The New England Patriots have dominated the first half of the game today and are leading the Jacksonville Jaguars 28 – 0. Tom Brady is looking like he did at the mid-season mark when the offense was putting up boatloads of points. So far, Brady is 14/16 for 150 yards and 3 TDs, two of which went to Randy Moss. TE Chris Baker caught the other touchdown pass. The running game has also looked good, with the only miscue being a Laurence Maroney fumble at the goal line (again). Potentially the score could be much worse had Maroney not fumbled. Maroney’s seen very limited time since his fumble. In his place, Sammy Morris (6 carries, 83 yards and 1 TD) and Kevin Faulk (5 carries, 36 yards) have run hard through the Jaguar defense. Wes Welker is putting up his usual clutch, chain-moving performance with 8 catches for 93 yards.
Meanwhile, the defense has looked stout, holding Maurice Jones-Drew to 53 yards on 13 carries and David Garrard to 10/13 for 83 yards and 1 INT (Brandon Meriweather made the pick). The defense has used more of that 56 look and has recorded 2 sacks on Garrard (Tully Banta-Cain and Gary Guyton). Besides the sacks, they have been in Garrard’s face most of the afternoon.
The question now is this: Can they keep this up in the second half? The Patriots have been an excellent first half team but have fallen flat in the second half, namely offensively. Let’s see if their second half woes continue or if maybe the offense has finally found their groove heading into the playoffs. A win today (or a Miami loss) clinches the division.
Enjoy the second half!