November 23, 2008

BUT FOR STARTING AN INJURED BRADY IN THE SUPERBOWL, HE'D HAVE A SUPER BOWL MVP TROPHY TOO:

Patriots Beat Miami to Stay in the Hunt (JUDY BATTISTA, 11/23/08, NY Times)

Riding Matt Cassel’s second consecutive 400-yard game — Brady didn’t have one of them in last year’s record-setting season — the Patriots beat the Dolphins, 48-28, to take sole possession of second place in the A.F.C. East — and stay firmly in contention for a wild-card berth — at 7-4 and remain one game behind the Jets with five left to play.

The Patriots’ schedule, which includes next Sunday’s game against the A.F.C. North-leading Pittsburgh Steelers plus games against Arizona and Buffalo (both of which have winning records), is more difficult than the Jets’ schedule, but whatever lingering hand-wringing about Cassel’s readiness to lead the Patriots into the playoffs can cease. He finished the game completing 30 of 43 passes for 415 yards, three touchdowns and an interception.

For two teams that used to be steeped in defense, this game was an aberration: they couldn’t stop each other at all. The lead changed hands six times — the Dolphins stayed in it early because of two Patriots turnovers that led to 14 points — but Cassel seized control of the game in the second half to prevent the Dolphins from becoming the first team to sweep a season series with the Patriots since 2000.


For all his heartlessness in other areas, Bill Belichick's misplaced loyalty to Vrabel, Harrison, and Bruschi left them with a defense so old and slow that they were never going to do better than 10-6 or 11-5 this year, even with the QB upgrade.

Posted by Orrin Judd at November 23, 2008 5:36 PM
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