Found November 08, 2011 on
Let's get something clear here for a moment: Despite being tied for the division lead at 5-3, the New England Patriots are still probably going to make the playoffs. Four of their last five games are against teams with losing records (including the winless Colts in the most-flexworthy Sunday Night game ever), and they still excel at beating up on hapless opponents. That's nine wins, right there, at the least. In a down year for the AFC, ten wins will likely get you a wild card spot, if not the AFC East crown.
But yesterday's game against the Giants served as graphic evidence that even if the Patriots make the playoffs, they probably aren't good enough to make the Super Bowl. Why not? Four things:
1. THE DEFENSE. You already knew the defense was lousy. But Tom Brady and Wes Welker were so prolific in the first quarter of the season that the horrid yardage totals opponents piled up against New England seemed irrelevant. Now that Brady and Welker have both l...
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FOXBORO, Mass. -- The Patriots have some work to do to avoid their first three-game losing streak in nine years, and they've got to do it quickly with the Jets on the horizon. Here's how the Patriots graded out after Sunday's 24-20 loss to the Giants. OFFENSE Jeff Howe: C Tom Brady had three turnovers, and two of them resulted in 10 points for the Giants. The other one...
Eli Manning may have finally justified using the word "elite" when describing his game after he marched the New York Giants 80 yards on eight plays in the waning seconds to defeat the New England Patriots, 24-20, in Foxboro today.
This was the first meeting between the two teams since 2007—when Manning led the Giants to a Super Bowl victory. Even after that momentous...
Tom Brady is becoming too reliant on Wes Welker and Rob Gronkowski, and the offense is struggling because of it.
New England Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker was limited in Wednesday's practice due to a rib injury.
Walker absorbed a hard hit in Sunday's 24-20 loss to the New York Giants.
He had sat out practice last Wednesday with a neck injury suffered in a game against Pittsburgh, but returned to practice the following day.
The 30-year-old Welker leads the league in receptions...
I think it’s time to ask the question no one ever wants to hear. What’s wrong with Tom Brady? Yesterday he was probably the most inaccurate I have seen him since he became a starter in 2001. If he has been more off target than he was at times in the first 45 minutes of Sunday’s game I don’t recall it.
It wasn’t just this week either; this is the third week in a...
The Patriots were missing a few key guys earlier in practice, which we wrote about here. Safety Patrick Chung and LB Brandon Spikes were among the missing, and both absences could loom large. After all, the LB and safety positions are two of the Patriots thinnest. Ho-hum.
Oh, and Wes Welker has a new rib injury. What the heck was wrong with everyone?
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Darrelle Revis talked to the New England media about playing the Patriots and talked about Welker, Ochocinco and more. You can listen to the audio of it here.
When asked about Wes Welker, Revis was – of course – quite complementary.
"Last game, the matchup was great between Wes," said Darrelle. "Sometimes I was throwing him on the ground, and sometimes he...
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- The Giants enter this game playing with house money. Not many people expect them to beat the Patriots, but if they pull out a victory they immediately gain the respect that has eluded them so far this season.
- Eli Maninning mentioned over the summer that he was in Tom Brady’s class as a QB. He faces New England’s...
The Patriots took the lead in this game with 1:36 left in the game, but the defense couldn’t hold and they wind up with another very disappointing loss. Tom Brady completed 28 of 49 passes for 342 yards with 2 TD passes and 2 INTs. BenJarvus Green-Ellis led the way on the ground for the Patriots with 12 carries for 52 yards (4.3 ypc) yesterday. Danny Woodhead pitched in with...
Star of the game
Eli Manning proved just how elite he is. And he showed he is at minimum in Tom Brady's class. The quarterback engineered two fourth-quarterback touchdown drives, including the game-winning, 80-yard march, hitting Jake Ballard for a 1-yard touchdown with 15 seconds remaining. He finished 20 of 39 for 250 yards and two touchdowns.