Sunday, November 27, 2016

Three Things to Watch This Week - Week 12

The first place New England Patriots play Ryan Fitzpatrick and the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium on Sunday November 27th at 4:25 PM


If they don't resign Butler, I'll be somewhat upset.


Captain Power Rankings:

1) Ahab

2) Horatio McCallister (Simpsons Sea Captain)

3) Phasma

4) Crunch

5) Kangaroo

6) & Tennille

7) Caveman

8) Needa

9) Morgan

10) Canada


Good win on the road last week, but I still feel like this team isn't quite great.  Too many holes on defense.

Here's three things I'll be watching this week as I digest everything I ate this weekend.

1) Malcolm Mitchell - With Gronk and Hogan out with injuries, Malcolm Mitchell had a chance to shine.  And he did!  98 yards and a touchdown.  It sure would be nice if the Patriots could draft and develop a real NFL level WR for a change.  It's been a while.

2) Julian Edelman - Edelman had a very good week last week, but it still feels like he's not quite 100%.  Watch him after the catch.  He doesn't seem to have the same explosiveness.

3) Tom Brady - Tom Brady is a wizard.  


FREE AGENT WATCH: Has Malcolm Butler, Jamie Collins or Dont'a Hightower been resigned yet?  Not yet!

Did Malcolm Mitchell have a catch last week?  Yes!  (See above)

My prediction: Pats 31, Jets 21

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This week we have Fake Matt Patricia filling in for Fake Bill Belichick.

Hello Carbon Based Lifeforms.

How was your Thanksgiving?  Mine was great, thanks for asking!  I think I ate a whole pie myself.

I enjoy eating... So it's not big surprise that I also enjoy cooking.  Makes sense, right?

I was the guy in the college apartment who could cook.

One time I took the leftover ribs, some vegetables and eggs and made a super good pork ramen dish the next day.  The roommates were amazed!

The next week, they expected me to do it again.  But this time... there wasn't nearly as much to work with.

"Well I could... But you guys already ate all the leftovers."

That's what it feels like coaching the defense this year.  Not much left for ingredients.

I love Coach Bill.  I would never criticize him.  But GM Bill... I gotta admit... Sometimes I wonder what the plan is.

Until next time...

Friday, November 18, 2016

Three Things to Watch This Week - Week 11

The first place New England Patriots play Colin Kaepernick and the San Francisco 49ers at Levi's Stadium on Sunday November 20th at 4:25 PM


Congratulations to Rob Gronkowski on a major touchdown milestone.

Holiday Power Rankings:

1) Thanksgiving

2) Festivus

3) Road

4) Roman

5) Madonna - Holiday


Not a lot of positives to take away from last week's game.  Let's move on to San Francisco.

Here's three things I'll be keeping an eye on this week.

1) Martellus Bennett - Gronk got blown up by Earl Thomas late in the game last week.  Bennett will need to step up this week.

2) Barkevious Mingo / Elandon Roberts - We need a non-Hightower inside linebacker to show up on a regular basis going forward.

3) Cyrus Jones - Hang on to the rock there, Big Guy.


FREE AGENT WATCH: Has Malcolm Butler, Jamie Collins or Dont'a Hightower been resigned yet?  Not yet!

The day after a Bills fan threw a rubber dong on the field in Buffalo, Jamie Collins got the shaft.  The Patriots traded the talented linebacker to the (then) 0 - 8 Cleveland Browns.  That's a big ol' sad trombone.

Did Malcolm Mitchell have a catch last week?  Yes!

My prediction: Pats 34, 49ers 17


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And now we present The Continuing Adventures of Julian Edelman, Private Dick.

We're playing on the West Coast this week.  Everybody is making a big deal of Tom returning to his ancestral home land.

But you know who else is from No. Cal?

Me, Baby.  Me.

Your Ol' Pal Jules only has 1 TD on the year.  Completely unacceptable this late into the season.  My next case is going to be solving The Case of the Missing End-zone Visits.  Maybe Tom can throw a few looks my way.  Hook up a fellow Bay Area Bro.

(Unrelated - Have you guys seen Westworld?  You ever think anyone you work with is maybe a robot, too?  I can't stop thinking about that.  Like... Maybe Brady is a robot or something?  Bruh...)

Time to grind.