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