Wilfork Tears Achilles, And Achilles Wasn't Some Greek Guy On The Falcons...
The New England Patriots improved to 4-0 last night via a 30-23 victory over a game Atlanta squad. The victory had a high price however, as Vin Wilfork appears to have torn his Achilles tendon.
The Pats stifled Atlanta's high-powered offense for much of the game, seizing a 30-13 lead in the 4th quarter. We marched over them like General Sherman, to be honest. However, Atlanta rallied late for two scoring drives, and the issue wasn't truly secured until Matt Ryan missed Roddy White in the end zone on 4th and 6 from the 10 with a minute left.
Tom Brady threw for 316 yards and two touchdowns. Kenbrell Thompkins, who was taken off the street long after the NFL Draft didn't think to include him, had 127 yards receiving and a touchdown catch. Julian Edelman had 118 yards. The Pats ran for a 4.3 average over 132 yards, with the highlight being LaGerrette Blount's 47 yard touchdown run at the start of the 4th quarter. Maine's own Matthew Mulligan also had a TD catch for the Pats.
The bad news? Vince Wilfork, the anchor of the defensive line, went on a Gurney Journey in the first quarter with what they are now saying is a torn Achilles tendon. That means his season (and maybe his career, as Vin looks like he weighs 330 difficult-to-rehab pounds or so) is over. That leaves a huge hole on our defense, and we might be bringing back Ron Brace or Kyle Love. It also looks like hotshot rookie Aaron Dobson may have got his neck broken or his shoulder separated after a brutal hit.
Matty Ice thew for 421 yards, 257 of them to ageless Tony Gonzalez (2 TDs, and the Pats resorted to triple-teaming him on the final drive) and Julio Jones. Julio (his momma named him that) has the worst fan-video ever, BTW. Formerly considered to be a NFC heavyweight, the Falcons are 1-3 and in free-fall.
Depending on how the 3-0 Miami Dolphins do against the resurgent New Orleans Saints tonight on Monday Night Football, New England owns or shares the lead in the AFC East. Our next two games are tough ones... the Cincinnati Bengals and the Saints.
So, the Pats are 4-0, lead the AFC East, have a huge hole in their defense, and the rookies are starting to catch on as a difficult stretch of season approaches. We never said it would be easy.
This week: 10-4 going into tonight