The New England Patriots find themselves atop the AFC East Division by two games heading into their toughest matchup of the year against the 10-0 New Orleans Saints. While New England stays undefeated at home following a big win against the New York Jets Sunday night, they hold a 1-4 record on the road. The only W they’ve claimed away dates back to October 25th in London, with the proclaimed home advantage going to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Quarterback Tom Brady believes a victory on Monday would be the perfect start to the last few weeks of their 2009 regular season campaign. “We need a big win on the road,” he said. “We’ve had three opportunities and we’ve lost all three. This would be a great one to get.”
The Saints are coasting through the NFC South by five games and coming off a strong 38-7 dominating performence over the Bucs. Patriots head coach Bill Belichick said in a press conference this week that this year’s New Orleans Saints team reminds him of Kurt Warner and the 2001 St Louis Rams.
“I can’t think of too many teams, I can’t think of any really, that are any more explosive than this team is,” said Belichick. “I’ve talked about the Rams, I’ve talked about the Chargers in the early ’80s, but these guys can run with anybody.” He then added that the Saints are “as good a team as there is in the National Football League this year, so it will be a great test for us to kind of see where we’re at.” Monday night’s showdown is set for 8:30 PM.
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The National Football League has announced plans to alter the start time of the New England Patriots Miami Dolphins showdown at Land Shark Stadium on December 6th, moving the contest up from its original 8:20 PM slot to 1:00 PM ET. The Minnesota Vikings and Arizona Cardinals will then take over the prime time position Sunday night. The Vikings (NFC North) and Cardinals (NFC West) both sit atop their respective divisions.
The switch was created for the NFL to exercise its flexible scheduling with the purpose of “ensuring quality matchups in all NFL Sunday time slots.” The policy can be activated for each Sunday following Week 11 if necessary.
The Pats Dolphins game could very well wrap up the AFC East for New England. They are currently looking ahead to their tough Week 12 contest against the New Orleans Saints Monday, November 30th. Miami trails the Patriots in the Division by two going into their next game vs the 3-7 Buffalo Bills.
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Mark Sanchez tossed three of his four interceptions into the hands of Leigh Bodden as the New England Patriots cruised by the New York Jets 31-14 yesterday afternoon in Foxborough, MA. Tom Brady completed 28 passes for 310 yards and a touchdown. Wes Welker, who was sidelined during the Pats Week 2 loss against the Jets, dominated the secondary this time around with 15 receptions for 192 yards.
Welker has caught more than 80 passes in just eight games played. “We play those guys straight up but their one-two punch got the best of us,” said Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis. “On one play, Welker did a triple move that was crazy, man. He’s great.”
The defense especially proved themselves unaffected by last week’s disappointing finish at Indianapolis. After New England put the majority of their points up on the Jets in the first half, the D remained consistent and pressured rookie Sanchez to keep handing the ball over. “We felt like we had something definitely to prove after last week,” said Brandon Meriweather. “We felt like somebody had to step up.”
The Patriots moved New York to third place in the AFC East standings behind the Miami Dolphins. Following their big win over the Carolina Panthers, the Dolphins are now 5-5 and two games behind New England. The Pats have their toughest challenge of the year ahead on Monday, November 30th against the 10-0 New Orleans Saints.
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Quarterback Tom Brady and the New England Patriots have moved on from the 4th and 2 controversy despite the media’s unwillingness to let it go. Brady when asked again about last Sunday finally set the record straight with the press. “You still want to talk about the Colts?” he asked one reporter. “We want to talk about the Jets. We learned a lot from the Jets when we lost, we learned a lot from Denver, and we’re going to learn a lot from this Colts game. We have seven games left and this is the biggest one of the year.”
The New York Jets are two games behind New England in the AFC East standings heading into their Week 11 matchup. The Patriots understand that the Division is most important during the home stretch of the regular season. Now more than halfway through the year, New England must put all their attention on fending off the Jets and Miami Dolphins.
Veteran Junior Seau emphasized the mentality and short-term memory players are required to bring to the field each week. “You can’t rehearse it,” he said. “One thing we’re going to preach here and now is that what’s in the past is in the past. We have challenges every day. Today’s challenge is basically to be the best team we can be today to get ready for the game.”
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New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick decided to keep the offensive unit out there in a fourth and two situation from their own 28 yard line with just over two minutes remaining. The call resulted in a short pass to Kevin Faulk that fell six inches short from the first down marker. From there Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts took over in just four plays, scoring the final touchdown with 11 seconds left to win 35-34 last night at Lucas Oil Stadium.
The well experienced and poised Manning felt the game shift his way after setting up eight yards away from the red zone with three timeouts and a world of time to work with. “When you see them going for it on fourth down, you get a little nervous, but our defense blitzed them, pressured them and got the stop,” said Manning. “It certainly changed our philosophy. In practice, we’re going 60 or 70 yards. So we figure we’re going to have to go five, six, seven plays. In the huddle, I said, ‘Obviously, we need a touchdown, but let’s not be in a hurry.’”
The Patriots gathered a number of positive moments despite falling inches short from clinching in the end. Tom Brady threw for 375 yards and three touchdowns from 29 completions, nine of which found Randy Moss for 179 yards. New England definitely developed a better mentality after posting 34 points against a tough Indianapolis defense. Yesterday’s contest may very well be a preview of the 2009 AFC Championship game. The Pats are now set to face the 4-5 New York Jets on Sunday at Gillette Stadium. New England Patriots tickets are now available!
Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis will be set to host another classic Brady vs. Manning showdown this Sunday, November 15th at 8:20 PM. The game is one that could possibly set the tone for the 2009 AFC championship game. Both teams are leading their respective divisions and always look forward to sizing up against one another. This week’s NFL power rankings list the Colts at number two with the Patriots right behind in fourth.
Against Indianapolis Brady is 5-2 during the regular season and 2-1 in the playoffs. With Matt Cassel taking the snaps last season New England fell to the Colts 18-15. Five of the last six Pats-Colts contests have been decided by a touchdown or less.
Over the years the two future hall of fame quarterbacks have certainly developed a great amount of respect for each other. Brady emphasized that it’s important for his squad to bring everything to the table when facing Peyton and the Colts. “He’s just a great player,” said Brady. “He’s done it consistently for a long time. He’s never missed a game, which is pretty unbelievable. In order to beat these guys, you’ve got to play a great game. Every time we’ve beaten them, we’ve had to play great.” The best deals for New England Patriots tickets are located right here with us at Ace!
Tom Brady and Randy Moss connected for a crucial touchdown pass in the third quarter as the Patriots defense contained the Miami Dolphins to 17 total points yesterday at Gillette Stadium. New England racked up a score of 27, posting at least three points per quarter. The Brady/Moss connection immediately followed a Dolphins touchdown, when Joey Haynos received a short pass from Ronnie Brown.
That’s like getting stabbed in the heart right there,” said Patriots guard Logan Mankins. “You grind it out for like 10 minutes and finally score, and then in like a minute and a half we come right back.”
LB Joey Porter certainly gave New England some motivation with his comments earlier this week, basically listing the Patriots organization as the NFL’s favored cheaters. After the game Brady responded to his trash talk with nothing but class and respect, saying “he’s a great player, he’s been a great player for a long time, but it’s always great when you come out of the game and you understand that you kept one of their best players from [having] an impact on the game. We have to see him again in four weeks, so I’m sure he’ll be juiced up for that game. Hopefully we can go out there and perform the same way.”
The Pats have a tough string of games ahead for the next three weeks. For week 10 and 12 they will match up against the undefeated Indianapolis Colts and New Orleans Saints. On November 22nd they’re scheduled to meet up with their division rival New York Jets at home.
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Following a bye week the New England Patriots are set to face the Miami Dolphins this Sunday at Gillette Stadium. The division rivals have yet to see each other so far this regular season. After the weekend they will meet again on December 6th at Land Shark Stadium. New England currently holds the top spot in the AFC East with a 5-2 record. The Dolphins are just below .500 in third place behind the New York Jets.
Miami LB Joey Porter had some choice words about Tom Brady and the Patriots when interviewing with Rich Eisen from the NFL network. The 11-year veteran called Brady out for influencing officials, and from there continued to discuss New England’s “unfair tactics” used in the past.
“He (Brady) just points to the ref and he gets a flag. So I can honestly say that he gets his own rules,” said Porter. “I still don’t care for New England. The hate’s been there for a while, especially after all the cheating they did back in the day. They can sweep it under the rug if they want to, but just like anybody else that’s cheating that gets caught, you put an asterisk by it. But nobody puts an asterisk by those championships.”
The Patriots should likely retaliate with their play on the field Sunday. After these kinds of statements the squad will certainly be fired up and ready to go. New England Patriots tickets are available right here at AceTicket.com!
Week 7 had its share upsets along with typical blowouts. The only two teams with perfect running seasons are now the New Orleans Saints and Indianapolis Colts. The Titans, Rams, and Buccaneers still have yet to win a single game. The Patriots and Bucs competed in Sunday’s headline contest at Wembley Stadium in London. The event proved the NFL’s ability to be recognized highly on an international level with the 85,000+ in attendance. Tonight’s showdown will feature the Philadelphia Eagles (3-2) and the Washington Redskins (2-4) at FedEx Field in Landover, MD. All week 7 scores are listed below.
Sunday, October 25th, 2009Houston Texans 24, San Francisco 49ers 21 – The 49ers scored 14 of their 21 points in the fourth quarter alone. The Texans were able to notch the win by three with a 50 yard FG with seven minutes left.
Green Bay Packers 31, Cleveland Browns 3 – QB Aaron Rodgers threw for 246 yards and three TD’s as the Packers went on to win in convincing fashion.
San Diego Chargers 37, Kansas City Chiefs 7 – The Chargers added ten insurance points to their total in the fourth to coast over Kansas City by 30.
Indianapolis Colts 42, St Louis Rams 6 – QB Peyton Manning racked up three TD’s and 235 passing yards from his 23 total completions.
Pittsburgh Steelers 27, Minnesota Vikings 17 – The Steelers rallied in the fourth with 14 points and handed Minnesota their first loss of the season.
New England Patriots 35, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 7, New England took control early and often overseas.
New York Jets 38, Oakland Raiders 0 – The Jets made it a point to snap their recent three-game skid by shutting the Raiders offense down entirely, as QB Mark Sanchez and his crew continuously marched down field for 38 total points.
Buffalo Bills 20, Carolina Panthers 9 – Buffalo capitalized on Carolina’s four game turnovers to win by 11.
Cincinnati Bengals 45, Chicago Bears 10 – 25% of Carson Palmers 20 completions resulted in a Bengals TD.
Dallas Cowboys 37, Atlanta Falcons 21 – WR Miles Austin broke out with two TD’s and 171 yards from six receptions.
New Orleans Saints 46, Miami Dolphins 34 – The Saints came back from 21-points out to top Miami and stay undefeated.
Arizona Cardinals 24, New York Giants 17 – The Cardinals defense was able to hold the Giants to just three points in the fourth quarter for the win.
Monday, October 26th, 2009Philadelphia Eagles 27, Washington Redskins 17 - The Eagles scored all 27 points in the first half and easily held the dismal Redskins offense from there.
Bye Week Teams: Denver Broncos, Detroit Lions, Tennessee Titans, Seattle Seahawks, Jacksonville Jaguars, and Baltimore Ravens.
With a Buffalo Bills win over the New York Jets yesterday, the Patriots now stand alone on top of the AFC East Division with a 4-2 record. Their last victory came on a snowy afternoon in Foxboro against the Tennessee Titans. There were two unexpected occurrences Sunday at Gillette Stadium. For one it looked like January in October. Secondly, the Patriots won by a total of 59 points.
Tom Brady made history on week six of 2009 regular season play, throwing for six touchdown passes (five in the second quarter alone) and 380 yards from his 29 completions. “Every week we’re learning something more about ourselves and what we can do,” said Brady. “There’s no doubt a game like this can give you a lot of confidence.” Brady wasn’t the only one with a break through game with Wes Welker and Randy Moss combining for five touchdown receptions. RB Laurence Maroney finally proved himself a threat with 123 yards and a TD from his 16 game carries.
The Titans will have a lot to work on during their bye week before they match up with the Jacksonville Jaguars on November 1st. “I’m disappointed and embarrassed,” said Tennessee coach Jeff Fisher. “Fortunately for me, career-wise, I have never been through anything like this before and, unfortunately, it happened tonight. I can assure you one thing, it’s not going to happen again.”
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