Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Five Things to Watch This Week (and Next Week) - Weeks 16 and 17 (Games 15 and 16)

The Patriots play their fifteenth regular season game on the road at The Ralph on Sunday December 26th at 1:00 PM and their final regular season game at home on Sunday January 2nd at 1:00 PM.

Another great week of Patriots football... Just like I called it!

Actually, the Packers played a really good game and exploited our weaknesses.  We were short on d-line help, and they went after that.  That was one of the better coaching jobs we've faced all year.

But let's stay positive.  We're moving on.  We did just put up 31 points on the "best scoring defense" in football.  So there's that.


1) Devin McCourty  - McCourty for defensive rookie of the year.  He's a big part of the reason why the defense has been as good as it is.  And he should be even better next year.

2) Dan Connolly - Can we make him the permanent kick-off return guy?  That was awesome. 

3) Jerod Mayo - 181 tackles so far?  He's a beast.

4) Wes Welker - 83 catches on the year.  Not bad for a guy who I thought might never see the field again after last year's knee injury.

5) Tom Brady - Seriously, I'll pissed if he doesn't get the league MVP vote.  It wasn't pretty last week, but he put a good drive together at the end when they needed the TD.



My prediction (game 15):

Pats 31, Bills 13


My prediction (game 16):

Pats 27, Dolphins 17



Now... Let's go make a goddamn foot fetish video.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Five Things to Watch This Week - Week 15 (Game 14)

The Patriots play their fourteenth regular season game against the Packers at Gillette on Sunday, December 19th at 8:20 PM.

I apologize.  I was waaay off last week.  I predicted the Pats would win 20 to 14.  I really thought the elements would be more of a factor.  I thought the Bears would, you know, show up.  I'm very happy to report that I was wrong on all accounts.

Six weeks ago I was talking with my buddy KC Masterpiece trying to figure out what was wrong with Brady (mechanics?  head not in the game?  bad haircut?).  The Pats had just got theyselves blowed out at Cleveland.    Things have turned out OK since then, huh?.  They've beaten the absolute iron of the NFL.  And they're not just winning.  They're CRUSHING teams. 

How will the Patriots ever score with Randy Moss?!  Yeah, that one somehow worked out OK, too.

You know what?  I'm calling my shot right now.  I don't think they're going to lose again this year.  Not the way they're playing right now.  Not to turn into one of "Da Bears" guys ("What about Belichick? Would he be mini, too?"  "No, he would be full-grown."), but I'm pretty sure we're unstoppable at this point.

You know who else must read my little newsletter?  Steelers defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau:

     "To do what Brady did in those weather conditions in Chicago? That might be one of the most outstanding quarterback performances — ever."


BEST QUARTERBACK EVER.


Here's five things I'll be watching for this week.

1) Tom Brady - Another week, another great QB for Brady to face.  So far this season, he's beaten Brett Favre, Peyton Manning, Philip Rivers and Ben Roethlisberger.  This week, Tom goes up against... Matt Flynn?!  Who?  That can't be right.

2) Aarob Gronknandez - I've combined Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez into one player for easier reference (and I swear I wrote this joke down before seeing something similar in Simmons column this week).  Don Banks of SI thinks they each would go in the first round if we held the draft again today.    Hell of a draft.

3) BenJarvus Green-Ellis - Benny is looking strong.  Over 4 yards a carry in the snow last week.  I love watching him hit the hole. 

4) Gary Guyton - Guyton got some extra snaps last week with Brandon Spikes on suspenders, and what does he do?  Fumble recovery for a touchdown.  And an INT off of Mr. Cutler.  Not bad for another undrafted guy.

5) Singing Dogs - If this game ends up being a blowout by halftime, you have my permission to go to bed early.  Or get in the holiday spirit by watching dogs singing Christmas tunes.  Even Hoth Belichick approves.






My prediction (if Rodgers plays):


Pats 42, Packers 10


My prediction (if Rodgers doesn't play):

Pats 42, Packers 7




Now... Let's go eat a goddamn snack.


Anybody want a holiday mailbag column next week?

Friday, December 10, 2010

Five Things to Watch This Week - Week 14 (Game 13)

The Patriots play their thirteenth regular season game on the road at Soldier Field on Sunday December 12th at 4:15 PM.

Hey!  Wake up, readers!  There's another game this week.  Between all the Red Sox hysteria and afterglow from the Jets victory, it's a little too easy to forget that the Pats have to play again this Sunday.

Ho hum.  Another AFC Offensive Player of the Week award for #12.  Tom Brady has been getting an awful lot of love from me lately, so we'll give him a break this week.  If he's not the league MVP, I'll be super pissed.  This week I'll let Dan Wetzel make the case for me.


According to the Football Outsiders guys, the 2010 Patriots are so good offensively:


     (T)hey are now close to surpassing their 2007 selves for the title of "greatest offense in DVOA history" 


(Don't worry... "DVOA" isn't a dirty porn thing or anything like that...)

OK.  Enough about the offense.  Let's give the defense some love this week.  It hasn't always been pretty, but they're getting it done.

Here's five things I'll be watching for this week.

1) Jermaine Cunningham - He's keeps just missing the big sack.  Last week Sanchez totally facemasked him.  What a fraud!

2) Devin McCourty - This week, he'll be challenged by... Um... Who do the Bears have at WR? 

3) Patrick Chung - He's due for a big week.  Secretly, I think his knee still hurts and they're just not telling us.

4) James Sanders - One of the few seasoned veterans in the secondary.  Plays smart.  Had they pick of the year against Pey Pey.

5) Vince Wilfork - I like when he has two guys blocking him and still makes the tackle.  Is he awesome?  My sources tell me... YES.


One player not to watch this week is Brandon Spikes, who has reportedly been suspended four games.  Dumbass.


My prediction: Pats 20, Bears 14

Monday, December 6, 2010

Five Things to Watch This Week - Week 13 (Game 12)

The Patriots play their twelfth regular season game at Gillette on Monday, December 6th at 8:30 PM.

In honor of the Patriots playing on Monday Night Football this week, we've brought in special guest columnist Jon Gruden.




Thanks Pat!  Doesn't it seem like we've been waiting for this game FOR-EV-ERRR?  I know I've been looking forward to it.  I woke up at 4:00 AM this morning, I'm so excited for this game.  My wife made me go downstairs.  I like to pop in my DVD of "The Incredibles" when I get this excited.  It helps calm me down.  I really like that Syndrome guy.




Here's five things I'll be watching for this week.

1) Tom Brady - You want to talk about a guy having an MVP caliber season?  WATCH THIS GUY RIGHT HERE.  The Patriots are only going to go as far as Number 12 takes them, and right now his back is looking pretty strong.  Can he pick up the blitz and get rid of the ball against the best defenses in the NFL?  YOU BET HE CAN!

2) Wes Welker - This guy is a beast.  He just had knee surgery!  He's got 65 catches!  Comeback player of the year?  WATCH THIS GUY RIGHT HERE.

3) Deion Branch - You want to talk about a guy who never should have left Tom Brady and the Patriots?  WATCH THIS GUY RIGHT HERE.  He's perfect for this offense.  Why did he talk his way into a trade?  I don't know!

4) Jerod Mayo - You want to talk about a guy having a monster season and yet still flying under the radar? WATCH THIS GUY RIGHT HERE.  He's on pace for 200 tackles!  We should be talking about him a lot more.

5) Devin McCourty - You want to talk about a guy having a rookie of the year kinda year?  WATCH THIS GUY RIGHT HERE.  Speedy?  Definitely.  Knack for the ball and making the big play?  You know it!


My prediction: Pats 31, Jets 13

Now... Let's go eat a goddamn snack.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Five Things to Watch This Week - Week 12 (Game 11)

The Patriots play their eleventh regular season game on the road against the Detroit Lions on Thursday November 25th at 12:30 PM.

I'm feeling pretty thankful this year.  We're 8 and 2.  How are we 8 and 2?!  Holy crap.  I'll take it.

Last week was great.  I've still got a buzz from that win.  Sweet, sweet Manning tears.

Here's five things I'm thankful for this year:

1)  Tom Brady - The Best Quarterback we've ever had.

2)  Bill Belichick - The Best Coach we've ever had.  Maybe the best coach ever.  You think I'm being a little generous in my praise?  Brady and Belichick are 119 and 36 together.  Bill Walsh and Joe Montana were 114 and 44.  So... yeah... They're really THAT good.

3)  A Surprisingly Frisky Running Game - I've been on board the BenJarvus Green-Ellis train as long as I can remember.  And I can't tell you how many times I shouted "Woodhead!" last week (some of them were even while watching the game).  That TD immediately followed by a special teams tackle on the kick-off was awesome.

4)  A Fast Young Defense - Don't worry about yards, people.  Yards aren't points.  Making a big play and getting off the field is huge.  Hopefully we can keep this up down the stretch.

5)  Vince Wilfork - I love love love me some #75.  Can you imagine how awesome the Thanksgiving feast must be in the Wilfork house?  Guh. 





BONUS LIST!

Thanksgiving Dessert Power Rankings:

1) Pecan Pie

2) Apple Pie

3) Brownies

4) Chocolate Chip Cookies

5) Whipped Cream (straight off the spoon)

Guess who's got two thumbs and making a pecan pie Wednesday night?  THIS GUY!


My prediction: Pats 35, Lions 31

Now... Let's go eat a goddamn feast.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Five Things to Watch This Week - Week 11 (Game 10)

The Patriots play their tenth regular season game at Gillette against the Indianapolis Colts Sunday November 21st at 4:15 PM.

"Hey Dad!  What was it like watching Tom Brady?"

"He was awesome.  Just awesome.  Smart.  Accurate.  He was so cool and steady in the big games.  He was a joy to watch."

Football is a team sport.  It's more than just about the quarterbacks.  Blah blah blah.

C'mon...  We all know the story here is Brady vs. Manning.  Honestly, are you ever going to tell your kids about the time you saw Pierre Woods make three special teams tackles in a game?  (Oh hey... Welcome back, Pierre Woods.  Didn't see you over there...)

This is as good as it gets.  Two of the top 5 QBs of all time facing off.  It's Magic vs. Larry.  Marino vs. Montana.  Me vs. a pecan pie on Thanksgiving.

These games tend to be pretty memorable.  You can tell your kids (or your cats...  or your cat's kids...) you saw two of the very best in their primes.

Here's... TWO things I'll be watching for this week. 

1) Tom Brady - I'll be the first to admit, he's been a little up and down this year.  But the Colts defense doesn't scare me one bit.  And he looked great last week.

2) Peyton Manning - Manning has the better stats.  His regular season numbers are off the charts.  His biggest black mark is in the post season, where he is 9 and 9 (and the owner of some spectacularly Favre-ian choke jobs). FACT: Peyton Manning has the same number of Super Bowl rings as Trent Dilfer.  In Manning's defense, Brady has never had to face a Belichick defense.


My prediction: Pats 27, Colts 17

Now... Let's go eat a goddamn snack.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Five Things to Watch This Week - Week 10 (Game 9)

The Patriots play their ninth regular season game on the road against the Pittsburgh Steelers Sunday, November 14th at 8:20 PM

We're doomed.  DOOMED! 





I was afraid last week would be a trap game.  Even Admiral Ackbar couldn't have saved us.

Now we're going to Pittsburgh.  Then we've got the Colts next week.

Before you know it, we're going to be looking at 6 - 4.

Ugh.

Here's five things I'll be watching for this week.

1) Tom Brady - How bad is the foot?  Bad?  Or bad bad?  We're not going to be able to run on the Steelers, so we're going to have to air it out.  If I'm the offensive coordinator, I bring back the game plan from this 2006 gem vs. the Vikings

2) Shayne Graham - Gostkowski has been quietly excellent over the last few years.  Not only on field goals, but on kickoffs, too.  I don't think anyone is expecting too much from Shayne Graham.  He just has to come in and not suck.

3) Run Defense - Peyton Hillis KILLED us last week.  I don't have the numbers in front of me, but I think he ran for something like 384 yards.  That's gotta get better.

4) Aaron Hernandez - I've been pimping this guy all season.  He catches passes that aren't even intended for him.

5) Tony Dungy - Easily the worst thing about Sunday Night Football.  Let's see if he says something anti-Belichick at halftime!


My prediction: Pats 14, Steelers 28

Now... Let's go eat a goddamn snack.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Friday, November 5, 2010

Five Things to Watch This Week - Week 9 (Game 8)

The Patriots play their eighth regular season game on the road against the Cleveland Browns Sunday, November 7th at 1:00 PM

Seemingly easy game this week with a game against a much tougher opponent next week?  It's the dreaded "trap game".

Quick -- name the Browns starting QB.  The correct answer?  Colt McCoy.  He actually started the season third on the depth chart (behind the immortal Jake Delhomme ).  He's completed 32 passes for his career.  Brady has completed over 2800.  So, you know, advantage Patriots.

Last week, I predicted "Brad Childress will do something kinda dumb".  Little did I know we were about to kick off a whole week of dumb Childress moments.  High comedy.  My condolences to my buddy Viking Dave on another lost season.

Here's five things I'll be watching for this week.

1) BenJarvus Green-Ellis -  BJGE had a hell of a week last week (17 carries for 112 yards, two TDs).  Did I have him on the bench for my fantasy team?  Yes.  Yes I did.

2) Logan Mankins - Welcome back, Logan.  How'd that holdout work you?  Did you get the contract you wanted?  No?  Dan Connolly played really, really well in Mankin's absence.  How many millions did that cost him?

3) Tom Brady - TB is due for a big week.  The Browns and their 26th ranked passing defense will provide a good tune-up before we face the Steelers and Colts in the upcoming weeks.

4) Defense - Look at the leading tacklers list.  How many of these guys are in their first, second or third year in the league?  This bodes well for the future.

5) Gametime Menu - If you're having noted foodie Randall Moss over to watch the games this weekend, make sure you spring for some high end stuff.  At the very least, get something worthy of feeding to his dog.


My prediction: Pats 28, Browns 13




Now... Let's go eat a goddamn snack.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Five Things to Watch This Week - Week 8 (Game 7)

The Patriots play their seventh regular season game at Gillette against the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday, October 31st at 4:15 PM.

No column last week. I was home Friday with a sick toddler. It threw off my whole writing routine. Sorry if you spent your whole week looking forward to my Friday musings.

/sad game show sound

Let's get right back on that horse. Here's five things I'll be watching for this week.


1) Coaching - Did anyone think we'd be 5 and 1 at this point?  With this team?  I love love love me some Belichick. There's no one I'd rather have as a coach (and yes... I'm one of the people who consistently defends his need to go for it on forth down. Sometimes a little "Eff You" attitude is a good thing in football. Look at the way the Ravens totally turtled down the stretch against the Pats in Week 6). Look around the league. There's maybe 4 or 5 good coaches. That's it. We're not exactly living in a Golden Age of Great Coaching. Which is why the Patriots can have the 32nd ranked 3rd down defense and still be 5 and 1. At some point this week, Belichick will do something pretty smart. And Brad Childress will do something kinda dumb (other than "start Brett").

2) Tight Ends - Have we ever had TWO good tight ends? If so, I can't remember a pair better than Gronkowski and Hernandez. They've totally changed the offense. Belichick probably doesn't trade Moss without their emergence.

3) Running Backs - Poor showing by Woodhead and Green-Ellis last week. I'd like to see a little bounce back this week.

4) Linebackers - Mayo is a solid anchor. He looks healthy again this year. I like Spikes and Guyton. Jermaine Cunningham has taken the starting job away from TBC (Has anyone else noticed the Patriots lead the league in dreadlocks this year?).  Another strong, young group. I'm starting to really like this roster.

5) Special Teams - With the exception of the onside kick-off late last week, the special teams play has been stellar this season. Definitely a source of strength.

Bonus Item:  Candy.  Handing out Halloween candy while the game is on?  HELL YES.  There's no way I won't be sneaking a few myself.

Bonus Bonus Item: Metamucil. Once a day. It's like a present to yourself (especially after loading up on candy).


My prediction: Pats 27, Vikings 17


Now... Let's go eat a goddamn snack.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Five Things to Watch This Week - Week 6 (Game 5)

The Patriots play their fifth regular season game at Gillette against the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday, October 17th at 1:00 PM.

We're back! I hate hate hate that bye week. I didn't know what to do with myself. I had to go run a 5K just to feel useful.

On a personal note, I pulled my name off the Patriots season ticket waiting list last week. My name came up -- I finally would have gotten tickets next year. Eleven years I wanted on that list. But... I just don't have the free time I did when I was a younger man. I can't give up 10 Sundays a year out of my life.

Watching the NFL on a high def TV is now such a good experience, it almost doesn't make sense to go to the games in person anymore. Watching the game at home means cheap beer and instant access to the bathroom. My couch is warm and dry. And I don't have to give up a whole day away from my family.

But still... I'm a little sad about the whole thing.


Here's five things I'll be watching for this week.


1) Deion Branch - Welcome back, Deion. I expect your numbers to go up a bit with Mr. Brady throwing to you. Am I happy to have him back? Absolutely. But... he's no replacement for Moss. He's not even the same guy he was 5 years ago. I expect him to be more like the black Wayne Chrebet at this point in his career.

2) Brandon Tate - He's fast. He's been a joy to watch on kick returns. But is he, you know, a good receiver? We'll find out.

3) Wes Welker - It'll be interesting to see how effective he is without Moss. I'll admit I'm a little scared.

4) Julian Edelman - Julian, where have you been this year? Are you still hurt? Let's go out for coffee or something.

5) Aaron Hernandez - I like him. Brady likes him. Baltimore can't cover the TE. What's not to like?


Bonus Item

Brett Favre getting hit in the nuts!

I could watch that all day.


Bonus Bonus Item

How's Maroney doing out in Denver? 11 carries for 5 yards in week 4? Ooof. That's brutal.


My prediction: Pats 24, Ravens 21


Now... Let's go eat a goddamn snack.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

"I felt a great disturbance in Patriot Nation, as if millions of voices cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced. I fear something terrible has happened..."

Friday, October 1, 2010

Five Things to Watch This Week - Week 4

The Patriots play their forth regular season game at Joe Robbie Stadium Pro Player Park Pro Player Stadium Dolphin Stadium Dolphins Stadium Land Shark Stadium Sun Life Stadium against the Miami Dolphins on Monday October 4th at 8:30 PM.

Our defense is... bad. Even I can't fool myself into thinking it's going to be OK anymore. The offense is going to need to up 35 points a week if we're going to have a chance. We're officially the Colts now.


Here's five things I'll be watching for this week.

1) BenJarvus Green-Ellis - Maroney is gone. Fred Taylor hasn't practiced all week. Is this the week Law Firm becomes a star?

2) Randy Moss - He's still awesome. Go watch this in case you missed it last week. (The ref actually has pretty good coverage over the top...)

3) Tom Brady - One more win gives him 100 for his career. That's awesome.

4) Aaron Hernandez / Rob Gronkowski - Apparently the Dolphins have trouble covering Tight Ends. We have two great young Tight Ends! Score!

5) Danny Woodhead - He's like the Daniel Nava of the Patriots!


BONUS ITEM: Every time the Pats' defense fails to make a play on third down, take a drink.*


(*Note - not responsible if you die from alcohol poisoning).



My prediction: Pats 28, Dolphins 17


Now... Let's go eat a goddamn snack.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Ups and Downs - Week 3

Up

Aaron Hernandez - Again... I love this kid. I expect big things.

O-Line - Much better this week. Brady had all day back there.

BenJarvus Green-Ellis - 16 carries for 98 yards. Can we just give him the starting job already?

Patrick Chung - Actually looked pretty good at times, but that may just be because of how much the rest of the secondary sucked.


Down


The Defense - My math may be off a bit, but I think they gave up 900 yards to the Bills on Sunday. Last week it was Sanchez. This week it was Fitzpatrick. We have a way of making bad QBs look really good.


Bring on the Dolphins.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Five Things to Watch This Week - Week 3

The Patriots play their third regular season game at Gillette against the Bills of Ontario and Western New York on Sunday, September 26th at 1:00 PM.

Last Sunday afternoon, about an hour before kickoff, I somehow ended up with toddler poop all over the sleeve of my Patriots t-shirt. I don't normally believe in signs... But that couldn't have been a good one.

Week 2 was ugly (Even Brett Favre thinks Tom Brady had a bad week this week...). But you know what? It's just one game.

Also, I lost out on my "Which team will have the first player arrested?" pool. I had the Bengals. Oh well. There's still a chance I can win for "total arrests for the season".


Here's five things I'll be watching for this week.

1) Sammy Morris - Sammy can run. Sammy can catch. What we know he has a problem with is picking up the blitz (e.g., Bernard Pollard) (well, that and staying healthy for a whole season). If he's going to step up and be the third down back in Faulk's absence, the blitz pickup has got to get better.

2) Aaron Hernandez - I love this kid. If I was the offensive coordinator, I'd experiment with Hernandez. Line him up at h-back. Have him be the slot receiver. Have him go deep. Oh Bill... WHY WON'T YOU RETURN MY CALLS?!

3) Matt Light - FACT: Matt Light is done. He got TOASTED last week by Jason Taylor. Not good times.

4) Ron Brace - I think Brace actually started last week (Here's a picture in case you forgot what he looked like). Sure, I didn't see him make any plays, but, you know... He got on the field! That Perfect Attendance Award is almost his!

5) "Mad Men" - Everybody caught up on "Mad Men"? They've been KILLING it this season. "She died the way she lived... Surrounded by the people she answered phones for."



BONUS ITEM: Every time the Bills punt, take a drink.*


(*Note - not responsible if you die from alcohol poisoning).


(Special shout-out to Viking Dave for additional suggested material.)



My prediction: Pats 28, Bills 7


Now... Let's go eat a goddamn snack.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Ups and Downs - Week 2

Up

The Moss.



Best. WR. Ever.


Down

Everyone else!

Bring on the Bills.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Five Things to Watch This Week - Week 2

The Patriots play their second regular season game at the "New Meadowlands" (giggle giggle) against the New York Jets on Sunday, September 19th at 4:15 PM.

Feelin' pretty good about Week 1, but I'm trying to keep myself on an even keel. It's just one game. But it's much better than starting with a loss.

HOWEVER... We did manage to clear up the roster spot that Laurence Maroney was taking up. We even got a 4th rounder for him! (I've been unable to confirm the rumor that "Dancing with the Stars" offered a conditional 5th round pick for him.)

You can look at this development two ways:

1) We're giving up on a guy that never really lived up to his 1st round pick status

2) We just got a 4th round pick for the 4th or 5th guy on the depth chart at RB.


I'm just happy we got something for him. I was somewhat surprised he was still on the roster after the preseason.


Here's five things I'll be watching for this week.


1) Short Passes / Screens: If they Jets are going to blitz as much as they did against the Ravens, TB is going to have to get rid of the ball in a hurry.

2) NE Defense: If we don't end up with at least 3 turnovers on defense, my feelings will be personally hurt.

3) Mark Sanchez: 10 of 21 for 74 yards last week? 1 for 11 on third down? Yikes. That's brutal. How long before the home crowd gets on him?

4) Welker / Edelman: Let Revis take Moss out of the game. There's plenty of other options for Brady.

5) Goddamn Snacks: I love eating during football. I've been sticking to the Baked Lays lately, but I might have to open up the playbook a bit this week.



My prediction: Pats 27, Jets 17


Now... Let's go eat a goddamn snack.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Ups and Downs - Week 1

Up

Everyone!

Nothing like a week 1 ass-whuppin' to make me feel good about football again.

And the defense looked much better than I expected.

Now, it was just one game. But... Damn. I'd much rather win like that than be on the other end of that beating.


Down

No one, really.


Bring on the Jets.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Five Things to Watch This Week - Week 1

The Patriots play their first regular season game at home against the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday, September 12th. 1:00 PM start time. Don't be late. (I'm parenting solo all day Saturday, so I better get a serious stretch of uninterrupted couch time on Sunday.)

Sweet, glorious NFL football. It's back. No more preseason. These games count. How did last year's season end? Oh yeah!

Honestly guys, I don't know what to make of this year's Pats. They could go 10 and 6 or 6 and 10. The offense looks really good. The defense looks... ahhh... not quite as good (cue Sad Don Draper face). How deep a playoff run can you go on with a top 5 offense and a bottom 5 defense? Maybe some of young guys will actually turn out to be players. If not, it's going to be a long season.

The good news is that we play the Bills twice. It's like that free 200 points they give you on the SATs.

Also, I promise not to bitch about Laurence Maroney this year. If he's not going to put in the effort, why should I? It's just not worth it.


1) Red Lights: Stop for them. Seriously.


2) Stephen Gostkowski: Four year extension for one of the best kickers in football. Yes!


3) #12 - #81: Best deep ball combo ever. (Ever had "deep balls"? It's not comfortable.) Remember early in his career when everyone said Brady couldn't through the deep ball? Hilarious.


4) Pats TEs: Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez look awesome. What could Brady do with tight ends that can actually catch?! It boggles the mind.


5) 5A SECONDARY: They might turn out to be pretty good. But I'm not going to be holding my breathe.

5B D-LINE: There's Wilfork and... um... That's about it. No secondary plus no pressure from the defensive line equals trouble.



My prediction: Pats 35, Bengals 31

Now... Let's go eat a goddamn snack.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Monday, February 8, 2010

SB Wrap-Up



And then there's this:

“I think they’re going to be so far ahead that people are going to say, ‘Oh, ho-hum, [Manning] played a good game, they won by two scores, the Colts won their second championship,’ ’’ Dungy told The New York Times. “He is going to have those rings Sunday night. I don’t think it’s going to be close.

Great job, Tony.

If the Pats went to the Super Bowl after Belichick left the team, everyone would be killing him.

But nobody ever says a negative word about Dungy.

Complete bullshit.


Thursday, January 14, 2010

Season Wrap-up 2009

Still not over last Sunday's loss.  To paraphrase the great philosopher Emmitt Smith, "We just got debacle'd".

Julian Edelman and Kevin Faulk showed up.  That's about it.

Here's what I'd like to see this offseason:


  - Get "tougher" on defense (both physically and mentally).  And a pass rush would be nice.

  - Resign Vince Wilfork.  Let Matt Light go.

  - New offensive coordinator. Bill O'Brien just isn't getting the job done.  There's no creativity there.  I could have called a better game last Sunday.  Even Brady didn't seem comfortable with the plays being called most of the season.

  - I'm guessing Welker will be out next season.  I'd like to see them draft at least 2 WRs.


The good news?  We have 4 of the top 53 picks in the next draft.

(The bad news is that we'll probably be trading those for picks in 2013...)

Friday, January 8, 2010

Five Things to Watch This Week - Playoff Edition

Playoff Football!  Playoff Football!  Playoff Football!

It's Wild Card Weekend.  The Patriots host the Baltimore Ravens Sunday January 10th at Gillette Stadium at 1:00 PM.  Thanks for coming along for the ride with me this season.

I'll save the negative comments for next week.  I just don't see us losing a home playoff game (Unless Baltimore brings Avon Barksdale and Stringer Bell) (Anyone else think Avon looks like Kevin Faulk?).

Just THREE things to watch this week.  We'll keep it simple.

Running Game - Here's the gameplan I'd like to see:  run, run, run, play-action deep to The Moss.  Boom.  Hopefully, we'll see a lot of Taylor, Faulk and Morris (and maybe some Maroney).  Baltimore's secondary is it's weakness.  Let's set 'em up then kill 'em.

D-Line - If Vince Wilfork and Ty Warren play, we're in good shape.  If not, we're boned.

Stephen Gostkowski - Will the game come down to Gostkowki's big leg?  Maybe!

My Prediction: 

Pats 24, Ravens 17