Posted by Barrie on Monday, 19 October 2009

New England Patriots Set Records Ahead of Wembley Trip

The New England Patriots emphatically crushed the Tennessee Titans on Sunday night, 59-0 ahead of their game next weekend with Tampa Bay at Wembley Stadium.

There were a few inches of snow on the field at Gillette Stadium in mid-October, perhaps adding an extra advantage to the Patriots, with Tennessee not as adapted to these conditions. But none-the-less there were no excuses as to what took place on Sunday.

Tom Brady looked back in form, completing 29/34 for 380 yards and 6 touchdowns; 5 of those coming in the second quarter alone, a new NFL record. Those stats were mainly accumulated in the first half with Brady playing just the opening drive of the second half before rookie backup Brad Hoyer came in and put in average numbers. The Titans defence, missing both starting cornerbacks in Cortland Finnegan and Nick Harper were unable to defend the pass, as has been the case all season, allowing 300+ passing yards in 5 of their opening 6 defeats now. The 59 points and 619 total yards were both franchise records for the Patriots.

Tennessee were dreadful on both sides of the ball, as they completed as many passes to their own players (2) as New England's defence (Butler, Chung) for a total of -7 yards (yes, that's minus seven). Chris Johnson was their only positive highlight, running for 128 yards on 17 carries as the Titans failed to register on the scoreboard.

Jeff Fisher said in his post game conference that he was "very disappointed obviously, and embarrassed, to say the least", an understatement to what must have been on the minds of Titans fans during and after the mess they were seeing their own team cause on the field. The Titans were unbeaten in their opening 10 games last season, and are now winless in their opening 6 games this season with a win looking hard to come by as they fail to produce anything on offence and cannot stop the pass.

Vince Young came in, but only when down by 59 points, throwing an interception on his opening pass attempt and finishing the game 0/2 as he spent the rest of it handing it off to the backs. With doubts over his future, Tennessee have a lot of rebuilding to do in the off season and now coach Jeff Fisher's future must come into question after this result.

Tennessee have two weeks to prepare for the next game, at home to Jacksonville who beat them in week 4. Meanwhile New England travel to London, England for their next match. They certainly won't be playing in the snow, but rain is always a possibility in England. While we are expecting a lopsided match, Brady and New England shouldn't come close to matching this Sunday's result.

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