A few thoughts: Patriots defeat Denver, 41-7

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A more thorough game recap is in the works for later today, but I thought I'd scribe a few thoughts on last nights win.  After coming off of a loss against San Diego, this was a very satisfying win.  They're all satisfying, but this one, in particular, was a good W to get.  Against a team that has consistently punched our ticket, Matt Cassel was able to hit his receivers despite horrid pass protection and our DBs stepped up big time to shutdown Broncos' QB Jay Cutler.  Maybe I was master of the obvious or prophetic, you choose, but I did lay it out in this story:

The 2 critical stats for winning a game were highest net yards and highest average yards per completion.  Translation?  Hit your receivers often for big gains.

Wow man, you're a friggin' rock star.  Hit your receivers often for big gains... thanks for listening, Bill.  At any rate, in addition to a ridiculous running game with an over-the-top performance by Sammy Morris, Cassel DID hit his receivers often for big gains, something Cutler just couldn't get any traction on.  Take a pass happy offense in Denver and spin it around.  Result?  41 points, 2 TDs to Moss, and a running back with the longest name on the team, BenJarvus Green-Ellis, gets his first NFL touchdown.

I still have concerns which I will go into with the detailed game recap, but I was pleased with this win.  Even though Denver has had a tough couple of years, I still consider Mike Shanahan one of the best in the business.  A very satisfying win, indeed.

For a Denver fans' perspective, make sure to hit Mile High Report for everything Broncos.

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