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. 


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.


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.