Archive for September, 2011

Game Day Thoughts: Patriots at Bills


Brady will obviously be a big key in today’s game. (FILE:Icon/SMI)

Week 3 is here and it brings a divisional rivalry to the forefront, and the Bills are starting off strong this season with a 2-0 record.

Offensively they have been able to put a couple impressive W’s on the board. Since Buffalo is big and physical, New England will have to play hard defensively in order to shut down Ryan Fitzpatrick and company to seal a 3-0 record.

Some interesting numbers for today:

Tom Brady dominant in the 1st quarter: He’s 17-of-18 in the first quarter, although Aaron Hernandez was his top target, accounting for five of those completions for 57 yards and a touchdown. With him sidelined for this afternoon, it should be interesting to see how they adjust.

They Start Fast: First down is where Brady has been the most effective this season, throwing for 465 yards and five touchdowns.

They Finish Strong: There was a lot of talk about how the Patriots didn’t come out strong in the second half in recent years, but that hasn’t been the case so far this season. Brady’s thrown for 451 yards in the first half, and he’s been even more effective with 489 in the second over two games, along with 3 total first half touchdowns and 4 total in the final two quarters.

Divisional games are some of my favorite to come by. I remember attending the Monday Night Football game between the two in 2009 where the winner was decided within the last two minutes of the fourth quarter when the Patriots defeated the Bills 25-24. I expect it to be a tough game, but I am looking forward to this week’s matchup in Buffalo and expect the Patriots keeping the reign as AFC East kings.

Cheers and GO PATS!!!

~Diana

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Pats / Bolts Pregame Thoughts

Last week’s match-up against the Dolphins definitely has me looking forward today’s game against San Diego, especially after watching the way they played in week one against Miami.

Seated at a table near some Miami fans, I cheered the Pats to a remarkable win in which Brady passed for a career high of 517 yards. Brady and the offense also helped me to win my first week of fantasy football, and sparked the excitement that I’m sure most of you have had about this team over the past several seasons.

As we head into today’s game, it’s time to welcome the San Diego Chargers to Gillette Stadium. The home opener will be intense and the Chargers are hungry for a “W”  - a feat that has not occurred in Pats land since 2008.

Here are five quick thoughts on today’s game:

- Ochocinco - Will Chad step up and get more acclimated with the Patriots offense? Last week he was a bit of a let down- will he be able to make some catches   to contribute to a Patriots win?


If all goes well we’ll see another big performance from Tom Brady today. (FILE:Icon/SMI)

- Point for Point – Will this matchup be down to the wire? Looking at games in the past, this match-up may be extremely close. Home field advantage will definitely give the Patriots an edge, and hopefully the fans answer Tom Brady’s call earlier this week and come ready to be loud.

- Brady vs. Rivers - Who will be the better QB? In previous years the two have been tied up for number of TD’s at any given point in the season. If all goes well, hopefully Brady picks up where he left off last Monday night and we see another big day from the offense.

- AFC Championship preview – This game may very well be a preview of a potential AFC Championship match-up. Both Brady and Rivers are hot and these two teams could be the contenders in the Conference at the end of the season.

- Defense, Defense - With both offenses in their prime, it will be up to the defenses to step up their game. How well will both teams protect their QB?

Kickoff is just a few hours away, and I’m looking forward to another Patriots victory.   Bring on the Bolts!!!

Cheers & GO Patriots!

-Diana

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Pats/Dolphins – Five Thoughts On Tonight’s Game

After a long absence, here we are again. It is like we never left.

Welcome to the 2011-2012 NFL Season.

First off I would like to say how happy I am that football is back. Through the trials and the battles, we have finally reached agreements that keep our beloved game intact because I cannot begin to imagine what life would have been like without it.

The Patriots are back and I believe better than ever. Some of our rookies have adjusted and we even have a new weapon/ jokester to oggle. We will see if Unodos (Tom Brady – for those of you who don’t get the Spanish reference) can complete some memorable TDs with his new weapon Chad Ochocinco. This is my first attempt at fantasy football this year and I am very happy to report I have Brady as my quarterback.


Hopefully Wes Welker will have a big year in 2011. (FILE:Icon/SMI)

I am hoping that along with Wes Welker, I can dominate against my opponents. For some reason this year feels different than the prior.  There’s plenty of excitement, and we have finally become comfortable with our “newbies”, so now it is time to shine.

As the Patriots head into tonight’s game, here are my 5 thoughts for this week’s matchup against the Miami Dolphins:

- Chad Henne vs. Tom Brady, who comes out on top? – We know Brady is cool calm and collected, but will Henne melt under pressure or will he step up against the Patriots tonight?  Or will this be one of those games where he plays above and beyond what we expect and ends up with a big night throwing to Brandon Marshall and Co.?

- How will this revamped Patriots offense perform during game one? – Will Nate Solder and the offensive line protect Brady in the pocket well enough to allow him to get Ochocinco and Welker the football?  If so, will #85 finally be able to settle into the offense?  I’m interested to see if we finally see the offense execute against Miami the way we know they can.

- Who will be Brady’s “go to” target? Welker or Ochocinco? - Obviously in the past, Welker’s been Brady’s guy.  However, he and Ochocinco have spent a lot of time talking things out on the sidelines, and it will be interesting to see if we don’t finally see #85 start out strong tonight and take some of the pressure off of Welker.

- Will the shortened length of time in training camp have a major effect on either the Pats or Fins? – We saw New England try and shake the rust off during the preseason, and I’m curious to see if, now that the regular season is here, if the players on both sides of the ball can go out and play mistake-free football.  As for Miami, they made plenty of mistakes at home last year – and we all remember how that turned out.

- Will this game set the tone for any interdivisional rivalries? – It’s always nice to make “a statement” in the season opener, and considering the fact that the Dolphins were embarrassed at home by New England last year, I’m wondering if tonight’s game in Miami won’t take on a little more meaning heading into the next time these two face each other later this year.

I am so excited for the new season and am counting down the hours until kickoff!

Cheers and GO PATS!!!

~Diana

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