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The Pats are back!?

To illustrate how the 2020 Patriots have been harder to grasp than a greased piglet: on the first drive rhythm felt right and the running game was punishing and it ended with a punt. The following drive was powered by the pass

and like the gimmicked musket fire that permeated the endzone, it ended with a bang and 6-points. It shows, well I’m not really sure what it shows.

All offseason we’ve waited for something to happen involving Joe Thuney. The phenomenal left guard was thought to be heading out of town because of cap reasons (they sold out to win three Super Bowls you know). Even after being afixed with the franchise tag, it seemed like just a matter of time before the other shoe would drop and Thuney would be traded out of town. Even at the trade deadline with the battered offensive line, there were rumors of him being traded because again he’s not signed beyond this season. But watching this unit, finally completely healthy, I understand why Thuney is still on this roster. Wynn, Thuney, Andrews, Mason and Onwenu are as stout an offensive line as there is in the league.

The turning point of the first half was the 3rd and goal stop midway through the second quarter that held the Ravens to a Justin Tucker field goal. The Patriots capitalized with a little razzamatazz where having the quarterback throw touchdowns to Rex Burkhead had become such old hat, they had Jakobi Meyers do the honors instead. Meyers pass and JC Jackson’s 6th pick of the season seemed to set up everything we saw to start the second half.

This Patriots team is made for prime time, perhaps not in the old SNL sense of the word but from a time efficiency stand point, the kids are alright. Who knew this whole “running the football” thing could move these 8:25pm games along so much faster?

After the Ravens gifted New England with prime field possession on a botched 4th & 1 snap, they settle for a Nick Folk FG. Not to second guess anything the Patriots are doing as this point, but with 2nd and goal from the 3-yard line, I would’ve liked to see Damien Harris get a touch. Harris has become a certified bell cow back and as we all know, there is nothing I love more than a bell cow back! The Kevin Faulks, Shane Vereens and James Whites are great but guys like Corey Dillon, LeGarrette Blount and Antowain Smith hold a special place in my heart. Harris runs with a ton of power, the sort of back that can around you or through you and doesn’t particularly care which he needs to employ on a given run. If Harris can stay healthy, he’ll be a 1,000 yard rusher for the Patriots.

The Ravens answer the Patriots field goal with a touchdown drive, where New England flirted with two turnovers but never took them home. An uninspired 3 and out to start the 4th quarter doesn’t help matters. The rain is coming down in buckets now and I haven’t seen someone as miserable as Lamar Jackson, since that time I took my girlfriend to the wrestling matches for her birthday.

In the end, it wasn’t the Patriots battering rushing attack that wore down the Ravens front, nor was it the heroics of the defending league MVP that settled the score Sunday night. Mother Nature simply weighed down both sides, turning this clash of titans into an aquatic affair.

Wind whipping over the bridge, water coming down in sheets, a night so treacherous I’m pretty sure the Ravens actually needed the lighthouse on their final drive to know which direction they needed to go.

As daunting as the weather was during the 4th quarter, I couldn’t help but think how much I’d have loved to be in the stands at Gillette Stadium last night. This was a classic Patriots win, their first of the season. New England now sits at 4-5 with a 1pm clash at Houston on the horizon next Sunday.

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