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What the hell just happened?

Posted by bdowd625 on January 3, 2010

I don’t even know where to start after watching that game. Part of me feels like Bill Belichick just wanted to see the Steelers miss out on the playoffs, so he made all those ridiculous personnel moves like flip-flopping the quarterbacks throughout the game. Pittsburgh fans are going to whine and complain that the Pats threw in the towel at the end, but I won’t be feeling sorry for them anytime soon if they don’t make the playoffs. New England finished 11-5 last year and missed the postseason, so that’s just too damn bad if 9-7 doesn’t get you in. Cry me a river.

There was a lot going on in today’s Pats game, so I’m going to break it down into three sections below.

THE BAD

*  Say goodbye to Wes Welker for the remainder of the season. When a guy as tough as Welker is crying after an injury like that, you know it’s not good. Legs simply aren’t supposed to bend that way.

*  The offense was wildly inconsistent under Tom Brady once again. Granted, he lost one of his top weapons early on when Welker went down, but you need to put teams away when you have a 14-point lead like that. Inexcusable.

*  New England’s defense on third-and-long situations is virtually non-existent. I’ve never felt comfortable this season, even when other teams have faced third-and-20 and beyond. Jonathan Wilhite STILL hasn’t made a play to make me say, “Hey, maybe there’s more than just speed to this guy’s game.”

THE GOOD

*  Julian Edelman (call him Wes Welker 2.0 if you’d like) had a huge game today. The kid made a lot of big catches and always seemed to fight for the extra yardage to get the first down. He also made a few of the Houston defenders completely whiff on tackles, so hopefully he can keep the ball rolling into next week’s playoff game. The Pats are going to need him.

*  Brian Hoyer looked like the old Tom Brady when he was in the game. Hoyer has a great arm, he’s very composed in the pocket and he scrambles much better than Brady. If the Pats hadn’t gotten flagged for that holding penalty on their last drive, I wouldn’t have been surprised to see Hoyer lead the offense to a touchdown.

*  Stephen Gostkowski hit a a pair of long field goals today – a good sign considering that in the playoffs you need to take points anywhere you can get them. I’m confident in him going forward should the Pats need him in a big spot.

*  Welcome to the NFL, Darius Butler. After he picked off that pass that hit Jacoby Jones right in the hands, Butler was back in the other end zone in about 3.1 seconds. Now if he could only figure out how to cover opposing wide receivers. Shucks.

THE RANDOM

*  Bernard Pollard is a douchebag. That is all.

*  Did anyone catch it on TV when the Houston fans were trying to hold up letters that spelled out the word “N-O-I-S-E” but they somehow turned it into “N-O-S-I-E”? Nice job you uneducated hicks. Hooked on phonics works for me!

*  CBS color analyst Solomon Wilcots said late in the game that the Patriots were playing better than any other team in the NFL right now. Did he forget about the Chargers? Or the Packers? Or hell even the Browns at this point?

The Pats better get their acts together in the next week, otherwise it will be a quick stay in the playoffs. And with Welker seemingly out for good, New England’s chances of hoisting the Lombardi trophy now look slimmer than ever.

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