Patriots O rides high vs. Colts; D sinks low in 4th


Last Sunday’s game versus the Colts seemed to summarize the highs and lows that have surrounded the Patriots this season. The well oiled Pat’s offense led by Tom Brady and certified super-freak Rob Gronkowski racked up a commanding 31-3 lead through the first 3 quarters, only to see that lead dwindle in the 4th quarter to a final score of 31-24.

So which team is the true Patriots team? The one that can pass on command, racking up points at a lighting quick pace? Or the one that makes Dan Orlovsky look like Peyton Manning? At the end of the game does it matter what the final score was or just who won? To me the answer lies somewhere in the middle, victories are of course the great playoff decider, but how the game is won shows the true colors of the team. The past few weeks against powder-puff schedule both the Patriots’ offense and defense have played well, showing the New England faithful that Bill Belichick has his team under control. Yet the last 15-minutes of football against Indianapolis derailed the smooth running train. The defense still has a problem defending against the pass, no matter who is throwing the ball. Will the 4th quarter meltdown be the crystal ball of the Patriots playoff hopes, I doubt it, but keep an eye on that defense, patched sails can still catch wind.

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