Bill Belichick (Patriots at Broncos)
It’s incredibly rare to watch an NFL game and see everything play out as a head coach expects it to – offense, defense and special teams. Usually, each unit will suffer multiple breakdowns during a game, and of course, during individual plays. It’s the kind of stuff to leads to a lot of frustration for the typical NFL fan.
In every game, every head coach knows the following situations will occur: a key 3rd down defensive stop, converting a key 3rd down on offense, a perfectly placed pooch punt, causing a momentum changing special teams play, running a 4-minute offense to burn clock, etc. When all of these plays go your way, you’re looking at a nice “W” at the end of the day, generally speaking.
On Sunday night against the Broncos, the Patriots played perfect situational football, and just as importantly, complementary football. Each unit of their team delivered in every key moment. For example, the Broncos defense caused a nice three and out on the opening drive, and the Bronco fans were loud and delirious. What did the Patriots do on the ensuing punt? Nicely recovered a muff. In turn, the offense came on the field and immediately converted that turnover for a TD and a quick, crowd-silencing 7-0 lead.
The rest of the game played out this way. The Patriots even came out of the game with only one penalty – a hard thing to do when you’re playing at a loud, tough road venue.
We’re sure Patriots Head Coach Bill Belichick will find a lot of nits to pick with his team; it’s just what he does. But in that process, there also is going to be a lot of satisfaction while he’s doing it.
Whether you’re a fan of this particular team or not, watching good football is something to appreciate. Bill Belichick is Week 10’s Top Dog of the Week.