The Patriots 31-7 thrashing of the Minnesota Vikings was perhaps the most complete thrashing of a team during the Belichick, save for the 31-0 beating they put on Buffalo or the 42-15 pasting they put on the Browns. Except for a punt return for touchdown, the Patriots owned the Vikings (whose helmets sport what appears to be a sperm heading towards the egg) which was a 180 of what most people suspected would happen...
Tom Brady once again came up big on the national stage completing 29 of 43 passes for a career best 372 yards and 4 touchdowns.
The win not only put the Pats at a 6-1 record going into Sunday's showdown with the 7-0 Colts, but it was a game that may be mentioned in annals of head coach Bill Belichick's ever growing legend. Facing the NFL's top-ranked rush defense, the Patriots ran the ball only 15 times, and jumped out to a 10-0 lead in the first quarter and finished the game with 430 yards of offense. The amazingly brilliant yet seemingly simple move helped to embarrass Vikings head coach Brad Childress who had attempted to get in the head of Belichick earlier in the week. Childress mocked Belichick by closing practice to reporters and doubling the team's injury report. Belichick has often been criticized for making similar moves involving player status and lack of participation in answering media questions.
The Pats defense again came up huge, picking off Viking QBs 4 times and shutting down the Minnesota running game."That's probably one of the most embarrassing games I've ever been a part of," Vikings QB Brad Johnson said.
"Unreal," cornerback Antoine Winfield said. "I've never been a part of something like that. No matter what we did, [Brady] found every weakness we had. Amazing."
On a quick side note, this was the first Pats game on ESPN's Monday Night Football, and while UB has seen previous games, it was the first time he watched MNF wire to wire...First off what is with the AWFUL opening of a celeb (this time Paris Hilton) saying they are ready for some football followed by a city becoming a stadium with random people turning into generic players, jumping over cabs? This is what i would expect from OLN (now Versus) or maybe TNT...Isn't ESPN supposed to be the leader of sports and sports-entertainment? Then there is Tony Kornheiser...This guy is also AWFUL. During his Larry Merchant-esque opening praising of the career of Tom Brady, Kornheiser said "Brady doesn't throw more touchdowns than Peyton Manning and he doesn't throw for as many yards as Donovan McNabb" he also said Brady doesn't have the big name advertising deals like Manning, McNabb, Vick and others...Cue Stat Boy for the Errors:
: "Ok, Tony, Brady did lead the league in touchdowns in 2002 and in yards last season, and he has done ads for Visa, Sirius satellite radio, Snickers, Got Milk and some high quality watch that I can't afford. The difference between Brady and ad whores like Manning, Tom knows how to say "no."