The New England Patriots beat the Los Angeles Rams 26-10. This victory puts the Pats at 10-2 on the season, the second best record in football.
The Patriots are fine without Rob Gronkowski.
The Patriots’ offense fared fine on Sunday, just days after learning about Rob Gronkowski’s season ending back surgery. New England recorded their second highest yard total (402) on the season, 269 of which came through the air. Tom Brady completed 71.7% of his passes. Julian Edelman continued his upward trend with his first 100 yard game of the season. Rookie receiver, and Red Seat favorite, Malcolm Mitchell recorded 8 receptions for 82 yards on 10 targets.
Tom Brady is comfortable throwing to people not named Gronk. Seven different receivers caught a pass against the Rams. Malcolm Mitchell’s targets have increased 5 to 7 to 10 over the past three weeks. There’s no questioning Gronk’s importance to the Patriots offense, but they’ll do just fine without him.
The Patriots defense looked outstanding.
The Pats’ defense recorded 2 interceptions, 9 passes defended, 4 sacks, and 9 QB hits against a struggling Rams offense. At the end of the first half the Patriots had scored more points than the Rams had yards. Malcolm Butler, after struggling last week, broke up 2 passes, putting him at an NFL leading 12 PDs on the season. Jamie Collins replacement Shea McClellin led the team with 7 total tackles and a sack.
Anyway you slice it, Matt Patricia called a fantastic game and the the defense played lights-out. Sure, the Rams offense is horrible. But I’ll celebrate any success. And holding an NFL team to just 10 points is a success.
The Rams are horrible.
The Rams are so incredibly horrible. It’s embarrassing. Watching 2016 number one draft pick Jared Goff trying to complete a pass is like watching an elderly woman walk up the stairs. It just makes you feel bad. The undeniably talented Todd Gurley was held to just 38 yards on just 3.5 yards per carry. Last season Gurley had 5 games with over 100 yards rushing. This season he has zero. The Rams offensive line is an abomination and it’s obvious to anyone who watches. It’s remarkable how they have 4 wins. They should be at the Browns’ level.
Tom Brady is the GOAT. No question.
The victory over the Rams gave Tom Brady his 201st in his NFL career—the most of all time for a quarterback. Now Tom Brady has the most wins, the most playoff wins, the most Super Bowl appearances, the most division titles, tied for most Super Bowl titles, and is in the top five for basically every statistical measure of a quarterback. There are less and less arguments for the Manning and Montana camps to desperately cling on to. Tom Brady is the greatest of all time. Anybody who says different is either overly nostalgic, ignorantly biased, or in denial of facts. Probably all three.
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