By Jeff Kane
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The Patriots enforced their will against the Jacksonville Jaguars Sunday afternoon at Gillette. It was the football version of Mike Tyson vs Spinks, pretty much over before it even started. The Patriots scored on all nine of their possession. The lone exception was the final drive which finally saw Jimmy Garoppolo, enters the game and kneel it out. Punter Ryan Allen only had to have the grass stains washed off of his left knee after the game.
The Patriots won 51-17, in a game that showed why they are a Super Bowl contender and the Jags are still trying to find their way to respectability. Along the way Tom Brady became just the fourth quarterback in NFL history to throw for more than 400 touchdowns with a nice pass in the back of the end zone to Danny Amendola. Brady was immense once again, completing 33 of 42 passes for 358 yards and two touchdowns. On the season Brady is has completed an insane 72.2% of his passes for 1112 yards and nine touch downs. Projected over the entire regular season that’s 5,930 yards and 48 touchdowns
The Patriots offense after building a big lead turned to the power offense, and LaGarrette Blount scored three touch downs running for 78 yards, almost all in the second half. The commitment to the run was good to see as when the weather get colder, the Patriots will need to rely on some ground and pound. Running back Dion Lewis had another fine game running the ball eight times for 37 yards and a score, adding five receptions for 30 yards. More importantly was he stayed clean, and did not turn the ball over.
On defense the Pats improved against the run holding the Jags to 57 yards on 20 attempts. It was evident from the first whistle that the Patriots were going to attempt to improve on this area, which saw them enter the game as 28th in the league in the category and allowing 144 yards. It wasn’t all roses as Allen Hurns burned the combo of Malcolm Butler and Duron Harmon for a long touchdown, but they still played well.
The Patriots will enjoy their bye week, as they get ready to play the Cowboys in Dallas on October 11th. The Patriots will undoubtedly be self-scouting their strengths and weaknesses until then. The Patriots now sit atop the AFC East with the Jets losing to Philadelphia.