Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Patriots Week One: Three Up, Three Down

Patriots Week One: Three Up, Three Down

Three Up

Matt Cassel
If he keeps stringing up 100+ QB ratings, I think New England will be just fine. Cassel has strengths that Belichick and McDaniels will tailor the Patriots gameplan towards.

Jerod Mayo
Six solo tackles is what the stat sheet says, but no visible mistakes for a rookie in Belichick's defense is wonderful. Look for Mayo to start making big plays soon.

Ellis Hobbs
A great kickoff return, some big hits, and a crucial interception all add up to a monster day from Ellis Hobbs the third. The former Iowa St. Cyclone running back is still refining his cornerback game, and the improvement is visible.

Three Down

Patriots Crowd
Maybe it was Tom Brady's injury, but other than the final four plays of the game, the crowd was pretty dead. We were expecting a lot more on third down.

Kevin Faulk
If Kevin Faulk is in the game, Bernard Pollard never makes it to Tom Brady's knee. We believe in forgive and forget, but we hope you enjoyed your fun Kevin.

Sammy Morris
Morris had a strong running day, but was awful on blitz pickup, allowing the Chiefs to hammer Matt Cassel after Tom Brady had already been taken out.

Matt Gutierrez Signed by Patriots

Matt Gutierrez Signed by Patriots

According to ESPN, Matt Gutierrez has been signed to the practice squad for your New England Patriots. He was released during the cutdown to the final 53-man roster, with current starter Matt Cassel getting the nod over Gutierrez. Expect him to be active for Sunday's game against the New York Jets. Does anyone know who their quarterback is?

NFL Draft Stock Report

NFL Draft Stock Report

Stock Exploding
Mark Sanchez, Southern Cal -- Still a junior, Sanchez is showing that he might be ready to play in the NFL. Squaring off against Malcolm Jenkins and James Lauranaitis will show us more about Sanchez's ability.

Stock Up
Marshawn Gilyard, Cincinnati -- Although he's a bit bigger at 6'1", Gilyard is following in Desean Jackson's footsteps, trying to parlay some impressive returns and a some good receiver skills into a first-day pick.

Stock Down
Chris Wells, Ohio State -- Although we doubt that many teams are moving him down their draft board, foot injuries tend to lead to other foot injuries. Let's hope he gets back on the field soon.

Stock Tanking
Pat White, West Virginia -- Although they were small in the first place, his dreams of ever being a QB in the NFL are officially over. Having trouble getting the offense out of poor play-calls doomed the Mountaineers. White still shows some promise as a WR prospect, a la Antwan Randle-El.

NFL Jump to Conclusions Week

NFL Jump to Conclusions Week

Well, Week 1 of the NFL Season is over and it is now time for everyone to jump to conclusions, a la Tom Smykowsi from Office Space. You just witnessed a little over 6% of the season. Did you know whether "300" or "Dark Knight" was going to be awesome after eight minutes?

Not every team that lost badly this week is going to be terrible. Not every team that won impressively is going to the Superbowl. Some guys will step up for injured stars, and some other players will get injured later.Based on some of the projections we've read already, here are ten conclusions we jumped to for this 2009 NFL campaign.

1. The Patriots will finish 1-15, with a peg-legged Tom Brady signing on as a QB coach next year.

2. Vince Young will be in a padded room by Week 12.

3. Michael Turner's 2800 yard season will shatter all the records.

4. The Chargers will finish with 32 players on IR, with Nate Kaeding playing TE, K, and CB by the end of the year.

5. The 15-1 Cowboys will face the 15-1 Steelers in the "Superbowl of the Century."

6. The Jets will release Mike Nugent and sign another WR, as they don't need kickers.

7. Bernard Pollard will be the UFC Middleweight champion.

8. The Colts will release Peyton Manning.

9. Jimmy Traina, Andy Gray, and the rest of the Extra Mustard crew will post about Women's Tennis. A lot.

10. MVP and Rookie of the Year Matt Ryan will continue to wow the Atlanta natives by putting Pepsi out of business, convincing Lebron to come to Atlanta, and not killing domesticated animals.

What conclusions are you jumping to already?

Patriots Opening Day: Pregame

Patriots Opening Day: Pregame

Check out Part One of Patriots Opening Day.

We started the morning off at, where else, Dunkin' Donuts. We tailgated a bit with some new friends from Worcester, and then headed off to pay the $40 at General Parking. Nothing like a "small regular" to get your blood flowing.

Patriot Place is just plain amazing. This is a shot of the interior of the new Patriots Pro Shop. Due to us getting there at the exact right time, we were the first people to enter, and were met with a nice ovation. Very cool place, and a must for your Patriots gameday apparel needs. The Patriots Hall of Fame upstairs wasn't ready for the public yet, but will be amazing when it is. The snowplow from the snow game will be a big hit.

The CBS scene was also pretty cool. The setup is real nice, being able to watch vintage CBS shows as well as football highlights and DIRECTV NFL Sunday Ticket. We weren't very impressed with the food, as their isn't much of a selection yet.

A view of Patriot Place from our seats up in section 301 as the game was about to begin. It would be a game that would forever change the future of the Patriots 2008 season.

Monday, September 8, 2008

Go Bruins!

Statement From The New England Patriots:
"After extensive tests this morning, it was revealed that New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady's left knee, which was injured in the first quarter of yesterday's
game, will require surgery. He will be placed on injured reserve and will miss the remainder of the 2008 season."