Sunday, October 18, 2009

Patriots 59 Titans 0

I turned on the game late in the 3rd quarter and did a triple take.

First, Gillette Stadium was covered in snow. There were snow flurries here in Boston this afternoon but they melted on contact. Not in Foxborough.

Second, the Pats were wearing their old uniforms. I half expected Steve Grogan to be taking snaps. The Titans were bearing the colors of their predecessors, the Houston Oilers. They sure could have used the likes of Warren Moon and Earl Campbell today. Even the referees got in on the act wearing the old AFL orange referee uniforms.

Third, the Pats had a 52-0 lead.

They ended up winning the game 59-0. It was the most lopsided game in the NFL since December 4, 1976 when the Los Angeles Rams shut out the Atlanta Falcons by that same 59-0 score.

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady completed 29 of 34 passes covering 380 yards and had six touchdown passes. By the time I tuned into the game Patriots head coach Bill Belichik had turned over the QB reigns to rookie Brian Hoyer. In all, the Patriots compiled 619 total yards.

The Titans conversely had five turnovers and a passing yardage of -7. Now 0-6 in 2009, the Titans must be thanking their lucky stars that they have a bye week coming up.

The Patriots, meanwhile, travel to England where they will play the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at London's Wembley Stadium next Sunday. The Patriots are heavy favorites as the Bucs are also 0-6 this season.

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