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Patriots set up for strong late season run

Patriots' Gronkowski scores a touchdown over Chiefs' Johnson in their NFL football game in Foxborough Reuters

Here’s what we learned while watching the Patriots pound the Chiefs 34-3:

1. The end result was what everyone expected, but this game was very competitive in the first half. The Patriots offense had no points and 33 yards in their first four drives.

Once Tom Brady figured out what Chiefs coordinator Romeo Crennel was doing, New England got rolling. They had 276 yards and 20 points in their next four drives.

2. Rob Gronkowski caught four passes for 96 yards and two touchdowns. He’s starting to add big plays and tackle-breaking yards after the catch to his arsenal. Throw in Gronk’s blocking, and he’s the best all around tight end in football.  He’s become an impossible cover and perhaps a more valuable part to the Patriots offense than Wes Welker.

3. Chiefs quarterback Tyler Palko looked like he belonged at times, but he wound up throwing three interceptions. He was late throwing the ball and doesn’t have much arm strength.

The Chiefs have scored 16 points combined in their last three games. They kill themselves with penalties, pass protection, and turnovers.

4. At 4-6, the Chiefs season is already over.  But we knew that before Monday night.

5. New England continues to suffer injuries in position clusters.  They lost center Dan Connolly, who has been playing in place for Dan Koppen. Tackle Matt Light left late in the game with an ugly looking leg injury.  Connolly was able to return.

6. New England leads the AFC East by two games and they have the tiebreak over the Jets. It’s very difficult to imagine the Patriots not hosting a playoff game this year.

7. The Patriots are going to have some laughers down the stretch. They don’t play a team that currently has a winning record again all season. Their most challenging game left is probably this week in Philadelphia.  The Eagles have the offensive weapons to make New England’s makeshift defense pay.

If the Patriots can get by the Eagles, they have the Colts and Redskins after that. This Patriots team has flaws, but those flaws won’t show up against lesser competition.

New England is set up for another strong post-Thanksgiving run.

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  1. richm2256 says: Nov 21, 2011 11:41 PM

    It won’t mean a thing if they go one-and-out again.

  2. trbowman says: Nov 21, 2011 11:42 PM

    Vereen runs through a hole the size of Texas and Gruden’s amazed.

  3. trbowman says: Nov 21, 2011 11:43 PM

    Outiside of the picks, I thought Palko played decently. The first one, although behind him, is one Breaston had and should have caught. Help your young QB there.

  4. shaggeez says: Nov 21, 2011 11:43 PM

    The Patriots offense had no points and 33 drives in their first four drives.

    Nice.

  5. badtimeoutcaldwell says: Nov 21, 2011 11:43 PM

    Funny to watch Brady desparetly try to get garbage time passing yards and touchdowns at the end of the game… and then act as if stats aren’t important to him.

    Hate to see someone get injured during his garbage time heroics… Karma is a B*tch

  6. badtimeoutcaldwell says: Nov 21, 2011 11:46 PM

    People bag on the Pats defense, but they come up with huge turnovers almost every game.

    Even last year, one of their “worst years”, they led the league with 25 INT’s. Last I checked, Defenses are measured by how many points you give up and how many turnovers you can get… The Pats are plenty good in both of those areas…

  7. failcopter says: Nov 21, 2011 11:46 PM

    Should be titled
    “New England has Weak Remaining Schedule”

  8. damko12 says: Nov 21, 2011 11:48 PM

    Gronk is a BEAST!

  9. ae24king says: Nov 21, 2011 11:49 PM

    It’s funny how bad New England looked a couple weeks ago against Pittsburgh and how good they looked these past two weeks against bad offenses. Too bad the potentially explosive Eagles offense isn’t firing on all cylinders. Because it looks like with the easy, cake walk of a schedule they finish with, we won’t truly know who the Pats really are until they make the playoffs and play a quality team.

  10. trbowman says: Nov 21, 2011 11:52 PM

    Oh ya, I love how the Patriots go for the TD in garbage time and Jaws says “that’s what the Patriots do.”

    Ya, Jaws, we know.

  11. North American Bowl says: Nov 21, 2011 11:53 PM

    Smelling a Ravens vs Pats AFC Championship.

  12. foosball11 says: Nov 21, 2011 11:54 PM

    I thought it was a bush league move for Belichek to go for that last touchdown, buts its pretty much what i expect from a cheater.

  13. redbullenergydrink says: Nov 21, 2011 11:54 PM

    badtimeoutcaldwell says: People bag on the Pats defense, but they come up with huge turnovers almost every game.

    Even last year, one of their “worst years”, they led the league with 25 INT’s. Last I checked, Defenses are measured by how many points you give up and how many turnovers you can get… The Pats are plenty good in both of those areas…
    —————
    But can you depend on those picks and fumble recoveries EVERY GAME? I’d rather take a strong defense that does not give up too many yards every game.

  14. readysethike says: Nov 21, 2011 11:57 PM

    Patriots ought to think of puttin Volmer in more packages, dude is like a brick wall at FB. He man handled Tamba Hali

  15. TheWizard says: Nov 21, 2011 11:58 PM

    It won’t mean a thing if they go one-and-out again.

    No need to get ahead of ourselves.

    Just enjoy another good season of double-digit wins first.

  16. acanniv says: Nov 21, 2011 11:58 PM

    “Their most challenging game left is probably this week in Philadelphia.”

    You musn’t have seen the game Dec 18th at Denver.

  17. sschmiggles says: Nov 21, 2011 11:59 PM

    badtimeoutcaldwell says:
    Nov 21, 2011 11:43 PM
    Funny to watch Brady desparetly try to get garbage time passing yards and touchdowns at the end of the game… and then act as if stats aren’t important to him.

    Hate to see someone get injured during his garbage time heroics… Karma is a B*tch
    ___________________________

    If you want Brady to play nice with your feelings then pull on your Pop Warner jersey and ask for his autograph.

  18. patsfiend says: Nov 22, 2011 12:01 AM

    “Garbage time passing yards”?? Were you watching the same game I was? I thought I saw them run it on about 14 of the last 16 plays.

    I would love to see them sit Brady at the end of these blowouts, but it’s not going to happen. He won’t come out.

  19. gosuhgo says: Nov 22, 2011 12:06 AM

    This is the NFL. You owe it to your opponent to beat them as badly as you can. They shouldn’t have to take it easy on each other. There is no such thing as running up the score.

  20. jamaltimore says: Nov 22, 2011 12:07 AM

    They don’t want the Ravens! Nobody does! except for jacksonville, titans and seattle who want be in the playoffs!

  21. snarkzilla says: Nov 22, 2011 12:13 AM

    The other teams in their division have reverted to form including Miami.

    AFC East: “There is your dagger.”

    What’s Todd Haley thinking about his beard? They have the Steelers coming to town next week and the Packers coming in week 15. As I recall Haley lost two of his starters in preseason against guys the Packers don’t even have on their roster any longer.

    I predict he’ll dye it. I’m not sure what color, though.

  22. footballphan says: Nov 22, 2011 12:14 AM

    You guys don’t seem to understand that they constantly work on ironing out their mistakes and wrinkles. The offense looked like crap at times, and that’s why they continued to “play” up until the end.

    Brady wasn’t “padding” his stats, LOL…

    They use it as situational football, which it is. How are you going to work through your problems on offense if you just sit on the ball?

    They use actual, you know–gametime, to try and play as a team. It’s really not that hard to understand, as all of the announcers and even Todd Haley himself had absolutely no problem with it.

    Stop your whining, jeez…

  23. jolink653 says: Nov 22, 2011 12:15 AM

    They ran that entire last drive and if you don’t like it then maybe the chiefs should have stopped it…you people find any reason to hate Tom Brady when you know damn well you wish you had him on your team…good win for the pats though really nice to see the pass rush two games in a row and the defense has been improving every game…eagles game will be a tough one

  24. unbreakable02215 says: Nov 22, 2011 12:16 AM

    foosball11 says:
    Nov 21, 2011 11:54 PM
    I thought it was a bush league move for Belichek to go for that last touchdown, buts its pretty much what i expect from a cheater.

    badtimeoutcaldwell says:
    Nov 21, 2011 11:43 PM
    Funny to watch Brady desparetly try to get garbage time passing yards and touchdowns at the end of the game… and then act as if stats aren’t important to him.

    That’s what you deserve when you call a timeout
    with 3.30 min left in the game down 27-3.
    WTF you calling a T.O. for at that point ?

  25. jkb0162 says: Nov 22, 2011 12:17 AM

    “Add in his blocking and Gronkowski’s the best all-around tight-end in the game.” So move over Jason Witten and Tony Gonzales it only took half a season for you guys to get replaced.

  26. unbreakable02215 says: Nov 22, 2011 12:19 AM

    And if you wanna say “cuz the game ain’t over.
    KC could get back into it.”

    Then you do as the Patriots did, you try to score.

  27. 707Raiders707 says: Nov 22, 2011 12:20 AM

    Brady figured out what they were doing? or was it the coaches? the guy is a system qb who throws 5-7yds passes all game

  28. johnnyshore says: Nov 22, 2011 12:21 AM

    For all the people suddenly claiming the Pats have a good defense, let me give you a reality check. They played a team that was missing it’s starting qb, pro bowl running back, and pro bowl tight end. The Patriots defense did what it was expected to do against a terrible offense, and they deserve no praise for it. Of all the playoff contenders in the AFC, the Patriots have got to be the least formidable, and I would be willing to bet that whatever NFC team makes it to the super bowl, they are PRAYING they get to play the Pats and their terrible defense. Aaron Rodgers could put up 50 on this defense.

  29. aljack88 says: Nov 22, 2011 12:23 AM

    foosball11 says:
    Nov 21, 2011 11:54 PM
    I thought it was a bush league move for Belichek to go for that last touchdown, buts its pretty much what i expect from a cheater.
    ————————————————————–
    Where is Belichek? Is that one of those Slavic republics?

    But anyways, your opinion really does matter……

  30. patriotinvasion says: Nov 22, 2011 12:25 AM

    badtimeoutcaldwell says:
    Nov 21, 2011 11:43 PM
    Funny to watch Brady desparetly try to get garbage time passing yards and touchdowns at the end of the game… and then act as if stats aren’t important to him.
    ______

    Oh boy….here come all the “running up the score” crybabies. Call the wahhhhmbulence. Wahhhh, the Patriots are still good despite not taping signals IN PLAIN VIEW to 70,000 people in the stadium….and completely reshaping their roster on the fly over the past 4 years. Ha….funny watching all the haters squirm!

  31. doug2626 says: Nov 22, 2011 12:37 AM

    Not a New England fan but this is the NFL if you don’t want someone to “run up the score”, stop them.

  32. Henry says: Nov 22, 2011 12:38 AM

    Why is it that Todd Haley always looks like he forgot to take his meds or something?
    That guy needs anger management classes.

  33. taz101 says: Nov 22, 2011 12:44 AM

    foosball11 says:
    Nov 21, 2011 11:54 PM
    I thought it was a bush league move for Belichek to go for that last touchdown, buts its pretty much what i expect from a cheater.

    I’m not a Patriots fan; far from it, actually. But I’m glad they punched in that last TD. Vereen was doing well moving the ball & he deserved to be rewarded with his first NFL TD. Congratulations to the kid.

  34. demons87 says: Nov 22, 2011 12:45 AM

    It’s not garbage time if the other team is still attempting to comeback. If losing team starts running to end the game quicker, then it’s garbage time, but as long as they are competing, the Pats should too. The people that complain about running up the score are also the first to laugh when a team completes a huge comeback. Think Colts vs Tampa Bay on MNF year ago.

    The Pats were very respectful. They kept the ball mostly on the ground the whole second half.

    Their 2nd half drives:
    3P-5R
    3P-5R
    2P-1R (2nd pass was on 3rd and 6)
    3P 12R

    Finally Belichick has said in the past that he calls a play for 4th down because going for the field goal and the easy points is more disrespectful than giving the other team a shot at stopping the play.

  35. gregm5s7 says: Nov 22, 2011 12:52 AM

    trbowman says:Nov 21, 2011 11:43 PM

    Outiside of the picks, I thought Palko played decently. The first one, although behind him, is one Breaston had and should have caught. Help your young QB there.

    ——————————————————-

    Palko is 28 years old and a career backup. He’s as good as he is going to get. They did seem committed to gettting Bowe the ball, which is a good strategy that is sometimes absent from their game plan.

  36. tpirates says: Nov 22, 2011 12:53 AM

    Tommy goes out in the first game against Kansas City in ’09 and you want him to come out in the 4th quarter up by 24…it’s not going to happen. Stick the knife in…

  37. bozosforall says: Nov 22, 2011 12:56 AM

    @sschmiggles

    LAME, as usual

  38. descendency says: Nov 22, 2011 1:01 AM

    It’s too early to call, but the three that could potentially have bye weeks before their first playoff game are the Texans, Ravens, and Steelers. The Ravens or Steelers won’t get a bye because the other will get it and the Texans are now being QB’d by Matt Leinart.

    As long as NE doesn’t lose a stupid game, they should be playing for a bye week at the very least.

  39. polishkingski says: Nov 22, 2011 1:02 AM

    words cannot describe the total ineptitude of the buffalo bills organization for not drafting gronk. he IS FROM BUFFALO from a family of great athletes. the bills have been dying for a tight end since pete metzallars 20 years ago. former bill fred smerlas does a local talk show here in rochester and he says how awesome this kid is even on the basketball court, slam dunking, huge hands….etc. i am growing very tired of being a bills fan. boo hoo boo hoo boo hoo. life sucks.

  40. sschmiggles says: Nov 22, 2011 1:03 AM

    richm2256 says:
    Nov 21, 2011 11:41 PM
    It won’t mean a thing if they go one-and-out again.
    ________________________________

    Right now it means they’re two games ahead of the AFC East and on their way to making the playoffs for the eighth time in ten years.

  41. americankris says: Nov 22, 2011 1:10 AM

    20 touchdowns in 26 games

    are you serious?

    Gronk is unstoppable

    I want all the atlanta falcons to hang out with porn stars

  42. rally411 says: Nov 22, 2011 1:26 AM

    “Smelling a Ravens vs Pats AFC Championship”

    Don’t know what you’re smelling but u can have it.

    “Patriots set up for strong late season run.”

    This just in…water is wet.

    Should be titled
    “New England has Weak Remaining Schedule”

    Spot the phuck on.

    BS cake schedule that most NE fans feel giddy about but those of them that really know football (all six of them) know once they play a real football team, the real Patsies defense (next to last in the league) will show their true “one and done” playoff acumen that we’ve been used to the last few years.

  43. atwatercrushesokoye says: Nov 22, 2011 1:33 AM

    Trbowman: In Gruden’s defense, he’s amazed by a lot of things every single week.

    “Wow, the Patriots run so many plays, but they don’t get a lot of false start penalties, that’s just amazing to me!”

    “Phillip Rivers, completes those passes to his receivers downfield, like it’s his job and that’s just amazing!”

    “Mike Tirico is wearing a hat this week, it looks odd but it’s truly amazing”

  44. atwatercrushesokoye says: Nov 22, 2011 1:38 AM

    It’s great that everybody is still loving the Patriots, the same way they do every season, every year it’s the year that Belichik shows what a true genius he is, and the Patriot dynasty gets more trophies……how long has it been since the Patriots won a playoff game again? How many Super Bowls have they won since the 2004 season again?

    The Patriots are a good team that gets the media run they do based on what they did 7-10 years ago.

  45. goldrush36 says: Nov 22, 2011 2:28 AM

    Someone from the afc north will be in the superbowl

  46. johnmcfarlannnn says: Nov 22, 2011 2:44 AM

    Ugh. Looks like the Jets have to beat the Pats in Foxboro again before they make it to the AFCC game again. Pitiful how the Jets can’t get it done in the regular season but they sure get it done when it matters in the playoffs.

  47. rcotner says: Nov 22, 2011 2:49 AM

    “Queefs Blown Out Again!!”

    Har dee har har…..

    Go Raiders!

  48. robertjamis says: Nov 22, 2011 4:27 AM

    This Pats team reminds me of a lot of the offense heavy Indianapolis Colts teams that were driven by Peyton Manning’s talent but couldn’t stop anyone and COULD be stopped in the big spot, with the right scheme. Brady is great, but this team can be stopped. I’ll be surprised if they win more than one playoff game.

  49. jleggett65 says: Nov 22, 2011 4:41 AM

    “Patriots ought to think of puttin Volmer in more packages, dude is like a brick wall at FB. He man handled Tamba Hali”
    ________________________________

    Volmer is the Pats starting RT….he’s in on every package lol

  50. raider23mike says: Nov 22, 2011 4:42 AM

    Can’t wait for The Raiders to knock em out in the Divisional game at snowy foxboro.

    ***But they already defeated the Raiders … Yes! Different QB this time.

    ***but Oakland will go one an out in the playoffs… They’ll beat Cincy at Oakland in wildcard game.

  51. tiffpats4eva says: Nov 22, 2011 5:14 AM

    shaggeez says:
    Nov 21, 2011 11:43 PM
    The Patriots offense had no points and 33 drives in their first four drives.

    Nice.
    **********************

    What was the score, though?

  52. i3addog says: Nov 22, 2011 5:17 AM

    Take notice Green Bay. That’s how you dispose of a bad team.

  53. patriotera says: Nov 22, 2011 5:49 AM

    Patriots get their rookie his first ever TD and you people think they are trying to hurt feelings. How about the NFL makes a rule that if a team goes up by more than 20 points the game ends? What about when the Colts got blown out this year? Were you crying for them?

  54. bigfranky75 says: Nov 22, 2011 6:10 AM

    yep… regular season means NOTHING if you can’t win in the post-season.

    No deep playoff run = epic FAIL.

  55. pattunya says: Nov 22, 2011 6:16 AM

    This is what happenens when you have one of the best coaches and quarterbacks in NFL history.
    …and look haters. No cameras. LOL.

  56. steeltownpride says: Nov 22, 2011 6:46 AM

    Well the Pats has one of the worse defenses and their secondary is pathetic . Well the Chiefs step up in competition this sunday night when the Steelers come to KC . Goodluck to you .

  57. theharshestreality says: Nov 22, 2011 6:46 AM

    Until they reach the playoffs anyway – and until they break this one-and-done playoff streak they are own let’s exercise a little discretion. It wasn’t that long ago that all of these pundits were declaring the Lions and Bills as top 5 teams. Things change very quickly in this league.

  58. eaglessuperfan says: Nov 22, 2011 6:51 AM

    Until Vince Young throws 15 INT’s then somehow pulls off a 9 min drive in the fourth to win. Ok I put the pipe down.

  59. duanethomas says: Nov 22, 2011 6:58 AM

    The Patroitsb will come up short this week and in the playoffs. They do not have enough talent on defense at wideout or runningback to win in January.

  60. tdrundmc says: Nov 22, 2011 7:08 AM

    Here’s what we learned while watching the Patriots pound the Chiefs 34-3:

    1. The chiefs are awful

    2. The patriots are overrated and will get exposed in the playoffs

  61. spellingcops says: Nov 22, 2011 7:14 AM

    Not suggesting that it will be a loss for the Pats, but look at BB’s record vs the Broncos. He seems to struggle against them for whatever reason. Once again not saying they will lose, but it sure seems as if that game is getting overlooked a little too quickly.

  62. dawkattack says: Nov 22, 2011 7:21 AM

    Lol it was the chiefs lmao

  63. mike83ri says: Nov 22, 2011 7:23 AM

    Tell Todd Haley to stop using Time Outs with 2mins to play down by 20+ and you don’t have to bitch about the Pats 5th string RB getting his first ever NFL snaps and “running up the score”.

    Oakland did this to the Pats too. The scary thing is there’s ANOTHER team in the AFC West that could probably win in this situation lol. #Tebow

  64. larrydavidstern says: Nov 22, 2011 7:24 AM

    How the hell can the Chiefs have Tyler Palko as their backup QB!? U could tell just from his pregame throws that ESPN showed that the guy is garbage! Hey, this guy was cut by a UFL and CFL team, let’s sign him up!

  65. ncsteve83 says: Nov 22, 2011 7:37 AM

    I get, and dont mind, the patriots philosophy of putting points up no matter what the situation. If you cant stop us, too bad. But last night made me lose repect for BelliCHUMP.

    4th and goal from the 4 yard line, just over a minute to go, up 27-3. 31 other couched in the NFL, who respect the game and the opponent, will concede the defense has indeed stopped them and would kick a FG to make it 30-3 with a minute left, game is over either way.

    But noooo, Bellichump goes for it on 4th and goal???? From the 4??? What disrespect for the game, the integrity of it, the players, the fans, everyone.

  66. predicatepanda says: Nov 22, 2011 7:49 AM

    If the Pats are going to throw late in a blowout to work on their offense, then it should be to establish rapport with Ochostinko and/or Taylor Price. We already know that Brady can sling it to Welker and the TE’s.

  67. steviethewiz says: Nov 22, 2011 7:52 AM

    Ha another epic PLAYOFF One and Done for the cheaters at home….CAN’T WAIT!!!!

  68. southpaw2k says: Nov 22, 2011 8:30 AM

    Funny how the Patriots rip apart a really bad team one night, and they’re being declared as having righted the ship and back in form. They can win the rest of their regular season games and get a bye in the playoffs, but say someone like Houston has to come in their house. Or worse yet, they have to go on the road to Baltimore or Houston eventually.

    Say good night, Gracie.

  69. jpb12 says: Nov 22, 2011 9:10 AM

    Lost in the late game blowout… Marcus Cannon plays for first time since beating cancer.

  70. bradysdaman says: Nov 22, 2011 9:10 AM

    707Raiders707 says: Nov 22, 2011 12:20 AM
    Brady figured out what they were doing? or was it the coaches? the guy is a system qb who throws 5-7yds passes all game

    HAHA i know they dont grow em very smart in oakland but this guy takes the cake. Sir please get a clue about the game of football before responding to anymore posts. Your just embaressing yourself.

  71. RomosRibs says: Nov 22, 2011 9:10 AM

    The Cheats haven’t won anything since they got caught.
    No, we have NOT forgotten.

  72. weepingjebus says: Nov 22, 2011 9:16 AM

    Complaining about their soft second half schedule is weak. The way the NFL weights schedules means that teams with good records get harder schedules the following year, so the Pats have been succeeding against tough schedules for years. On paper, this was going to be another one; it’s not their fault that the Eagles, Colts, etc have underachieved to date. In fact, it’s long past due that the Pats get some fairness out of the schedule.

  73. blackstonevalleykettlebells says: Nov 22, 2011 9:18 AM

    Worst fans in the league are in New England. I have season tickets there and the attitude is “entertain me” They sack Palko, no one stood up. When they kick a field goal, minimal applause. And I’m guilty of it as well. The standards have been so high, it’s Super Bowl or bust. No one cares until they win a playoff game. And they haven’t done that in 4 years.

  74. havok82 says: Nov 22, 2011 9:23 AM

    You have to be kidding with the bush league stuff. These are pros. It is the other team’s job to stop you from scoring. They were giving Vereen reps and he gashed that D. Might as well give the kid some quality reps.

    I know a lot of folks are saying Pittsburgh would shred the Pats, but I don’t think that is the case. The Pats played terrible on offense and never adjusted well to the press man. They have made adjustments since. They were not rushing the passer well at the time (they are now) and Pittsburgh still has a crappy O line. Next time Troy Polamalu bats a ball, the officials might actually call that illegal play right, too. Realistically, on a day where the Pats played poorly, they still only lost by 6 (that safety was BS). Big Ben might throw 300 yards, but if they go 2/5 in the red zone, they might not win the next time. Pittsburgh is good, but they might be a 5 seed and have to go to Foxboro even though they won the head to head.

  75. bradythebest says: Nov 22, 2011 9:41 AM

    How can people be so dumb? In the last drive they ran a rookie RB 12 times. He was injured and got his first snaps. On 4th down you want them to cick a field goal and score than running and giving a chance to defend it. How pathetic.

    Do you even watch NFL every week? How many teams came back down 21 points this year? Do you remember 2006 AFC championship game? Manning was down 18 points and won the game. How many more examples you need?

    Taylor price, Shane Vereen, Steven Ridley never got enough reps. Shouldn’t they use garbage time to get spme reps for those guys? Haters are gonna hate!

  76. richm2256 says: Nov 22, 2011 9:42 AM

    redbullenergydrink says:
    I’d rather take a strong defense that does not give up too many yards every game.
    ———————————————————
    This is why no one takes you seriously.

    The main function of a defense is to keep points off the board.

    Would you rather have a defense that gives up 334 yards but holds them to just 3 points, or one that gives up just 229 yards, but allows 17 points?

    If you answered “A”, you’re the New England Patriots and you just beat KC 34-3. If you answered “B”, you’re the New York Jets and you just lost to Denver 17-13 …..

    Get it?

  77. gcw440 says: Nov 22, 2011 9:44 AM

    The Pats will always be criticized more than any other team for whatever reason.

  78. ezwriter69 says: Nov 22, 2011 10:23 AM

    I agree with Rosenthal… the Pats will steamroll straight through the season… leading of course to their now traditional, annual first round beatdown loss. You can’t get through the AFC without a defense, and they don’t have one. Period. KC was horrible WITH a qb, without one they are worse than the Colts, seriously… and y’all are putting stars on their helmets for that win? C’mon, man…

  79. giselleisasucubus says: Nov 22, 2011 10:51 AM

    pats are 10th in the league at points allowed. #3 in the league in pts scored & they are 7-3. Yes, they allow yardage, but their red zone defense is solid & they are starting to get turnovers like last year. This dline is considerably better than last year, & last night they didnt have Spikes, Chung or McCourty. This isnt the last 2 years. Here is something to think about- the Pats let Sanchez kill them in the playoffs last year & couldnt pressure him. Did you watch the game last week? Things HAVE changed on the NE d. Look out.

  80. unbreakable02215 says: Nov 22, 2011 10:51 AM

    I always wondered whatever happened to Paulie
    Shore. Turns out he’s been playing backup QB
    for the KC Chiefs. Who knew ?

  81. bearokopoulos says: Nov 22, 2011 11:00 AM

    ncsteve83 says:
    Nov 22, 2011 7:37 AM

    But noooo, Bellichump goes for it on 4th and goal???? From the 4??? What disrespect for the game, the integrity of it, the players, the fans, everyone.
    ————————————————————

    You have it completely backwards. Disrespect is taking the almost-guaranteed 3 points from a FG for the sole purpose of increasing your total. Respect is going for it and giving your opponent a chance to stop you and keep the points off the board. It allows your opponent an opportunity to compete in a more meaningful manner than trying to block a chip-shot FG.

  82. wikidpissah says: Nov 22, 2011 11:00 AM

    27-3, less than four minutes left and the Pats were running the ball with a rookie who had yet to play this year.

    Haley used three time outs to stop the clock and the Pats continued running the ball, and the clock. The game would have been over if Haley hadn’t stopped the clock three times.

  83. holdthemayo123 says: Nov 22, 2011 11:01 AM

    The pats did what they could in the end of the game to keep their defense off the field – makes sense to me.

  84. bradysdaman says: Nov 22, 2011 12:14 PM

    RomosRibs says: Nov 22, 2011 9:10 AM
    The Cheats haven’t won anything since they got caught.
    No, we have NOT forgotten.

    ummmm………….They’ve won more games than anyone else in the NFL since that. Keep making excuses to rationalize your awful team.

  85. patriotinvasion says: Nov 22, 2011 12:56 PM

    RomosRibs says: Nov 22, 2011 9:10 AM
    The Cheats haven’t won anything since they got caught.
    No, we have NOT forgotten.

    ummmm………….They’ve won more games than anyone else in the NFL since that. Keep making excuses to rationalize your awful team.
    _________

    Not mention all while rebuilding their entire team aside from a handful of mainstays while remaining competitive. They are like 60-18 since the story ESPN manufactured as spygate….with AFc Championship and a Super Bowl appearance that they lost on a miraculous catch in the final minute. Brady also missed an entire season since then. I’d say they’re doing just fine haters. Unless you’re a Steeler, Saints, or Packers fan, your team hasn’t won anything since 2007 either ;-)

  86. CKL says: Nov 22, 2011 1:11 PM

    spellingcops says:
    Nov 22, 2011 7:14 AM
    Not suggesting that it will be a loss for the Pats, but look at BB’s record vs the Broncos. He seems to struggle against them for whatever reason. Once again not saying they will lose, but it sure seems as if that game is getting overlooked a little too quickly.
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    He does, but I think that’s more of a Shanahan thing than it is a Broncos thing. It’s why I wouldn’t be shocked if they lost to Wash.

  87. CKL says: Nov 22, 2011 1:12 PM

    robertjamis says:
    Nov 22, 2011 4:27 AM
    This Pats team reminds me of a lot of the offense heavy Indianapolis Colts teams that were driven by Peyton Manning’s talent but couldn’t stop anyone and COULD be stopped in the big spot, with the right scheme. Brady is great, but this team can be stopped. I’ll be surprised if they win more than one playoff game.
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    That’s exactly what they were in 07. It’s taken years, but they are recovering from the spread shotgun finesse McDaniels O and have been running the ball with toughness a lot more since he’s gone. Once a team loses that toughness, it takes a while for it to come back. MC D’s offense is the devil. Last year was a jump but this year they’ve won some games they never would have if they were still that finesse. We’ll see.

    To the Colts fan whining bout running up the score: you have no clue and are letting your ignorance and hatred show. Bet you didn’t complain that much about the score when your Colts got whipped by the Saints. Nice agenda there, bud.

  88. gisellichek says: Nov 22, 2011 2:22 PM

    Are the Pats the best team in the AFC?… Not right now… Who is… ???

    Are the Pats going to make the Playoffs? Yes… Thanks to a very soft remaining schedule.

    Are the Pats going to win a playoff game… Maybe… Injuries are getting to be a problem.

    Are they going to win the Super Bowl… No…
    Does anyone think Green Bay isn’t going to win it all…

    In the meantime… 6 games left … let”s not wish away football season with playoff talk… I plan to enjoy the ride.

  89. pandebailey says: Nov 22, 2011 4:52 PM

    It was incredible how the Pats could bring home a hard-fought win over a team as capable as the KC Chiefs with a back-up QB! How do the Pats do it?

    Next they have the Eagles with a damaged (and bad when healthy) QB, The Colts with NO QB, the Rexskins, the Praying Tebows, and then the Harvard Bills? Wow, it will be amazing year if they can somehow struggle through that tough, tough CFL schedule.

  90. bcgreg says: Nov 23, 2011 9:51 AM

    @ trbowman

    It’s funny how people who haven’t played or coached the pro game (Tirico and Patriot haters) have a problem with the late TD, but guys who have coached or played in the NFL (Jaws and Gruden) say they have no problem with it. I’ve heard Jimmy Johnson, Bill Cowher, and Joe Gibbs say this too.

    Why? There is no such thing as running up the score in the NFL. Look who scored that last TD. Shane Vereen. It was Vereen’s first extended action of the year. Smart coaches work on things in game conditions regardless of the score. Don’t we always hear that you can’t simulate game speed? You put the backups in the game (Vereen is 3rd string, maybe 4th string behind Ridley) to see what they can do. You never know when BenJarvus or Woodhead might get hurt. Now we know that Vereen has the game speed (boy, he looked FAST!), and now, he has some confidence. Sorry, but smart coaching.

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