After many disappointing years of unwed melancholy, we’ve decided to sever our relationship with the Patriots. The writers for this blog were put in cages and moved over to the much larger Sports Blog @ Damox.
I’m so angry at the Patriots right now, I can barely stop my hands from shaking to make this post. They blew a 13 point lead with less than 5 minutes to go in the game. That’s not something I’m used to seeing from them. It’s something I’d expect from the Buffalo Bills. I haven’t felt this disappointed in my team since the Super Bowl loss to the Giants.
Here’s what really made me angry: on a drive when the Patriots main goal should have been running time off the clock, the Pats passed the ball on a down that obviously called for a running play. It was 3rd down and short. Sure, the Colts were expecting a run, but it didn’t really matter if they stopped the Patriots. The clock still would have gone all the way down to 2 minutes and the Pats would have punted the ball and Peyton and co. would have had less than 2 minutes to go 70-80 yards. Instead, the Pats threw an incomplete pass on 3rd down, stopping the clock, then went for it on 4th down and didn’t convert. That gave the Colts one play plus 2 minutes to go 30 yards, which is something that offense can do in their sleep when they’re clicking, and boy were they clicking at the end of the game last night.
ESPN has released their power rankings for the week, which officially marks the 1/4 point in the season. New England, with a 3-1 record, sits at #6 in the rankings. The only 1 loss team in front of the Pats is the New York Jets, and we all know we’ll get our redemption against those New Jersey bums later in the season when they come to Foxboro. The Patriots offensive line is looking really solid, which is helping Tom Brady look like the pro bowler we’re used to seeing him play as.
The Baltimore Ravens are sitting at the top of ESPN’s weekly power rankings right now, but a Madden video game simulation is predicting the Patriots will knock them off their perch this week with a 24-20 win at Foxboro. Tom Brady passes for over 250 yards in this game, while Fred Taylor rushes for 100 more.
Who still needs tickets for this game?
As we learned last season, nothing is guaranteed in the sport of football. Just because you’ve been dominant in your division for the better part of a decade doesn’t give you an automatic spot in the playoffs this year. With that said, the Patriots will play their final regular season home game of the season on December 27 against the Jacksonville Jaguars. If you’re like me, you believe the Patriots will probably have the division wrapped up by this point, but who knows what might happen? An injury here and an injury there could have us still fighting for a precious playoff spot this late in the season, and the Pats will need us to show up in force and ready to roar to give them that extra little push into the postseason.
Did anyone else notice the recent launch of ESPNBoston.com? Boston is such a great sports city ESPN has decided we deserve our own website devoted just to Boston-area sports. Only a select few other cities are deserving of this honor. ESPNBoston.com comes even before the launch of ESPNNewYork.com, which will come later this fall.
I really love this new site, but I hope it doesn’t put the Boston newspaper sports editors out on the streets. ESPN has essentially created a Boston newspaper sports section, except ESPN’s site updates all the time and features videos. If you’re buying the newspaper just to read the sports section, you might consider dropping your subscription in favor of ESPN’s new site.
The Patriots may not have played very well against the much-maligned Buffalo Bills, but they pulled out the win tonight with a dramatic 4th quarter comeback. Down by 11 points with under 8 minutes to go in the game, Tom Brady led the Pats with 2 touchdown scoring drives to put them up for good. They also ran into a bit of luck when Bills kickoff return specialist Leodis McKelvin inexplicably decided to run back a kick he could have safely downed in the end zone with just a few minutes to go in the game. He fumbled the ball, giving us great field position and taking away a Bills opportunity to waste a few minutes and/or all of our timeouts.
Need tickets for the game against the Panthers?
Jake Delhomme and the Panthers will be playing the Patriots in Foxboro on December 13. I’m not sure if I’ve ever seen the Panthers play at Gillette Stadium before. I’m sure they have, but it must have been a game I missed. Either way, it’s a fairly rare event. Steve Smith had some injury concerns during the preseason, so who knows if he’ll even still be on the active roster by December. Tickets for this non-conference game are the cheapest you’re going to find for a Pats home game all season, with standing room only seats going for under $55 when I last checked.
Who needs tickets to the Jets/Pats game?
The Patriots will play their final AFC East opponent at home on November 22 when Mark Sanchez and the Jets come to Foxboro. The Jets took a big risk in trading up for Mark Sanchez in this year’s draft, and it seems to leave a big question mark on where their 2009 offense will be as the rookie learns the new system. I really don’t think Kellen Clemens is going to be leading them anywhere but Mediocre Boulevard, and I can’t remember the last time a true rookie stepped in and successfully led an NFL offense. With that all said, this isn’t a game the Patriots can afford to overlook, and it might be our chance to put a stranglehold on the AFC East division.
See who’s selling tickets for the game against the Dolphins
The Patriots home schedule has them playing their two key AFC East games in the month of November. The first one will be on November 8th against the Miami Dolphins and that pain-in-the-ass Wildcat offense. I’m not sure if the Dolphins were a fluke last year or not, but that offense seems to be catching on, and it’s really freakin’ annoying. I think defenses are going to be better prepared for it this year and we’ll see this fad offense fade away quicker than Pogs, Crocs, and Beanie Babies. I’ve found standing room only tickets for this game for under $75, which is cheap for Foxboro and a little surprising for a matchup that appears to me to be very important in the Pats schedule.