10-2 is not a bad record for a team who are currently rebuilding and with Monday nights big 45-3 win over closest AFC rival The New York Jets New England have laid down a marker that they will be the team to beat again this coming decade just as they have been since 2000.
The game was never a contest and against the highly regarded Jets defense Tom Brady threw four touch downs all to different players to finish with a 148.9 passer rating cementing his position as best QB in the NFL; Brady looks a stone cold cert for the leagues MVP award this season.
His counterpart Sanchez threw 3 interceptions as the pressure mounted and the Jets finally capitulated as the Patriots ran up the score in the 4th Quarter. This was a disastrous performance against the 32nd ranked pass defense and Sanchez’s doubters will no doubt have the knives out, however he is still young and will bounce back and this.
Overall the Jets will still make the playoffs and could make the Championship game, however in all probability the route to the Superbowl will now go through New England, and it will be a brave person who wagers too much against the Patriots and Tom Brady picking up their 4th Super Bowl in 2011.
- Don Banks: Five things we learned from Patriots-Jets (sportsillustrated.cnn.com)