Brady To Moss, Still The Unstoppable Toss

Media Frenzy Focused On Randy Moss

With key figures of the New England Patriots organization coming to the defense of their beleaguered star wideout, should we really be paying that much attention to the play, or lack their of, of Randy Moss?

After all, Brady to Moss is still the unstoppable toss.  Right?

Well, one Wes Welker may have something to say about that, as No.83 has benefited more than anyone else from having Moss line up on the opposite side of him in New England.  Sure, Moss may look like he is doggin’ it or quitting on routes, but with other teams gameplans geared to stopping Moss and the deep ball, its alright for our “prima-dona” of a wide receiver to pout every once and a while.

Its obvious that Moss hasn’t put up the type of numbers that New Englanders are accustomed to from No. 81 in the past five games but don’t quit on the 32-year-old.  

Because he hasn’t quit on you.  Not quite yet.  

He has 9 TD’s to go along with 1,074 yards receiving yards this season and despite his one-catch, 16-yard performance last week, there is reason to believe that Moss will turn it around.  Tom Brady, Bill Belichick, and now Bob Kraft have all come to the aid of Moss and his fragile psyche and there’s optimism in Patriots camp that the University of Marshall grad will turn it up in the Patriots remaining three games against the Bills, Jaguars, and Texans.      

You can’t expect the most popular kid at school not to sit and pout for the rest of the day after being called out by the teacher infront of all his classmates.  Moss will get over his little tiff with Big Bad Bill and move his attention to outplaying Terrell Owens and the Buffalo Bills.

If he doesn’t, he can be assured his days in New England, along with Adalius Thomas, are numbered.  

Patriots Claw Their Way Past Panthers

New England Snaps Two-Game Losing Streak

The New England Patriots went into Sunday’s matchup with the Carolina Panthers, playing their worst football since 2002– losers in three of their previous four games, and in dire need of a victory.

If it weren’t for Wes Welker, the Patriots may be looking at a three-way tie atop the AFC East. But with a 10-catch, 105 yard performance, his fifth consecutive 100-yard performance, Welker led the struggling New England Patriots past the Carolina Panthers with a 20-10 win at Gillette Stadium.

Welker’s 105 receptions on the season is the most receptions ever for a player in his first 11 games of a season.  The Patriots (8-5) avoided a serious setback at Foxborough as the Pats took on a struggling Panthers squad, playing without injured quarterback Jake Delhomme.  New England struggled early on to take advantage of backup Matt Moore’s mistakes and their own mistakes had them in a hole late in the second quarter.  They trailed 7-0 late in the second quarter before a Kevin Faulk touchdown-run knotted things up before half-time.

Luckily for the Patriots and Benjamin Watson, the Panthers could never string enough good plays together as Watson put the Patriots up for good with a TD reception in the third quarter.  Two 40+ yard field-goals in the fourth quarter from Stephen Gostkowski wrapped the game up for Bill Belichick.  Belichick’s win, however, wasn’t with controversy as Carolina corner-back Chris Gamble called out Randy Moss for his play on Sunday, stating that Moss was “dogging it” and giving up on his routes.

It was discouraging words, even from an opponent, for Belichick and company as the team thought it was removed from a week of turmoil and distraction as Belichick sent four players, including Moss, home early from team facilities on Wednesday because the players showed up late for morning meetings.  

Even with the Moss distraction and benching of Adalius Thomas, the Patriots are in control of their own destiny as the Pats head to Buffalo next Sunday to take on the Bills (5-8) at Ralph Wilson Stadium.

Due, in large part, to the play of Mr. Wes Welker.

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Patriots Will Run The Table For Rest Of Season

The Patriots got their behinds kicked this past weekend. Nobody can argue that but don’t get too excited folks.

They are still a team that can win on any given Sunday and that includes beating the Saints if they face them again.

They will win out their remaining schedule (Dophins, Panthers, Bills, Jaguars, Texans), finish the season 12-4, and go into the playoffs on a high note prepared to contend for a championship.

It’s not over yet!

AFC East Gets A Lot Easier

Dolphins Loss Gives Patriots Breathing Room At The Top

So much for the Miami Dolphins making a run to the top of the AFC East.  A week after many Dolphins players were saying they were in perfect position to supplant the New England Patriots from their spot atop the AFC East due to a manageable schedule for the Fins’ and a tough one for the Pats, Tony Sparano’s gang lost grip of an “easy” win over the Buffalo Bills with a 31-14 drumming on Sunday.   

With 24 points in the fourth quarter, the Bills overpowered the Dolphins as the Bills improved to 4-7 with the Fins falling to 5-6, tying themselves with the New York Jets for second place in the division, 2 1/2 games behind the first place Patriots.  

So, even if the Pats do lose to the undefeated New Orleans Saints on Monday, the Patriots could afford a loss next week to the Dolphins and still maintain control of their destiny atop the AFC East.  But then again, Bill Belichick and company never lose two games in a row and haven’t lost a game in Foxborough since Nov. 30 last year.

Also, lets not look past the Saints on Monday as a solid game from the Patriots could break the Saints perfect season and give the Pats a lot of breathing room in the division.  Silly Dolphins, you had your chance last season without Tom Brady under center for the Patriots, this is Mr. Brady’s and New England’s division now.  

Red Sox Meet With Lackey’s Agent

It’s early in the offseason, but the Red Sox have started to get a feel for how they can give their starting rotation an instant upgrade for next season.

During the General Managers’ Meetings in Chicago this week, Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein met with Steve Hilliard, the agent for standout right-hander John Lackey, MLB.com has confirmed.

Free agents can’t negotiate with other teams until after Nov. 20, and when that happens, the floodgates are expected to open for Lackey, considered the best free-agent starter this offseason.

The Red Sox have a preliminary interest in Lackey, and after getting a gauge for how the market will play out this offseason during the GM Meetings, the two sides will likely be in touch more frequently when other teams can get involved.-Full Story

Brady And Patriots Control The AFC East

Pats Back To Their Old Tricks In 2009

A dynasty reborn?  Or just a few glimpses from the past?  The New England Patriots are 6-2 now in 2009 and are two games ahead of the New York Jets and 2 1/2 games ahead of the Buffalo Bills and Miami Dolphins.

Sunday’s game against the Dolphins was a tough fought win for the Blue and Grey, especially when it came to stopping Miam’s trickery with the Wildcat but Tom Brady and Randy Moss propelled the Patriots to a 27-17 victory and gave New England a bit of a cushion in the AFC East.

Brady had another 300+ yard performance and Randy Moss reeled in another TD with six receptions for 147 yards receiving.  The victory may be a key cog in the New England’s AFC East crown plans this season as the Dolphins, although now 3-5 on the season, were undefeated in the AFC East before their loss to the Patriots on Sunday.  New England is now 5-0 at home this season and are set to face the 8-0 Indianapolis Colts on the road next week in a revival of one of football’s best rivalries.  

Peyton Manning has manned the Colts charge this season as Indy fended off a pesky Houston Texans squad this past Sunday to stave off its first loss of the year. This matchup will be a true barometer for where Bill Belichick and the Patriots are at thus far in the 2009-10 season and could be a building block for what could be a rebirth of a dynasty.

Or a mere illusion of what use to be.

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Patriots To Be Without Green For A Month

Defensive Lineman On The Mend For Extended Period Of Time

The New England Patriots continue to be hit by the injury bug as defensive lineman Jarvis Green underwent knee surgery last week and could be out for an extended period of time.

The starting defensive linemen had a procedure on his knee completed last Tuesday in the Patriots locker room and with Jarvis on the mend, the Patriots will look to Mike Wright to step up in the void.    

Wright, a five-year veteran, has seen extensive action thus far in 2009 for the defense and shouldn’t leave too noticable of gap with the loss of Green.  Green had 23 tackles in seven games with the Pats, good enough to have him tied for eighth on the team.  New England hosts Chad Henne and the Miami Dolphins at Gillette Stadium on Sunday.  

Pats In A Pickle At Wideout

New England Needs Wide Receivers To Step Up and Step In

Much like the starting pitching of the Boston Red Sox in 2009, the Patriots wide receiving core seemed to have stacked talent from front to back with depth up the ying-yang.

Well that depth has decimated in the first six weeks of the NFL season, and now the Patriots may be forced to rely upon special team specialist Sam Aiken and rookie Brandon Tate.  With the recent release of Joey Galloway and arm injury to Julian Edelman, the Patriots lack depth at the wide receiver position.  They let Jabar Gaffney and Kelley Washington walk away after last season and cut wideout Greg Lewis at the end of the preseason.

So now, there is the University of North Carolina standout Brandon Tate next in line for the Patriots.  And they need him to step up.  Even with Randy Moss, Wes Welker, and three pass-catching tight ends, the Patriots could use a dynamic returner and receiver like Tate.  If the rookie can catch onto the playbook better than Galloway and show his speed while running routes, Tate could stick on, especially with No. 12 at the helm.

But if Tate doesn’t step up in London or the next couple of weeks, practice squad standouts Terrence Nunn and Isiah Stanback could be quick to try and step in and step up.  The intriguing member of this bunch is Stanback who is a quarterback on the practice squad but much like Edelman, could be converted into a wide receiver as he appeared in eight games for the Cowboys as wide receiver in 2008.   

But for now, its time to just wait and see.  It may, however, be an important time for the progression of the New England Patriots and their young receiving corps.

Pats Cut Galloway, Re-Sign Banta-Cain

Busy Few Days For Bill Belichick’s Squad

The New England Patriots have cut ties with veteran wide receiver Joey Galloway on Tuesday after the wide out has been inactive for New England’s past three games.  

In response to the release of Galloway, the Patriots re-signed Tully Banta-Cain, one day after releasing the seven-year linebacker.  Banta-Cain’s re-signing will allow him and the Patriots to work out a new contract extension to keep the linebacker in New England for more years to come.  

The Joey Galloway experiment didn’t work out for Bill Belichick and the Patriots as Galloway never could get on the same page as Tom Brady and the New England offense.  The Pats recently extended the contract of special teams captain and No. 3 wide receiver Sam Aiken, so it looks like they have faith in Aiken and rookie Julian Edelmen.  

Patriots Release Banta-Cain In Surprising Move

Could The Door Still Be Open For Banta-Cain?

Insert Junior Seau. Release Tully Banta Cain?  The New England Patriots have surprisingly released linebacker Tully Banta-Cain after signing 40-year-old Junior Seau last week.

Banta-Cain, a former seventh-round pick of the Patriots and seven-year veteran, started two games for New England this season and registered a total of 13 tackles.  The University of California graduate had three tackles in New England’s 59-0 beating of the Tennesse Titans on Sunday, but the 29-year-old now finds himself unemployed as of Monday.  

He also has three sacks on the year for the Patriots but may be the odd man out with the signing of Seau and emergence of Pierre Woods and Gary Guyton.  Bill Belichick and the Patriots also surprisingly de-activated Adalius Thomas on Sunday, even with New England transforming to more of a 3-4 scheme on defense.  

A return to the Patriots is not out of the question for Banta-Cain as the Pats have shown their admiration of Banta-Cain for many years and this move could just be temporarily.

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Brady To Moss: The Unstoppable Toss

Patriots Stomp All Over The Titans

In what turned out to be one of the most lopsided victories in recent memory, the New England Patriots played the role of David in David versus Goliath on Sunday as the Patriots jumped all over the Tennesse Titans 59-0 at Gilette Stadium.

Calling the Tennesse Titans, Goliath, however, may be too big of a compliment considering the way the Titans played on Sunday as Jeff Fisher’s squad played more like an Pop Warner team then a team that was 13-3 last year.  Tom Brady threw six touchdowns on Sunday, five of which came in the second quarter, which is a new NFL record, as the Pats jumped out to the biggest halftime lead in NFL history, 45-0.  The Patriots are now tied for sixth all-time in largest victories in NFL history with their 59-0 romping of Tennessee.   

New England (4-2) set a club-record with 619 total yards on offense with Brady going 29-for-34 for 380 yards, before coming out midway through the third quarter, being replaced by rookie quarterback Brian Hoyer.  Randy Moss was up to his old tricks at Foxborough, catching eight passes for 129 yards and 3 TDs.  Wes Welker also had a fine day, catching ten passes for 150 yards and two scores.  Laurence Maroney led the ground game for Bill Belichick and company as the oft-questionable running back garnered 123 yards on the ground and one score on a 45-yard-run.

The Patriots forced five turnovers from the Tennessee offense and allowed only 186 yards of total offense.  Junior Seau registered two tackles in his season debut while also scooping up a fumble.  The Pats head to London next week to take on the 0-6 Tampa Bay Buccaneers before hosting the Miami Dolphins after their bye week.

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