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After a Tom Brady punt for 36 yards, marked down at the one yard line, Dolphin QB Jay Fielder gets intercepted by Tedy Bruschi. Returning it five yards for the touchdown. Giving the Patriots a shutout win of 12-0. Making them AFC East Champions of 2003. Going on to win their second Super Bowl in two years.

Let’s make it four in eleven years, fellas! 

Week Eleven for the New England Patriots was another great Monday Night Football game!

What started as a rocky game for the Patriots eventually turned into another great night for New England against the Kansas City Chiefs. Being Brady’s first game against the Chiefs since his 2008 season-ending injury. Coincidentally, Cassel’s first start came due to Brady’s injury in the 2008 season-opener against the Chiefs. And tonight was Tyler Palko’s first start, against the Patriots. Due to Cassel’s season-ending injury just last week.

But that aside, the game really comes down to the following sentence;
34 unanswered points!

Even though the Patriots have started over 40 different defensive players this season, 15 of those being undrafted, the defense showed its potential! New England’s Defense is not only inexperience, but unknown to even offensive Patriot players! Yet, tonight’s game was a defensive win as much as it was a special teams win and obviously, an offensive win. A.K.A. the 'Patriot Way'. In which everyone was the reason for the win. Not individuals, but a team!

New England’s Defense had three interceptions (two of those belonging to Kyle Arrington. Making him the NFL leader in interceptions!), three sacks, stopped crucial plays, but also had major problems that still need improvement. Yet tonight, the Patriot Defense showed that week after week they are resilient, determined, and excited to constantly improve! This may be the worse ranked defense in the NFL, but the players do not let that stop them.

Now, the reason I didn’t automatically jumped into talking about the offense is simply because we all know what they did. They played like the New England Patriots! Shocker, right?! Brady was off to a late start. Wasn’t productive. Got sacked three times as well. Incomplete passes. And fumbled. But the tide of the game automatically changed when Brady threw the 52 yard touchdown pass to Gronkowski! Instantly reminding you that Tom Brady is, of course, Tom Brady! With that TD reception also becoming Gronkowski’s longest in his career. And later on making another touchdown! Surpassing Mike Ditka as the fastest Tight End to make 20 touchdowns in only 26 games. Ditka, 31 games. As well as becoming the Patriot player with the most touchdowns in only two seasons. Beating Randy Moss, Troy Brown, Benjamin Watson, and Deion Branch. And finally giving Tom Brady at least 25 touchdowns in one season for the seventh time in his career. In which Brady tied Marino for another record becoming third most in NFL history. Three records broken in one touchdown.

But let’s not forget the amazing performance by Julian Edelman! A wide receiver who seemed to have played almost every position! Blocking on defense and having a 72 yard punt-return for a touchdown! Which sums up the game, the Patriot Way is what makes this team win! Now having a two game lead for first place in the AFC East and being third in the AFC, the Patriots go to Philly next week to play the Eagles. A very tough game ahead. But with the performance shown tonight, New England is still revealing to the NFL that it will be a playoff team! And of course, aiming to be a Super Bowl team.

Week Ten for the New England Patriots was in enemy territory against their divisional rivals, the New York Jets!

An exciting game, due to many reasons! New England had been on a two week losing streak, which is a shock to say when talking about the Patriots. New York, on the other hand, had been playing great. Coming in with a three game winning streak. Playing at home, in which the Patriots haven’t beaten the Jets yet since Mark Sanchez took the roll of starting quarterback. And to top it off, the game would give the winner the title of first place in the AFC East.

What seemed to be a very, very difficult game for the Pats turned out to be a gentle, calm, and well-played game. Starting with an amazing offensive performance, which that isn’t a shock to say. Rob Gronkowski having another monster game, with two touchdowns. Tom Brady playing another great game. Completing 26 passes out of 39 attempts for 329 yards and three touchdowns, with a passer rating of 118.4. The shock of this would easily have to be Brady’s longest pass of the game. For 54 yards. Not that impressive, if it were to Welker or Branch, but it was to Ochocinco! Showing that the two are finally starting to have some sort of rhythm.

(And let’s add the fact that Brady broke a few more records. Brady and Belichick surpass Marino and Shula for most wins as starting quarterback/head coach pair in NFL history with 117 wins. Brady also ties Joe Montana for 40 games with over +300 yards. Becoming eighth in NFL history. And finally becoming the second player in NFL history to throw for 3,000 yards in only ten games. Joining Drew Brees, who just joined as well earlier this season.)

And surprisingly, New England’s defense had a pretty good, if not, great game! Even though they had a ton of injuries on their secondary. Basically being forced to play a game with players most of the country had never heard of. They refuse to give the Jets offense an easy time with anything. Andre Carter sacking Sanchez four times, two being back to back! Rob Ninkovich picking off Sanchez twice, one for a touchdown return! A fumble on a punt. New England was playing smooth.

The game at first seemed to be a Jets game, even if the Patriots were the ones winning with only two field goals. But the momentum of the game belonged to the Jets. You can just feel it when you’re watching players on the field. Who seems more comfortable, who seems more refreshed, excited to play. But with a Sanchez mistake, calling a timeout with around 1:20 to go before the half, he left Brady plenty of time to work with. Which Brady proved to make great use of, throwing for a Gronkowski touchdown. Extending the lead to make it 13-9, and going into the locker room with the momentum. From there, the game was wrapped.

See, that’s the thing with the Patriots. You don’t make mistakes with them. They, I guarantee you, will always exploit it. From turnovers, to penalties, momentum changes. They use everything and anything they can. And they make it a success. In all, New England played an amazing game. They redeemed themselves from the last two weeks. It’s impossible for New England to have a three game losing streak. (Which by the way, hasn’t occurred since 2002. And since 2002, they’ve only had three two game losing streaks.) New England doesn’t lose on purpose. They don’t shoot themselves in the foot because of lack of motivation. Every team loses from time to time. But not like New England. They don’t make it a business to kept a streak that isn’t fun to hold. And today they proved that they were down, but always rise back up. Stronger than before.

With the Patriots now, statistically, having the easiest schedule left, I don’t think New England plans on losing anytime soon. If not for the rest of the season. This is a team that wants to show the NFL that it is still a juggernaut, a force to be feared and respected, a Super Bowl team.