Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 11/19/12
This was not supposed to go this way. This was to be a clash of ideologies, styles and mindsets. It was supposed to be a battle royal, two men enter one man leaves sort of thing. It was supposed to be competitive. It was for about 15 minutes.Yesterday, you thought you knew that Andrew Luck had a seat at the table. You thought you knew that the Pats D was ready to be dominated. You thought Tommy B was getting soft, maybe ready to lose his seat at the table he has held for so long. Just think what you will know next week.This is what happens when you bring a knife to a gun fight, five takeaways from a game that was supposed to be lots of things but ended up being a red ass beat-down.Number One:Andrew Luck is really, really good. He is also a rookie. We tend to lose track of this obvious limitation when he, or any rook is playing well. After a great drive to start the game and another after Brady matched him, things began to fall apart. Rookies press. Rookies pull receivers off routes with errant passes. But mostly, rookie quarterbacks force the ball into open areas where evil old corners (see Aqib Talib) can pick it on a dead run and return it for six. Luck made poor decisions and threw to where the defense was waiting to jump the rout. All of his talent, poise and otherworldly physical ability could not save him from his lack of experience. He won't have very many of these games ,as he is clearly a stud. He just ain't the man yet.Number Two:The Patriot Defense and Special teams are a lot better than you think. They don't blow you up every play or have big name guys, but they prepare like ninjas and are commanded by a bonafide evil genius. Take them lightly and they will punish you with a mix of Ninkovich, Edelman, Dennard and Talib. Who? Who are these crumbs and cast offs, you say? That leads us to.......Number Three:The Pats can beat you with nobodies off the street. In point of fact, they can kill you with them. I seriously don't even know if some of these guys would even be rostered on other teams. In New England, these has beens and never will be's patiently wait their turn to go upside the flavor of the months head with a pipe wrench. Knowing where you came from and making the most of any opportunity will keep you in the league. These Pats know this.Number Four:The Colts must establish the run, not just against tomato cans, but always. These Colts ran the ball at a 5 yard a carry clip against the Pats. Solid. But you gotta hammer it and make teams respect it. Luck is great but you have to relive some of the focus that is on him to free up what he was born to do:the play action pass. Think Peyton and Edge. Just like that.Number Five:Tom Brady is an assassin. Still. The 6th round draft pick from Michigan has more heads on his wall than anyone and all you have to do to raise his ire is show up. 331 and three. No interceptions. No sacks. Barely got dirty. Meet the new boss, same as the old boss. Again.
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