Nicholas Zakas' Personal Blog A deviation from my usual tech writing

21Dec/04Off

Ugh Ugh

The only thing worse than staying up to see a Monday Night game is to stay up to see the Patriots lose. Aside from the first series, where the Patriots went right down and scored a touchdown, they absolutely sucked. The only part of the game that was good? The running game. Corey Dillon and Kevin Faulk were absolutely awesome. Aside from them, everyone else was at fault for blowing an 11 point lead with four minutes left in the game. Want to pass the blame? Direct it here:

  • Tom Brady - 4 interceptions, his last two passes were interceptions.
  • The Offensive Line - at least two of Brady's interceptions were the fault of the offensive line for not giving him enough time. Jason Taylor was in Brady's face all night.
  • Charlie Weis - can he leave for Notre Dame now? The play calling was absolutely horrible. Miami has one of the worst run defenses in the league, and with four minutes left in the game, it was three pass plays. Is that how you kill the clock?
  • David Patten - ran out of bounds on a punt return with 2:03 left in the game. Three more seconds could've led to a better play choice.
  • Rodney Harrison - the pass interference call in the end zone was a killer. Miami scored on the next play.
  • Troy Brown - he didn't even turn around as the winning touchdown pass came in. He did put up his hands though...behind the Miami receiver.
  • Tom Brady - no, this isn't a cut-and-paste error. Brady cost his team the victory with his stupid flip pass when he should've taken the sack. That's why we rode Bledsoe out of town, pal.

All that being said, I'm not panicking yet. For the second time this year, the Patriots have shown that the only team that can beat them is the Patriots. Take away the mistakes and they roll. Hell, take away the mistakes in the fourth quarter and they roll. I'm hoping that Charlie Weis wakes up and realizes that when you have an all-pro running back, you need to use him to run out the clock.

No, I'm not panicking yet. I still believe that the Patriots are the best team in the league, but no team goes undefeated in a 16-game season. The time to start panicking is if they lose to the Jets next week. If that happens, the collective stomachs of all New England fans will churn, and there will be panic and mass hysteria. But then again, how can you be mad at a team that has already won two of the past three Super Bowls? And can you really count the Patriots out in the playoffs?

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