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(Preseason) Week 1: Jacksonville Jaguars 31, New England Patriots 24 (0-1) (Thursday, August 10, 2017)

The Super Bowl Champs are back in business! :)

Even though preseason games are glorified scrimmages and the points don't matter, you can learn things about your team. For instance, back=up quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo looked pretty sharp even though he was throwing to second-stringers, as the starters didn't start. Tom had to look pretty on the sidelines. :)

So the offense was pretty good but the defense gave up three long bombs. Again, second-string, but these guys are trying to make the team. Special teams was so-so. Once again kicker Stephen Gostkowski has the yips!

When Jimmy G. left the game (after a spectacular circus TD catch by rookie Austin Carr), third-string quarterback Jacoby Brisett took over. He's still sailing balls over people's heads and has poor touch, but he's good in other areas. Still needs lots of work!

Six years ago, Bill Belichick initiated joint practice with a team (1 out of 4) they would face in the preseason. Years ago some NFL teams would hold joint scrimmages but the practice fell out of favor until BB revived it. This year the Patriots will be holding joint practices with 3 out of 4 teams. Since joint practices allow teams to beat up other guys rather than their own teammates, the players like it, and so much work gets done, the starters can sit out the first game.

Next game is against the Houston Texans. They are attending Texans' training camp in Greenbrier, West Virginia and flew down on two, brand-spanking-new private airplanes bought by the Pats owners, the Kraft family. The planes are Airkraft One and Two. ;)
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Happy Birthday to Tom Brady! He's 40 today, and that's ancient in sports years, but he looked pretty good to me when I was at training camp at Gillette Stadium. ;) The Patriots have baby goats at camp today for fans to take pictures with, because Tom is the G.O.A.T. (Greatest Of All Time). Tom had his picture taken holding a baby goat years ago for a GQ shoot, and he got plenty of ribbing from his teammates for that one! ;)

Today he will be serenaded by the fans in camp, and his teammates will have something for him. He'll be embarrassed by the whole thing, but we don't care. He deserves birthday accolades. He's certainly given us New Englanders years of joy! :)

It's practically a state/regional holiday! ;) Our local news are mentioning it; sports talk radio is all over it; it's Tom Brady Day on ESPN; Twitter's afire; and people are saying, "Happy Tom Brady's Birthday!" to each other. It's really a lot of fun, and in this crazy world, grab fun when you can get it! :)
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Yesterday was my annual pilgrimage to the shrine of Saints Bill and Tom, who are fresh off the greatest comeback in Super Bowl history. :) Fitting, as the weather was very autumnal, with the day being cool, breezy and cloudy, a huge improvement over last year's humid 100 degrees.

15,000 of us made the trek to Gillette Stadium. That meant I didn't get near the bleachers (third year in a row) and had to climb up the hill, but got a great viewing spot under a shady tree and used my binoculars for close-ups of the field.

Yep, saw Tom, who doesn't look like a guy who's gonna hit 40 in a week! :) He was sharp in drills, too, and Gronk spiked a ball after a touchdown. :) Newcomer Brandin Cooks looks very good in the offense, so it appears he isn't lost in this complex scheme. Coach Belichick was there spinning his whistle, barking out commands, and reveling in being at the top of his game.

Both back-up QBs looked pretty good, though Jimmy G. ended up with two INTs and had to run a lap with the center after a botched hand-off. Jacoby Brissett has healed from his thumb surgery and was less accurate, but not by much. He has a lot of promise.

It was a very festive atmosphere with a lot of Brady jerseys (and Gronk and Edelman and so on), and they added a few new vendor stations this year. Unfortunately, they also added security check with bag inspection. Pretty sad state of affairs when you have to check fans' bags just to enter training camp. *shakes head*

I brought some slices of bread and my own water, not wanting to pay the jacked-up prices, and it worked out fine. I do wish I could get a bleacher seat like the old days, but I refuse to come hours early before the gates open. I have a long enough drive as it is early in the morning to get here, so I'll make do with the hill.

All in all, very excited about football season! It officially kicks off in September, but training camp is an unofficial opening. The Pats will hold joint practices with the Jacksonville Jaguars next week, and I bet the Jags don't see 15,000 people at their training camp! :) They are also holding joint practices with the Houston Texans at their camp and the Detroit Lions back here at Gillette.

The Texans and Dallas Cowboys clear out of Texas in the summer. Smart move! They hold their camps out-of-state to escape the godawful Texas heat.

So, yay, football is back! :)
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A Happy Fourth of July to my fellow Americans! Despite the circus in Washington, we're still here, and that counts for something!

Did the cook-out thing over the weekend (hot dogs, hamburgers, potato salad, the whole nine yards). I'm going to be spending the day quietly catching up on my reading, writing a little, and maybe working on my Due South records project. I may tune in the James Cagney classic, Yankee Doodle Dandy tonight, in between checking out the show on the Esplanade in Boston.

I'm very happy to watch the fireworks from the comfort of my own couch. Somehow sitting for hours in the blazing sun with thousands of other people awaiting the fireworks show at night doesn't appeal to me. :)

Enjoy your day! Today, we are all New England Patriots! ;)
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Super Bowl LI: New England Patriots 34, Atlanta Falcons 28 (OT) (3-0) (17-2) (Sunday, February 5, 2017)

TOM BRADY IS THE GREATEST QUARTERBACK OF ALL TIME!!! END OF DISCUSSION!!!


*dances*

After 18 months of suffering a witch hunt orchestrated by envious owners in the NFL, Tom Brady engineered the greatest comeback in Super Bowl history. Coming back from a 25-point deficit, the Patriots made history in the 4th quarter, forcing the game into overtime for the first time in Super Bowl history. After 3 quarters of a stalled offense and dodgy defense, the receivers finally started catching passes and Tom became more accurate. Julian Edelman made a circus catch that usually the other team makes against the Pats. Dont'a Hightower made a strip sack on Matt Ryan. Patriots ball! The Pats won the coin toss and James White ran the ball in. Yahoo! :)

This game was special for Tom. His mother has been ill for over a year (the scarf on her head indicates she's receiving chemo) and the stress of that and the witch hunt finally got to him. He fell to his knees after the game and there were tears in his eyes.

Bill Belichick now has 5 rings as a Head Coach, 2 as a Defensive Coordinator. He passed the Steelers' Chuck Knoll with 4. Tom is the first player to win 5 rings, surpassing Montana and Bradshaw. He threw for a record 466 yards.

Roger Goodell was booed off the stage as the Lombardi Trophy was presented. The Pats kept things classy (no one punched Weasel Goodell in the mouth) and Tom did again this morning receiving the Super Bowl MVP trophy. However, I'm sure his Irish ancestry (shared with me) quietly agreed with the old joke: What do you call Irish Alhzeimer's? The ability to never forget a wrong done to you.

JUSTICE!!!

VINDICATION!!!

JOY!!!

Imbolc

Feb. 2nd, 2017 09:35 pm
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Hope all who celebrate had a good Imbolc today. :)

For everyone, Happy Groundhog Day! :)

I've been enjoying Super Bowl Week. Found out that Tom Brady's mother has been very ill for the last 18 months, just about the length of time he suffered through the witch hunt by the NFL. He got choked up talking about his hero, his father, during Media Night. He's very close to his parents and his older sisters. His parents go to every game, though this year the illness prevented that. When he first moved to Massachusetts to start his career, two of his sisters came from California to stay with him that first year with the Pats. :)

Got an invitation to a Super Bowl party at my sister's. We might get pizza or Subway sandwiches or BunnyGirl might cook. Up to her! :)

Well, going to turn in now. Zzzzzzz!!! :)
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The smoke wasn't even dissipated from the protests in Washington yet when the official White House website had taken down content on issues of civil rights, health care, and LGBTQ rights, but found space to shill Melania Trump's jewelry collection and mentioned it was available on QVC. It's now been edited to delete the QVC reference.

Will Trump and his inevitable ethics violations get him impeached? Unlikely. The Repubs are like the NFL: any violation committed by a team not named the New England Patriots will be ignored or given a light slap on the wrist. The Billionaire Boys Clubs, whether in politics or sports, takes care of their own. Soon Washington will be crawling with billionaires, no working folks allowed unless they serve the ruling class.

Shill, baby, shill!

How do you like the new term for lies: 'alternative facts'. These people are BRAZEN!!!

Trump is fond of saying legit news organizations are 'fake news': well, how about a fake Prez?

P.S. How do you like my Trump icon? Wild orange hair, big orange nose, talks gibberish when he opens his mouth!
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AFC Championship Game: New England Patriots 36, PIttsburgh Steelers 17 (2-0) (16-2) (Sunday, January 22, 2017)

*dances* *twirls* *dips* *sashays*

The Pats are on to the Super Bowl!!! :)

It's the 9th time in franchise history and the 7th under Brady/Belichick. It was a GREAT game!

The first half was a bit tight, but the Steelers couldn't punch the ball into the endzone. The Pats weren't flawless but they had a comfortable lead by halftime and never looked back. Chris Hogan was incredible and so was Julian Edelman in the receiving corps. The O-line did its job. Dion Lewis scampered around and LeGarrette Blount bulled his way forward, carrying half the Steelers' DBs with him! Kicker Gostkowski did miss an extra point (after a steady second half of the season) so that's a tad worrisome, but hopefully he won't do so again in the Super Bowl. Otherwise he was right on the money.

Tom was fantastic. He was sharp and shining, though he will hear about his fumble on a quarterback sneak. Luckily he retained possession of the ball! Tsk, tsk, Tommy!

It became blow-out territory by the second half and was a game in which Pats fans didn't have to hold their breath 'til the last second! :)

We're on to Atlanta (in Houston)! The Falcons crushed the Packers in their Championship Game, and it's gonna be tough. Atlanta has a stout defense and great offense, but bring it on! Tom and the Patriots are going for Ring No. 5!

Oh, Marty Bennett! Dancing with the cheerleaders after the game. Sign this guy up! :)

Gillette Stadium rang with cheers of "Brady, Brady, Brady!" and "Where's Roger?" as the Commish once again showed his cowardice by not showing up.

We are enjoying this run for we shall not see its like again.
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Divisional Round: New England Patriots 34, Houston Texans 16 (1-0) (15-2) (Saturday, January 14, 2017)

What a crazy football game! The Pats beat the spread (18 over 17-point spread) but as Belichick and Brady emphasized, they have to do better. Tom threw 2 INTs, matching his record for the entire season! The offense simply could not get in rhythm. Dion Lewis was a perfect example: he was trick-or-treat all night: he fumbled twice (lost one, a teammate recovered the other), but he set a playoff record of running for a TD, caught a pass for one, and ran a kick-off return for a third. He dazzled as he made playoff history, and also made franchise history with the 98-yard return. Of course, the coaches will focus on the fumbles on Monday. :)

Special teams featured steady reliability by the kicker and an above-average performance by punter Ryan Allen, the spectacular kick-off return by Lewis, but also Lewis' fumble that gave the Texans points. Trick-or-treat!

The defense saved the O's bacon by grabbing 3 INTs in the second half. Whew! They came through.

DB Eric Rowe committed a stupid penalty that allowed points scored by Houston. Boy, did Belichick lace into him! Patriots aren't supposed to do stupid.

Julian Edelman surpassed Wes Welker for the most playoff receptions (76 over 69) in Patriots history.

Brady and Belichick were grumpy because they knew if they had played a better team, they'd have been bounced. Hopefully they can come out stronger next week. Ha, if you didn't know who won the game, listening to their pressers, you would have thought they lost! :)

Expectations are high. Most teams would be giddy with an 18-point win after coughing up the ball 3 times. but our team knows better. I was nervous about this game with all the pundits predicting a walkover by the Pats, but I knew the Texans could win if the Pats beat themselves, and it looked as if they were doing just that in the first half. Fortunately the second half was much better!

Next week, either Pittsburgh or Kansas City come to Gillette Stadium for the AFC Championship Game. It's the Patriots' 6th straight AFCGG, an NFL record, and Tom's 32nd playoff game, also a record. Guess the scurrilous plot against Tom didn't work after all.

EDIT: Pittsburgh comes to Gillette next week!
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Week 17: New England Patriots 35, Miami Dolphins 14 (14-2) (Sunday, January 1, 2017)

Miami is typically a difficult place for the Patriots to play as Denver is, but this year the Pats beat the Broncos in Denver and did the same to the Dolphins in Miami. The game started out well for the Patriots, and it looked like the game was going to be a blow-out. The Dolphins did creep to within one possession, but the Pats pulled away and were off to the races despite stalling more than once in the red zone and settling for field goals, otherwise the score would have been far greater for New England.

Tom Brady was sharp, and new pick-up Michael Floyd scored a touchdown in which he dragged four defenders with him over the goal line, and threw a crushing block to spring Julian Edelman for a 77-yard TD run. LeGarrett Blount scored his 18th rushing touchdown, and Tom Brady finished with 28 TDs to 2 INTs, a ratio that set a record. There were other outstanding plays and the offense and defense did their jobs, including the defense creating turnovers (one fumble scoop-and-run went for 69 yards, a franchise record). Special teams did well with the exception of a 55-yard field goal attempt going awry, but in Gostkowski's defense, the field in Miami was simply awful. Players were losing their footing throughout the game. It was a miracle no one got hurt!

The Pats ended up 14-2 for the 2016 season and clinching the No. 1 seed in the playoffs. This means that they have Home Field Advantage (HFA) throughout the playoffs.

The NFL's system is fairly simple: 12 of 32 teams get into the playoffs. The NFL is divided into two conferences: the National Football Conference and the American Football Conference. Four divisions are in each conference. Each conference sends the 4 division winners and 2 wild card teams to the 'Tournament'. Wild Card Weekend features all wild card teams versus division winners, with 2 division winners from each conference sitting out that weekend (best records prevail). Then Divisional Weekend sees the WC survivors meet the top division winners, and Championship Weekend sees 2 teams from each conference compete for the right to go to the Super Bowl. The Pats, if they survive Divisional Weekend, host the AFC Championship Game in Foxboro. Whoo hoo! :)

The Pats will play Miami if they beat Pittsburgh, otherwise they have to play whoever wins in the Oakland/Houston game.

The division ended up with the Pats winning in Week 17 over the Dolphins and the Jets winning over the Bills.

AFC EAST DIVISION

NE 14-2 (Division Winner & No. 1 Seed)
Miami 10-6 (Wild Card Team & No. 6 Seed)
BUFF 7-9
NYJ 5-11
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Week 16: New England Patriots 41, New York Jets 3 (13-2) (Saturday, December 24, 2016)

'Tis the season for drubbing, fa la, fa la!

On Christmas Eve, the Patriots cleaned the Jets' clocks. It was nearly a shut-out, but the Jets squeezed in a field goal. They really didn't have their hearts in it. Their head coach, Todd Bowles, had been hospitalized with gallstones Friday but was cleared and flew up to Foxboro to join his team. A pity the team didn't rally around him.

LeGarrette Blount scored rushing touchdowns No. 16 and 17 and Tom Brady was tip-top. He really is amazing. Watching the Greatest Of All Time (GOAT) is a joy. :)

Malcolm Butler, the hero of Super Bowl XLIX, intercepted 2 passes and caused a fumble. The kid's a gem! :)

The Dolphins beat the Bills in overtime.

AFC EASY DIVISION

NE 13-2
Miami 10-5
BUFF 7-8
NYJ 4-11


Next week, the Pats go down to Miami for a game against the Dolphins on New Year's Day!
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Week 15: New England Patriots 16, Denver Broncos 3 (12-2) (Sunday, December 18, 2016)

The House of Horrors was not so this week for Tom and the Patriots. While the offense was stymied at times by the Denver defense, LeGarrette Blount still scored his 15th touchdown of the year, breaking the franchise record, and the Pats defense and special teams were pretty sharp. Hey, they held the Broncos to 3 points in their house! So pretty good, I'd say, and Dion Lewis and James White, our other running backs, had good games, too.

The Pats clinched the division (7th record-breaking year in a row!) and a first-round bye in the playoffs. They don't know if they'll be 1st or 2nd seed yet, but it's lookin' good for the postseason! *dances*

It was good to see guys like Chris Long enjoy the AFC East Division crown as he's been in the league a long time and never been in a playoff game! He's very excited.

The Bills and Dolphins won and the Jets lost this week.

AFC EAST DIVISION

NE 12-2
Miami 9-5
BUFF 7-7
NYJ 4-10


Next, home at Gillette against the Jets on Christmas Eve! :)
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Week 14: New England Patriots 30, Baltimore Ravens 23 (11-2) (Monday, December 2, 2016)

The Patriots nearly gave the game away after a strong start (would've been a blow-out!). A boneheaded INT by Brady and two special teams mistakes (turnovers) gifted the Ravens with 17 points in the second half. The whole game was wacky as the Pats scored first in the first half with a safety (2 points) and there was good offense after a stumbling start, but the wheels looked like they were falling off as a 23-3 lead dwindled to 23-20, but Tom let loose with a 79-yard bomb to Chris Hogan o stretch the lead to 30-20 (Ravens would score a field goal later).

Tom threw for 406 yards and 3 TDs. RB LeGarrette Blount went over 1000 yards rushing for the season and scored his 14th touchdown for 2016, tying a franchise record (Curtis Martin).

BTW, the Giants accused the Steelers this week of underinflating footballs. You didn't hear about it? Not surprising. The story took up about a total of five minutes on ESPN, the NFL Network, FOX Sports, etc. No leading the evening news. No rabid pack of reporters calling Ben Roethlisberger (Steelers QB) a cheater and liar at his press conference. No loss of draft picks, a million bucks, or 4-game suspension and smearing of the game's greatest player. Guess what? Tom Brady told the truth! NO ONE TAMPERED WITH THE FOOTBALLS! IT WAS THE IDEAL GAS LAW, NFL DUMMIES!!!

https://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/redskins/the-nfls-damning-silence-on-a-new-case-of-underinflated-footballs/2016/12/12/6698cae6-c097-11e6-afd9-f038f753dc29_story.html?utm_term=.0049ae39c52d

Giants tweeted out today, "Much ado about nothing." Unless you're trying to trump up a case against the Patriots, right? All this tells you all you need to know about the witch hunt case against the Patriots. The Good Ol' Boy network is alive and well in the NFL.


The Dolphins and Jets won and the Bills lost this week.

AFC EAST DIVISION

NE 11-2
Miami 8-5
BUFF 6-7
NYJ 4-9 (OT)


Nexr week: on to Denver!
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Week 13: New England Patriots 26, Los Angeles Rams 10 (10-2) (Sunday, December 4, 2016)

How fitting that Tom got win No. 201 against the Los Angeles Rams, his first Super Bowl opponent back in 2001 (they were the St; Louis Rams then). He passes Peyton Manning for sole ownership of Most Wins By A Starter. Whoo hoo!

Julian and LeGarrette had excellent games, and the rookie Malcolm Mitchell is attracting notice with his sure-handed catches for touchdowns. The Patriots' offense did stumble a little, settling for 5 field goals instead of touchdowns (they did get 2), but the game was never in question. The defense finally came up with turnovers (2) and special teams did well with kicking and punting, though the returns were subpar. Always work to do! :)

Tom is really putting together a season for the ages.

The 2001 team was honored at halftime to celebrate the 15th anniversary of Super Bowl XXXVI. Drew Bledoe, Lawyer Milloy, Troy Brown, and many familiar faces were in town for a fancy shindig at owner Bob Kraft's house and the ceremony. Fitting that Tom got his record on that day.

The Bills, Dolphins, and Jets all lost this week. :)

AFC EAST DIVISION

NE 10-2
Miami 7-5
BUFF 6-6
NYJ 3-9


Next week, the Baltimore Ravens at Gillette Stadium!
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Week 12: New England Patriots 22, New York Jets 17 (9-2) (Sunday, November 27, 2016)

Another Jekyll-and-Hyde game! Mostly Hyde, heh heh.

In the first half, the Patriots were flat as pancakes. The O was sputtering, the D was dreadful, and the ST were shaky as Kicker Gostkowski missed yet another field goal. The Jets were putting up a fight despite their dismal record, but that's always the case with division games. Even when your divisional rival stinks, they usually fight like pit bulls. I'd guess that Tom was hampered by his leg injury from a few weeks before and missing two practices during the week.

In the second half, things started to perk up a little as the D managed to create two turnovers, something rare for them this season, and rookie wide receiver Malcolm Mitchell was stellar. Julian did his thing, but Bennett and Gronk were out with injuries. Dion Lewis and James White looked very good, and LeGarrette Blount continued his power running. And when the game was on the line in the final minutes, Brady drove the team down for the winning TD.

Tom won his 200th start (engineering his 50th game-winning drive and becoming the 5th quarterback in NFL history to pass for 60,000 yards), tying him with Peyton Manning. It was also the 500th franchise win for the Patriots, and the Pats are the first original American Football League franchise to reach that mark. The AFL merged with the NFL in 1970.

Imagine! Tom is responsible for 200 of those 500 wins for an organization that was founded in 1960!

Lots of holes in the team? Yep, but there are no great teams in the NFL this year. Lots of good teams with holes like the Pats, so they still have a good shot to go deep in the playoffs. The Pats right now are the No. 1 seed, but there are four games left to play.

The Dolphins and Bills won their games.

AFC EAST DIVISION

NE 9-2
Miami 7-4
BUFF 6-5
NYJ 3-8


Next week, the Los Angeles Rams come to Foxboro.
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Week 11: New England Patriots 30, San Francisco 49ers 17 (8-2) Sunday, November 20, 2016)

A Jekyll-and-Hyde game! First half, the Pats were flat as pancakes. The second half, Tom ignited the offense. One amazing throw was completed while he was falling onto his back! He threw for 4 touchdowns, and LaGarrette Blount broke 100 yards in this game. Tom is now tied for 199 wins as a starting quarterback with Brett Favre. His next win ties him at 200 with Peyton Manning.

It was the first time Tom has played as a pro in San Francisco. His hometown is San Mateo is mere minutes away from the stadium. Julian Edelman is also from the same area. They both had family and friends in the stands, as well as so many Pats fans, it sounded like a home game! Even Coach Belichick commented that New England fans travel well. A grand homecoming! :)

The defense showed some improvement but needs a LOT of work. Right now they're the Achilles' heel of this team. Hopefully they can straighten things out.

The Bills and Dolphins won and the Jets were on their bye week.

AFC EAST DIVISION

NE 8-2
Miami 6-4
BUFF 5-5
NYJ 3-7 (Bye)
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Week 10: Seattle Seahawks 31, New England Patriots 24 (7-2) (Sunday, November 13, 2016)

So after a bye week, this is what we get? Wasn't this week crappy enough?

Okay, the offense showed some sparks of brilliance but not enough to counter the awful defense. At least special teams (minus a Gostkowski glitch) was doing its job. LeGarrette Blount scored 3 touchdowns and did his job, but 2 turnovers and just general lackadaisical play did the O in. The D just let the Seahawks, not a great scoring team currently, march down the field at will. Why did we trade Jamie Collins again?

We had NO pass rush except for one Ninkovich sack. The D let up a TD after the O had just scored right before halftime! Killer.

A sorry performance. The coaching staff did a poor job this week. Tom Brady fumbled and threw his first INT, when the team was going for the record of no INTs for 9 straight games, set decades ago. *sigh* Two losses at home this year is unacceptable. Now you're tied with other teams at 7-2 instead of riding high at 8-1. Sometimes I just don't get this team.

Okay, Miami won, the Jets lost, and the Bills were on their bye week.

AFC EAST DIVISION

NE 7-2
Miami 5-4
BUFF 4-5 (Bye)
NYJ 3-7


Next week, on to San Francisco!
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Week 8: New England Patriots 41, Buffalo Bills 25 (7-1) (Sunday, October 30, 2016)

Revenge tastes sweet! The Pats put up a 41-burger (Mmm, tastes like Angus beef) and Tom put up 4 touchdowns. He hit Amendola, Hogan, Gronk and Edelman. LeGarrette Blount rushed for a TD. Ghost hit all his field goals and PATs. The offense was really clicking! And Tom is looking light-footed at age 39! :) Gronk dragged his usual half-dozen guys down the field as he caught-and-run. He is now the Patriots leader in TDs: 69. :)

Defense had some good moments but bungled some stuff. Poor tackling today.

Special teams a little shaky but mostly good. 75-yard punt return by Jules!

Ha, ha, the Ryan brothers' faces on the sidelines: priceless! :) The Bills. as usual, racked up a lot of stupid penalties. Rex almost got hit with an unsportsmanlike penalty!

So much for that 16-0 loss against the Bills at home with an injured third-string quarterback under center.

The Jets won today and the Dolphins are on their bye.

AFC EAST DIVISION

NE 7-1
BUFF 4-4
Miami 3-4 (Bye)
NYJ 3-5


Next week: Patriots are on the bye.
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Week 7: New England Patriots 27, Pittsburgh Steelers 16 (6-1) (Sunday, October 23, 2016)

Oddball game today. At first the Patriots O looked pretty crisp, but then began to stumble. The whole team seemed to lose air all at once and let the Steelers back in. Two turnovers didn't help. Our kicker, Stephen Gostkowski, missed yet another point after and missed a tackle on a kick-off return. He's really a headcase right now. The D generated barely any pressure. The pass rush was non-existent.

Brady ran for 3 first downs! :)

Fortunately Gronk's catches and LeGarrette Blount's runs got things going again, and the Steelers kicker stunk, too, missing a field goal.

Pats got a win on the road so it's a positive in the end, but plenty to work on.

Luckily we got to see the game. The CBS signal was not transmitting to Direct TV, DISH, or Charter right up until game time! It was down since yesterday! Great service, eh?

Miami and New York won and Buffalo lost.

AFC EAST DIVISION

NE 6-1
BUFF 4-3
Miami 3-4
NYJ 2-5

Next week. we're on to Buffalo!
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Week 6: New England Patriots 35, Cincinnati Bengals 17 (5-1) (Sunday, October 16, 2016)

The Pats started out slow, and here the crowd at Gillette was all hyped up for Brady's home return! The defense made a great goal line stand, forcing the Bengals to turn the ball over on downs with no points. The Pats led at the half, 10-7.

Finally, after more dumb penalties and dopey shenanigans, the Pats began to wake up in the second half with a safety and Gronkian spectacle. He had a 100-yard receiving day (back-to-back games) and Tom threw for 3 TDs. He now has 5,000 career completions and threw for 376 yards. :)

Once again, our kicker missed, this time an extra point. No more Mr. Reliable!

Pats really started to wake up and rolled. The Bengals did their usual meltdown and committed stupid penalties, but Gronk got baited for a taunting penalty. Tsk, tsk! LeGarrette Blount got baited, too, as the Bengals started things and the Patriots were caught retaliating. Gotta be smarter than that!

Lots of Brady signs in the crowd. Brady for President in 2016? I'd vote for him! He's a way better candidate than what we've got.

The Bills and Dolphins won and the Jets play tomorrow night. EDIT: The Jets lost! :)

AFC EAST DIVISION

NE 5-1
BUFF 4-2
Miami 2-4
NYJ 1-5

Next week, on to Pittsburgh at Ketchup Field! :)

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