Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Pats Riot in Miami


This week's version of MNF was a massacre...and it cost a coach his job. The New England Patriots throttled the Miami Dolphins in their house, 41-14. The Pats special teams, in general, and Patrick Chung, in particular, steamrolled the Dolphins special teams for a blocked punt as well as a blocked kick that went the other way for a touchdown. Unfortunately, Dolphins special teams coach, John Bonamego, is now looking for another job as the result of the debacle. But then, as if Mr Chung had not yet made his mark...he also intercepted a Chad Henne pass and went 50+ yards for a pick six. The former Michigan QB had an evening to forget. Hopefully, he will bounce back after a bye week and work some things out. On top of all of this, the Patriots are the first team in NFL history to have a passing TD, rushing TD, interception TD, kickoff return TD and blocked field goal TD all in the same game this evening. If you think about it...that is pretty amazing.

Well, there were some other games played over the weekend, and a few things worthy of note for week 4. For all of the offensive talent that the Cincinnati Bengals have...including the T.O. and Ochocinco show...it doesn't seem to be working, as the Bengals lost to previously winless cross-state rival, the Cleveland Browns, 23-20, and are now 2-2. It just has to make one wonder how that locker room is...is the team chemistry at the boiling point yet? If not, I am willing to bet it will be before the season is over. Now, the J-E-T-S are playing like the team that Rambunctious Rex thought they would be. "They are who we thought they were..." to quote a famous line by Dennis Green after beating the hapless Bills 38-14 to go to 3-1. The Jets have pretty well handled all three division rivals in consecutive weeks after a season opening loss to the Ravens. And speaking of surprises, the Rams continue to perform with Sam Bradford at the helm, handling the Seahawks 20-3, and are on top of the NFC West at 2-2...not that this is much to brag about. The bigger story may be their defense that continues to beat up on opposing offenses. One final note...I doubt that the Colts are on the rocks, but after losing 31-28 to the Jaguars thanks to a last second 59 yard field goal and their kicker, Josh Scobee, they are clearly not as strong defensively as they were last year. However, hard to count against Peyton Manning and company. We will see when they face the 3-0 Chiefs next week.


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