Wasn’t it Yogi Berra who said, “It was déjà vu all over again”?
You can count on a New York athlete to sum up the problems of a Boston team. In this case, it was the New England Patriots—all over again. It was Jets QB Mark Sanchez who gave the Patriots another close shave with their exposed throat ready to be cut.
For the fourth time of the 2012 season, the Pats lost a lead and a killer instinct in the fourth quarter. You can blame all three phases of the game as the cliché goes. We would not have presumed Mark Sanchez as having the killer instinct of the Boston Strangler.
Brady looked like a man who spent his youth with a killer instinct that has deserted him in his senior years as an NFL QB.
The defense continues to be unable to corral any runner or stop any passer from making first downs.
Tom Brady took a sip from the Fountain of Youth in regulation time with a minute left and brought the team down to field goal range. Playing in overtime, the Patriots stuffed the knife point down the throat of the Jets again.
Yet we worry that the killer instinct has gone to Sunnybrook Farm, or perhaps that is Happy Valley. It’s a location where dribbling isn’t done on the basketball court, and fans have gone round the bend because of lost opportunity and consistent inconsistency.
Brandon Lloyd, the new 85, continues to look like Ochocinco. The mold seems to be cast and Lloyd fits right into it. The defense, league’s second worst in a Super Bowl year, seems to have gone to the nadir and discovered a bottom rung.
Tom Brady gave his weekly radio interview on Monday morning to the Dennis and Callahan radio show to repeat ad nauseum, “We’ve got to make the plays.”
If you didn’t hear the message, he repeated it again and again. The lady doth protest too much.