The Patriots just continue to roll on, continuing to make the dire predictions of doom from after week four look silly.
The criticism of the team and how they played at Kansas City at the time certainly was legitimate, but what was ridiculous was the assumption that they wouldn’t get any better.
I’ve been consistent on this.
The Patriots were AWFUL last night. But to think they're not going to get better means you haven't paid attention the last 14 years.
— Bruce Allen (@bruceallen) September 30, 2014
(Some of the replies to that tweet are great.)
A 42-20 win in Indianapolis last night was the latest step for a squad that has made the changes and adjustments needed to improve since the round beginning. 199 rushing yards and four touchdowns from Jonas Gray didn’t hurt, either.
While they could certainly stumble a couple more times before the end of the season, it seems safe to say that those who wrote them off were a bit premature.
It wasn’t perfect last night, but it was powerful.
As for this “road win” storyline, which permeated the talk over the last week, as in, “They aren’t a good road team…they haven’t won a big road game since 2011…” Name me a good road team in the NFL. Most good teams are .500 on the road.
A sampling from this morning:
Separation Sunday: Patriots seize command of AFC with decisive win over Colts – Chris Price, WEEI.com
Patriots continue their run with thrashing of Colts – Tom E Curran, CSNNE
Patriots keep getting better and better – Jackie MacMullan, ESPNBoston
Defense builds up speed – Karen Guregian, Boston Herald
Jonas Gray learned success in Detroit, and the world learned his name Sunday night – Kevin Duffy, MassLive.com
After win over Colts, Patriots are in the running with the best – Mark Farinella, Sun Chronicle.
Get the complete coverage at PatriotsLinks.com.
Expert analysis from NBC’s Tony Dungy, Rodney Harrison – Chad Finn looks at NBC’s coverage from last night.
Collinsworth and Michaels were certainly fawning over the Patriots last night, but Collinsworth also correctly pointed out what happened on Brady’s first interception, that with the pass rush coming he couldn’t see the safety Adams coming over to perfect position to make the pick.
On the second Brady interception, which looked to be one of the worst passes we’ve seen from Brady, the end zone view showed that Gronkowski was wide open and running away from the coverage. The issue was again the pass rush which resulted in the underthrown ball, and easy pick for the Colts.
The Inside Track in the Herald has speculation that WEEI might be trying to get the gang back together again.
Let’s say I’m skeptical.