Most NFL fans who hate on the Patriots do so because of the success they have had in the last decade winning 3 Superbowls and a 16 - 0 record in the '07' regular season. Against the Titans on Sunday they gave us more fuel for the fire.
I started to get annoyed in the third quarter when the starting offense came back on to the field with a 45 point lead. Brady had just put up a league record 5 TD passes in one quarter.
I heard a lot of people say he needs this time to get in rhythm with his offense.
Really? Its not like its week one of the season and this is Brady's first game back in over a year, its week six. On top of that, wasn't the record setting 2nd quarter and largest half time lead in NFL history enough evidence that things were back on track?
I thought, ok its on the Titans to stop Brady and his touchdown catching bandits.
In the words of TO's latest sound bite "I'm just going with the plays that are called."
I turned my attention away from the game for a moment when they made the score 52 - 0. I was happy when I saw Brian Hoyer warming up for the Patriots.
A short while later was when I really got irritated, someone told me that the Patriots were going for it on 4th and 6 from the Titans 31. Hoyer converted on a pass to Welker and continued the drive, which would end in a touchdown.
I couldn't believe what I was watching, up 52, Belichick called a time out and went for it on 4th down, to put me and many others over the top with disgust.
They would go for it again on 4th down but this time up by 59 and inside the Titans 20 yard line.
I would later hear the following quote from Belichick and realize how much I dislike the New England Patriots.
"I know the score got out of hand," Belichick said, "but we were just trying to run our offense."
Are you kidding me?
If you knew the score got out of hand than why were going for it on 4th down? The first time they went for it I get that the conditions were to bad for you to kick a field from the 31, but at least punt it away and let your defense continue to dominate.
Couldn't the sometimes shakey defense use some confidence building?
To not attempt a field goal from your opponents 11 yard line when you have a 59 - 0 lead is down right greedy and shows the lack of sportsmanship that the Patriots organization has.
Someone please try and tell me that they were just trying to run there offense when they had the back up Hoyer in there and had a 59 point lead. They should have kicked a field goal, end of discussion.
The Patriots should not have taken it easy on the Titans for being a lesser opponent but if the game had been close would he have gone for it in those circumstances? Maybe, but probably not. Especially with methodical field position game that the Pats are know to play.
Maybe the Pats were trying to cover the over by themselves, which I'm assuming they did in the 2nd quarter.
No pitty should be shown for the Titans in the thumping they suffered yesterday 59 - 0, at some point you just have to stop the other team and try to eat up some clock and get out of there.
I'm not the kind of person to wish bad things to happen to anyone but when it comes down to a last second drive and they come up short of winning, I guess they should have saved a couple plays and a little class from week 6.