Tom Brady looked like a surgeon on Sunday. The four-time Super Bowl champion took his arm, used it as a scalpel and cut into the Jacksonville Jaguars defense. The 51-17 win at home is another statement to the NFL and football fans that Brady is a man on a mission and he and his New England Patriots may be headed toward another run at the record books.
It wasn’t close and it wasn’t pretty. I know I took my best attempt and trying to make a case for the Jaguars being competitive on Sunday, but I failed. Brady and the Patriots really are that good.
The Jaguars are not ready to compete on the same level yet as the team that looks to be the early odds-on favorite to get another Super Bowl ring, but it was Brady and a tough running game that showed as much precision as any team I have seen this season so far.
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The NFL did not do any of the other 31 teams in the league any favors with the drawn out “Deflategate” issues over the offseason, which still continue to make headlines today.
All it has done is make the Patriots a team on a mission and Brady the man who is pulling the trigger on an offense that does not seem to know any other speed that fast with a hand on a throttle that should earn offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels another head coaching job somewhere next season (Washington, Indianapolis).
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The NFL likes teams that win. It likes dynasty-team franchises and it likes quarterbacks who win multiple Super Bowls, play dynasty franchises and look the part of the leading man of the league.
This isn’t a mistake. For everything that goes on with the Patriots and the drama the team continually writes in chapter and verse, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell eats it up and uses it for his own profit. It capitalism and big business at its best.
This week, the Jaguars suffered the embarrassment of playing at Gillette Stadium. Next week, the Patriots are off, presumably to cool their jets before facing the Dallas Cowboys.
Giving Bill Belichick an extra week to plan for another win is like handing a potent formula to a mad scientist.
Maybe we should just go ahead and hand the Super Bowl title to New England again. I cannot see any team coming close to being as good or able to stop this machine. It’s early yet, I know. I also know the NFL is about moments in time and the ability to strike at any time. The Patriots proved that on Sunday, scoring on all of their first nine possessions. That’s crazy good.
Tom Brady, Rob Gronkowski, and LeGarrette Blount are a dangerous combination. Danger is enough to win titles. And the NFL is looking for that kind of danger to keep the Patriots at the top of its profitable food chain.