Sorry about the delay. We were off having another kid. So far the Patriots are 2 and 0 since Kid #2 got here. He actually slept on my tummy while we watched the Pats - Jets game in the hospital. THAT'S GREAT NAPPING.
Have you seen the schedule the rest of the year? Oh man, that's soft. Lots of lousy teams and backup quarterbacks. We're going to win 12 or 13 games. And, of course, none of it matters if we go one and out again in the playoffs. *deep breath - composes self* Moving on...
He's five guys I'll watching closely this week:
1) Tom Brady - Brady has been getting off to sloooow starts the last few weeks. He's looked great in the second half, but lousy at the beginning of these games. I hope he's not hurt.
2) Rob Gronkowski - GRONK HANG ON TO BALL EVEN WHILE FALL ON HEAD. GRONK NO DROP SURE TOUCHDOWNS LIKE DANIEL GRAHAM.
(What do you think? Too close to Roethlisberger? I'll keep working on it.)
3) Vince Wilfork - They're playing Big Vince an awful lot this year. He's going to get hurt down the stretch. I'd like to see him get some rest.
4) Kyle Arrington - Arrington has gone from barely being on an NFL roster to leading the league in INTs this year. Not bad at all.
5) Shane Vereen - Was that Shane Vereen I saw running into the endzone for a garbage time TD last week? Welcome to the active game day roster, Shane! (Note that this in no way affects my Stevan Ridley man-crush.)
Did Chad Ochocinco have a catch last week?
(But to his credit, he did have two the week before.)
My prediction: Pats 31, Eagles 20
Stay hydrated, my friends.
This year, we're going to have regular contributions from Fake Bill Belichick for your reading pleasure. Here's this week's selection from Fake Bill Belichick's "Tales From a Life in Football":
November 2009. It's the Monday before Thanksgiving and I'm having an extra film session day with some of the rookies who are struggling.
Ron Brace asks if he can go to the bathroom. Sure, I tell him. Make it quick.
We finish up 45 minutes later and Brace still hasn't returned. I dismiss everyone and tell them I've got a surprise waiting for them in the dining area.
I had ordered a catered Thanksgiving spread for the group. Turkey. Biscuits. Gravy. Pie. Everything.
We walk down the hall and find Brace covered in skin and bones. Long story short, he had eaten the whole 24 pound turkey before the rest of the team got there.
He must have smelled the meal wandered off after his bathroom break.
"Come on," I tell them. "Everybody get in your cars and follow me."
And I took them out for Chinese food.
I should have cut Brace right there on the spot.