Wow. I'm still shaking from excitement (or nervousness, anxiety, depression, happiness, or any other emotion I have ever experienced in my life) from that game. Although they seemed to look like the team who originally wore those jerseys, the Pats of the 2000s showed up in the end. Here are a few thoughts on the game.
1. Brady and the receiving bunch didn't look like the Brady and receiving bunch we were used to … until the end of the game, that is. Nearly the entire outing can be described by two words: Overthrown and Dropped. Brady's return showed he had a bit of rust – and I think that's a good thing. He has some SERIOUS stuff to improve on – and it could blindside a team when he gets it together.
2. WTF with some of those penalties on the QB (specifically the Wilfork one). I'm sure you feel the same way (I know Rodney does), so I won't delve too deep into it. But if you can't tackle the QB, what's the point of playing?
3. Who woulda thought Ben Watson?! Thought to be on the roster bubble entering this season, his knowledge of the Pats system seemed to be the only reason he was kept. Then he dropped a pass early, but BAM! he cam through when it counted.
4. I REALLY F*$#ING LIKE BRANDON MERIWEATHER. There, I said it. "Hit Stick" as he was known in college, can certainly hit. He seemed to be the defensive captain while Mayo was out injured, and made the most key hit of the game, loosening the ball up for Pierre Woods' forced fumble.
5. The run defense was really missing Richard Seymour.
6. The pass defense looked promising. They held two top-15 overall receivers to very little for much of the game.
7. I don't know if Bruschi would've helped on D, but I miss him.
8. And finally. I just want to say welcome back football, and welcome back Brady. I missed you both so much….