There's a lot of dead time between now and game time and I'd thought I'd help you fill it. Once again my intentions are to make this short (relatively), but that doesn't always work out well. Lets see how it goes. 1. It is rather daunting to think that there is a realistic chance that the Pats could be 1-3 later on this afternoon. Its been over a decade since we as fans have been in that territory. Hell its been a long while since we've seen 2-2. I'd hate to think we have become the spoiled annoying child who lacks nothing, yet complains about everything. But the sad fact is after reading this board for much of this season....we have We are fast becominng the NFL's version of Red Sox fans who after a decade of constant winning can't deal with a SINGLE season with a bad team and want to blow up the entire team. Get rid of players (they all suck) get rid of the ownership (the 2 championships, the beautiful rebuilt ballpark, and good competitive teams mean nothing...They suck. I recall listening to a caller complain that he's been a season ticket holder for 10 years and is giving them up because of how badly this season had gone. WHAT A *****! One disappointing season and he's throwing way his "pink hat" and running away. Try being a Royal fan, or a Pirate fan, or even a Cub fan. I really wanted to grab that guy by the stack and swivel and tell him to grow a pair. 2. As we become more and more polarized as a nation....(by design btw) our tendency to blame and pile on has become intensified. Even on this board the level of invective toward players is rising to new levels of negativity. It seems some people couldn't wait to "blame" someone for the loss. 3. The best example of this was the McCourty hatred. Quite frankly I was surprised, since I thought he by and large did well in that game. So when he got killed here I decided to stay away from the debate, since I already know that "hatred" knows know bounds and there was noi reason to bother to participate, which would have been akin to hammering ones toe with a hammer. So I was pleased to see Bedard confirm my impression of McCourty's play with his "all 22" breakdown. I'm a afraid that certain people here are going to have to deal with the simple fact that the McCourty they are getting THIS season is more like the one he saw in in his rookie year than the one we saw last season. And boy doesn't that just piss the "haters" off. They don't want to hear that!. God, with Edelman out this game, where will they turn their incipid anger. Though I'm sure they won't have any trouble finding someone. 4. If I had BB sitting hear over breakfast with me, I'd have a few questions that need to be asked about that game. a. Where was Ridley? There is not bigger Woody fan than me, but for the life of me I couldn't understand why it was Woody Rather than Ridley who got the majority of the rushing snaps in the 2nd half. I can only speculate that Steven did or didn't do something that pissed his coaches off. I'm guessinng it had something to do with pass blocking. b. Why didn't we see the 3 TE offense more often. IIRC I saw it run about twice. The first time it was to the short side and we picked up about 5 yds. The next play it was to the strong side and we picked up around 12.......then we never saw it again. c. And here is the big one. Compare the 2 teams. At the end of the game the Ravens clearly went all in and just blitzed the crap out of the Pats and had some success. At the end of the game the Pats, who were having trouble in the last quarter holding the Ravens, CONTINUED to do nothing aggressive on defense. What did Bedard say, the Pats rushed more than 4 only 2 times all game Tell me are the Pats having to play pro bowl rules while the rest of the league gets to blitz? It might not be smart to blitz all the time, but on occassion it can't hurt. You know you can't fake a blitz if you never actually run one. 5. You can't say that officiating cost the Pats that game, because there were some horrible calls on both sides, but DAMNED IT, its my right as a fan to say that there were at least a half DOZEN calls that could have cost the Pats the game,. not just one. Just go back to the non-call on Edelman in the end zone. The phantom hold on Mayo that kept a drive alive, etc etc. It was just SOOOOOOOOO frustrating knowing that on that last drive there WAS going to be a PI called, and even though I'd have to say it was the right call, if it hadn't had been that one, it would have been another. I can't believe its a full week later and I'm still pissed off. Just goes to show you how being 1-2 can affect you. You kjow the Packers game was just a bad call at the end of the game, but it was just ONE call. This game was call after call after call after call. It just never stopped! 6. It looks like we are going to see our first Daniel Fells sighting this week. Let see how that works out. 7. I will be interested in seeing how Jones and Hightower bounce back this week. Neither had a good game, in fact, Hightower had a bad one. Adversity is agreat teacher. Well those 2 young pups are going down to the den of adversity today. 8. CJ Spiller is a great example of time and experience. He did nothing for 2 years, and now is leading the league in rushing. I'm sure there are STILL Bills fans who are clinging to their position that he still sucks. Yup they have them too. 9. One disturbing factor is starting to imerge. Over the last half dozen years the number of big games that the Pats have lost where ONE defensive stop, or ONE more first down wouild have one the game are piling up. Quite frankly its getting epidemic. I don't know how to stop it, but someone should think of something quickly, its starting to become the expected result as opposed to the surprising outcome 10.. Tough game today. Tough venue. We are not healthy. However THESE are the kind of games the Pat have historically won over the last decade. OK this should get you through to pregame anyway. Don't forget to enjoy the game.