Funniest quote of the week: “I’m a well-conditioned athlete, I didn’t need any oxygen,”325-pound Vince Wilfork said after picking off a pass from Philip Rivers in Sunday’s win over the Chargers. Wilfork’s interception was one of two interceptions made by the Patriots, both inside their own red zone. The Patriots defense also forced the Chargers to fumble twice, recovering them both in the 14 point win over the Chargers. “They obviously got points (almost) every time they were down (near the goal line) and didn’t turn it over and, obviously, we did. That was the difference in the game,” Rivers said. Did I forget to mention Chargers’ elite tight end Antonio Gates left Gillette Stadium without a catch? The Patriots’ game planned was executed to perfection.
The Patriots did fail to convert a controversial fourth down call early on in Sunday’s game but then again so did the Chargers who were got stuffed on the Patriots’ goal line. Despite all the turnovers and that the Chargers were still in the game with eight minutes left to go in the fourth quarter, the Patriots never let up. Tom Brady threw for over 400 yards again in week 2 and is on pace to throw for 7,520 yards in the 2011 season. The Patriots’ o-line gave Brady all sorts of time allowing him to torch the Chargers’ secondary (which was ranked first overall last year). Brady refused to thrown an interception in 40 pass attempts. Tom Brady rifled three touchdown passes to tight end’s Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez while Deion Branch led the Patriots in receiving yards with 129. Hernandez and Gronkowski are both on pace for a 16 touchdown season! The Patriots have no regard for their opponents and what they do best. Bill Belichick’s Patriots have figured out their opponent’s weakness (es) each week thus far in the 2011 season and will strive to do so next week to take on the Buffalo Bills (2-0).
Side Note: Philip Rivers is 0-4 against the Patriots when Tom Brady is behind center.