After the last two weeks, people have begun to doubt the likelihood that the Patriots are going to finish the regular season 16-0. But after last night, it's apparent that those hopes are still very much alive as the Patriots beat Miami in a convincing fashion, 36-7.
Playing on a short week, New England came out guns blazing. Surprise surprise. Tom Terrific went off for a 28-36 performance with 356 yards, 4 TDs, and, even more of a surprise, 0 INTs. Gronk had over 100 yards and a TD, Edelman regained his form and caught 2 TDs, and Lafell got back on track with 4 for 47. Dion Lewis caught a TD and was totally unstoppable in the passing game. Amendola made some catches but he wasn't targeted much throughout.
The defense held their ground, allowing just 15 total yards rushing and, although Tannehill threw for 300 yards, he was picked off twice. Once by Logan Ryan and the other by Duron Harmon. Plus, anytime you allow only 7 points, I'd consider it a job well done.
This poses the question: does anyone have what it takes to take down the Pats?
And right now, the answer is no. The only team that stands a chance right now is Denver. That's only because of their defense.
Phil Simms touched upon this last night, and I was surprised that he made sense for once. But he said that "the only way a team can beat the New England Patriots is by scoring over 30 points." We get it, our defense isn't stellar, but our offense is just too good to lose if the opponent scores less than 30 points.
The only way to beat the Pats is by scoring 30 somehow, or finding some way to hold them to under 30. And quite frankly, I don't see that happening at all this season, even against Denver.