The Patriots dynasty that won three Super Bowls from 2001 to 2004 was keyed by a clutch defense, but since 2007, the offense has drawn the headlines and the national attention. They have now scored 30 or more points in nine straight regular season games dating back to Week 10 of the 2010 season.
For all the talk of pressure defenses, New England fielded a pressure offense Monday night. With a no-huddle offense, Brady was able to dictate the tempo to the defense and instead of taking what the defense gave him, he just took whatever he wanted.
Truth be told, this offense looks tough to stop. There is no singular threat to be isolated, as Brady spread the ball to eight different receivers, with four of his receivers corralling six catches or more.
Most would expect a big game from the wide receivers in such a stellar performance; although Wes Welker’s 99-yard touchdown catch provided a nice highlight, it was tight ends Aaron Hernandez and Rob Gronkowski that put on a show. The two second-year tight ends combined for 13 catches for 189 yards, with each reaching the end zone.
New England fans have been spoiled with an explosive offense as of late, and from the onset, 2011 doesn’t look to be much different.
No one expects this offense to keep the pace of the record-setting ’07 team, but 30 or more points doesn’t seem like so much to ask anymore.
The question is no longer whether they’ll score more than 30. Instead, we ask how many times they’ll do it.