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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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Patriots Win a Sketchy One, Rookie Tight Ends Shine

Patiots' Rob Gronkowski

The New England Patriots beat the Buffalo Bills 38-30 yesterday, in a win that is particularly tough to appreciate. Although the win moves New England to 2-1, allowing 374 yards to the worst ranked offense is football is startling to me at best. I can’t imagine what’s going to happen when Peyton (or any other good offense for that matter) comes to Foxboro this year.

That being said, I hate to bitch and moan too much about a victory — especially one in which the offense looked so good. Brady was the man as usual, making a point to toss two TD passes to Randy Moss, thus strengthening his campaign to bring Moss back to New England next season. But perhaps most impressive was the play of the Patriots’ two rookie tight ends, Aaron Hernandez and Rob Gronkowski. Hernandez led all Patriots with 6 receptions for 65 yards while Gronkowski has 4 receptions for 43 yards and a touchdown. It’s immediately evident that these two have been able to contribute right off the bat and are quickly becoming a key part of the Patriots offense.

Regardless of the play of the offense, I’m still not overly impressed with wins over the Bengals and Bills coupled with a loss to the Jets. But at least the Patriots were able to take some of the spotlight off of Jonathan Papelbon, who was busy imploding against the Yankees and dropping a key game for the Red Sox. I told you his time in Boston is done.

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