Patriots Crush Broncos, Prove They Can Still Win Without Brady

Ryan KContributor IOctober 20, 2008

On Monday the Patriots, led by Matt Cassel, dominated the Denver Broncos and proved that they can win lopsided games against good teams without star quarterback, Tom Brady.

Just a week after getting destroyed by the San Diego Chargers, 30-10, and a few weeks after losing to their division rivals the Miami Dolphins, 38-13, the Patriots came back to make a statement that they are playoff worthy.

Sure one big win one doesn't put any team into the playoffs, but it sure was a spark for the team and its fans after such a mediocre start. Matt Cassel helped the Pats to the win despite the six times he was sacked.

On the other side Jay Cutler and the Broncos made five turnovers which really hurt Denver and gave the Patriots more and more chance to score, and they took advantage of every turnover by scoring after each one.

Sanders and Meriweather each had interceptions for the the Patriots as Denver running back, Andre Hall had two fumbles, and backup quarterback, Patrick Ramsey (who was in the game after Cutler hurt his finger), also had a fumble.

A big part to the Patriots win was their running game despite putting Laurence Maroney on the IR earlier in the day. Sammy Morris Jr. had a career high game before leaving the game with an injury. He ran 138 yards in 16 carries in the first half of the game and ran for one touchdown.

The 41-7 final shows that Patriots cannot be counted out just yet, but they can be called a great team either. They improve to 4-2, and will face the Rams next week at home before heading off to Indianapolis, and lets not forget they still have to play the AFC east leaders, Buffalo twice, along with playing the Dolphins again later in the season.