This was a different kind of Boston Massacre. It happened in England and it was the Patriots who did the killing as they slaughtered the Rams 45-7. The Patriots had nine drives and they scored on seven of them! The Rams has 10 drives and scored on one. Twice New England defenders intercepted St. Louis QB passes. Twice the Rams turned the ball over on downs. It was a humiliating experience for the Rams and an exhilarating one for the Pats.
Brady Was Perfect
Tom Brady was incredible. He was 25/35 and passed for a total of 304 yards. Brady averaged 8.7 yards per pass and earned a rating of 131.1. He hit eight receivers with Gronkowski being his favorite. Gronk had 8 receptions for 146 yards and 2 TDs. He averaged 18.3 YPC. Brandon Lloyd had 2 catches for 28 yards with each catch being for a score.
The other offensive force was Stevan Ridley who ran for 127 yards on 15 carries for an amazing average of 8.5 per carry. He notched 1 TD. Ridley was the major ground gainer.
The Patriot defense sacked QB Sam Bradford twice, had 5 tackles for a loss and 3 QB hits. As mentioned, they intercepted the ball twice and for the most part shut down the Rams’ offense. They pretty much kept their opponents out of the red zone. The D dominated in all areas.
Here’s a Stat
It was the 17th straight time that the Patriots had at least 350 yards of offense. Ironically, that broke the record set by Kurt Warner and the Rams who were said to be “The Greatest Show on Turf.” Of course New England fans remember that team because that was the club that they upset to win their first Super Bowl.
Pats Moving On Up
I don’t think England has ever witnessed such an onslaught. Brady was like the London Blitz tossing passing and hitting targets again and again. For NFL PR purposes it would have been good for the Rams to do something more than stall during just about every drive.
The Pats are the only NFL team to win two games in London, having beat Tampa Bay in 2009. Most of the 84,004 fans at Wembley were cheering for the Pats but they did boo once. That’s when Pat’s backup QB Ryan Mallett took a knee at the end of the game to let the clock run out. It’s a finer point of the game Londoners didn’t appreciate.
The Patriots have earned some well-deserved rest as they sit atop the AFC West at 5-3. Miami is right behind them at 4-3 having beaten the Jets today 30-9.