The New England Patriots showed up in Cleveland this afternoon looking forward to upcoming games against the Pittsburgh Steelers and Indianapolis Colts. The Patriots let me down, because I thought they were the benchmark of the NFL and Bill Belichick would have the Patriots ready to play anytime, anyplace.
Starting only his third game, rookie Browns QB Colt McCoy had another solid game, completing 14 of 19 passes, but it wasn’t McCoy which caused the problem for the New England Patriots, it was RB Peyton Hillis. Hillis carried the ball 29 times for a very impressive 184 yards and two scores.
Cleveland was able to outgain the Patriots 404 to 283 total yards, but in a very uncharacteristic Patriots afternoon, New England turned the ball over three times, and statistically speaking, Tom Brady had a statistically worse day than Browns rookie Colt McCoy. Brady finished the afternoon with a 90.5 passer rating and McCoy ended the afternoon with a 101.6 rating.
The Patriots should have ran the table with the Cleveland Browns this afternoon, but this is just another case of a team looking past a team as I wrote this morning. Now with the Jets winning on the road and the Patriots getting ready to face two difficult match-ups, and complicates the Patriots future.