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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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Belichick proves his genius yet again

Posted by Bill Koch on October 12, 2010

Can we all take a step back and realize that Bill Belichick is still playing chess while the rest of the NFL plays checkers?

He sent a wide receiver who wasn’t going to get his big contract, who was going to walk away at the end of the season no matter what and who was shut out in his last game with the New England Patriots out of town and got something valuable in return. He also just traded Laurence Maroney for Deion Branch, replacing that disgruntled wide receiver and keeping his star quarterback happy in the process.

Don’t believe me? Let’s break this down in excruciating detail for those of you who refuse to see the big picture.

Randy Moss had nine catches in four games with New England this year. He had zero catches while the Patriots rolled up 41 points on the Miami Dolphins and Tom Brady was still excellent in that game, going 19-for-24. Moss is well on the wrong side of 30, and you don’t get faster with age unless you play Major League Baseball and can use performance-enhancing drugs. He wants one final big contract to ride off into the sunset. He wasn’t going to get that contract in New England after he turned down Belichick’s offer to talk in training camp. He had one foot out the door, no matter how physically talented everyone thinks he still might be.

Let’s dismiss the talk about how much defensive attention that Moss draws, because it’s overstated at this point in his career. Perception becomes reality after a while, but that doesn’t mean it’s the truth. Darrelle Revis shut him down 1-on-1 last season, and he did it twice. Brady threw one of his worst passes of this season in Moss’ direction during that Week 2 embarrassment somewhere in the Swamps of Jersey, an interception disguised as a jump ball that gave the New York Jets all the momentum. It wasn’t the first time that Brady, Daunte Culpepper, Randall Cunningham or any of Moss’ other former quarterbacks have made a poor decision with him in the lineup. It wasn’t going to be the last.

Turnovers kill teams in the NFL, and Brady turned it over a lot less when he was winning championships by using his tight ends, hitting receivers on quick passes to move the chains and avoiding the rush by delivering the ball efficiently. Now that Aaron Hernandez, Rob Gronkowski, Wes Welker, Branch and Brandon Tate are in place and ready to roll, look for Brady’s former self to emerge. That’s a guy that we want quarterbacking our favorite team. Moss was never a part of that mix. He was a luxury item who had stopped going over the middle and had become a decoy. You can pay Tate a lot less money to have him run down the sideline and be a decoy.

We all know that Brady threw a hissy fit behind the scenes when he found out that Moss was gone. That’s what every quarterback does when it looks like his weaponry is being reduced. It’s not a coincidence that the first name out of Brady’s mouth was that of a former teammate, or that said former teammate – Branch – ended up in Foxboro less than 24 hours later.

Belichick knows that if Brady isn’t happy, he won’t be happy. His team won’t be happy. His fans and his owner won’t be happy. He decided to keep everybody happy, and all it cost him was the same fourth round pick that he just acquired for Maroney. Did Maroney ever make anybody happy in Foxboro? He has now, and he has Belichick to thank for it. That’s about as close to doing the impossible as you can get. Oh yeah – the Patriots still have their own fourth round pick in 2011 along with six other picks in the first three rounds.

Check mate.

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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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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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Five more thoughts from Pats/Bengals

Posted by Bill Koch on September 12, 2010

Since this is opening week of the NFL season and may as well be a national holiday, we here at Ramble On will toss in five additional thoughts from today’s battle between the New England Patriots and the Cincinnati Bengals. These come free of charge and are solely for your entertainment in the aftermath of the Patriots’ 38-24 victory at Gillette Stadium.

— How great was it to see Wes Welker back in the end zone? The little guy with one of the biggest hearts in the league scored twice and looked his usual sharp self operating in the slot and over the middle in the center of the Cincinnati defense. Keep in mind that he’s just eight months removed from major knee surgery and you’ll realize that it’ll only get better from here for No. 83.

— No, you weren’t imagining things. We also thought that Patrick Chung was in on just about every tackle made by the Patriots’ defense. The second-year safety from Oregon finished as New England’s leader with 12 stops on the day, a terrific performance for a guy who had just 37 tackles all last season. We like to see players who are fast and physical on that side of the ball and Chung was all of that and more on Sunday.

— When was the last time New England scored a defensive touchdown? We couldn’t think of it either until Gary Guyton returned an interception 59 yards for a score in the second quarter. Guyton’s big play made it 24-0 and was the highlight for a defense that didn’t look so good throughout training camp. We’d like to see the Patriots’ defenders be a little more active than they were last season – this was a decent start.

— Get used to hearing Devin McCourty’s name this season. Opposing teams are going to try to pick on the rookie defensive back from Rutgers all year long. The Bengals tried it on their first play from scrimmage, throwing a deep ball intended for Terrell Owens that McCourty broke up at the last minute. How he plays will go a long way toward determining just how effective the Patriots will be trying to stop opposing passing attacks.

— Good riddance, Laurence Maroney. Anybody else even notice that he was deactivated on Sunday due to a thigh injury? (And if you believe that nonsense we’ve got a bridge we’d like to sell you.) Fred Taylor (14 carries, 71 yards), BenJarvus Green-Ellis (22 yards) and Kevin Faulk (70 total yards) filled in quite nicely for Maroney, who has been nothing but a bust since being drafted in the first round out of Minnesota. We won’t be too heartbroken if we never see him or his fumble-prone hands ever again.

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Five thoughts from Pats/Bengals

Posted by bdowd625 on September 12, 2010

With the return of the NFL season, we here at Ramble On proudly present our first “Five Thoughts” post of the year. So without further ado, here are five things that stood out from the Patriots’ win over the Bengals in their season opener on Sunday afternoon:

* As my man Kenny Powers would say, Brandon Tate is fast as fuck. It’s a good feeling to know you don’t need to put Tom Brady back on the field to start the second half when Tate ‘s returning kickoffs for 137-yard touchdowns. If Tate can stay healthy – and that’s a huge if – he’s going to be a big-time player for this team.

* Chad Ochocinco and Terrell Owens both disappeared into the locker room before the first half was even over? VH1 must have had a mandatory production meeting for their respective shows. Jordan Shipley, a stud rookie out of Texas, caught Carson Palmer’s 52-yard pass just short of the end zone as time expired, so who knows what TO or OchoDickhead would have done had they been on the field. Probably nothing.

* The New England defense looked stout in the early going. But as the game wore on, we were all witnesses to what everyone expected going into this season: more holes than swiss cheese, baby. It got a little hairy there in the third quarter, until Brady found one of his new tight ends, rookie Rob Gronkowski, for a key touchdown. They’re gonna need to score 35+ points each game to be successful this season, and, luckily, they got exactly that today.

* Car accident? What car accident? Brady looked pretty sharp today, using all of his receivers in torching the Cincy defense for 258 yards and three touchdowns. Now please go cut your hair, Tom. The Justin Bieber comparisons are really starting to piss me off.

* It was a rough day for Stephen Gostkowski. Granted, Bill Belichick opted to go to him from 55 yards out at one point, but the Pats can’t be leaving points on the field like that with a defense like theirs. Get your shit together, Stevey – you’re supposed to be one of the best kickers in the league.

It’s great to finally have football back, and don’t forget to keep visiting Ramble On for all your NFL needs.

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BREAKING NEWS: Tom Brady in car accident

Posted by bdowd625 on September 9, 2010

(Keep your eyes on the road, Tom!)

Several media outlets are reporting at this hour that New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was in a car accident this morning on his way to the team’s complex in Foxboro, Mass. Apparently Brady got away unscathed, but you can’t help but feel like this is a bad omen just days before the start of the new season.

On top of all that, I JUST drafted Brady for my fantasy team. This is exactly the reason why I don’t play fantasy sports – too much annoying crap happens that’s beyond your control. That and the fact that all the “experts” out there freak out about your roster like the world is coming to an end. To quote one of my favorite movies, “It’s just a game, Focker!”

But I digress. Hopefully once the adrenaline rush fades Brady doesn’t have any pain that wasn’t there before. I don’t think Brian Hoyer is ready for the starting job just yet.

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