“The Dream Team…”
Eagles QB Vince Young looked stellar – for three minutes, as his Eagles took a 10-0 lead early on, before the New England Patriots overcame their slow star to crush Philly in their house this evening. Patriots QB Tom Brady looked clinical once again, throwing darts across the field and connecting on deep balls to WR’s Deion Branch and Wes Welker, the latter receiving a 41 yard touchdown after a few incomplete targets early in the game.
Jamming the quick and small Welker has been effective as of late, with the Pittsburgh Steelers proving that to be the best route to take against him, but if Welker can get behind the corner, look out. Welker has been able to work well against nickleback’s who cannot overpower him, and after a few jams, Welker once again broke free for numerous receptions.
Patriots RB Benjarvus Green-Ellis also had an excellent performance, scoring two short yardage touchdowns early, one after a 63 yard reception by Deion Branch. The Pats offense was operating on all cylinders, with the usual dual TE attack getting through in the form of a 24 yard touchdown to emerging star TE Rob Gronkowski.
Offensively, the Pats are certainly the best team in the AFC, but still their passing defense is suspect, letting Eagles QB Vince Young and a combination of his young receivers run riot on them in the first quarter. I thought that maybe the Pittsburgh Steelers were the slight favorite to win the AFC, but after watching their offense sputter and punt repeatedly against a Kansas City team and barely win at last gasp, there is not a bone in my body that thinks they can go toe to toe with the Pats. Given the return of OLB Lamarr Woodley, there could be drastic differences.
Even after the slow defensive start, the Patriots defense buckled down, intercepting the Eagles and getting after Vince Young. They gave up passing yards in bunches, but held them off the scoreboard. New England’s stoutness against the run could be a result of Philadelphia playing behind for so long, but their defense as a whole has shown strides since early on in the season.
It looks like right now the Pats are the surefire favorite to win the AFC should Pittsburgh rot offensively and the Pats play competent defense. As of now, there are few to no gaps in the game of the Green Bay Packers, but things look good for New England, and depressing for the “Dream Team” in Philadelphia.