Consider the wall of obstacles the Patriots faced going into the showdown with their fierce rivals.
- The Patriots secondary is about as formidable right now as Texas Rangers pitching staff
- The Patriots starting running back as an undrafted free agent picked off the streets
- Tom Brady wasn't playing
- The game was in Indianapolis where the trained-seal Colts fans were going extra ballistic
- Vegas had the Patriots as +7 underdogs
- The Colts has Addai, Clarke, Harrisson, Wayne and Manning all suited, every single one of their potent offensive weapons
You probably would have excused them a 32-21 battering. I know my expectations were suitably low. In any event, the Patriots turned in a gritty, tough stint at the office and although they lost, consider the numerous silver linings on display last night;
- The D-Line absolutely stuffed the Indy running game, stuffed it like a turkey, actually
- Matt Cassell may yet be a decent NFL quarterback. Cassell looked poised and mature leading the Patriots on several long drives.
- Myron Gyton has come out of nowhere to be a decent little player
- Randy Moss continues to play 'good soldier', blocking and doing the little things
- The offensive line looked very solid all night - possibly beginning to return to it's 16-0 form from last season, Cassell stayed on his feet all night
- Stephen Gostowski continues to look nails
- Wes Welker looks like he is about to hit a really strong patch as Cassell gets more comfortable
All in all, glass half full, right?