Monday, September 28, 2009

Ups and Downs - Week 3

By Patty O'Tool


Downs

Joey Galloway - It's a good thing they had a home game yesterday. Brady might have dropped Galloway out of the plane at 30,000 feet. I really, really wish we had kept Greg Lewis instead (seeing Lewis all over Sports Center this morning hasn't helped).

Special Teams - Bluh. We look like C-R-A-P on kick-off coverage.

The Redskins - Oh my Gawd, they suck. Doesn't anyone else see how bad they suck?


Ups

Brady - Was he pissed at the end of the first half or what? I like it. It also looked like he had a ton of time all day.

Fred Taylor - Wow, he looked really good. I don't know how many more miles are left on those tires, but I like what I saw yesterday. And it's amazing how much better the play-action works when there is actually the threat of a running game.

Defense - I've been right about the D. They're good. Not great. But good. Granted, a huge part of that has been that they haven't had to spend that much time on the field. But that's part of the game, too.

Me - I'm feeling much better about things this week.


Overall Record: 2 - 1.

Uniform Record: Pat Patriot 1 - 0. Flying Elvis 1 - 1.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Five Things to Watch This Week - Week 3

By Patty O'Tool

The Patriots play their third regular season game at home against the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday September 27th at 1:00 PM.

So far, my predictions have not been so hot. But like some unholy combination of Skip Bayless and Stephen A. Smith, I'm just gonna keep talkin', ONLY LOUDER. If my predictions have been off, that's YOUR FAULT.


1) Defense - The defense has been surprisingly decent so far. Who would have guessed? Their biggest challenge to date comes this week.

2) Penalties - I think there were 4 "Delay of Game" penalties last week. Wha? Huh? I don't think I've ever seen that with Brady at the helm. I'm guessing they spent some time on that in practice this week.

3) The Game Plan - Where was the screen game last week? I would have called twelve straight screens to Kevin Faulk, but that's just me. Not a big fan of the play calling so far this year. Hopefully, they'll get back to the ground game this week. The Atlanta run defense is pillowy soft.

4) Wes Welker - They need him back on the field. If I were him, I would have gone and asked for more money after last week.

5) Joey Galloway - I think this might be the week Brady completely chews him out on the sideline. Awesome. We couldn't have kept Greg Lewis instead?


Last week hurt. Nobody wants to lose. But to lose to the Jets?! That's just sad.

But I've moved on. I keep reminding myself that it's a long season. This team is too good not to play better.


My prediction: Pats 24, Falcons 21

Monday, September 21, 2009

Ups and Downs - Week 2

By Patty O'Tool

Downs

Joey Galloway - Either Brady is overthrowing him, or he's running the wrong route on every single play.

Tom Brady - He doesn't look right. ugh. This could be a long season.

Me - I'm hurtin'. That one sucked. Moving on...


Ups

Julian Edelman - Played OK. Not great, but OK.

Defense - I thought the defense played well (Wilhite especially). The fact that defense isn't the glaring weakness we thought it was going to be has been a pleasant surprise so far.


Uniform Record: Pat Patriot 1 - 0. Flying Elvis 0 - 1.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Five Things to Watch This Week

By Patty O'Tool

The Patriots play their second regular season game at the New York Jets on Sunday September 20th at 1:00 PM. I will be watching Sunday Services at the Church of the Immaculate Hoodie from the comfort of my couch (Have you gone to HD yet? You'll never leave the house again...)


1) Rex Ryan - Is he nuts or what? But at least we know he has a pulse (unlike, say, Dick Jauron). I like getting your team fired up and all... But what if they go out there and lose? Like Butthead says, "You can talk the talk, but you have to... uh... like... walk, too." (Plus there's this in case you missed. Tremendous, but not in any way safe for work.)

2) Tom Brady - The rust should be off this week. It was against the Jets in '07 that we first saw that "Brady to Moss" was going to be something special. I expect Tom to kick some ass. Plus, you can tell he's pissed about all the "embarrass the Patriots" talk that has been coming from the Jets all week.

3) Linebackers - Somebody has got to step up with Mayo out for 6 - 8 weeks. I thought the secondary played well last week (did anyone see T.O doing much of anything?). Hopefully that will continue. But if we see the return of the "Big Nickel" for any extended period of time, we're boned.

4) Ben Watson - Is there any way he can top last week? No. Or course not. But I would like to see him at least add some value again this week.

5) Laurence Maroney - I'm going to keep saying that this is the week he's finally going to put it all together and live up to his potential. When this finally happens, I'm going to look like a genius. If the Jets are sending 6 and 7 guys after the QB on every play, that should open things up for the running game and short passes. And while nobody is as good as Kevin Faulk on the screen play, Maroney has shown that he can make plays when you give him a little space.


And how awesome were the throwback unis last week? Would anyone be upset if we switched to those full time? The Flying Elvis just isn't doing it for me after that.

My buddy Big Mikey tried to convince me to pick against the Pats this week (he thinks I've got some kind of reverse jinx power since my predictions last week waaay off).

And I thought about it for a bit. But then I said "Nah, screw it." Sure the Jets beat up on the Texans last week. But they're, you know, the Texans. That's not really saying much.


My prediction: Pats 38, Jets 24

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Ups and Downs - Week 1

By Patty O'Tool


Down

Tom Brady (0:00 - 55:00) - Shaking the rust off? Feeling out the new knee? Where's the Tom Brady I knew and loved from 2007? The footwork doesn't look like what we're used to seeing out of Brady. Like he's trying to get it there all with his arm.

Bill O'Brien (QB Coach / Unofficial Offensive Coordinator) - Dude, you've got the keys to one of the best offensive machines ever assembled. Act like you know what you're doing.

Joey Galloway - I think I saw him out there last night, but I'm not really sure.


Up

Tom Brady (55:00 - 60:00) - There he is!

Pierre Woods - Way to be in the right place at the right time to force that fumble. And kudos to Meriweather for standing McKelvin up until help could arrive. Way to play smart football, guys.

Ben Watson - He made a couple of great grabs. Unfortunately, those two TDs will probably be his total for the year.



It was a win, but it sure wasn't pretty. Either the Pats aren't as good as we thought, or the Bills are much better than everyone thought.

I'm suddenly a lot more worried about the Jets next week.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Five Things to Watch This Week

By Patty O'Tool

The Patriots play their first regular season game at home against the Buffalo Bills on Monday September 14th at 7:00 PM.

What a great first weekend of NFL Football. Hopefully, you got to watch a game or two. Good times. (Except for the Redskins. Watching Jason Campbell makes me hate football.)

FOR THE LOVE OF GAWD, WHY AREN'T ALL MONDAY NIGHT GAMES INVOLVING TWO EAST COAST TEAMS ON AT 7:00 PM? It just makes too much sense. Nobody on the West Coast is going to watch this game anyway. Plus, I'm old. I want to go to bed at a reasonable hour.


1) DE-FENSE (clap clap clap). I'm looking for nothing short of 4 sacks and 2 picks tonight. We should able to build up a big lead and get after Edwards early and often. If we give up more than 14 points to the Bills, I'm going to consider that a disappointment.

2) Pats' Secondary: I expect this group to be much better by the end of the season. Good thing we get to start easy. T.O. or no T.O., it's still Trent Edwards throwing it to him.

3) Brady. I'm telling you, he's going to go down as one of the All Time Top 5. Watch him every chance you get.

4) The Bill's no huddle offense. If you're going to go three and out, at least do it fast (Did I just steal that joke? Yes. But it was too good not to use again).

5) Belichick's hoodie. It's throwback uniform night at Gillette. Will the Coach be partaking as well? It might be a little warm for a hoodie at this time of year, but I'm dying to see Bill go Old School Hoodie



Bonus Item: Is anyone else going to miss Mike Reiss from the Globe? That guy busted his ass. I think he practically lived in the Gillette Stadium parking lot during the off season.


My prediction: Pats 38, Bills 10.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Seymour Traded to Oakland

The Patriots traded Richard Seymour to Oakland for 2011 first-round pick over the weekend.

My first thought was "Whaaaat?!"

And then I paused and thought about it a bit. And I reached for my special Belichick Kool Aid I keep on ice for occasions such as this.

If Belichick thinks Seymour has lost a step, who am I to judge? He's obviously not the same player he was 3 - 4 years ago.

When was the last time you saw Seymour make a play? Jarvis Green and Mike Wright come in off the bench and make plays all the time. Just sayin'.

Does this mean we get to keep Vince Wilfork when his contract is up? Yes? Good. I'm in.

Was Seymour going to leave after this year anyway? Probably.

So is one year of Seymour worth a first round pick two years down the road? I say yes. Plus it's OAKLAND's pick. So you know it will be a top 10 pick.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Five Things to Watch This Week.

By Patty O'Tool

The Patriots play their fourth preseason game at home against the New York Giants on Thursday, September 3rd at 7:30 PM


Oh man, do I hate the Giants. I still wake up thinking about how close we were to 19 and 0. I don't think I'll ever get over that.

Here's five things I'll be watching for on Thursday:

1) Tom Brady. How well does he hold the clipboard on the sideline? Does he hold it with his left hand or his right hand? Will he be in uniform or street clothes? These are the big questions for #12 tonight.

2) Laurence Maroney. OK, kid. I've been apologizing for you for three years now. Show me something.

3) Joey Galloway. I have no emotional attachment to this guy. I could care less if makes the team. He looks like crap out there so far.

4) Linebackers. Bruschi's gone. We're young and fast now. But are we any good?

5) BenJarvus Green-Ellis. This might be the last time we see him a Patriots uniform. If he gets cut, someone is definitely claiming him. He's good. He's just too far down on the depth chart.

How'd That End Up Working Out?

What?! We could have had Ron Dayne instead of Belichick? Why?! Why?!