I don’t need to say much about this one. God Tom Brady delivered the best passing performance in Monday Night Football history yesterday, racking up 517 passing yards and 4 touchdowns. While I am not much of a fantasy football player because I care more about my team winning than any fantasy scenario, I did find myself in a telling fantasy scenario going into last night’s game. I draft Tom Brady with my first pick every year, which to most fantasy fans is downright stupid. That said, I found myself 1 point behind my opponent going into Monday Night Football. My opponent had QB Kyle Orton and RB Knowshon Moreno going in the late game, I had Brady and the Gronk man going for the Pats in the early game. I looked my favored opponent in the eye last night and said “Tom Brady will deliver me the victory.” I said it without any hint of doubt, and my man came through.
But enough about Brady – my secondary excitement in this game came from the Patriots 1st round draft pick Nate Solder. The Patriots entered the 2011 season with some serious concern about the right side of their offensive line. Last night I watched the 6’8 and 319 pound Solder consistently beast Miami Pro Bowl linebacker Cameron Wake – absolute music to any Patriots’ fans ears. As for the defense, well, letting up 24 points to Miami is never a good thing. That said, I’ll be the first to credit Miami – the Patriots did a good job of applying pressure on Chad Henne, who really did come through with a good amount of Peyton Manning-esque throws which were coupled with outstanding grabs by the Miami receivers. I think the defense will continue to be a work in progress for the first few weeks of the season, but despite the 24 points I think all indications point towards a vast improvement in applying pressure on opposing QBs.
We’ve got a tough one against the Chargers next week, but for now go play on the water slide Tommy boy. You earned it.