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2010-2011 Patriots: To Address What Happened

Patriots vs Jets

Now….let me first say that being in the Bahamas was a blessing this past week following the Patriots loss to the Jets. I largely avoided the onslaught that came with the loss, although I’m sure I’ll still hear plenty about it. That said, in the spirit of fairness, I must address the topic rather than hiding under a rock. Here’s my take:

Give the Jets complete credit. They played a great game, especially defensively, and Mark Sanchez avoided turnovers. In this case, as opposed to other past Patriots-NY football games, the team that played better won. No doubt about it.

Now I’m faced with a dilemma; who do I root for in the AFC? I’m going to have to go with the Jets, as much as I hate it, because I don’t want Big Ben to get his third ring in Pittsburgh. Ben < Tom, and I don’t want to hear those comparisons. That said, I’m rooting for the Packers to win it all.

A very disappointing end to a great Patriots season. You can’t take anything away from the Pats regular season; a 14-2 record and arguably the best regular season by any quarterback in NFL history were pretty awesome to watch. I’m sure they’ll be back next year, and I know they’ll be extra hungry.

Following a horrible Celtics loss in game 7 of the NBA Finals, an injury plagued Red Sox season, and now this loss, Boston has had a tough go of it lately. What do you have to say about that, Celtics (or Red Sox)?

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Bill Simmons, howiGit Applauds You

Tom Brady Peyton Manning

If you are one of the lucky few who has read my Tom Brady versus Peyton Manning comparison, listened to my constant regurgitation of Brady-Manning facts, or if you just generally despise my Tom Brady man-crush (I just got his Uggs limited edition boots!), you’ve got to read Bill Simmons’ latest article comparing these two quarterbacks. Grab a beer first — this sucker is long — but it’s worth every word.

Special kudos to Billy boy for bringing a Biggie-Tupac parallel to this article — what can I say, I like your style. I don’t like linking to other writers’ articles, because frankly other writers suck. But Bill Simmons has some good taste when it comes to teams he roots for. And with this article, I must say, well done Bill.

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Patriots Choose the Easy Route, Giants and Jets Crumble


Patriots 2010 AFC East Championship Gear

Just so you all know, you can finally purchase your AFC East Champions apparel on Patriots.com today. Steal your mom’s credit card and get after it….

Another Sunday in the books, another lovely week in the NFL. The more games I watch, the more I am impressed with the NFL — you’ve got to give it to the league, they’ve got a great product. A product which is doubly exciting to watch when New England keeps steamrolling opponents and both New York teams are desperately trying to throw their seasons out the window. With the Jets officially in the playoffs despite a loss to the Bears, it’s very apparent to me that the Giants will somehow, someway join their equally undeserving brethren in the playoff mix. If it took the 49ers beating the Patriots 63-0 next week and Michael Vick throwing 11 interceptions, it would happen. The Giants will get in. As usual, let’s start my rundown with the Pats.

New England Patriots 34, Buffalo Bills 3 — The Patriots rolled over the Jets, Tom Brady officially set the record for the best streak of quarterbacking the game has ever seen, the Patriots won the AFC East and clinched home field advantage throughout the playoffs, and, um, yup that’s about it. My concerns now shift to making sure Bill Belichick doesn’t get any of our key players injured next week by playing them the whole game (you know he will) and worrying about a potential let down with the bye week and all. The Pats are playing so well you almost want to see them continue their streak — I bet they find themselves in a tough game in the second round of the playoffs against a team with some momentum. The team I least want to face? Indy. At the end of the day Peyton can still pick our defense apart with ease.

Green Bay Packers 45, New York Giants 17 — “This was GIANTS football,” continuing on for another week. Eli Manning set his own personal best for turnovers in a season, featuring just 4 interceptions in this game. Throughout the course of the action I wondered aloud, “Would the Giants be a better team with Jay Cutler as their QB instead of Eli?” That questions is officially on the table for discussion’s sake people, so run with it. That said, I was also very impressed with Aaron Rodgers. There’s not a lot to say — the guy is mobile, makes good decisions, makes good throws — he’s a stud. Considering the Pats almost lost to his backup last week, this is one team I’m very concerned about facing in the playoffs. That is admittedly jumping on the Packer bandwagon pretty easily, but I’m all set with staying away from the Eagles and the Packers.

Chicago Bears 38, New York Jets 34 — Does this answer the Jay Cutler is better than Eli question? Probably not, but it’s nice to see the Jets lose. Yet they somehow manage to get a playoff berth out of it. Damn Jets. I would love to see a Jets-Giants battle, for sake of giggles.

Who wins an Eagles/Packers game?

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Patriots Win (Barely) and a Giant Turn of Events

Eagles Beat Giants

It was a another crazy week in the NFL, and without further adieu, let’s jump right into it with our two most discussed teams (the good guys and the bad guys).

Patriots 31, Green Bay 27 — The Patriots escaped the Green Bay Packers yesterday, in a game that should not have needed escaping. The 31-27 victory was still a W, but you’ve got to give the Packers credit for coming out strong. The on-side kick to start the game was ballsy, as was the play of back-up quarterback Matt Flynn. You’ve got to feel bad for the guy — although he played great he did crumble on the last play of the game — and nothing could have been cooler than beating Tom Brady in your first career start and on your dad’s birthday (he was in the stands). Regardless, you’ve got to applaud his effort.

This game also showed the world once again what I’ve long stated is the blueprint to beating the mighty Pats. A step by step guide for those of you who haven’t caught on….

1) Win the time of possession battle — Keeping the ball out of Tom Brady’s hands is the key. The Pats offense had the ball for only 19 minutes in this game.

2) Half running plays, half passing plays — This chews up clock, and confuses the Pats young defenders (they let up 27 points to a QB in his first career start).

3) Use some form of trickery — See on-side kick to start the game.

Eagles 38, Giants 31 — I’m trying very hard to not start this game’s comments with HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA. So long, Giants. There goes the division. That said, I actually think you will still get a playoff berth still — you play Green Bay next (followed by the mess that is the Redskins) and Matt Flynn showed that he can’t handle blitzing well. Michael Vick was a stud as usual in this one, what else is there to say. This was an absolutely debilitating loss, in all ways. I will give you this — this game was NOT Eli’s fault (for once). I always give the Giants “D” their due, but this one is squarely on them. So at least I’ll save you the Eli hammering, for today.

Now for the fun part — messages I received from Giants fans, all of whom were at the game, throughout the course of the action:

1) I don’t hear you eagles fans, and I’m talking to you bandwagoners and giant haters. This is GIANT football.

2) How does that Eli Manning dive fumble taste. Looked like a fumble to me you know why…cuz were taking over first place.

3) GMEN BABBBBYY!!!!!!!

4) This is a DOMINANT win.

And the subsequent message from the Eagles fan, God Bless him…

1) Hope you guys didn’t leave quite yet..

Let’s just say that although the Pats scared me a bit yesterday, everything worked out just as it should have.  “This is GIANT football!” Sure was…

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The Patriots Crush the Bears, 36-7. My Conclusion?

Patriots Bears 36-7

As per my last post, being on top breeds paranoia. After dismantling the Bears, the Patriots are the best team in the NFL. Most importantly, they clinched a playoff berth and further distanced themselves from the Jets. We’re in the playoffs. OK then. Who’s next?

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10 Reactions to the Patriots Stepping on the Jets

Rex Ryan New York Jets

Well then……no one saw that coming. Although I am a Rex Ryan fan, I have to admit it was pretty entertaining watching his facial expressions during the Pats 45-3 beat-down of the Jets. You could just hear the voices in his head. Maybe he did a little too much talking before this one. The outcome of this game speaks for itself, but here are my 10 reactions to this game and what it means going forward.

1) Suprise suprise, I’ll start with a Mr. Tom Brady — he was the man. Tom completed 21-29 passes for 326 yards, 4 touchdowns, and 0 turnovers. In his last 7 games he’s thrown 17 TDs and 0 interceptions. I’d say at this point he’s got his hands wrapped pretty tightly around the NFL’s MVP trophy. He’s leading the league in passer rating and according to Jaws, “He’s one of the all-time greats. The NFL is a quarterback league and Tom Brady is THE MAN.” ‘Nough said.

2) The Jets will be fine — sure this was embarrassing and will give the Jets a more difficult road to and through the playoffs. But they’ll bounce back — they’ve got too much talent not to.

3) The Patriots defense is making strides — sure, they aren’t nearly as good as they played last night, and Mark Sanchez made them look a lot better than they are. That said, there has been definite progress — as I’ve said before, give them a year or two and this team could be scary good.

4) Jerrod Mayo is a beast — he’s now leading the league with 144 tackles.

5) Give Rex Ryan credit — that was no was not an easy press conference to do after the game. Rex handled it with class, yet still managed to give it his old Rex twist. You could see the pain on his face and the foot in his mouth. Kudos to him.

6) Danny Woodhead got his revenge — to the tune of 104 yards on 4 receptions, as well as some big special teams play. You know he took pride in that.

7) The Pats are ok without Randy — trust me, I’m Randy Moss’ biggest fan and I still don’t agree with his departure from New England. That said, Tom Brady has incredible chemistry with two of his receivers — Wes Welker and Deion Branch. That chemistry is worth a lot.

8)The Jets missed Jim Leonhard — the “quarterback of the Jets defense,” his presence was undeniably missed. Rex made a good point in saying that no one player makes a 42 point difference, but it’s likely some mis-communication was taking place out there.

9) The Jets have some firing to d0 — I’d start with kicker Nick Folk (maybe the worst performance I’ve ever seen from a kicker) and whoever the hell was in the Jets’ review booth.

10) This is Patriots weather — if the Patriots can hang on to home field advantage throughout the playoffs, they’ll have a huge advantage. I’ll be hoping for more 20 degree weather and snow every game.

The bad news in all of this? The Patriots now officially have the target back on their backs, and everyone in the league knows it.

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The Patriots Rebound Against Steelers, Get Signature Win

Tom Brady Beats Steelers

In an NFL season that is proving to be a wild and wide open crap shoot, the Patriots re-established themselves as one of the favorites in the NFL by beating the Pittsburgh Steelers 39-26 in impressive fashion. Even before this game began it was notable — Ben Roethlisberger and Tom Brady are the only quarterbacks with two or more Super Bowl wins to face each other since 1985. And following a loss, Brady is 22-2 in his career. Make that 23-2 now, as Brady and nearly everybody else on the Patriots brought their A-game.

Brady threw three touchdown passes to rookie tight end Rob Gronkowski and ran one in himself, to go along with his 350 yards passing. He was fired up all game, between the lines and on the sideline, and it clearly got his team going. The Patriots defense, revitalized by the return of safety Patrick Chung, looked awesome. This group, whose starters average 25.5 years old, has turned in some fantastic performances for such a young crew — and yesterday was their finest. I think that inconsistency, as shown in the past two weeks by the Pats defense, will have to be expected as the norm as this group matures. But it’s scary to think about how good this group could be 1, 2, or 3 years down the road — especially when coupled with Tom Brady and the 1,100 draft picks the Pats have next year.

The damn Jets keep winning overtime games, which really stinks for the Patriots, but they’ll be ready for them when they meet again. Coupled with a Giants loss to the Cowboys, I think it’s fair to say any of the NFL’s elite teams can win or lose any week — making for one of the most interesting NFL season’s in recent memory. Tom and the defense certainly injected this one fan with an additional spark of hope last night.

In other news, I finally checked out Ben Affleck’s The Town yesterday. I was expecting it to be good, and it easily surpassed my expectations. I’d definitely check it out if you haven’t already.

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