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  1. New England (-9.5) at NY Jets (10-15-17)

    Definitely a better angle than what I had previously seen and you're spot on, what a tough scenario.
  2. New England (-9.5) at NY Jets (10-15-17)

    This all would be fine and normal IF the replay showed enough "irrefutable evidence" to overturn the call. Even as a Pats fan, I have to admit, I don't know what they saw on replay that made it so definitive. The fact that it was called a catch, and a TD, on the field, makes it hard to overturn that. I don't know. Not complaining mind you... and I don't think the Patriots would have lost this game if the TD had stood. But, if I'm being objective, the issue isn't the call, the issue is that they seemed to overturn it on shaky visual evidence.
  3. Dwayne Allen and Phillip Dorsett

    Dorsett gets a little bit of a pass since he was traded so late in camp. We've also been hearing for years that for receivers, NE's system is very difficult to pick up. So I'll give him some time before passing any sort of judgment. Allen, on the other hand, has been here for an offseason, and has not been a part of their passing game at all. He's (supposedly, I can't say honestly I watch with this level of detail) been OK as a blocker, though. I don't think you're going to see much change there. If it hasn't gotten it by now, he probably won't.
  4. Panthers v.s. Patriots

    I have no idea why they didn't lean harder on Martin during that game... he was ripping off what seemed like 5-7 yard runs every carry!
  5. Panthers v.s. Patriots

    I think a lot of people were pulling for Grogan to start in that one. He had filled in admirably for Eason during the regular season and was a much tougher, old-school type of guy. If I remember right he did come in part way through the game but by then it was over. I think you're right though, I don't think it would have mattered who started that one! The '85 Bears were an historically good D, they weren't gonna lose that game to anyone...
  6. Cam Newton - Sexist

    This is why you're the best, even if we disagree three hours at a time on Sundays.
  7. Panthers v.s. Patriots

    I remember it well. It was the first win in the old Orange Bowl stadium in like 20 years or something.
  8. Panthers v.s. Patriots

    That one toward the end where he got bent forward at the waist was terrifying. I'm 45 now and if that happened to me, I'd still be lying there. As for the Sox, I don't actually like their chances in the postseason a whole lot. They have a lot of guys in the rotation who hold up well during the 162 game schedule but who are notoriously bad in the post-season! Even Sale didn't look great yesterday from what I saw. It's all about pitching this time of year, you know?
  9. Cam Newton - Sexist

    This, a thousand times over. I'm tired of hearing people tag anything they disagree with as PC. It's not about being PC. It's about being better, as a society. It's about being respectful to people regardless of their gender, race, or ethnicity. Just because we're evolving as humans, and as a society, doesn't mean that it's happening because of some conscious effort to avoid offending someone's sensibilities. It's happening because it's simply the right thing to do. Newton still has a lot of growing up to do. And he is quite possibly the most outwardly narcissistic player in the NFL. It was right for him to apologize, but I would guess that he was advised strongly to do it, and wonder - left on his own - if he would have anyway.
  10. Panthers v.s. Patriots

    Rivalries, I'd say. They didn't want to break up the East completely. I do remember those days all too well, lol... I'm 45, so I was around for the Hugh Millen Years. Actually I remember the '85 team very well. Cinderella story, I think at the time they were the first team to win three road playoff games on route to the Super Bowl. Then they got killed, lol...
  11. Panthers v.s. Patriots

    Last night wasn't perfect but it was definitely better. Most of the yards Winston piled up came when they were in comeback mode. Pats played a lot of zone and tried to keep it simple. That looked a lot more like the "don't give up the big play, make them execute and march downfield" Patriots defense that we're more used to. Gilmore did redeem himself a bit last night. Made some nice plays on Mike Evans. Far from great, but definitely a step in the right direction.
  12. Panthers v.s. Patriots

    What's weird is that they signed Gilmore without ever having him in to speak with him. He's obviously talented, but I wonder if he's got what it takes "between the ears." The rest of the secondary (Butler, McCourty, Chung, and Harmon for the most part) are all hold-overs. There's no one new to the team besides Gilmore. So it's hard to look elsewhere. We'll see if Belichick and Patricia get this sorted out. I'm sure it'll improve, and you don't want to be playing your best defense of the season in early October, but it's been so historically bad it's tough to keep your finger off the panic button!
  13. Panthers v.s. Patriots

    Was totally joking with my response before, sorry... the secondary is so bad, it's difficult to focus on any other areas of the team. They've actually been pretty good with their RBs. Gillislee has been dependable and has a little more burst than Blount. White plays a ton of snaps as the passing back, to a point where Lewis only gets about a half dozen snaps a game, and Rex Burkhead's been injured since week 2. The offense has been very good, Brady's been mostly sharp... it's really come down to poor secondary play, and breakdowns in pass protection at times. The plays that the Panthers and other teams have made on NE have been guys who were often totally uncovered due to communication breakdowns.
  14. Panthers v.s. Patriots

    REALLY dumb penalties on Gilmore yesterday. One was on Carolina's game-winning drive and I think the other was also a 3rd down. They're having massive communication issues back there. Seeing some of the stories and shows today showing the highlights (really "lowlights" would be more fitting)... it's really bad! All kinds of breakdowns. I don't know if they're not coaching it up right, or if guys aren't listening, or if guys are "un-coachable" in some sense. I really don't.
  15. Panthers v.s. Patriots

    Allen and Dorsett have been pretty invisible... I think Allen's getting snaps in the two TE set, but he seems to be out there exclusively as a blocker at this point. He's only had a few passes come his way in weeks 1-4 and at least a couple of them were poor throws. Dorsett hasn't made any noticeable impact one way or another. If the problem in the secondary was guys getting beat in one-on-one matchups, that would be one thing. But they're not... guys are running free. They have coverage breakdowns left and right. Butler has not looked very good individually, getting torched on a few plays yesterday and in prior weeks. The pass rush actually hasn't been THAT awful... Trey Flowers is getting consistent pressure, and the rookie DE they have (Deitrich Wise) has looked really great. Wise actually would have had a sack to end the Panthers' game-winning drive yesterday if Stephon Gilmore didn't get hit with a hands-to-the-face penalty on the play. The Patriots would have gotten the ball back, tied up, with about 2:00 left. Either way though, pass rush or not, they've been so bad in the secondary I'm not sure that it really matters.