The Patriots won big over one of the elite teams in the AFC yesterday, a 35-21 victory over Phillip Rivers’ San Diego Chargers. While this was a big win, I’ll be the first to downplay this victory – this game could very easily have gone the other way. The Patriots got the right bounces in this one, but rather than a dominant display, I saw a team that showed it certainly is capable of having a game or two stolen from them. With the Bills and the Jets winning yesterday, I’m certainly happy that was not the case – it should be a very competitive year here in the AFC East.
Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski were studs as usual for the Pats – with little else to say I’ll hit you with some meaningless statistics, that nonetheless are fun and effective in illustrating just how good Tom Brady has been thus far. If Brady maintains his torrid pace he’ll end the season with 7,520 passing yards – the NFL record is 5,084 by Dan Marino. It was also interesting to note that on this all-time passing list Brady currently holds the 4th best season ever. Peyton Manning, frequently cited for being a better passer than Brady, is 11th on the list in his best season. Brady is also on pace for 56 touchdowns this year, which would break his own NFL record of 50. The boy is on point – let’s keep him healthy.
In other news this post is only a mere distraction from the Red Sox, who have now lost 13 of 17 games in September. They still have a 90% chance of making the playoffs, but with the Rays only two games back I’m not sure how much trust I have in that number.