Bad, bad loss last week. Not good times, you guys.
I know this sounds absurd to say about a 5 - 2 team, but... I think this team is just... average. They have a chance to move up to "good" by the end of the season, but they're not there yet. The offense has to get better. And they can't afford to lose any more bodies on defense.
To put it mildly, the offense has had problems. It's not entirely on Brady... But yes... A large chunk of it is on Brady. Yes, he's got an almost entirely new cast of characters around him. But he's definitely been less good-ish this year. Is he on the decline? Is this the beginning of the end? Is he just off to bad start? Insufficient data. Ask again later.
Brady vs. the Jets last week:
22 of 46 for 228 yards. 4 sacks. 0 TDs. 1 INT.
I'm also willing to listen to the argument that the Patriots wide receivers are terrible this year. They're certainly not helping things. They lead the league in drops. And goofy names.
Aaron Power Rankings:
Here's five guys I'm looking forward to watching this week:
1) Rob Gronkowski - Gronk back. Gronk have pretty good first game, but Gronk not catch touchdown. Maybe Tom lock in on Gronk too much.
2) Stevan Ridley - Ridley has actually played well the last few weeks. I wish they would give him the ball a bit more.
3) Brandon Bolden - Bolden looks like he's taken a step backwards this year. My expectations have not been met so far.
4) Julian Edelman - Even without the receptions, he's quite the weapon in the return game.
5) Danny Amendola - Might play this week. Not exactly making everyone forget about Wes Welker in his first year as a Patriot.
5A) Andre Carter - Welcome back, Andre Carter. Can you play 3 positions at once?
Did Michael Hoomanawanui have a catch last week?
My prediction: Pats 30, Dolphins 24
My prediction (Season): 10 - 6
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 third book "My Life Away From Football":
Last offseason. I was still looking to see if there was something I could do other than football. There had to be something out there for me. Crossing guard gig didn't work out. Landscaping wasn't really my thing. Decided to try selling real estate. How hard could it be, right?
They set me up to run an open house. It didn't go so well.
The first guy comes in and just starts hounding me with... like... a million questions.
"This kitchen needs updating. Do you know if they're planning on working on that?"
"It is what it is."
"What's this room for?"
"Well... This room has a lot of versatility. You could use it as a dining room. Or a breakfast area. Or you could use it to watch game tape... Unless... Is that not something you do?"
"Do you have a copy of the home inspection report? Does it mention the kitchen."
"It'll be on the report when the report comes out Wednesday."
"What happened to Dan? Didn't he used to work for your office? Dan was a lot more helpful."
"He doesn't play for our team anymore."
Give me a break, buddy. Somehow these buyers were worse than reporters. So many questions.
I decided maybe I just needed to get away from people for a while...