October 21, 2007


Brady gets 6 more TD passes and Patriots stay unbeaten by defeating winless Dolphins 49-28 (Steven Wine, 10/21/07, AP)

Tom Brady emerged from the locker room Sunday wearing a suit and tie complemented by a pocket scarf, his stylish look marred only by a few small drink stains on his coat.

So he's not perfect.

But he and the New England Patriots are awfully good.

Flawless at the start and off the bench, Brady threw a team-record six touchdown passes to help the unbeaten Patriots rout the winless Miami Dolphins 49-28.

With his team comfortably ahead, Brady came out early in the fourth quarter, then re-entered and threw for New England's final score. His TD total exceeded his career high of five, set last week against Dallas.

With no disrespect intended to Mr. Brady, two of those td's were catchers that only Randy Moss, in the entire NFL receiving corps, could have made. One, I kid you not, he caught in the crook of his elbow.

Moss seems to get it: Plan wasn't fancy, but he makes it work (Mike Reiss, October 22, 2007, Boston Globe)

Yesterday, it was Moss, and in a big way.

His 35- and 50-yard touchdown catches in the second quarter were remarkable plays, in part because they looked like they were drawn up at the bus stop. It was nothing fancy, nothing that came from a page deep in the Patriots' playbook to set him free.

Instead, it was about Moss running down the field and quarterback Tom Brady lobbing up offerings that, in his own words, simply gave Moss a chance to make a play in the end zone.

On the first, Moss had safety Cameron Worrell draped over him, with some late defensive help arriving after he made the catch. On the second, it was Worrell and Renaldo Hill attached to both hips.

Each time, Moss positioned his body to shield the defenders, then treated the football like the Frisbee to which Stallworth referred. On the second catch - which came on a third-and-18 play - Moss made it with one hand, securing it close to his body.

Great plays by Moss? Bad plays by the defense?

Some will see it both ways, but there is no question which side the quarterback is on.

"I can't take credit for Randy's touchdown catches," Brady said. "That's all Randy Moss."

Posted by Orrin Judd at October 21, 2007 7:24 PM

two of those td's were catches that only Randy Moss...could have made.

That's not a bug, that's a feature.

Posted by: Ibid at October 21, 2007 8:15 PM

Yes, why bother? After all, the NFL is all about the first half of the season. Enjoy your self-appreciation... You won it all, smoke your victory cigar and pat yourself on the back. Job well done, nothing to be seen here any more.

The world of sports is nothing but victory by the first-half front runner. It's over now, let's watch something more unpredictable...

Posted by: darryl at October 21, 2007 10:34 PM

The only thing that can make up for the Sawx winning the pennant, is the Giants spanking a 15-0 Pats team in week 16, and then crushing them again in the Superbowl.

Neither would make up for a Sawx world championship.

Posted by: Jim in Chicago at October 22, 2007 8:55 AM

Nobody has beaten the Colts yet either.

Posted by: Brandon at October 22, 2007 10:36 AM

I've got a funny feeling that the Pats are going to run into a buzzsaw on November 4 in the Stadium Formerly Known As The Hoosier Dome.

Posted by: Mike Morley at October 22, 2007 2:21 PM

Could this be the year the '72 Dolphins don't get to crack open the champagne?

Posted by: MarkD at October 22, 2007 5:39 PM