Dumb And Dumber
The New York Jets were one pathetic drop from becoming the stupidest football team to pull off a Gillette Stadium victory in the Bill Belichick Era.
Forgive me for feeling this way after the Pats escaped defeat in a handful of awkward, yet effective ways. But, today, on Oct. 22, 2012, I’d still take the Jets roster over the Patriots, based on physical talent and football skill.
Yes, that’s even with Tom Brady and Mark Sanchez calling signals. The Jets are better.
They also happen to be an incredibly dumb football team.
Of course, you start with Sanchez, whose inability to see more than one receiver in the pattern – a brutal case of myopia – often forced spontaneous combustion.
At least six times last night, including the time he almost got Shonn Greene decapitated by Brandon Spikes, did Sanchez check down to a well-covered safety valve, while right behind that receiver, at the next level, was a wide-open crossing Dustin Keller.
But it’s so much more than Sanchez, who literally propped himself up in the pocket for three full seconds before Jermaine Cunningham and Rob Ninkovich collapsed on him.
That was just the last of the Jets’ brain cramping.
We take the Pats for granted sometimes. They may be overwhelmed in the secondary by mediocre offenses. They may not deliver in the clutch like they used to. But their football I.Q. tops the charts.
And that really was the difference here last night.
No right to win
Pardon my longing for the past, but whatever happened to the good, old days of 2007?
Back then, the Pats would get up 10 points and go for the jugular, often to the point of running up the score.
So how do you explain this Patriots team and yesterday’s multiple attempts to give this one away?