Patriots lose to "Trash-Talking" Jets, 16-9 (WEEK 2)

I am sure Belichick was not pleased to lose to Rex Ryan!

I am sure Belichick was not pleased to lose to Rex Ryan!

This game was not one I want to remember as a Patriots fan!

Tom Brady did not look in-sync with any of his offensive backs or receivers, the defense totally lacks leadership, plus the Jets defense may indeed be one of the most physical squads in the NFL, but don’t send them to Canton just yet!

Rex Ryan, I have nothing more to say to you other than you certainly brought the noise. If I were playing today, I would have imagined after breaking the huddle that the Jets had 13, 14, or 15 guys on the field at once. Let me just say… IT WAS LOUD!

The Patriots could have used Wes Welker this afternoon, but lets not forget about the up and coming rookie wide-out Julian Edelman, who finished the day with 8 catches for 98-yards. Besides Edelman, Joey Galloway looked lost, Randy Moss just didn’t seem himself, and Laurence Maroney once again did not prove that he is a dominant back for this squad.

Should I take my father’s advice and believe this once, Super Bowl team is falling apart? I would say not really, but Coach Belichick needs to help his defense in order to be more competitive, especially against the next few opponents, including the Falcons, Ravens, and Tightens!

Overall it was not a great game for Patriots Nation, but it is only week 2 of this brand news season, so lets hope they can rebound  next Sunday, September 27, 2009, when they host the Atlanta Falcons.

Patriots lose to “Trash-Talking” Jets, 16-9 (WEEK 2)

I am sure Belichick was not pleased to lose to Rex Ryan!

I am sure Belichick was not pleased to lose to Rex Ryan!

This game was not one I want to remember as a Patriots fan!

Tom Brady did not look in-sync with any of his offensive backs or receivers, the defense totally lacks leadership, plus the Jets defense may indeed be one of the most physical squads in the NFL, but don’t send them to Canton just yet!

Rex Ryan, I have nothing more to say to you other than you certainly brought the noise. If I were playing today, I would have imagined after breaking the huddle that the Jets had 13, 14, or 15 guys on the field at once. Let me just say… IT WAS LOUD!

The Patriots could have used Wes Welker this afternoon, but lets not forget about the up and coming rookie wide-out Julian Edelman, who finished the day with 8 catches for 98-yards. Besides Edelman, Joey Galloway looked lost, Randy Moss just didn’t seem himself, and Laurence Maroney once again did not prove that he is a dominant back for this squad.

Should I take my father’s advice and believe this once, Super Bowl team is falling apart? I would say not really, but Coach Belichick needs to help his defense in order to be more competitive, especially against the next few opponents, including the Falcons, Ravens, and Tightens!

Overall it was not a great game for Patriots Nation, but it is only week 2 of this brand news season, so lets hope they can rebound  next Sunday, September 27, 2009, when they host the Atlanta Falcons.

New England Patriots 2009 Preview/Burning Questions

The Hunt begins Monday for a Fourth Super Bowl Banner!

The Hunt begins Monday for a Fourth Super Bowl Banner!

With the autumn air slowly venturing toward Massachusetts, it can only mean one thing… football is back, which translates into another NFL season in New England. For many Patriots fans, last year was quite the rollercoaster. Tom Brady, the best and a future hall of fame quarterback went down nearly 7-minutes into the 2008 season, which exploded Patriots Nation into concern, chaos and many people jumping ship before Matt Cassel’s beautiful 50-yard pass to Randy Moss. The Patriots did prevail with a defensive stop to end week 1, but when the word on the street broke that Brady would be sidelined for the entire season it only meant that anything could happen. In the end, the Patriots finished with an 11-5 record, but did not receive an invitation to the second season.

Months have passed, moves have been executed, draft picks have inked their name on the dotted line, and everyone in Foxboro is eagerly anticipating another season that will hopefully end with a tickertape parade through the streets of Boston. Yet, there are still a lot of burning questions and concerns, but luckily I have some answers!

Tom Brady cannot wait to play some football!

Tom Brady cannot wait to play some football!

1.) Will Tom Brady return to old form following his ACL and MCL surgery?

Lets be completely honest, Tom Brady will be fine, but he needs to get protected by his offensive line. After talking this summer with Sports Illustrated’s Peter King, you just get the sense that this quarterback is a true gamer and so excited for some football. Brady wants to play, but also seems eager to bring on the trash-talking defensive linemen, such as Albert Haynesworth, who drilled him to the FedEx field turf during week 3 of the pre-season. Everyone has commented how excited and enthusiastic he appeared in camp this summer, which hopefully will be a good thing come kick-off. In the end, Tom Brady will throw 35 touchdowns, 11 interceptions and total 4,023 passing yards.

2.) Will the departure of Richard Seymour have any affect?

None at all! Brady told the media that these things happen all the time. Remember when Lawyer Milloy was cut just days before the season opener in 2003? How much did that hurt the Patriots? Not too much since they did go onto win the next two Super Bowls. It will be different not seeing number 93 on the field, but being prone to injury over the past couple of seasons, it is time to start using our youngsters and grooming them into champions.

3.) Who will emerge as a key leader?

Jerod Mayo. Even though he is entering his sophomore year, he should continue his success from 2008. With Tedy Bruschi and Richard Seymour no longer sporting the red, white, and blue, Mayo will be someone to watch for this fall as one of the key anchors on defense, on the sidelines, and in the locker-room.

4.) What are the games to watch for this fall?

Week 2 at New York Jets – How excited will you be once the sixtieth minute hits and Jets Head Coach Rex Ryan actually does kiss Belichick’s three Super Bowl rings? All the chatter will stop this week, but look for an exciting Patriots offense vs. Jets defense match-up.

Week 4 vs. Baltimore Ravens – I cannot wait to see Joe Flacco and the rest of the Ravens when they march onto the Gillette Stadium turf. This game will be physical and now that Tom Brady is back Baltimore will want revenge from their 2007 heartbreaking defeat.

Week 10 at Indianapolis- One of the greatest match-ups in the 21st century. Who doesn’t like Peyton Manning vs. Tom Brady? Should be another exciting chapter in the Colts-Patriots rivalry.

Week 12 at New Orleans – New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees is scary, especially when he utilizes his entire offense. This will be a Monday Night Football game that you won’t want to miss because this could turn into an old fashion offensive shoot out!

Week 13 at Miami – Going down to Miami in December… not going to be easy! In 2006 the Dolphins won 21-0, as well as in 2004 Dolphins they came back on Monday Night Football to beat the Patriots 29-28.

5.) What is the projected record?

12-4. As much as I would love to see the Patriots run the table completely, it will not happen. I will admit though if this team remains healthy and all the potential is seen, they could be a scary team, especially down the stretch. Also, sorry Jets, Dolphins, and Bills fans… the Patriots are a sure lock to run the table in the AFC East.

Overall, I am predicting a successful season for the New England Patriots, who in my opinion will be battling the Pittsburgh Steelers for a chance to represent the AFC in Super Bowl XLIV. What a great AFC Championship that will be! Enjoy the season everyone and Go Patriots!

NFL 2009 Predictions!

September is finally here!

The days are getting shorter, the cool autumn breeze is vastly approaching, but most importantly another season of NFL football is just days away. Are you excited? I am!

The start of the NFL season really should be considered an important holiday, in my book to be exact. It truly is a time where every fan knows their team matters and that this new beginning could be something special come December and January. Super Bowl dreams are discussed, men, women, and children gather around their living room television to cheer on the local stars, and of course, all those fantasy gurus are sitting on their computer monitoring every snap.

Yet, with all the high hopes for another season, it is time to break down the true winners and losers for the 2009 NFL season.

AFC East:

We all know the big story for this particular division, Thomas Brady and the New England Patriots. The Patriots will be the team on everyone’s radar week 1, when they welcome the Buffalo Bills to Gillette Stadium. All eyes will be on number 12, along with the five men that make up his offensive line. Look for the Patriots to be one of the top dogs this year, as long as Brady can hang in the pocket and be protected.

With the New England Patriots hoping for a repeat of 2007, this clearly means Miami and New York…will go south. The Dolphins and Jets do have the talent on both sides of the ball, but look for these two squads to probably earn 7-8 wins total. Also, do you really trust Mark Sanchez as your starter in New York? I certainly do not, which is one of the main reasons the Jets won’t be competing in the post-season.

Lastly what a great idea Ralph Wilson Jr., bringing in one of the biggest headaches ever to the Buffalo Bills. Who is excited to see T.O. and Trent Edwards arguing? You know once the middle of the season arrives in October and November, the cameras will be focusing on the Bills sidelines rather than the contest, so don’t get your hopes up for a possible playoff or super bowl year Bills fans, this acquisition could set you back even further.

1.) Patriots

2.) Dolphins

3.) Bills

4.) Jets

AFC North:

After winning their sixth Super Bowl in franchise history, the Pittsburgh Steelers are clearly the strong favorite to win this division, but it won’t be easy. Big Ben Roethlisbeger needs to rebound in regards to his statistics (touchdowns vs. interceptions), but also by ignoring any off-field drama from this summer.

Do not count out the Baltimore Ravens, a team that faced Pittsburgh three times last season, including in the AFC Championship game, but how much will their defense and running game improve? Watch for a decent sophomore season from Joe Flacco, but nothing spectacular.

The Cincinnati Bengals have made some moves, but with all the reports surrounding the health of quarterback Carson Palmer, it is most likely the Bengals will resume the role of the Bungles. Yet, Chad Ocho Cinco has promised change, but what exactly does he mean? No twittering? Then of course there are the Cleveland Browns, who will continue to remain the laughing stock of the NFL. They once were a great team with Jim Brown, but now an organization in turmoil. Good luck Eric!

1.) Steelers

2.) Ravens

3.) Bengals

4.) Browns

AFC South:

Pick the Indianapolis Colts to win this division, but do not count out those pesky Houston Texans or Jacksonville Jaguars. I expect all these teams to compete and have the division crown go down to week 13 or 14, but if one team emerges with a 5-1 record, do not count them as your winner.

This league is filled with talented backs, including Jaguars Maurice Jones-Drew, Colts Joseph Addai and Titans Chris Johnson. Overall, great defense, speed, and touchdowns are what will make this division very competitive this fall.

1.) Colts

2.) Jaguars

3.) Tightens/Titans (Both teams will finish tied for Third)

AFC West:

I would like to apologize to all the Denver Broncos, Kansas City Chiefs, and Oakland Raiders fans because clearly this is yet again… NOT YOUR YEAR!! This year the strongest team is the San Diego Chargers, by far. Do any of these three teams I mentioned even come close to challenging the Bolts? I doubt it!

The Chargers will rebound from their second round exit in the 2009 playoffs and certainly be one of the top dogs in the AFC this year. Look for an exciting year by Rivers and Tomlinson.

As for the Broncos, Chiefs, and Raiders, as long as they can all start grooming the young talent, separate themselves from all the media attention, and just focus, I would say these teams could become spoilers for certain squads down the stretch in November and December.

1.) San Diego Chargers

2.) Kansas City

3.) Oakland

4.) Denver

NFC East:

The true “Black and Blue” division of the NFL will be on display this season as every game for the Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, Philadelphia Eagles, and Washington Redskins matters. This division is filled with offensive, defensive, and special teams talent that surely is a must see every week.

For the Dallas Cowboys and Washington Redskins, this is the year these squads need to compete for the top spot. Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones showed the door to big names such as safety Roy Williams (Bengals), shut down corner Adam “Pacman” Jones (CFL), and wide-out Terrell Owens (Bills). Now the Boys have some work to do and are certainly one of those teams that need to make and win a playoff game this year. Otherwise who knows what will happen next.

As for the Eagles, the entire attention and media buzz will ramp up come week 3 when Vick becomes eligible to play, but the attention will certainly remain in New York due to a high contract of Eli Manning. Both the Eagles and Giants are two of the best squads in this division, but without a number one target for Manning, don’t be surprised to see them and the Cowboys duke it out for second and third place.

1.) Eagles

2.) Cowboys

3.) Giants

4.) Redskins

NFC North:

Too many storylines to discuss in this particular division, so lets start with the Detroit Lions. Everyone is anticipating a squad that could do what Miami did in 2008, (win 10 more games than the previous season), which I doubt will occur, but stranger things have happened. The Lions will certainly be loved, enjoyed, and watched by many as all the hopes lye on the broad rookie shoulders of Matthew Stafford.

The Chicago Bears certainly made some noise this off-season, acquiring quarterback Jay Cutler from the Broncos, but what does it mean when the best receiver on their team is a former cornerback? Greg Olsen, you will be the go-to target.

Don’t look for anything exciting in Green Bay this fall, but do become more engaged when the Vikings pay a visit on November 1st. Minnesota will be on everyone’s radar because this team certainly has the most talent of any NFC squad, but the only question is will Brett Favre blow it again? Chances maybe slim, especially when you just need to give Peterson 25-30 touches a game, but Favre must deliver the Super Bowl dreams or else Vikings fans will demand a refund for his jersey and tickets.

1.) Vikings

2.) Bears

3.) Packers

4.) Lions

NFC South:

This should certainly be quite an exciting year for the NFC South. All four teams need to prove themselves as possible playoff teams, but the New Orleans Saints just seem to powerful on paper, which hopefully translates into 11 or 12 wins. Expect great things from Drew Brees, but look for newly acquired defensive coordinator Greg Williams to bolster the defense.

The Falcons and Panthers both fall under the same category, which is they are great teams, but question marks surround these squads. The Panthers fell short of advancing to the NFC Championship game and Matt Ryan’s magic ride ended in the desert. Both teams have potential, but the offenses must deliver in order to compete with the Saints.

I hope Raheem Morris has some tissues and a good shoulder to cry on because this will not be an easy season for the rookie head coach. Talent is there, but Winslow and Bryant are aging. Throw Leftwich into the bunch too, just seems like Tampa Bay will not be a great team.

1.) Saints

2.) Falcons

3.) Panthers

4.) Buccaneers

NFC West:

The Arizona Cardinals have to be the team to beat this fall; yet don’t count out the Seattle Seahawks or San Francisco 49ers. The St. Louis Rams will do nothing, but in the end, I think we could be looking at a three-way horse race to the finish line.

The way to win this division, win at least 8 or 9 games and you are golden. Come playoff time one or two of these squads maybe an easy first-round knock-out for a possible Super Bowl representative.

1.) Cardinals

2.) Seahawks

3.) 49ers

4.) Rams