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10
Jan
08

NFL Divisional Playoff Predictions: Jags at Pats

Every year, there are, interspersed amongst the games whose outcomes we are unsure, positive, or uncaring of, those games which seem to transcend all that we normally think, care and feel about football. For many, from what I gather after having read pretty much this entire Internet on the subject, one of those games will happen this weekend when the Jacksonville Jaguars enter Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, MA, just outside Boston, for their NFL Divisional Playoff game against the New England Patriots.

This game has even given my friend Lee, over at Football Jabber, fits of Bushillariness [booshhiluh-ree-nis] – where he says one thing, then completely contradicts his thoughts, then, in the end, he picks what you would not expect him to from reading what he says. When done, in describing what he has chosen to do, he makes it sound like he would have picked the opposite, but maybe next time. [Yes, Steven Colbert, you may use this word. In fact, you can have it. You’ll put it to better use, I am sure. But you must give acknowledgement to FanYard, as I am sure you already would have. It is kind of like truthiness, personified.]

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The talk, of course, is all about whether or not the Jaguars can beat the Patriots in this game. Can they exploit the perceived weakness of the 16-0 Patriots: their run defense? Is it possible that the Jacksonville defense can contain Randy Moss and Wes Welker and hurry Tom Brady into making a few mistakes, and then capitalize on those mistakes enough to hand the Pats what would be their first and last loss of the season?

Much of what is out there says, yes, the Jags can do it. They have the second-best running game in the league and the best in the AFC. Bill Belichick actually thinks it is the best in the NFL, and I would go with his evaluation over the paint-by-numbers rankings gotten when you go simply by yards alone, as NFL rankings do.

What happens after many people think to themselves, “Well, hey, yeah, the Jaguars can beat the Pats.” is that they then extrapolate can into will, and that is where this madness must be brought to a screeching halt.

People, you have the coach of the year…nay, the coach of the decade, leading the team of the…one of the best teams ever assembled in any sport, into the first playoff game after an unprecedented 16-0 regular season. With two weeks to prepare…for a good, young, upstart team with a new quarterback with a very interesting and heart-warming, feel-good story and an excellent running game, and a head coach who is just now learning that sometimes you must have the cajones to take risks in this league before you are going to come across as smart.

Yes, that young team could come into New England and beat the Patriots, of course. Anything can happen in a football game, we all should know by now. But the chances are slim. So slim that I find it truly amazing how many people are saying it is going to happen.

And, if these naysayers are being that way because they just really hope to see their hated Patriots lose so badly that they can’t seem to allow logic into their thought processes, here is a hint for when the Pats play in the AFC Championship game against either San Diego or Indianapolis: pick New England. No matter what you think, pick New England to win and write it everywhere you can.

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New England thrives on bulletin board material, or so we are led to believe, in order to keep focused on proving everyone wrong. It is too late for this weekend’s game, you’ve already given them all the firepower they need to be pumped up. The will beat down the Jags 35-17. The Yardstick for this game calls for just a ten-point Patriots victory, but it is a little low.

Next week, think about it before you write it…if you want them to lose, that is. Or give the Jaguars a ‘blueprint to win‘, like the Wall Street Journal has, thanks to Mike Tanier from Football Outsiders.

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25
Nov
07

Eagles at Patriots

The Yardstick for this game remained at 17 points in favor of the Patriots at kickoff. After falling down 7-0 on an Asante Samuel intereption return for a touchdown, AJ Feeley has taken the Eagles down the field twice in a row for scores. With a rushing touchdown, the score is 14-14 in the second. The Patriots have gotten the ball back after a successful onside kick resulted in a three-and-out for Philly.

Field Goal Alert!!! Halfway through the second quarter, the Eagles forced the Patriots to kick a field goal, after holding them with goal-to-go.None of us here could remember the last time New England had to kick a field goal. 17-14.

7:20 remaining and New England just went up 31-28 on a Maroney run from four yards out.

Phiully takes the lead, 21-17, with under three to go in the half. Madden and Michaels are slightly shocked, but happily so, I think. Where’s Moss? Brady has not had this much pressure on him at any point yet this year, and Philly is going with just a three-man front. I think even the crowd at Gillette is excited, if just because there’s actually a game for them.

End of 1st Half: With eight seconds remaining in the half, Brady tossed his 39th touchdown pass of the year. Madden and Michaels were shocked that the replay booth did not review the play, but it would have been a waste of time. Gaffney had it in bounds. How they can’t see that is beyond me, but their way of thinking is probably that they want to get an extra commercial break for the network. Regardless, I’m sure all the Patriot-haters will jump all over it as if it were a conspiracy theory unmatched since the Kennedy assassination. Hopefully tomorrow’s Miami at Pittsburgh game can provide half this much entertainment. 24-21 at the half.

Eagles Up 28-24: With less than two bucks left in the third, Feeley, who’s rating is higher than Brady’s, tosses a score to Reggie Brown for the go-ahead. Now, this is a game!

With 7:20 left, NE goes ahead 31-28 on a four-yard score by Maroney. With 3:52 left, Samuel, who just missed his second INT of the game a few plays before, gets it in the end zone. Philly needs to stop NE on 3rd-and-1 with 2:27 remaining…Light takes a false start. 3rd-and-six.

1st-and-ten. Philly takes their last time out. Ball on New England 40-yard line. So much for covering the biggest spread in NFL history. These Eagles played like they know how to play in the NFL If they had played this way all year, they’d be in discussions involving the Packers and Dallas…next year. Patriots 31-Eagles 28. FINAL. Great game! Thank you, football gods.

18
Nov
07

Patriots to Play Game Against God

Not really, but it would certainly make for more of a contest. Now that Peyton Manning looks human without a bevy of stars to throw to and Pittsburgh has regained their inconsistency, there would appear to be no true challenger in the AFC.

What about the NFC? Hmmm, we won’t know about Green Bay until the Super Bowl, but we do know that the Cowboys are merely strutting their stuff in vain. Not only did New England dismantle the ‘Boys in their own home, but they showed Terrible Omens and the rest of the league that they can destroy teams in whatever manner they like…even if it is just to show up a showboat like TO.

To wit: You know very well that Tom Brady and Randy Moss went into Buffalo tonight telling each other that they would take the wind out of TO’s sails by having just as good of a game as TO had in the scoring department. But they would do it in one half. When the opportunity presented itself for Moss to also go out and play DB on a Hail Mary pass at the end of the fist half…that was just the icing on the cake they were throwing in TO’s face on national TV.

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10
Nov
07

Brady, Patriots Rally Around Belichick’s Decision

The New England Patriots have rallied around Bill Belichick’s decision to sit Tom Brady this bye week, a report out of Boston should be saying. In fact, in support of their coaches move, many other Patriot players have pulled themselves out of this week’s lineup, too.

LB Tedy Bruschi said he would not play this weekend, and neither would any of his fellow fearsome linebackers. Bruschi said the group decision was not hard to come to once the team found out for sure that their quarterback would be sitting this week.

“We went to coach Billy and asked him if it would be all right if we, too, sat out tomorrow’s non-game just to show the world what a close-knit team we are,” said Tedy. “The man nodded in his hoodie, and we all know what that means around here.”

Randy Moss has not said whether or not he’ll be out on Gillette field, but did allude to the possibility of it being slightly harder to catch balls when there was no one to throw them to him. Moss said he can easily catch one-handed while flying six feet up in the air, with four or five defenders trying to knock the ball away. He said there is no defense in the NFL this year, at least when the Pats play, or so it seems. But, again, “it will be a little bit more difficult to make a ball just appear, Y’no’w’ym’sayn, man. I-juz dunno if I can play without Tommy.”

With the rest of the team soon following suit, it appears to this reporter like the New England Patriots will not be able to win for the tenth consecutive week this Sunday.

I caught up to Belichick and his kids this morning and was able to question him briefly on Don Shula’s comments, now retracted once his meds wore off, about having an asterisk beside the Pats record if they were to go undefeated. I thought Shula’s words might have had something to do with his decision not to play this week, thus breaking the streak of weekly wins these Pats have accumulated.

Bill said, “You know, I respect a man who can bring a first-round draft pick penalty to his team and still win. That is exactly whay I am trying to do here, is emulate the Don. If we would not have gotten docked a 1st-rounder when I was caught taping that fat, dumb bastard over on the Jets sidelines, I would have kept right on doing it until we did get docked that pick. Now, I am like Don, but I don’t want to hurt his feelings by running the table, and that is why I decided the Patriots would not win a game this week.”

When asked whether he had spoken to Brady after giving him the week off, he just looked at me like I was crazy, “Would you be answering the phone calls if you could be locked in a bedroom with Gisele?” he asked me. “Tom doesn’t get a whole lot of time during the season to get jiggy with Gisele. He ain’t gonna be seen for days.”

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