The Patriots last week played it like business as usual, pounding the Titans while putting on a show on offense, starting the season in solid fashion.
This week they play host to the banged up Arizona Cardinals, a team that enters the game with major questions at the QB spot with John Skelton nursing an ankle that it appears will keep him out and put Kevin Kolb in as the starter.
New England was impressive in Tennessee not only on offense, but on defense as well. Last season they were ranked 31st, but held Chris Johnson in check, and this week take on the Cards who while scoring 20 did little with the ground game in the win.
Tom Brady was solid as usual, going 23 for 31 for 236 yards without an interception and threw touchdowns to star tight ends Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez, although the surprising star of the offense was Stevan Ridley.
The second-year running back rushed for a career-high 125 yards and a touchdown on 21 carries, equaling the number of 100-yard performances the Patriots had all of last year.
Look for Brady to have his usual big day, but for Ridley to have a solid day as well, as the Pats continue to work him in their offense going right at the Cardinals.
If the Cards are going to compete, they need to help Kolb with some type of running game vs the Pats. Beanie Wells and Ryan Williams combined for 23 yards on 15 carries, with Wells battling a hamstring issue in the win over the Hawks last week.
It looks all the way around that it’s going to be a long day for Arizona, with the Patriots having their way to get to 2-0 on the year making it a rough day for Kolb and company.
New England 31 Arizona 14