So I posted a quick post Thursday morning after my 10K race (1:11:41.30 and a better second half of the race than first for reference) saying that the Pats and Lions were going to have a high scoring game and that the Pats would win 38-30.
Well, when I tuned in (I had early dinner) the Pats were down 14-3. I did a double take. Benjarvus Green-Ellis bowled over a defender and all of a sudden the Pats were only down four. I felt a little better. But a late Detroit field goal had the Pats down seven at the half.
But as we’ve all seen since Thursday afternoon, it was a tail of two halves. This was a criticism of the Patriots for the past few years; they didn’t make halftime adjustments. Whether it was Bill’s ego or they were making the wrong adjustments, there were several games (most recently against the Browns) where the Pats came out in the second half and continued to be inept.
Well, that didn’t happen Thursday.
The Pats came out and tied the game after the half. The Lions scored again to go up seven but the Pats tied the game on a 79 yard pass to Deion Branch. Somehow I was on the edge of my seat (in the car) thinking that the fourth quarter may be disastrous.
Thankfully the Pats had three touchdowns to the Lions zero in the fourth and they pulled out the victory in what looked like a beat down; final score 45-24 final. Devin McCourty looked like a worthy first round pick as he picked off Shaun Hill twice. Brady had a perfect quarterback rating on the day with two touchdowns apiece to Branch and Welker. Benjarvus Green-Ellis also had two scores.
So the offense sputtered to start the game but thanks to a five touchdown second half, looked like world beaters. I was off on my score prediction, but I’m certainly OK with it when the Pats are running up the score.
Next up is the Jets on Monday night. Meaning another Sunday without the Pats coming up. So long as the Pats continue to win, I’ll ignore the fact that my fantasy team (now renamed to the Shitty Mc-Lose-A-Lot) is in a free fall out of the playoffs.