Vince Wilfork, defensive tackle for New England, said that the Chiefs beat the Patriots last night like they’d stolen something.
But the other thing stolen during this week’s version of Monday Night Football was the Patriots’ pride.
The 41-14 smack-down is quite possibly the most dominating win over New England by any team during the Belichick/Brady era, and so now the only question that remains is, “Are the Chiefs better than we thought, or is this the beginning of the end for the Pats’ dynasty?”
Last season we saw Tom Brady at perhaps his best, simply because he found a way to win with a lackluster supporting cast, but so far in 2014 the Pats are dead last in yards per play.
It’s hard to not point at least some of the blame at Mr. Brady, though, with ugly stats such as this being spread across the Twittersphere:
Tom Brady has completed only 43% of throws more than 5 yards this season, second-worst in the league behind EJ Manuel, who was benched today
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) September 30, 2014
Belichick’s not going to be benching Brady unless pigs start to fly out of Robert Kraft’s owner’s suite, but this might just be the season that sees New England snap its five-year streak of consecutive AFC East titles.
Sure, they’re sitting tied for first at 2-2 with the Bills and Dolphins, so it’s hardly time to throw in the towel, but the Pats looked human for the first time since Drew Bledsoe retired.
Other things to note from the game:
1. Jamaal Charles didn’t look like a player coming off a high ankle sprain. He rushed for 92 yards and a touchdown and added a pair of receiving scores to boot.
2. While Darrelle Revis is hardly washed up, he’s not providing the same kind of shut-down security that he once did back when he wore a Jets uniform. Dwayne Bowe doubled his output on the season by halftime.
3. Alex Smith was incredibly efficient at running the KC attack. He completed 20 of 26 passes for 248 yards and 3 TDs. Eight of those passes went to second-year tight end Travis Kelce, who racked up 93 yards and a touchdown. Kelce is looking like a superstar in the making.
Both teams have a tough match-up in week five as the Pats head home to take on the undefeated Cincinnati Bengals and the Chiefs go west to take on a Niners team that looked to have its groove back last Sunday when they handed the Eagles their first loss, 26-20.