New England Patriots Out Match the Denver Broncos

Ryan GaydosSenior Analyst IOctober 21, 2008

Patriots 41, Broncos 7

Maybe the term “out match” is an understatement. I think that the Patriots totally outplayed the young Bronco team. Jay Cutler was hit and hit hard. He came out of the game with a broken index finger, but did come back to play. Cutler has never really been hit like this before. Cutler, overall, was 17/26 with a 168 yards, a touchdown pass, and two interceptions.

When Cutler came out of the game to rest up, backup quarterback Patrick Ramsey came in. Ramsey hasn’t played regularly since he was in Washington. The former Tulane standout was 2/3 with 19 passing yards.

The Broncos did not come to play. With Selvin Young injured, backup Michael Pittman took the load and carried the ball 20 times for 88 yards, something he hasn’t done since his days with Tampa Bay. Overall the Patriots outclassed the Broncos in every category.

Tom Brady’s understudy, Matt Cassell, was 18/24 with 3 touchdown passes. Two to Randy Moss who had five catches for 69 yards, and the other to everyone’s favorite wide receiver Wes Welker.

Running back Sammy Morris took control of the running game having 138 yards on the ground. Morris did get injured, but it is not too serious. Morris is a journeyman back who has now, it looks like, found a home in New England.

The Pats improved to 4-2, second in the AFC East. They looked so much better than last Sunday’s performance against the Chargers.