Posted by: Staff | 10.24.2008

On It With Offit: Week 7 Overview

Patriots Pulverize, Bring Beatdown on Broncos: 41-7

ADAM OFFIT ’09

(Randy Moss (81) trots into the end-zone for his second touchdown of the night, early in the fourth quarter)

(Randy Moss (81) trots into the end-zone for his second touchdown of the night, early in the fourth quarter)

Going into Monday night’s game, the Patriots had won one game and lost five against the Denver Broncos. In fact, no matter how good the Patriots were, they always found a way to lose to the Broncos. However, this year, the Patriots unloaded their early season frustration on the helpless Broncos, achieving a 34-point victory. Offensively, Matt Cassel had his best career performance (18/24 185 yards and three touchdowns) as he ripped apart the Broncos’ secondary like a 7th grade student does to a frog in science class. Randy Moss showed the critics that he’s still an elite NFL prospect not only with his two receiving touchdowns, but with his blocking on critical Patriots running plays as well. However, the running game led by Sammie “Sam Bam” Morris (16 carries for 138 yards and a touchdown) didn’t need much of Moss’s help as he plowed through Denver’s front seven accumulating 237 yards allowing the Patriots’ offense to move up and down the field at will. With Lamont Jordan and Laurence Maroney inactive, the fans were also pleasantly surprised by the performance of BenJarvus Green-Ellis (13 carries for 65 yards and a touchdown), a rookie called up from the practice squad in his first ever NFL game.

Defensively, the Pats’ controlled one of the NFLs leading offense. The Patriots got a big break (pun intended) when Broncos’ quarterback Jay Cutler smashed his hand on Patriot Nose guard Vince Wilfork’s helmet (see it here, 20-30 seconds in).

Needless to say, Cutler was not performing at his normal Pro-Bowl caliber level throwing two interceptions. The Broncos running game seemed to be effective early in the contest, but after two consecutive Andre Hall fumbles, Denver failed to move the ball as efficiently for the rest of the game.

Overall, this was a complete and total domination. The Patriots out-played and out-coached the Broncos in all three phases of the game: Offense, Defense, and Special Teams. As a fan, I can only hope that the patriots move on throughout the season with similar results. The only negative part of the game was when Patriots’ veteran Safety, Rodney Harrison was carted off the field with, what appeared to be, an excruciating knee injury. At 36 years old, we can only hope that Rodney hasn’t played his last down.

My MVP of the game: Decisions, decisions…..So many players exceeded their expectations during the game. However, the clear winner in my mind is Sammie Morris for collecting a mind boggling 8.6 yards per carry! With Laurence Maroney out for the year and Lamont Jordan still nursing an undisclosed injury, Morris’ success will be crucial in helping the Patriots’ win for the rest of the season

Up Next: The Patriots’ next competition is a home game against the St. Louis Rams at 1:00 on Sunday. The Rams started the season 0-4, but since they’ve fired their head coach after the fourth game, they’ve won two straight. This should be an interesting game.

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