The dream is over Philadelphia. It's time to wake up.
Yesterday the AFC East-leading Patriots rolled into the City of Brotherly Love for a rematch of the 2005 Super Bowl (when they won their most recent title and cemented their dynasty status) and handed the Eagles an old-fashioned beatdown. New England left town with a 38-20 victory, which was more like 38-13 when you discount Philly's garbage time TD after most of the boobirds had gone home.
Tom Brady was in peak form and pulverized the Eagle defense from the air three touchdowns (two to his former favorite target Wes Welker and one to his new favorite target Rob Gronkowski) and 361 yards on 24/34 passing. He spread the ball around and also involved old stand-by Deion Branch, who totaled 125 yards on half a dozen catches and missed a touchdown by one measly yard. On the ground, BenJarvus Green-Ellis scored twice to complete New England's balanced offensive attack.
New England's defense looked shaky early on and it appeared as though the Pats were due for a long afternoon. Michael Vick was out, but Vince Young stepped up with a career best 400 passing yards in an impressive relief effort. But the Patriots D rebounded after a rough first quarter and held Philly to a field goal and the aforementioned meaningless late game TD for the remainder of the game, allowing Brady and his boys to get the ball rolling in the second quarter and run up the score.
The Pats are now 8-3 and have the luxury of an easy schedule for the rest of the year. This Sunday they take on the hapless/Peyton Manning-less Colts at home, where they should hand Indiana their twelfth defeat of the season.