From the Armchair: New England Patriots, Week 12

11/26/13 in NFL   |   ironhead_mike   |   9776 respect

Blog Photo - From the Armchair: New England Patriots, Week 12Week 12 in the New England Patriots 2013 season brings us to Manning vs Brady round 14 (or so). A game any Pats or Broncos fan would do just about anything to watch. Unfortunately, due to a power outage from wind in the area I missed this game. I did get to see the highlights which was even more annoying since I really hate this time of year. Anyways… here’s my take on what was a game for the ages.
 
Offense:
If they can stop shooting themselves in the foot – just like last week against Carolina – maybe it would not have had to be a franchise record comeback. The turnovers have got to stop if they plan on playing deep into the playoffs. That being said, Tom Brady had a solid outing. Rob Gronkowski is very much the straw that stirs the drink and Julian Edelman allowed Belichik to give the ultimate middle finger to Wes Welker. I’m not sure what happens to Stevan Ridley from here, but three fumbles in three games is not good. For that matter though, all the backs have had their moments hanging onto the ball.
 
Defense:
The early scores being partially a product of gifts from offensive turnovers gives this group a partial pass. They did play better in the second half than the first. Perhaps it was the game plan to make the Broncos beat them on the ground, but Knowshon Moreno had a monster day. How they miss big Vince Wilfork clogging up the middle. With so many key players missing on defense others have had the opportunity to step up and further their development and future roles. Chandler Jones, Jamie Collins, Chris Jones, and Joe Vellano are getting better by the week.
 
Belichick made a gutsy call by deferring the ball and choosing to have the wind at his back during overtime – a move that worked exactly as planned. While no one wants to win because of the punt hitting Tony Carter, sometimes it’s nice to have to ball bounce your way when you need it most.
 
The road ahead:
The Patriots head to Houston next Sunday for a 1:00 game. Hopefully there will be no let down this week because as of right now, they have a first round bye. With Denver and Kansas City facing each other again they could get home field throughout the playoffs which would be a considerable advantage for this team.
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11/27/13   |   Jess   |   32866 respect

kobe_lova wrote:
Well, I wanted y'all to lose but I do enjoy watching that damn qb.

I feel the same way...I'm not a fan of Brady off the field, but as a fan of the sport itself it's impossible to hate how the dude plays the game. He's fun to watch.

11/27/13   |   ironhead_mike   |   9776 respect

kobe_lova wrote:
Well, I wanted y'all to lose but I do enjoy watching that damn qb.

:heart: :)

11/27/13   |   kobe_lova   |   59475 respect

ironhead_mike wrote:
It's not the same, but I'll catch it on NFL Network on Wed... Was a frustrating Sunday... saw only parts of the first quarter to the early games. It looked like a great day of football too.

Oh, Welker will do that... as much as we loved the guy, he always seems to do that in big spots. As the season is moving along Brady is looking like, well... Brady :)

Well, I wanted y'all to lose but I do enjoy watching that damn qb.

11/26/13   |   ironhead_mike   |   9776 respect

kobe_lova wrote:
Man, you missed it?! That sucks ***. Thanks to Wes ALL OF A SUDDEN dropping ALL the passes and GD Tom Brady, it was a helluva comeback, yo! You shoulda seent it.

It's not the same, but I'll catch it on NFL Network on Wed... Was a frustrating Sunday... saw only parts of the first quarter to the early games. It looked like a great day of football too.

Oh, Welker will do that... as much as we loved the guy, he always seems to do that in big spots. As the season is moving along Brady is looking like, well... Brady :)

11/26/13   |   ironhead_mike   |   9776 respect

Jess wrote:
Someone tweeted this...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mgMFl-JTPho

so fitting. So hilarious. (Not gonna lie, I wanted the Broncos to win because I heart Manning, but...it was a great game.)

LOL... that was great

11/26/13   |   Jess   |   32866 respect

Someone tweeted this...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mgMFl-JTPho

so fitting. So hilarious. (Not gonna lie, I wanted the Broncos to win because I heart Manning, but...it was a great game.)

11/26/13   |   kobe_lova   |   59475 respect

Man, you missed it?! That sucks ***. Thanks to Wes ALL OF A SUDDEN dropping ALL the passes and GD Tom Brady, it was a helluva comeback, yo! You shoulda seent it.

11/26/13   |   JenX63   |   31554 respect

Never underestimate Brady!