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Five thoughts from Pats/Jets

Posted by bdowd625 on December 7, 2010

Well that was worth the incredibly long wait, wasn’t it? Thanks for showing up, Jets. It’s about time you faced a team that doesn’t suck ass for a living. All we heard leading up to this game was how New York added Santonio Holmes to an already dangerous offense and that Mark Sanchez has grown up in front of our eyes these last few weeks. Blah. Blah. Blah. The Jets are frauds and there’s nothing else to say. But since it’s the season of giving, here are five thoughts to chew on after New England’s 45-3 demolition of the Jets.

* I obviously loved hearing the New England fans chanting “OVER-RATED!” late in the fourth quarter, but I honestly think that was giving the Jets too much credit. Sanchez was brutal. Rex Ryan had no idea how to use his challenges/timeouts. And Steve Weatherford’s 12-yard punt had me crying I was laughing so hard. So much for being ready to play in the biggest game of the season.

* Danny Woodhead must be loving life right now. “You assholes want to cut me so David Clowney can make the team instead? Shove it.” Woodhead is a beast and it seems like he never comes off the field. That’s certainly fine by me because whenever he’s out there something good ends up happening.

*  Two years removed from knee surgery, Tom Brady is finally back to playing like his old self. Brady has now racked up 26 straight wins at home, a ridiculous feat to say the least. He’s been carving up opposing defenses like a delicious Thanksgiving turkey and that trend continued tonight against the feeble Jets. Everyone is calling Philip Rivers the MVP of the league, but Brady is quarterbacking a 10-2 team that looks to be picking up steam with each passing week. Rivers and his Chargers, meanwhile, just dropped their second game to lowly Oakland. Call me when San Diego gets into the playoffs.

* As my man BK and I were talking about earlier tonight, the New York media will spin this loss in some ridiculous fashion that lets the Jets off the hook. My guess is they’ll call the Pats insensitive for running up the score and say that this is the second coming of Spygate. No matter what, though, the New York Post will have an interesting headline for their sports section tomorrow morning. Stay tuned.

* LaDainian Tomlinson confirmed that he’s still one of the biggest douchebags in the NFL. After a first-down run in the first quarter, LT felt the need to thump his chest and make a fool of himself, drawing the ire of all the New England fans in attendance. The play summed up his career for the last couple of seasons – all bark and very, very little bite. And spare me this nonsense about how Tomlinson has been rejuvenated with the Jets. I’ve got three letters for you. HGH. Yup, I went there.

All in all, it was an outstanding win for the Patriots, and here’s hoping they keep the ball rolling next week in Chicago.

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Pats vs. Jets – Who ya got?

Posted by bdowd625 on December 6, 2010

I’ll be the first to admit that we’ve dropped the ball here at Ramble On over the last month or so. BK and I have been quite busy with our real jobs, so, as a result, the blog has suffered since the end of the World Series. We’ve come roaring back tonight, though, just in time for the Pats/Jets showdown, which promises to be a classic. Both squads come into the game with 9-2 records, and the winner will most likely grab the top seed and home-field advantage throughout the AFC Playoffs.

Tom Brady is having one of the best seasons of his career, and I’m expecting another big-time performance out of him tonight. But Rex Ryan seems to think the Jets will emerge with a victory and I’m sure most New York fans feel the same way. Either way, we’re turning to our faithful followers to make the call in our daily poll question.

Enjoy the game, everyone!

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Five thoughts from Pats/Ravens

Posted by bdowd625 on October 17, 2010

What a game. What a win for the Patriots, who, at the moment, have to be in the discussion as one of the top teams in the NFL at 4-1. I needed a cigarette when it was finally over, but I suppose that’s better than Prozac. And now, it’s time for our weekly five thoughts from Pats/Ravens.

* The New England defense was OUTSTANDING in the fourth quarter and in overtime. Raise your hand if you thought the Pats had a chance to win in OT after losing the coin toss. If your hand is in the air, you have more faith than this guy. I didn’t think New England had a snowball’s chance in hell when the Ravens got the ball first, but the defense just kept making stops, and, after a bit of offensive futility, the Pats moved the ball into field-goal range for Stephen Gostkowski.

* Speaking of Gostkowski, I was pretty nervous when he lined up to take that game-winning kick. For the most part, he’s been money in the bank during his Patriots career, but he’s been a little shaky through the first four games of the season. He had no such issues today, though, blasting a 35-yarder for the win after the 2-minute warning served as our weekly version of “icing the kicker.”

* For all the good that Aaron Hernandez has done so far, he was BRUTAL down the stretch today. The fourth-rounder out of Florida had two inexcusable drops late in the game, miscues that stalled New England’s drives at crucial times. I know I told him to smoke up a few weeks ago, but maybe it’s time to curtail some of the marijuana use.

* If and when I have a kid someday, I’m going to name him (or her, for that matter) Danny Woodhead. Just imagine how inspired that kid would be to overcome insurmountable odds. Have a tough math test coming up that you didn’t study for? Little Danny Woodhead knows how to pull an A+ out of his/her ass. Last pick in dodgeball during recess? Little Danny is about to peg you right in the head to end the game. All joking aside, I love the guy. He’s a perfect fit for what this offense is trying to accomplish.

* And last but not least – welcome back, Deion Branch. One of Tom Brady’s favorite wideouts looked like he never missed a beat since heading to Seattle a few years back. Branch had several key catches for the Pats, including a big touchdown grab to cut New England’s deficit to 20-17. Here’s hoping Branch will bring back that old Patriot magic in the weeks to come.

Now all you Pats fans better go cheer for Denver against the Jets. J-E-T-S! SUCK! SUCK! SUCK!

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Patriots Branch out, acquire former wide receiver

Posted by bdowd625 on October 11, 2010

ESPN’s Adam Schefter broke the news tonight that Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Deion Branch is heading back to New England for his second tour of duty with the Patriots. (Those of you who follow us here at Ramble On know we trust Schefter as much as our own mothers. Maybe even more so. Sorry, Mom.) In exchange for Branch, the Seahawks will receive a fourth-round draft choice, and since the Pats stockpile draft picks like I hoarded pogs back in sixth grade, they’re really not losing much.

We applaud the Patriots for getting back to their roots and re-acquiring a solid citizen like Branch. It doesn’t hurt that he’s still got some talent – Branch was the Super Bowl MVP back when the Pats edged Carolina during the 2003-04 season – and is, by all accounts, extremely close with quarterback Tom Brady. But let’s not get carried away here, people. This isn’t seven years ago. Branch – and Brady, for that matter – aren’t getting any younger. Branch, 31, has battled injury problems since heading to Seattle before the start of the 2006 campaign, playing in only 51 of a possible 68 regular-season games. He’s on pace for 52 catches this season, though, and he hasn’t hauled in that many passes since his first season with the Seahawks. (If you’re curious, Branch had 78 receptions and five TDs in his last season with Brady and the Pats.)

Don’t get us wrong – we welcome Branch back with open arms and hope this trade returns New England to its real glory days. We’re just not overly optimistic at this point. I guess we’ll get our first taste when New England returns to action following a bye during Week 5. First up for the new-look Pats? Baltimore. Bring. It. On.

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Straight gone, homey?

Posted by Bill Koch on October 5, 2010

There won’t be anything boring about the New England Patriots’ bye week after the news that broke on Tuesday night.

Multiple reports indicate that the Patriots are working on a trade that would send Randy Moss back to where he started his career, as the wide receiver looks bound for Minnesota provided that he can work out a contract extension with the Vikings.

Moss’ contract is up at the end of this season and talks with the Patriots about an extension have either stalled or didn’t exist in the first place. He wasted no time addressing the situation this season with some ill-timed statements after New England’s season-opening 38-30 win over the Cincinnati Bengals. Moss didn’t publicly demand a trade, dog it on the field or get into trouble anywhere, but he did make it clear that he understood the business decision the Patriots were prepared to make. As such, Moss was ready to make his own business decision and leave the team after fulfilling his contract obligations in 2010.

Spare us the outrage over this deal or the crying about New England being reluctant to spend any money. The Patriots have the league’s richest quarterback in Tom Brady, one of its best paid defensive linemen in Vince Wilfork and depth at virtually every position built through their old recipe of drafting and development. Moss was held without a catch for the first time in his New England career on Monday night, and the Patriots have rarely looked better than they did during their 41-14 thrashing of the Miami Dolphins.

Think the offense will suffer with Moss gone? Think again. This team won three Super Bowls with David Givens, Deion Branch, Troy Brown and David Patten as its primary receivers – none of those guys are within sniffing distance of the NFL Hall of Fame. New England is currently reloading with young studs like Aaron Hernandez, Rob Gronkowski and Brandon Tate. Wes Welker will still be here and remains the best slot receiver in all of football. That gives Brady plenty of targets, and he was excellent Monday in a 19-for-24 performance.

In addition, Moss is well on the wrong side of 30 and certainly won’t be worth the salary demand that he’ll make, even if there is no cap when the NFL returns after its suspected 2011 lockout. This Patriots regime under Bill Belichick is all about value, as evidenced by the fourth round pick that they just received for the human bust that is Laurence Maroney. Think they can con the Vikings into a second rounder in 2011? That would give New England two first round picks (its own and Oakland’s, which was stolen in the Richard Seymour deal and is getting better by the week) and three second round picks (its own, Minnesota’s for Moss and Carolina’s for the pick that turned into former Appalachian State quarterback and current wide receiver bust Armanti Edwards).

This is how the Patriots operate. Nobody is untouchable, not even Moss for all he’s done with the franchise since 2007. If he does leave, we’ll give you something to remember him by – Minnesota fans should know this clip quite well. They might be about to see it again live and in person.

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Five thoughts from Pats/Dolphins

Posted by bdowd625 on October 4, 2010

I’m not usually a big fan of the Patriots playing on Monday Night Football. The normal seven-day wait is long enough, and I have even more trouble controlling my nerves for that extra 24 hours. Moreover, I feel like every time they have a big game on national TV they shit the bed (i.e. last year’s debacle at New Orleans). I had nothing to worry about tonight, though, as the Pats’ special teamers exploded in the second half to help New England absolutely dismantle the Miami Dolphins. Here are five thoughts from tonight’s game:

*  Brandon Tate gave us a little taste of his ridiculous talent with his kickoff return against Cincinnati in Week 1, and Tate’s 103-yard touchdown return tonight proved it wasn’t a fluke. Tate likes to dance around for a while to throw off opposing defenders, then clicks the fast forward button on his remote control and flies down the sideline and into the end zone. You really can’t afford to blink when he has the ball in his hands.

*  How about Patrick Chung? A second-round selection out of Oregon in the 2009 NFL Draft, Chung is rapidly becoming New England’s best defensive back. You didn’t actually think Brandon Meriweather, the self-proclaimed “party-starter” was the Pats’ best safety, did you? Whatever the case, Chung seems to be in on every tackle, and his blocked punt tonight gave New England a short field to work with early in the second half. He also blocked a field goal and had an interception return for a touchdown, you say? Screw the party-starter. Chung for president.

*  Speaking of defensive players… Rob Ninkovich snagged not one but two interceptions after an entire career without one? Yes, please! The defense needed a couple of game-changing plays like that early on and Ninkovich was there to grab a pair of awful Chad Henne throws. It’s a damn good thing Henne made those bad decisions because Miami was moving the ball at will for the ENTIRE first half.

*  The legend of Danny Woodhead continues to grow. I really don’t have anything else to say about this. It’s just awesome to see short white guys play in the NFL and be successful.

*  On a personal note, I needed Tom Brady to have a 40-point night for my fantasy team to win. Brady looked exceptional when he actually had the ball in his hands, but for the most part, the Pats didn’t need him. Special teams and – surprise! – defense ruled the day and that’s certainly fine by me. I don’t care how they win, just that they win.

The Pats are now tied for first in the AFC East, bitches! Hopefully everyone who listens to sports radio will back off the ledge until they resume play in Week 6 following their bye. As always, thanks for reading. Now check out our poll question.

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20,000!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Bill Koch on October 1, 2010

Yet another milestone today for us here at Ramble On, and we couldn’t have done it without all of your support.

My man BDowd and I extend our sincere thanks to all of you for helping us reach 20,000 hits all-time on our website. We do this writing thing for a living, but Ramble On is strictly fun for us. We fire some opinions out there, try to stoke some opinion, get after some egos that we think need deflating and touch on some topics that we throw back and forth outside of our professional lives. The fact that we get to entertain all of you is nothing but a bonus and a pleasure.

Thanks again to everyone who has visited this page. We promise to keep bringing it like we always have in the weeks and months to come.

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Five thoughts from Pats/Bills

Posted by bdowd625 on September 26, 2010

Well that was a little more interesting than everyone expected, wasn’t it? I hate listening to pregame talk shows that constantly think the Pats are going to destroy everyone on the planet. The truth of the matter is that with a defense this inexperienced, no lead is safe. As I’ve said before, New England needs to score at least 30 points per game to have a chance. Luckily, that’s exactly what happened against the pesky Bills today. So without further ado, here are five thoughts from today’s Pats/Bills game.

* For as many good plays as the defense made today – and for once Brandon “I like to experiment” Meriweather chipped in – there were just as many brutal ones. Like that third-and-127 the Bills had to convert early in the game. Somehow three Patriot defenders ran into one another, allowing Buffalo to pick up the first down. On top of that, Ryan Fitzpatrick looked like he was from Alabama instead of Harvard. Just way too many big plays from someone who is normally a terrible quarterback.

* I’d like to personally thank Aaron Hernandez for smoking a little herb in college. By dropping to the fourth round in the NFL draft, the Pats picked up a stud tight end, one who is a YAC maniac. Smoke on, Aaron.

* It was great to see Justin Bieb… I mean “Tom Brady” up to his old tricks. Brady made several exceptional throws into tight coverage, including a pair of touchdowns to Randy Moss. The best part about Moss’ touchdowns? He did that hand gesture where he makes it look like he’s leaving the womb. An always classy touch for sure.

* Can someone please teach Kyle Arrington how to tackle? I’m not sure where Darius Butler disappeared to, but Arrington seemed to fan on every tackle he tried to make in the secondary. Yet another sign of the Pats’ ineffectiveness on the defensive of the ball.

* Danny Woodhead might never score another NFL touchdown again, but that’s OK with me. He made small white guys everywhere proud in the second quarter when he broke free for a long touchdown run. It’s even sweeter that Woodhead was a Jets castoff, so suck on that one, Rexy.

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Faulk the latest New England ACL victim?

Posted by Bill Koch on September 21, 2010

Kevin Faulk has always been the type of player you wouldn’t notice until he’s gone – and that might be happening a lot sooner rather than later for the New England Patriots.

Reports started to circulate Tuesday afternoon that Faulk has a torn ACL in his right knee and will be placed on injured reserve, ending his 2010 season almost before it ever really started. The 34-year-old running back will be reevaluated throughout this week and Patriots’ coach Bill Belichick said the team would make a decision on Faulk in the near future. Faulk sustained the injury on Sunday against the New York Jets and didn’t return to the game. Trainers were spotted in the bench area tending to Faulk’s right knee.

This is a crushing blow for New England, both on the field and off. Faulk is a 12-year veteran and the only player on the roster who precedes Belichick, an instant voice of reason and respect in the Patriots’ locker room who has seemed almost ageless in his backfield role. Faulk has played more snaps than any other running back in New England since 2007, a product of the Patriots spreading the field and using Faulk as both pass blocker and reliable option out of the backfield. Tom Brady’s safety valve now appears to be shut off for the rest of this season and possibly beyond – 34-year-old running backs don’t tend to see 100 percent again after this sort of injury.

Fred Taylor, Sammy Morris and BenJarvus Green-Ellis are the three remaining running backs in New England’s rotation. Look for the Patriots to shuffle their personnel, potentially bring in someone who can play exclusively on third down and employ more two tight end sets with explosive rookies Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez. If there’s one thing Belichick has always been able to do, it’s make adjustments. He’s had to do it each of the last two years after Brady tore his ACL in the 2008 opener and Wes Welker tore his ACL late in 2009 against Houston. The final 14 weeks of the season is plenty of time for Belichick to figure out a solution, but losing a player like Faulk isn’t an easy problem to solve.

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Patriots-Jets running diary

Posted by Bill Koch on September 19, 2010

With all the hype and attention that this week’s Patriots-Jets showdown has received, we here at Ramble On decided that we had to step up our game. The result is a running diary for your reading pleasure. This is all actual material from the BK Lair, and there’s nothing retro or filtered about it.

4:14 p.m. – After watching the Tennessee Titans pretty much hand the Pittsburgh Steelers a game (and a playoff lifeline without Ben Rapelisberger, as Pittsburgh moved to 2-0), we’re live from the Swamps of Jersey. And what’s the first thing we hear? J…E…T…S…you know the rest. I hate Fireman Ed.

4:20 p.m. – As usual, the Patriots run the fake reverse to Wes Welker and throw a bomb toward Randy Moss into double coverage. Of course the pass goes incomplete as Moss crashes out the back of the end zone. We hardly ever (okay, never) second-guess Bill Belichick – he’s forgotten more about football than we’ll ever know – but turn the page. Everyone knows it’s coming and it never works. You’re wasting a down.

4:25 p.m. – That’s a swing and a miss by Kyle Wilson. Tom Brady failed to read the blitz coming from his left, but Wilson whiffed on the sure sack and Brady hit Welker to bring New England into field goal range…

4:26 p.m. – …And Stephen Gostkowski misses the 37-yard kick after the Patriots take a delay of game penalty. What a stupid mistake that was. Guess that new $14-million contract didn’t do much to make Gostkowski much more accurate.

4:29 p.m. – There’s the Mark Sanchez we all know and love!!!! Great diving interception by Patrick Chung after Sanchez overthrew an open Dustin Keller running down the middle of the field. Remember, Jets fans – 20 interceptions last season. Good teams don’t have quarterbacks who throw 20 interceptions. Therefore, by definition, you do not have a good team.

4:32 p.m. – Thanks a lot, video replay. And thanks to you too, CBS, for going to a commercial break to preview some of your horrendous fall programming. I don’t want to hear about Doogie Howser’s new series. Even Rex Ryan and his idiotic coaching staff stopped talking smack long enough to challenge the Chung interception. We could see that call being overturned from a mile away.

4:36 p.m. – My Mom tries hard, but she sometimes knows very little about pop culture. She just correctly identified Justin Timberlake in a commercial and then pressed her luck by guessing that he was in…Boyz II Men. Yep, that’s my Mom. I love her.

4:39 p.m. – Aaron Hernandez just hit the X button on some poor fool in the Jets secondary to pick up a first down. He’s a freak athlete. Thanks for rolling those joints in Gainesville and slipping to the fourth round.

4:41 p.m. – Eric Smith just tried to take Welker’s head off. It’s worth the 15-yard penalty for New York, because there goes New England’s best offensive weapon – and it was all thanks to a high throw by Brady. He just got his primary receiver killed thanks to his inaccuracy. Anybody else notice that, or were you all too blinded by the three rings he won seven years ago?

4:44 p.m. – I don’t think I’ll ever miss Laurence Maroney, but I’m more and more likely to help with his plane ticket out of town every time I watch BenJarvis Green-Ellis push the pile and finish a run with some power. He’s more than capable of playing the necessary role in this offense.

4:46 p.m. – End of the first quarter, 0-0. Feels like New England has had the ball too long to not have the lead. The Patriots need to end this drive in the end zone.

4:52 p.m. – Knee injuries? A dirty hit by Eric Smith? NOTHING stops Wes Welker. There’s his third touchdown of the season and a 7-0 lead for the Patriots. Antonio Cromartie’s coverage on that play was about as solid as his parenting skills. (Yes, that will never get old.)

4:55 p.m. – Charlie Tweeder sure has come a long way from Varsity Blues. First a recurring guest spot on Entourage and now the remake of Hawaii Five-O? We’re impressed. Not bad for a guy who was last seen exploding bottled beers and stealing police cars in the middle of nowhere Texas with Dawson Leery.

4:59 p.m. – The booing has started already in the Swamps of Jersey. It’s only fitting that LaDainian Tomlinson just had back-to-back carries. We’ve told you before here at Ramble On that the guy is a loser.

5:01 p.m. – How does Sanchez not dodge Gerard Warren? He’s more clueless than we ever thought he could be in the pocket. Getting sacked by Warren is like getting sacked by Rex Ryan – unless Ryan thinks you’re a pretzel M&M. Then you’re going down for sure.

5:04 p.m. – That’s about as dumb as it gets from Tully Banta-Cain. You’re facing an offense that can’t move the ball and you just gave them 15 free yards thanks to a late hit four yards out of bounds. I wouldn’t shed a tear if we didn’t see him again for the rest of the day.

5:06 p.m. – Ryan looks about as confused as we’d expect him to look after that Braylon Edwards touchdown. Yes, Rex, that’s what one looks like. More familiar to you and your undisciplined ways should be the taunting penalty that Edwards just took after the score that is going to hand the Patriots good field position on their next drive.

5:13 p.m. – Yet more lessons for Kyle Wilson, courtesy of Wes Welker. Hit AND wrap, son. Don’t just hit. You can’t tackle a tough S.O.B. like Welker that way.

5:16 p.m. – Kyle Arrington just got himself released. Committing a personal foul and allowing the Jets to get off their own 5-yard-line without even running a play is inexcusable. Go join Banta-Cain in the corner and don’t speak again unless spoken to.

5:21 p.m. – Sanchez now has eight straight completions. Is that even possible? The next thing we know, Lindsay Lohan will be clean and sober.

5:25 p.m. – We don’t remember seeing any special teams practice during Hard Knocks this preseason. Guess it never actually happened judging by the way the Jets just let that punt bounce into the end zone.

5:28 p.m. – There’s Hernandez again. Wow. Running like that down the middle of the field should be illegal at his size.

5:30 p.m. – Rich people don’t write checks and SLOUCHES DON’T MAKE THAT CATCH!!! That’s Randy Moss, folks. Not even Darrelle Revis and all his new-found millions can stop something like that. Straight cash indeed. That’s a very fitting way for Moss to rack up his 150th career touchdown and put the Patriots back on top.

5:34 p.m. – No football coach will ever learn that the prevent defense doesn’t work. Baltimore ruined Sanchez last week by attacking him on every snap. Now the Patriots are letting the Jets walk down the field by rushing just three players on every snap during the two-minute drill. They would have had all the momentum going into the locker room for halftime, and now they’re only going to have some of it.

5:37 p.m. – And there’s a three-point gift to New York. That’s some shameful defensive football by New England. It just feels like the Patriots should be much more comfortable than 14-10 at halftime. We’ll be back in a bit when the action resumes.

5:52 p.m. – And we’re back. No signs of Revis as the second half opens. Perhaps his hamstring hurts because he missed all of training camp, was out of shape when he showed up and went straight back into practice. Just sayin’.

5:57 p.m. – Still no Revis as the Patriots set up for their first offensive series of the second half. Believe it or not, this is what we were actually afraid of in New England. Now the Jets fans will have an excuse when the Patriots finish this one off and move to 2-0, resuming their rightful place atop the AFC East.

6:01 p.m. – For all the good he’s done today, Hernandez just showed us that nobody taught him how to block while he was at Florida. He just let Welker get killed on a bubble screen to the left. There’s clearly still some work to do there.

6:03 p.m. – Can somebody explain to me what Brady just did there? He wasn’t under any pressure and just threw the ball up for grabs to hand Cromartie an easy interception in front of Moss. That’s a terrible decision for a guy who is allegedly so cerebral in his approach to the game. It’s 14-10, Tom. It’s not 35-10. Pay attention.

6:06 p.m. – Very nice play call there by the Jets. Everyone in the world thought they were running it on 3rd-and-1 and Sanchez made a beautiful play fake and throw to Dustin Keller to bring the ball out past midfield. You can feel the momentum starting to shift New York’s way.

6:08 p.m. – Now the Patriots are being gashed by Tomlinson. If he had actually done this in the AFC Championship game all those years ago the Chargers might not have wanted to run him out of town so quickly.

6:11 p.m. – Good stand by New England’s defense inside its own 20 to hold the Jets to a field goal. Now Brady and the offense need to respond with a drive to restore order in this one.

6:16 p.m. – There’s an underthrown ball down the seam intended for Rob Gronkowski. It actually made it look like Wilson had decent coverage when he was beaten by a step and at a distinct height disadvantage. Brady is struggling right now and the members of the Jets defense are starting to feel pretty good about themselves. That’s dangerous.

6:20 p.m. – Finally some good news for the Patriots – there goes Nick Mangold to the locker room with a shoulder injury. He’s the best Jets’ offensive lineman by far. Let’s hope New England’s defense starts attacking Sanchez and crew sometime before it’s too late.

6:22 p.m. – Much like they didn’t teach Hernandez to block at Florida, they clearly didn’t teach Brandon Spikes to play pass defense. How many times is Keller going to slip behind him? Somehow, if I could blame Tim Tebow for this, I would.

6:24 p.m. – And the Jets have taken the lead. Sanchez just hit Jericho Cotchery to make it 19-14 with 38 seconds left in the third. I just threw up in my mouth a little bit. This all started when the Patriots let New York just roll down the field to end the first half – and when Brady threw that horrendous interception to Cromartie.

6:26 p.m. – Jim Nantz wants someone to talk to Braylon Edwards about nearly picking up a second flag for taunting after he reached over Darius Butler and made a nice catch to pick up the 2-point conversion. Who’s going to do that, Jim? Rex Ryan? Mr. Discipline himself? N.F.W.

6:28 p.m. – Bill Belichick is on the sideline phone and doesn’t look all that happy. He’s either talking to his defensive staff in the booth, his divorce lawyers or one of his kids to arrange bail and get them out of their latest marijuana arrest. It could be all of the above right now and be less painful than going into the fourth quarter trailing.

6:31 p.m. – There’s another terrible throw by Brady intended for Moss. This could be an interception that would allow the Jets to take complete control of this game, and it would be mostly on Brady’s shoulders that it’s gotten to this point. Let’s hope that Eddie Hercules isn’t in a New York State of Mind, because if he is then New England could be just about done in this one.

6:34 p.m. – Nantz just told us that Brady has been intercepted on two of his last four passes. Which of these quarterbacks was the liability coming into this game? Remind me again, because right now it doesn’t look like the guy wearing No. 6 in white. It looks like the guy wearing No. 12 in blue. And Revis is still nowhere to be found. Much like $14 million can’t make a kicker any more accurate, $72 million can’t make a quarterback any more accurate.

6:38 p.m. – Finally some heat on Sanchez and a huge three-and-out from the Patriots defense. That might have saved any chance New England had of winning this game, even with over 13 minutes left.

6:42 p.m. – Brady so far in the second half: 4-for-9, 19 yards, two interceptions. Just sayin’.

6:44 p.m. – Not a good sight here – Kevin Faulk on the bench having his left knee worked on. If New England stays behind for most of this quarter and is forced to throw the ball Faulk is a huge loss.

6:47 p.m. – There’s another prayer thrown in Moss’ direction, this time much too deep. Moss was open and Brady missed him by a mile. That’s another disappointing series that ends in a punt and puts the Jets just one score away from wrapping this one up.

6:51 p.m. – Has anybody seen Brandon Meriweather this season? I see Patrick Chung making a tackle on this latest screen play, but I don’t think I’ve heard Meriweather’s name called since he was curiously voted to last year’s Pro Bowl. Maybe he threatened to take off his helmet and stomp some fools if they pointed out his general ineffectiveness so far this season.

6:54 p.m. – All my UConn people out there are hanging their heads in shame over Darius Butler’s performance today. He’s been awful and been picked on mercilessly by Sanchez, and that pass interference call brings the Jets into field goal range.

6:56 p.m. – And right on cue, there’s ANOTHER pass interference call on Butler. Eddie Hercules got the number wrong – he blamed Chung – but it was Butler who climbed up Cotchery’s back to bring the Jets inside New England’s 10. This game is about to end.

6:57 p.m. – Game over. That Sanchez touchdown pass to Keller should just about do it. There’s a new career high for Sanchez with his third touchdown of the game just one week after he looked worse than Ryan Leaf. This is the perfect example that in the NFL nobody is ever as bad or as good as they look from week to week. The Jets got humbled by the Ravens last week…who lost to the Bengals today…who got humbled by the Patriots last week. That’s the way this league works.

6:59 p.m. – J…E…T…S…JETS! JETS! JETS! God damn that Fireman Ed.

7:00 p.m. – Ever wonder how people who tune into CBS right now feel about 60 Minutes starting late for the 30,256th time during football season? Am I the only person who thinks of these things? I’m about to be 31 years old and I don’t think 60 Minutes has ever started on time during the football season in my life. I wonder how Mike Wallace really feels about this.

7:04 p.m. – How much time does Brady need to make a throw? He had all day until he got sacked by Jason Taylor and fumbled away any chance New England had of staging a late comeback in this one. And stop right now before you get after the offensive line – that’s the first sack the Patriots have allowed this season after giving up less than 20 all of last year. It’s not their fault. Did Welker and Moss suddenly forget how to come open in the secondary after they shredded the Jets in the first half? It’s not their fault either.

7:06 p.m. – That was shades of Taylor’s days in Miami. He’s used Matt Light as his personal turnstile for most of the last decade, first with the Dolphins and now again with the Jets. I hope Taylor did the right thing and named at least one of his kids ‘Matt’ in honor of Light. The way Taylor’s played against him, he’s been able to add a new wing to his Miami mansion with all that contract cash generated by the dozens of sacks he’s racked up against the Patriots.

7:10 p.m. – Get your earplugs out, Patriots fans. That first down leap by Tomlinson should just about do it. We’re going to have to listen to the Jets fans until the two teams meet again in Foxboro on the first Monday night in December. That also brings a close to this running diary. Quite honestly, we have nothing else to say. We’re pretty sure the Jets’ fans will say it all for us.

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