09-13-2007, 01:03 AM
Join Date: Aug 2005
First Half Thoughts
I finally got a chance to watch the game and figured I'd share my thoughts:
Welker looks like a little bit...excitable. He opened up so well, running and cutting very quickly, catching seamlessly and then dancing into the end zone, but then seemed to get so jazzed up and started trying WAY too hard. First he had the horrible drop to force our only punt of the day. Then he does the one hop punt pick-up with a jet defender right in his face. Don't know what exactly he was thinking there, but it looked scary. Overall though, he's incredible. I can't see him not having a huge season.
Maroney started awesome and I think forced the jets to stack against the run. By doing so, the jets really started to control him, but I think that is what really opened the passing game for us. He's going to be really good.
Moss is scary good. His first catch, he forced the DB to trip and get wide open. Then that sideline catch where he quickly plucked it out of the air. Simms commented that Brady threw it right behind the DBs head, so that the guy never saw it coming. Since Moss is so tall he watched it all the way in. Beautiful.
Offense of line was outstanding. The one time Brady got hit, he still had tons of time to wait for the coverage to open and make a clean throw and completion.
I saw the Pats only stop themselves. The jets did almost nothing. Offense is much better than last year. Completely dominating.
Oh Adalius. If you had caught that pass that hit your hands, you first stat as a patriot would have been a pick-6. Sorry you didn't get it, but I have a sneaky feeling you will get a couple anyways.
D-Line. What can I say. The line I EXPECTED to look like the #1 D-line in the NFL looked EXACTLY like the number #1 D-line in the NFL and without Seymour. It's almost not fair. Pioli must have cheated.
DBs looked ok. Pennington is definitely short passing pretty well. I'm guessing this will improve considerably with so many new or returning players compared to last year.
Linebackers had a nice easy time. They ran free and did a hell of a job, save for that mismatch on Coles TD out of the backfield. Kind of strange...it was almost like the jets knew our scheme and coverage and took advantage of it. Like they KNEW what we were going to do. Oh well, I won't hold it against the linebackers.
In light of the scandalous affairs of the last few days, I was definitely pre-occupied with the notion of the Pats having cheated by stealing the jets signs(legal) via videotape on the sidelines (very very VERY illegal). I tried to find clues, but wasn't really seeing anything, until I realized how it was done. Clearly the Pats recorded the footage , interpreted it at half time, went back in time and gave it to themselves on the Pats first offensive drive, because MAN OH MAN did the Pats do whatever they wanted as if they knew EVERYTHING the jets were going to try. I knew Belichick was still a genius.
As a further proof to my theory on how the Pats did it, it became painfully obvious that the video footage was the whole key to the game on the second Pats touchdown of the half. When they saw the jets sideline call for the play, "Vilma keep looking in the backfield and forget to cover Ben Watson as he runs a pass pattern right up the middle past you", they knew what it meant, because they had seen it called on tape at the half. Having this knowledge, the Pats called their play, "Ben Watson run a pass pattern right up the middle as Vilma looks in the backfield for a Maroney run, because the jets have to overload to stop him." Obvious result. Touchdown. Pats are cheaters. Done and DONE!
Great first half. Can't wait to watch the second.
Do. Your. Job. Don't try to take care of somebody else's responsibilities and all that. Just take care of your assignment. Know what it is, execute it and get it taken care of. Do your job...and you'll be champions tonight