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Patriots Take It To Miami, 41-14

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The New England Patriots offense played well, the defense played better, and the special teams unit played best as the Pats routed the Miami Dolphins 41-14 on Monday Night Football. The Patriots forced 3 interceptions and blocked 2 punts, led second year safety Patrick Chung who was responsible for both blocked punts, and interception, and five tackles. This win echoes my sentiments from previous posts — if the Pats can make a play or two on the defensive side of the ball, they will be very tough to beat.

Tom Brady was all fired up about this win, as he should be — he didn’t have to do this one all on his own. This was a big game for Tom from an individual perspective as well — he did a great job of shutting up his critics who so frequently try to bring him down on this blog. The win was Brady’s 100th, making his the quickest quarterback to 100 wins in NFL history. Faster than Terry Bradshaw. Fast than Brett Favre. Faster than Joe Montana. Faster than Peyton Manning. What else is there to say? Brady is now 100-31 on his career, an absurd average of 12.3-3.7 per season. And for those who have been spitting out the “Tom Brady isn’t that clutch argument,” 29 of those wins are 4th quarter comebacks — so you can take that, shove it in your pipe, and smoke it.

The Patriots have a bye next week, followed by a tough game against the Ravens.

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New England Patriots — Game 1 Analysis

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The Patriots came up with a good win to start their season, in a game filled with several pleasant surprises. On the offensive side of the ball, the Patriots showed me that their offense is as good as ever. With not even a B+ running back, this offense will put up a ton of points — they simply have too many weapons. Tom Brady shined, Wes Welker showed that he’s going to be just fine, the offensive line actually bought Brady some time. Both of our two young tight ends played good games and Fred Taylor even pitched in running the ball. The offense is all well and good, but as the second half showed…..

Unfortunately, almost every Patriots game this year will be a time of possession battle. If the Pats get the ball, the offense will dominate and score plenty of points. I’m sure we’ll struggle against the premiere pass rushes in the league, but for the most part just get us the ball and we’ll be great. Unfortunately, the defense is young and generally terrible. Other teams will be able to eat up huge portions of the clock and put points on the board. There’s no way around it.

That being said, game one was a huge success as the defense did show up and make plays. If the Pats can play decent defense even half of the game, get a defense score, or even make just a few key stops on third down, they’ll be extremely tough to beat. And it was great to see them do this in game one against a pretty damn potent offense. Our young cornerbacks, although inexperienced, looked young and fast. They did a great job, despite Ocho Cinco going on a bit of a receiving spree in the second half. This game ultimately provided the blueprint for Patriots success this year — make a few key plays on D and the offense will take care of itself.

Big game against the Jets next week, and thrilled to have football back.

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Tom Brady and the Patriots — Criticism on Both Accounts

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So yesterday I ripped on Eli Manning and the New York Giants a bit, as he was all bloody and one of our contributing New York writers has season tickets to the mediocrity happening every weekend at the new $1.7 Billion dollar Meadowland stadium. Now it’s time to take a look at my team — the New England Patriots.

I’ll start with some criticism of Tom Brady. Yes, I’ll say it again. I’ll start with some criticism of Tom Brady. I ripped on Eli, and at risk of being called a homer, I must be fair. I’ve decided to do this in a personal note to Tom, as I love him.

Dear Tom,

Boy, your eyes sparkle in the picture above. You are so photogenic. But please, Tom, cut that hair. You’ve never looked so soft. I know that Gizelle loves the triumvirate of your long locks, your dimples, and your butt cheeks — but that hair is not intimidating Ray Lewis. If I was a D-lineman, I’d want to rip your head off. So ditch the pretty boy look, get back to the grizzly-badass-stud look, and dominate once again. We all still love you.

Geoff

Tom Brady aside, I’ll start with this — despite the newly retooled Jets and Dolphins, the Patriots will once again win the AFC East. That being said, I don’t think they will be able to contend with the elite teams in the league. Their Super Bowl chances look very slim.

As usual, I think the Patriots offense will be fine.  The air attack still consists of Tom Brady, arguably the best slot receiver in the league (Wes Welker, knee-dependent), and arguably the best deep threat in the league (Randy Moss). It’ll certainly be interesting to see how our new tight ends play — Ron Gronkowski is supposedly a stud and has great size (6’6″, 264 lbs.) while Florida’s Aaron Hernandez has shown great potential despite a love of weed that rivals Ricky Williams’. The Patriots should use approximately 4-28 different running backs, all with mild effectiveness. The O-line isn’t great, but neither is the D-line. The pass defense should be pretty poor, as in past seasons. I’d look for the Patriots to go 10-6, something along those lines, then lose before the Super Bowl.

This is extremely unfortunate to me. The Patriots have an all-time coach, arguably two all-time receivers (it’s a bit early to call Welker that), and an all-time quarterback. These are extremely hard pieces of the puzzle to come by, let alone finding all of them at once. Yet by having the third lowest payroll in football, the Patriots seem to be throwing it all out the window. They are simply refusing to surround this core with the role players necessary to win another championship. I don’t know why, and it frustrates me.

Oh yea, and message to Bob Kraft. What are you thinking? Sign Brady all ready. Who cares what it takes? 

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