Patriots Vs. Rams. Pats 26, Rams 10

Today’s game went almost exactly as I’d hoped.

  1. The Pats got the W. Maybe not in as dominating a fashion as I’d have like but it was a solid, workman like victory that usually serves the team well when they find themselves in tough scrums late in the year.
  2. ALMOST got away scott-free on the injury front. I was not as worried as many because the cupboard is not at all bare. BUT, losing Gronk and now a very clutch Amendola for who knows how long hurts.  Hightower dodged a bullet and came back to play well

Going forward, every game from here on out will be basically a playoff game with the exception of the Jets. They will not win in Foxboro. Ain’t happenin’. But, the Ravens are again, BIG, and BAD and have the kind of offense that causes a team with no pass rush big problems. The Broncos are just always going to be a problem and Miami will be playing for their playoff lives.

Have to give kudos to the GOAT. He played the old school kind of game he used to…remember the ‘just don’t do something stupid’ days? Well, today he did nothing stupid, but showed you that when needed he can make ridiculous throws (Hogan TD) or ridiculous plays (escape pressure enough to get off a deep ball while getting smashed to a place only his guy could get to it. That Tom Brady can will this team into the SB.


I was talking with my good friend Joe Fletcher…unknown football guru from upstate NY…about why the Pats always win. I was telling him that Brady simply does not do the stupid things other QB’s do. In all his years, I bet he’s had about 2 unintentional delay of games. I see so called good QB’s do that week in, and week out. His clock management is nearly flawless, and he’s rarely in a bad play. The team is coached not to do stupid things, and the QB takes that to an art form. Hard to lose when a team doesn’t do stupid things to itself.

All I have for now, sad to hear about Earl Thomas. The best hitting safety in the game.







What the Pats will do without Gronkowski

Once again, Patriots Nation is dealing with the fallout from yet another Gronkowski injury. He is the very definition of ‘star-crossed’ in my mind because whether it’s God, Mother Nature or just lucky genes maybe no-one in the history of the league has been given so much ability AND used his ability to the very best of his capability and had it so cruelly taken away, so often. Maybe Gronk can be the next Thomas Davis who by last count has gone through 3 knee reconstructions and still plays at a very high level.

What that being said, it COULD work out in the Patriots favor if the following happen:

  1. Realize that the dream of a 2, super-TE offense simply is unsustainable. The position is too physical and guys built like that are all too often put in spots of vulnerability to the  big hitters of the league.
  2. The cupboard is NOT bare. They have 2 of the better pass catching backs, 2 of the best short to mid range WR’s, and 2 emerging deep threats and very, VERY good TE.
  3. They key, like last year at Denver, is the O-line and Scarnecchia. If they stay in 1 piece, and give Tom the time he needs then we can still pick apart anyone as well as run the ball decent enough.
  4. This may energize the defense too. While not allowing a lot of points…it’s surely not been at all pretty how they are doing it. If they can use this as motivation (many are counting them out) and step up their game just a little bit more then this team still can come out of the AFC and go to the Super bowl.