New England has survived yet another week in the undefeated ranks after a 36-7 walloping of the Miami Dolphins last Thursday night. Tom Brady continued his MVP-like dominance going 26-38 with 356 yards and 4 touchdowns. The Patriots offense was churning on all cylinders as all their weapons were getting into the action. Teams keep on leaving the best tight end in the game, Rob Gronkowski, wide open for easy touchdowns as the Dolphins did in this one. Patriots running back Dion Lewis was back after injury and didn’t seem to lose a step in the passing game.
Wide receivers Julian Edelman and Brandon Lafell seemed to have lost the drop bug, showing how sure-handed they truly are. The Patriots offense have put up numbers like never before, even better than the 2007 offense led by Randy Moss.
On the other side of the ball, a Patriots defense that had been criticized at the beginning of the season, has looked better than expected. While there is some work to do, the defense has some promise. Defensive end Chandler Jones has emerged as one of the best pass rushing ends in the game, recording 8.5 sacks through seven games, which is tied for first in the league with none other than J.J. Watt. The rest of the Patriots defensive front has cleaned up their run stopping with linebackers Dont’a Hightower, Jerod Mayo, and Jaime Collins leading the way. The pass rush of the New England front has paid dividends for the secondary, who has been able to capitalize on hurried throws from opposing Quarterbacks.
With the Washington Redskins coming to Foxboro in Week 9, the Patriots will not take them lightly. New England is easily the better team in this instance, but they will be ready. Look for the Redskins to put up their best fight, but I believe the Patriots will just be too much.
The best Tom Brady we’ve seen in years + a 3-4 Redskins team = blowout city.