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Bill Belichick: Players showed a lot of toughness

GLENDALE, AZ - SEPTEMBER 11:  Head coach Bill Belichick of the New England Patriots walks off the field after the team's 23-21 victory over the Arizona Cardinals during the NFL game at University of Phoenix Stadium on September 11, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images) Getty Images

Chandler Catanzaro’s field goal with less than a minute to play sailed wide and the Patriots left Arizona as 23-21 winners on Sunday night in a game that saw them enter with a lot of missing pieces on offense.

Everyone knew quarterback Tom Brady, right tackle Sebastian Vollmer and running back Dion Lewis weren’t going to be in the lineup and they were joined on the missing in action list by tight end Rob Gronkowski, left tackle Nate Solder and guard Jonathan Cooper after what coach Bill Belichick called a “grinding week.” That wasn’t the ideal state of affairs for quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo’s first regular season start, but it was one that he and the entire team navigated well.

“Look, they competed hard. This is a good defense,” Belichick said, via WEEI.com. “They have some good players. We blocked them. Sometimes we had trouble blocking them, but we competed hard and made enough plays. We were able to control the ball at times. And other times not so well. Those guys, they fought them all the way. We fought them on all three phases. I thought we had great effort from our players. They showed a lot of toughness. Loud stadium, on the road. Good team. Super Bowl caliber team, at least that is what they are talking about. I mean, who knows? Good effort to come down here and win.”

The other three teams in the AFC East lost on Sunday, leaving the Patriots with an early lead in the division despite the difficult circumstances leading into Week One. Now they have three games at home before Brady is eligible to return, two of which are against the Dolphins and Bills. That gives them a chance to create separation in the division while they wait to get closer to full strength on offense, which would be a pretty good setup for another playoff run.

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  1. ampatsisahypocrite says: Sep 12, 2016 6:42 AM

    “Look, they competed hard. This is a good defense,” Belichick said, via WEEI.com. “They have some good players. We blocked them. Sometimes we had trouble blocking them, but we competed hard and made enough plays. We were able to control the ball at times. And other times not so well. Those guys, they fought them all the way. We fought them on all three phases. I thought we had great effort from our players. They showed a lot of toughness. Loud stadium, on the road. Good team. Super Bowl caliber team, at least that is what they are talking about. I mean, who knows? Good effort to come down here and win.”
    ___________________________________

    Translation: one system QB is as good as the next.

  2. 6ball says: Sep 12, 2016 6:54 AM

    .
    You know you’re watching a good game when the announcers seem to be enjoying themselves. Michaels and Collinsworth were downright giddy throughout.

    Both teams acquitted themselves well. However, the Patriots offensive line deserves the most praise. When they announced Fleming, Thuney, Andrews, Karras and Cannon as starters, even the most ardent Patriots supporters were visibly shaken. However, they were able to hold the fort against a very impressive Cardinals team whose fans should be optimistic about their teams tenacity.
    .

  3. otheirony says: Sep 12, 2016 6:55 AM

    Death. Taxes. Patriots division champs. To borrow a phrase,
    Better football. For better people.

    Go Pats!!

  4. dj5501 says: Sep 12, 2016 7:01 AM

    the proof is there all you need to do is open your eyes. BB is the best to ever put that head set on

  5. grogansheroes says: Sep 12, 2016 7:03 AM

    Meanwhile, back on Park Avenue, a certain person in his Jets footie pj’s, head goes boom!

  6. rootpain says: Sep 12, 2016 7:45 AM

    They played well. They caught some breaks. They deserved the win. Next.

  7. weepingjebus says: Sep 12, 2016 7:47 AM

    Always a pleasure to watch guys like Edelman hurl themselves into oncoming tackles. The Cardinals have a great team but it took them a half just to figure out the Patriots weren’t there to roll over. And, of course, the haters are already retreating to their “Brady just a system QB” and “omg QB controversy” defensive positions. Adorable.

  8. nhpats says: Sep 12, 2016 7:51 AM

    All is right with the world.

  9. davedsone says: Sep 12, 2016 7:51 AM

    This is the one I thought we had a good chance of losing, even before Nink got suspended and Gronk was out. Offense looked ok, but the defense played well up until the last bit there. That was a nail biter.

  10. randy8123 says: Sep 12, 2016 7:52 AM

    Scarnecchia should get that game ball.

  11. kissbillsrings says: Sep 12, 2016 7:52 AM

    How SWEEEEEEETit is!!!

  12. bonitalocal says: Sep 12, 2016 8:02 AM

    I’m liking our receivers!
    Chris Hogan looks quick.
    ….and when Gronk gets back, (not to mention Brady), how will anyone stop them? (Rhetorical….they won’t.)

  13. sportzfan says: Sep 12, 2016 8:09 AM

    you forgot Rob Ninkovich

  14. mswravens says: Sep 12, 2016 8:10 AM

    Hey Belicheat – YOU LOST!!! Just like Broncos…you didnt deserve to win…the other team’s kicker beat the other team. The New England Cheaters sure didnt.

  15. brettfavrecellphone says: Sep 12, 2016 8:11 AM

    Oh the jealousy this morning…

  16. LyinRogerMustGo says: Sep 12, 2016 8:12 AM

    Good morning Patriot Hater🙂 Sleep well last night?

    Oh you must be livid today. Tell us about it!
    🙂

  17. davebarnes21 says: Sep 12, 2016 8:15 AM

    ya they did!

  18. goattoday says: Sep 12, 2016 8:16 AM

    “The other three teams in the AFC East lost on Sunday, leaving the Patriots with an early lead in the division despite the difficult circumstances leading into Week One. ”

    This is the ace-in-the-hole, a weak division that bails the Pats out if they have a bad game.

  19. keywestallyear says: Sep 12, 2016 8:19 AM

    No Brady. No Gronk. No Lewis. Two Backup Offensive Tackles. Two Rookie Offensive Guards. An Undrafted Rookie Center. On The Road In PrimeTime Against A Trendy NFC Superbowl Contender. The Pats Aren’t My Team……….But They Are Unreal. Brady Misses Three More Games, All Home Games, Two Against Division Opponents. Dolphins/Bills/Jets…….Don’t Blow Your Shot To Jump On Them While God Is Sitting……..Because He Will Be A Man Possessed When He Comes Back. What A Machine!!!!

  20. tigerlilac says: Sep 12, 2016 8:24 AM

    Great game. Well played. Quarterbacks played well. Well coached.

    Great to see Fitzgerald at his best and also great to see the new Patriots play so well.

  21. grogan537 says: Sep 12, 2016 8:31 AM

    Great game. Great weekend of football.

  22. TB12RALLYCRY says: Sep 12, 2016 8:47 AM

    Great team win…….with the rest of the division losing the weekend couldnt have gone better…..

  23. piratefreedom says: Sep 12, 2016 8:49 AM

    It’s good to be king.

  24. nflfan1 says: Sep 12, 2016 8:54 AM

    Colts, Bills, Jets and Dolphins lose. Pats win. All is right in the league for week one.

  25. getyourownname says: Sep 12, 2016 8:56 AM

    Historically weak division.

  26. ocgunslinger says: Sep 12, 2016 9:02 AM

    OK…..to the haters how did the Patriots cheat? Must be the Belichick Jedi mind control.

  27. spotsdad says: Sep 12, 2016 9:10 AM

    Smelling salts are selling like hotcakes.

  28. 12coltsfan12 says: Sep 12, 2016 9:24 AM

    tell me that these Pats aren’t up to something new! No way they can go into AZ missing all those guys and still win!

    sincerely,

    a whiney crybaby Pats hater😥

  29. chesswhileyouplaycheckers says: Sep 12, 2016 9:34 AM

    “The other three teams in the AFC East lost on Sunday, leaving the Patriots with an early lead in the division…”

    And how does that make you feel trolls?
    There are ‘complimentary’ Goodell tissue boxes on the table to your right as you leave.

  30. streetyson says: Sep 12, 2016 9:38 AM

    Lot of haters are gonna rant their infantile nonsense extra hard today because deep down they’re embarrassed that they had to sleep with their mommies after the Sunday night result.

  31. tim8450 says: Sep 12, 2016 9:41 AM

    The Cardinals have a lot of talent, they were in the superbowl hunt last year right up until Palmer injured his hand.

    Haters complaining about fictional “cheating” but the Pats are so well coached… even the rookies, backups and new players forced into action seemed prepared. Jimmy G seemed to have complete command of the playbook. Pats fans are truly fortunate.

    What a fantastic coaching job and team effort. Patriots fans slept really well last night.

  32. buckyfan1965 says: Sep 12, 2016 9:44 AM

    Love him or hate him there is no better coach. To beat an AZ team on the road with a rookie QB, no Gronk, backup tackles is very impressive. Arians is good but you can tell just not at the same level. His team was not prepared.

  33. egbrady says: Sep 12, 2016 9:45 AM

    It was nice to hear Michaels and Collinsworth heap some well deserved scorn on the NFL’s Deflategate actions.

  34. truthprofessor says: Sep 12, 2016 9:46 AM

    That game must have left Goodell in tears. His parity-enforcement plan seems doomed to fail.

  35. tim8450 says: Sep 12, 2016 9:49 AM

    ampatsisahypocrite says:
    Sep 12, 2016 6:42 AM

    Translation: one system QB is as good as the next.

    ===========

    Wow, I guess haters can always take solice in insulting the Greatest QB of all time after a game where he doesn’t even play and his 9.5 point underdog team rallies to beat a superbowl favorite on the road on opening day… but that is probably not going to help you sleep any better tonight.

    Patriots nation slept pretty well last night. How did your team do?

  36. jackedupboonie says: Sep 12, 2016 9:50 AM

    Cardinals are back to their normal and rightful place…..tied for last

  37. pourman says: Sep 12, 2016 9:52 AM

    Not at all a fan, but that is an impressive win. Tip o’ the cap.

  38. gisellichek says: Sep 12, 2016 9:56 AM

    God… I am so happy football is back!!

  39. patsrule59 says: Sep 12, 2016 9:59 AM

    Great win. The only real negative I see is the human turnstile that is Marcus Cannon.

    Seriously, Cannon almost single handedly lost that game last night.

    – got beat like a drum on the strip sack, leading to an AZ touchdown

    – called for holding to negate the PI in the endzone that would have given the Pats a first-and-goal at the 1 yard line. Result: had to settle for a field goal.

    – got beat again for another sack that put the Pats in a hole that fortunately, they managed to dig their way out of, on that last FG drive

    Seriously, this guy is brutal.

  40. qbarrel says: Sep 12, 2016 9:59 AM

    getyourownname says:
    Sep 12, 2016 8:56 AM
    Historically weak division.

    —————–

    I agree that the NFC West is historically weak, but a few of the teams are pretty decent now, if not a tad overrated.

  41. plum54 says: Sep 12, 2016 9:59 AM

    TB rally add to your list the Colts losing! Plus Don’t forget the Red Sox are in first place!! Yes, it’s great to be a NE sports fan!!
    Go Sox!
    Go Pats!!

  42. Troll Destroyer says: Sep 12, 2016 10:00 AM

    mswravens says:
    Sep 12, 2016 8:10 AM
    Hey Belicheat – YOU LOST!!! Just like Broncos…you didnt deserve to win…the other team’s kicker beat the other team. The New England Cheaters sure didnt.

    —–

    Yes, let the hate flow through you…

  43. flash1287 says: Sep 12, 2016 10:00 AM

    ampatsisahypocrite says:
    Sep 12, 2016 6:42 AM
    “Look, they competed hard. This is a good defense,” Belichick said, via WEEI.com. “They have some good players. We blocked them. Sometimes we had trouble blocking them, but we competed hard and made enough plays. We were able to control the ball at times. And other times not so well. Those guys, they fought them all the way. We fought them on all three phases. I thought we had great effort from our players. They showed a lot of toughness. Loud stadium, on the road. Good team. Super Bowl caliber team, at least that is what they are talking about. I mean, who knows? Good effort to come down here and win.”
    ___________________________________

    Translation: one system QB is as good as the next.

    Translation: I’m a moron

    I guess by your lame Lviv the QB for your team is a “system QB” (whatever that is) didn’t the Steelers go 3-1 in 2010 when Ben was suspended 4 games?

  44. laukkanen5 says: Sep 12, 2016 10:04 AM

    i love these Patriots haters, so pathetic

    as a steelers fan, i love them. only watch the Steelers and patriots..

    they are a machine…must be hard knowing they will be great next 12-15 years if they can keep Jimmy G…meanwhile in Cleveland……

  45. patsrule59 says: Sep 12, 2016 10:07 AM

    “Translation: one system QB is as good as the next”

    – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –

    Oh, those delicious tears!

  46. ampatsisahypocrite says: Sep 12, 2016 10:07 AM

    You don’t get this, do you?

    Either Brady is the Greatest Ever as you claim or he’s not. If he’s the Greatest Ever, then the drop off at QB should be so great in his absence, the offense shouldn’t be half as effective.

    Jimmy G., 106.1 QB rating. Easily rivaling Brady’s best.

    While you’re all busy pounding your chests, the GOAT myth fades away into the desert sunset. And Brady is exposed as just another system QB in the Belichick machine.

    Look upon the truth, and weep as I taste your tears…

  47. Troll Destroyer says: Sep 12, 2016 10:08 AM

    getyourownname says:
    Sep 12, 2016 8:56 AM
    Historically weak division.

    —–

    Historically weak trolling

  48. superpatriotsfan says: Sep 12, 2016 10:13 AM

    Funny how people like LyinRogerMustGo live on these boards. Nothing to do in NE?

  49. osiris33 (bandwagon since 1976) says: Sep 12, 2016 10:14 AM

    This game will look a lot less impressive by mid-season when it’s obvious how soft the Cardinals are, especially on defense. They can’t cover, tackle poorly and still lack a significant pass rush. Their $42 million dollar slot corner didn’t make a play, and they got run over in the running game.

    The Pats beat a poorly coached 8-8 team yesterday, nothing more.

  50. osiris33 (bandwagon since 1976) says: Sep 12, 2016 10:16 AM

    bonitalocal says:

    ….and when Gronk gets back, (not to mention Brady), how will anyone stop them?
    ——————————————————————-
    Play them in cold weather with fully inflated footballs?

  51. patsnair says: Sep 12, 2016 10:17 AM

    “The other three teams in the AFC East lost on Sunday, leaving the Patriots with an early lead in the division.”

    We are back to reality !

  52. packers2213 says: Sep 12, 2016 10:30 AM

    Amendola had a great game. For the past two years he’s underperformed to his ability but with Hogan in the mix and Edelman getting the #1 attention, he’ll get his looks. Looked like he did years back in a Rams uniform!

  53. unoduotres says: Sep 12, 2016 10:41 AM

    WEEK 1 NFL HEADLINES:

    Colts Lose! Jets Lose! Bills Lose! Dolphins Lose! Pats Win !

    Roger G Soils His Pants!!!

  54. MiamiDolphinsNationTravelingtoNewEngland says: Sep 12, 2016 10:43 AM

    I look forward to seeing my Patriot Pals this Sunday at the Capriottis.😉

  55. daddeeo says: Sep 12, 2016 10:51 AM

    It’s a win. Can’t say that we held defensively, when we really needed to, but the job got done. Just enough.

    Onto the fish…

  56. Mo Pro Babble says: Sep 12, 2016 10:52 AM

    mswravens says:
    Sep 12, 2016 8:10 AM
    Hey Belicheat – YOU LOST!!! Just like Broncos…you didnt deserve to win…the other team’s kicker beat the other team. The New England Cheaters sure didnt.

    And this matters why?

    They won, you and all your ilk look sillier (assuming that’s possible) with each impotent attempt at explaining why NE isn’t as good as their record indicates.

    Who was it that said, you are what your record says you are.
    1-0, leading the division.

  57. Mo Pro Babble says: Sep 12, 2016 10:53 AM

    superpatriotsfan says:
    Sep 12, 2016 10:13 AM
    Funny how people like LyinRogerMustGo live on these boards. Nothing to do in NE?

    And you don’t see the irony?

    We have nothing to do but read these posts and enjoy a glorious Monday morning in a region where championships are expected and frequently delivered.

  58. Mo Pro Babble says: Sep 12, 2016 10:55 AM

    osiris33 (bandwagon since 1976) says:
    Sep 12, 2016 10:16 AM
    bonitalocal says:

    ….and when Gronk gets back, (not to mention Brady), how will anyone stop them?
    ——————————————————————-
    Play them in cold weather with fully inflated footballs?

    Ask Indy how that worked out in the 2014 AFCCG. A total beatdown, that’s how.

  59. Mo Pro Babble says: Sep 12, 2016 10:57 AM

    osiris33 (bandwagon since 1976) says:
    Sep 12, 2016 10:14 AM
    This game will look a lot less impressive by mid-season when it’s obvious how soft the Cardinals are, especially on defense. They can’t cover, tackle poorly and still lack a significant pass rush. Their $42 million dollar slot corner didn’t make a play, and they got run over in the running game.

    The Pats beat a poorly coached 8-8 team yesterday, nothing more.

    But wait! Bruce Arians is the new coaching icon! Arizona was going to the Super Bowl! Now way Pats will beat AZ at home!

    That’s what we heard last week. Now we’re into revisionist history.

    Just what was expected, and appreciated🙂

  60. nhpats says: Sep 12, 2016 10:59 AM

    osiris33 (bandwagon since 1976) says:
    Sep 12, 2016 10:14 AM
    This game will look a lot less impressive by mid-season when it’s obvious how soft the Cardinals are, especially on defense. They can’t cover, tackle poorly and still lack a significant pass rush. Their $42 million dollar slot corner didn’t make a play, and they got run over in the running game.

    The Pats beat a poorly coached 8-8 team yesterday, nothing more.

    ———
    And the Seahawks eked out 12 points and almost lost to a 3-13 team yesterday.

  61. chesswhileyouplaycheckers says: Sep 12, 2016 11:00 AM

    osiris33 (bandwagon since 1976) says:
    Sep 12, 2016 10:14 AM
    This game will look a lot less impressive by mid-season when it’s obvious how soft the Cardinals are, especially on defense. They can’t cover, tackle poorly and still lack a significant pass rush. Their $42 million dollar slot corner didn’t make a play, and they got run over in the running game.

    The Pats beat a poorly coached 8-8 team yesterday, nothing more.
    ————————–

    Says the 12 whose team squeaked by the mighty ‘Phins by 2 at home yesterday.

  62. nhpats says: Sep 12, 2016 11:01 AM

    ampatsisahypocrite says:
    Sep 12, 2016 10:07 AM
    You don’t get this, do you?

    Either Brady is the Greatest Ever as you claim or he’s not. If he’s the Greatest Ever, then the drop off at QB should be so great in his absence, the offense shouldn’t be half as effective.

    Jimmy G., 106.1 QB rating. Easily rivaling Brady’s best.

    While you’re all busy pounding your chests, the GOAT myth fades away into the desert sunset. And Brady is exposed as just another system QB in the Belichick machine.

    Look upon the truth, and weep as I taste your tears…

    ————–
    You trolls need to make up your minds. First you claim that BB never amounted to anything without Brady and that the Pats will once again stink when Brady retires. Now you claim Brady is just a system QB and would not have thrived without BB.

    Which is it troll?

  63. Mo Pro Babble says: Sep 12, 2016 11:02 AM

    ampatsisahypocrite says:
    Sep 12, 2016 10:07 AM
    You don’t get this, do you?

    Either Brady is the Greatest Ever as you claim or he’s not. If he’s the Greatest Ever, then the drop off at QB should be so great in his absence, the offense shouldn’t be half as effective.

    Jimmy G., 106.1 QB rating. Easily rivaling Brady’s best.

    While you’re all busy pounding your chests, the GOAT myth fades away into the desert sunset. And Brady is exposed as just another system QB in the Belichick machine.

    Look upon the truth, and weep as I taste your tears…

    Someone sure don’t get it. Let me sort you out.
    Pats win, you lose while looking more foolish as you desperately try to throw together some wild rationale to assuage your feelings of hopelessness.

    The only truth is the scoreboard young son.

  64. packers2213 says: Sep 12, 2016 11:07 AM

    ampatsisahypocrite says:
    Sep 12, 2016 10:07 AM
    You don’t get this, do you?

    Either Brady is the Greatest Ever as you claim or he’s not. If he’s the Greatest Ever, then the drop off at QB should be so great in his absence, the offense shouldn’t be half as effective.

    Jimmy G., 106.1 QB rating. Easily rivaling Brady’s best.

    While you’re all busy pounding your chests, the GOAT myth fades away into the desert sunset. And Brady is exposed as just another system QB in the Belichick machine.

    Look upon the truth, and weep as I taste your tears…

    ________________________________________

    Easily rivaling Brady’s best? Tom Brady has two perfect QB rating games… Perfect is 158.3

  65. xxsweepthelegxx says: Sep 12, 2016 11:13 AM

    getyourownname says:
    Sep 12, 2016 8:56 AM

    Historically weak division.
    —————–
    Enlighten me….please tell me the ‘tough’ divisions then and then report back to me how the Pats have fared against those tougher teams.

    I wont wait, because you wont answer. Like the 2015 NFL PSI collection, you’ll probably go look up their records against Steelers, Ravens, etc…realize they have a winning record and then decide NOT to share your results because they don’t back up your claim.

    Statically, the NFC East and AFC North have been the best divisions over the years, and the Pats seem to do pretty well against the ‘tough’ division opponents.

    Conclusion….maybe…..just maybe….the Pats are a good, well coached team.

  66. twinfan24 says: Sep 12, 2016 11:17 AM

    In the early years of the Patriots success, Belichick had a reputation of being able to scheme to stop the other team, and the offense did enough. Later on, they turned into more of a high powered offense, and the defense would hope to do enough. If the defense is truly back to the level of being able to bottle up good teams, and the offense is still strong, they will be tough to beat this year.

  67. orrnumberfour says: Sep 12, 2016 11:18 AM

    Patriot haters have got to be some of the dumbest people on the planet. Correction – THE dumbest.

    You all should just hang signs around your necks that reads:

    “I hate the New England Patriots, and I don’t have any actual knowledge of the game of professional football.”

  68. MichaelEdits says: Sep 12, 2016 11:21 AM

    Jimmy Garoppolo may very well be as good as he looked last night, but then again, this is the same team that made Matt Cassel look like an all-pro. Let’s not anoint the man just yet.

  69. orrnumberfour says: Sep 12, 2016 11:21 AM

    Poor Roger Goodell and the petty jealous owners whose dirty work he does. All their criminal plans to steal draft picks and impose unjust suspensions on the Patriots seem to be going up in flames.

    Roger, all of New England is laughing their asses off at you. Keep cashing those big checks, buddy. That’s OK. But know in your heart that NOBODY RESPECTS YOU. You are a complete JOKE.

  70. TheCakeIsALie says: Sep 12, 2016 11:26 AM

    “we’re onto Miami”

  71. tedmurph says: Sep 12, 2016 11:31 AM

    If a team wins a FB game with their backup QB, it means the backup is every bit as good as the starter. Another fantastic theory from the Albert Einstein of FB.

  72. 345snarkavenue says: Sep 12, 2016 11:52 AM

    about that excerpt from the Goodell interview that they showed last night…..looked like Roger hasn’t slept in….I don’t know…..20 months.

    probably didn’t sleep last night either.

  73. docsmith54 says: Sep 12, 2016 11:57 AM

    “In the interest of competitive fairness, and because it looks like four-game suspensions (levied because I simply can), OL and TE losses are not enough to make the Patriots and its fans suffer, I have decided to extend Tom Brady’s suspension until Jimmy Garoppolo ‘gets it’ and loses games he shouldn’t win. The number of extra games depends on the Patriots’ records after Week 4 – but not to exceed 4 additional games.” – RG (not III).

  74. superpatriotsfan says: Sep 12, 2016 11:58 AM

    Mo Pro Babble says:
    Sep 12, 2016 10:53 AM

    And you don’t see the irony?

    We have nothing to do but read these posts and enjoy a glorious Monday morning in a region where championships are expected and frequently delivered.

    So you admit you are just a fedora wearing neckbeard who sits in your mom’s basement gloating about other people’s success? Enjoy it for now keyboard warrior.

  75. inbillwetrust says: Sep 12, 2016 11:58 AM

    Translation: one system QB is as good as the next.

    Translation: I am an idiot.

    Jimmy G was great but Tom Brady would have stepped on the Cardinals throats in the 1st Half. Game Over.

  76. superpatriotsfan says: Sep 12, 2016 11:59 AM

    ITT: Pats fans gloating about a week 1 win. Remember they said last year they were going to win the SB after week 1? Don’t you need to be in the SB to win that game?

  77. 345snarkavenue says: Sep 12, 2016 12:02 PM

    getyourownname says:
    Sep 12, 2016 8:56 AM

    Historically weak division
    ————

    you know, after a while it gets tiring trying to educate those that don’t want to learn. But sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do. So:

    In the AFC, the three bottom teams in each division played a total of 252 games against the other 3 divisions in that 14 year span. Their total wins are:

    East – 118
    North – 113
    West – 110
    South – 104

    Since the Pats did no worse than tie for the best record in their division during that span, those 118 wins are Miami, Buffalo and the Jets have done against those other divisions.

    In fact, in 2008 when the Bills were the only team in the division with a losing record at 7-9, they went 0-6 within the East but 7-3 against all other opponents, including 5-1 against the AFC North, South and West

  78. chesswhileyouplaycheckers says: Sep 12, 2016 12:05 PM

    getyourownname says:
    Sep 12, 2016 8:56 AM
    Historically weak division.
    ———————–

    The AFCE is historically weak? Time to quit listening to the talking heads and actually look at some facts. The AFCE was the winningest division in football again last year. All divisions finish 12-12 against themselves so the measure of one division’s strength vs another’s is avg wins per team. Here they are by division for the last 10 years:
    AFCE 8.45
    AFCN 8.28
    NFCE 8.08
    NFCN 8.08
    NFCS 8.03
    AFCS 7.63
    AFCW 7.63
    NFCW 7.63

    Fun Fact: In 6 games NE lost as many games in division (2) each of the last 3 years as they did in 10 to the rest of the league.

    Fun Fact 2: In the Brady/Belichick era NE has a .769 win % in division and a near identical .756 outside of it.

    Fun Fact 3: NE would be better off in the AFCN where in spite of only playing the 1st place team 2 out of every 3 years they enjoy a winning % of .800.

  79. whispersd says: Sep 12, 2016 12:10 PM

    Either Brady is the Greatest Ever as you claim or he’s not. If he’s the Greatest Ever, then the drop off at QB should be so great in his absence, the offense shouldn’t be half as effective.

    Try that argument with the Montana-Young 49ers, or the Favre-Rodgers Packers.

  80. bencoates57 says: Sep 12, 2016 12:19 PM

    Forget the weak division comments. That Miami D looked scary and they’re coming to town with Suh, M. Williams, and Wake on the same line. Good God. And the Bills and Jets also played tough opponents on the road. Cincinnati is a difficult place to play, as the Pats know from their last loss there, and if the Ravens have returned to for (we don’t know yet), then the Bills 13-7 loss looks heroic. This division is going to rock this year.

  81. tim8450 says: Sep 12, 2016 12:23 PM

    Miami played seattle tough on the road, Jets played Bengals tough, three of these four teams are considered playoff conenders. I mean, they’re not the Patriots but they played respectfully the first weekend. How many other teams would play seattle that tough in seattle on opening weekend?

    and for Seattle fans, I hope carrol has a good backup QB plan, like the Pats, and unlike MN or Indy.

  82. bencoates57 says: Sep 12, 2016 12:23 PM

    The last time the Patriots won the SB, they started 0-1 while their division rivals all won their first game.

    I’d like to see what the Patriots do with a head start.

  83. williamshatnerstoupee says: Sep 12, 2016 12:51 PM

    Judging by the majority of the comments, the Super Bowl has already been decided. In Week One.

  84. bigbear331313 says: Sep 12, 2016 3:58 PM

    ocgunslinger says:
    Sep 12, 2016 9:02 AM

    OK…..to the haters how did the Patriots cheat? Must be the Belichick Jedi mind control.
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    TB12’s helmet didn’t have a sticker on it! That’s how!

    How are other teams supposed to compete with puffs of air, warm Gatorade and MISSING STICKERS!

  85. patsfan4lifesbchamps says: Sep 12, 2016 4:34 PM

    ampatsisahypocrite says:
    Sep 12, 2016 6:42 AM

    Translation: one system QB is as good as the next.

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    You are obviously trolling. No way Brady finishes that game with backups at o line against that d line. Jimmy G. showed great mobility, arm strength, and toughness. No way Brady can match that.

  86. YouCryin?PatsMustBeDoingTheirJob says: Sep 12, 2016 6:00 PM

    superpatriotsfan says:
    Sep 12, 2016 10:13 AM

    Funny how people like LyinRogerMustGo live on these boards. Nothing to do in NE?
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    Hmmm…. that’s pretty rich. By the look of your user name and your attendance on Patriot articles, I’m guessing she left you a long time ago. Like many others close to you. I hope you don’t have any pets.

  87. factpurveyor says: Sep 12, 2016 6:23 PM

    mswravens says:
    Sep 12, 2016 8:10 AM

    you didnt deserve to win…the other team’s kicker beat the other team.

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    Extremely confident that silly troll would not be posting that the Cardinals didn’t deserve the win if Gostkowski had missed a kick near the end of the game that allowed the Cardinals to win.

  88. chesswhileyouplaycheckers says: Sep 12, 2016 8:10 PM

    MiamiDolphinsNationTravelingtoNewEngland says:
    Sep 12, 2016 10:43 AM
    I look forward to seeing my Patriot Pals this Sunday at the Capriottis.
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    That’s great chipster, have Mom swing you by TJ’s after the game. I will be the guy in the well worn Hannah jersey. I’d love to say hello but stadium security would frown on our greeting each other in my seating section.

  89. sportschatterdotco says: Sep 12, 2016 8:24 PM

    mswravens says:
    Sep 12, 2016 8:10 AM
    Hey Belicheat – YOU LOST!!! Just like Broncos…you didnt deserve to win…the other team’s kicker beat the other team. The New England Cheaters sure didnt.

    8 317
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    I gave you a like cuz it seems like you’re having a bad day

  90. ibillwt says: Sep 12, 2016 8:46 PM

    You know, in a way our boys do cheat – Belichick as GM/coach is an unfair advantage. Wonder what the next new, special rule will be to establish parity?

  91. ampatsisahypocrite says: Sep 12, 2016 8:59 PM

    Translation: one system QB is as good as the next.

    Translation: I’m a moron

    I guess by your lame Lviv the QB for your team is a “system QB” (whatever that is) didn’t the Steelers go 3-1 in 2010 when Ben was suspended 4 games?
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    Translation: I don’t have a clue.

    That’s just foolish. The Steelers won in SPITE of Dennis Dixon and his lame 79 ratings… meanwhile Jimmy G. put up a sizzling 106 QBR. The drop-off at the position when Ben was out was painful. Not so last night. The QB position for the Pats was comparable to any of Brady’s best games.

  92. frpsr says: Sep 13, 2016 9:52 AM

    It seems true then .
    The real skinny , or scuttlebutt , circling the rumour drain , of the two best , current , athletes at the Quarterback position in the AFCE are playing for the NE Patriots . Wot ? !
    While this puts the teeth in those “silly” narratives composed in deep collusion , collaboration , and conspiratorial true confessions , it also proves there is the will , and the need , to be immediately examined for further investigations .
    Proving conclusively that it is more reasonable than not , to effectively drop a bucket of cash on some lucky investigative outfit that is more entrepreneurial in design than usual .
    Oh the irony …

  93. jackodn says: Sep 13, 2016 11:33 AM

    Division games are always tough, and the other clubs in the AFCE played tough this week, so I wish people would stop assuming the Pats are going to steamroll the next three games.

    Great win in AZ, totally did not expect it. But let’s keep our feet on the ground – one game at a time.

  94. harrisonhits2 says: Sep 13, 2016 3:27 PM

    “Either Brady is the Greatest Ever as you claim or he’s not. If he’s the Greatest Ever, then the drop off at QB should be so great in his absence, the offense shouldn’t be half as effective.”

    Lol wrong.

    Just because Brady is fantastic doesn’t mean that Garrappollo can’t be a competent QB. He’s in his 3rd year in the system and should very much have been ready to go.

    And if Brady had been in there the Pats would most likely have scored 35-45 given the way the game went. The offensive gameplan was more conservative with Garrappollo and reminds me of how they managed Brady his first 4 or 5 years in the league.

    We’ll see how Garrappollo continues to perform. Its one good game so am not going to call him the 2nd coming of Brady just yet, but I think he’s at the very least a good, mid level NFL QB and quite possibly much better than that. And wouldn’t the poor haters just love that if he really is a great QB. Then their whole “Pats are finished once Brady retires thing” is not the case.

  95. bassicdave says: Sep 13, 2016 5:40 PM

    osiris33 (bandwagon since 1976) says:
    Sep 12, 2016 10:16 AM

    bonitalocal says:

    ….and when Gronk gets back, (not to mention Brady), how will anyone stop them?
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    Play them in cold weather with fully inflated footballs?

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    Project much? There is no better team in ice and snow than the Pats.

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