of the league one week and playing like world-beaters against a decent team the next.
So how did the Pats do it this week? Answer: In every which way!
Let’s start with Julian Francis Edelman, otherwise known as the poor man’s Wes Welker. It’s tough to believe that this super-fast, super-tough little guy was a quarterback in college.
Let’s give credit to the Patriots’ scouts who looked at the signal caller of the mighty Kent State Golden Flashes and dared imagine that a QB with the 4.52 40-time could become a nasty pass receiver and punt returner in the NFL.
After returning a punt 68 yards for a touchdown and catching a short pass for another, you could see that the little guy wanted to go all the way on that last end-around to complete the trifecta. Hey, maybe next week.
Then there’s the much-maligned defensive backfield. Not that Aqib Talib didn’t get beaten a number of times, but he looked pretty good overall.
And he was in the right place at the right time when the defensive line pressured Andrew Luck into hoisting a moon ball, taking it to the house with a nice run after the interception. Now that we’ve gotten to admire his skills on the gridiron, I guess you could say that “Seeing is Talib-ing.”
And let’s not forget the emerging Alfonzo Dennard, taking an interception back 82 yards for a touchdown after another errant Luck throw. With these two guys, it seems like only two things can stop them. The first, of course, is injuries. The second, given their past transgressions, is a tough trial judge.
This defense, which hung in with surprisingly tough play after Chandler Jones went down, is just beginning to establish an identity as a batch of tough, ball hawking, turnover makers—which will have to do until they can consistently stop other teams through the air.
Offensively, when you go into the game playing without Aaron Hernandez and with two no-name backup guards, it's hard not to worry for Tom Terrific’s life. But when Robert Mathis and Dwight Freeney, still a pretty fearsome duo, combine for a total of two tackles, one assist and no sacks, you could smile at the O-line and say, “Job well done.”
In this year with an abundance of good, but all-too-flawed NFL teams, who says that we cannot be the best of this mediocre lot?