Originally posted on Eagles Eye  |  Last updated 8/20/12
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It's more than just a party now because of season-indicating trends and omens to observe in the first half...and because rookie and free agent jobs are on the line in the second half. Moreover, Bill Belichick has just made it interesting by allegedly pulling some of his big-name starters (like Tom Brady) out of the game. This is yet another bold example of Belichick's devilish gamesmanship.The game starts at 8:00 PM EST and is being broadcast live on ESPN-TV.But we can still have fun as our Livefyre commentators bring you the action live...View from the Gillette Stadium pressbox earlier this afternoon...As I mentioned, I'll be watching and listening for any improved rhythm or tempo in Marty Mornhinweg's first-half game plan. Sorry that my reference to Andy and Marty as Laurel & Hardy kinda bombed... I actually consider Laurel & Hardy one of the finest "playmaking teams" in the history of showbiz...and terrific experts in their chosen craft. Andy and Marty can be all that, to...
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