WEEK SEVENTEEN VS. MIAMI DOLPHINS W 38-7
happy new year! the patriots rang it in with an easy victory over miami, in which rob gronkowski caught his 10th touchdown pass (tying mike ditka for tds as a rookie), benjarvus green ellis rushed for his 1000th yard this season, and julian edelman reclaimed his mojo with the longest patriots punt return in history. someone should have told the pats this was a “meaningless game,” because they sure played like they meant it.
our fearless quarterback led the charge, making the most of his two quarters with nearly 200 yards, two touchdown passes and (still!!!) no interceptions. he’s been so on target lately, it’s almost like there’s nobody but patriots on the field! ok, ok, this one was from warm-ups. but still.
while there were many totw-worthy performances, this week’s winner was an easy choice. i was hoping for an excuse to give it to devin mccourty, and he delivered less than two minutes in with his seventh pick of the season. devin never had one really spectacular game, but our rookie cornerback’s consistency landed him second only to ed reed – tied with troy polamolu and asante s-wait, who? nope, don’t remember him, dead to me – in interceptions on the year. here he is, celebrating with fellow pro bowler jerod mayo and sticking his tongue out at that dude who sucks in philadelphia.
wes didn’t play this week, but he did show up in the locker room looking super cute in his winter hat. i mean, i would’ve still hearted him anyway and everything…but this definitely helped.
we’re on the bye while the wildcards slug it out this weekend, and we play the second game on sunday the following weekend. that gives anyone whose team is now (or soon will be) golfing plenty of time to jump on our bandwagon and start thinking happy patriots thoughts. the rest of you know how it’s done, but look for the tot(b)w to keep you motivated.
til then, have a great week, and go pats!