Admit it, you just rolled your eyes when you read that. It’s OK. I sort of did that as well, when I first heard about it.
I’ve often said, until someone can beat them, the road to the Super Bowl will have to go through New England at some point. But this year seemed a little different for the Patriots. After back to back loses early in the season to the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Detroit Lions, you have to admit, people outside of New England started to get a little excited at the thought of witnessing the Patriots’ descent back to Earth.
Then after the stunning loss to the Miami Dolphins and then the Pittsburgh Steelers, the noise was getting louder. I mean, they weren’t even favored to defeat the Kansas City Chiefs in the championship game. And while it could have been more for the sake of betting, they still weren’t favored and that’s not something we are used to.
The Patriots looked like themselves again on Sunday. They beat the Miami Dolphins 38-7, and Miami’s seven points came in the 4th quarter. It was almost like they were having an identity crisis earlier on.
Maybe it was like trying to live with a whole bunch of new roommates where you’re still trying to find out who everyone is and how they’re going to contribute to this new household.
Whatever it was, as the Patriots so often do, they rectified it in their game against the Dolphins, who, albeit only three games in, were at the top of the AFC East, undefeated. But Gillette has a strange mystery to it, especially for the Dolphins.