The 3-2 New England Patriots and the 4-2 Denver Broncos will face off on Monday night at Gillette Stadium. Both teams are 2-2 in their conferences, and are looking to bounce back from tough losses last week. Matt Cassel couldn’t find the end zone in week 7, completing 22 of 38 with one pick while being sacked four times. Sammy Morris had the lone New England TD, as well as 26 yards on the ground.
Denver’s Jay Cutler has been consistent, throwing at least one TD in each game for the Bronco’s so far. Week 7 was tough for him as well; despite throwing two TDs, he had less than 200 yards through the air for the first time the season – and threw a costly pick. One of his two TD targets, Brandon Stokley, suffered a concussion and may not be suiting up on Monday night.
Denver and New England are also each working through running-back injuries. Pats RB Laurence Maroney sat out yet another game this season, his third of the year. Denver has been without rookie back Ryan Torain (broken left elbow) all season so far, and had to deactivate Selvin Young (groin injury) last week.
Both teams have something to prove – tonight’s game should be quite the matchup.
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10/19/08New York Giants (5-1) 29 San Francisco 49ers (2-5) 17 – Jacobs rushed for two TDs as the Giants bounced back from last Monday night’s loss.
Pittsburgh Steelers (5-1) 38 Cincinnati Bengals (0-7) 10 – The Bengals still can’t put together a winning effort. Steelers vs Giants should be a great matchup of 5-1 on 10/26.
Carolina Panthers (5-2) 30 New Orleans Saints (3-4) 7 – Delhomme led the Panthers over the Saints with two touchdown passes.
St. Louis Rams (2-4) 34 Dallas Cowboys (4-3) 14 – The Rams shocked another NFC East contender on Sunday as the Cowboys lost in their first game with injured QB Tony Romo.
Tennessee Titans (6-0) 34 Kansas City Chiefs (1-5) 10 – The Titans are going strong at 6-0 while the Chiefs continue their struggles.
Green Bay Packers (4-3) 34 Indianapolis Colts (3-3) 14 – Rodgers outgunned Manning and the Colts to get the Packers above .500.
Baltimore Ravens (3-3) 27 Miami Dolphins (2-4) 13 – The Ravens were too much for the Dolphins today.
Chicago Bears (4-3) 48 Minnesota Vikings (3-4) 41 – Orton and the Bears won the shootout with the Vikings which included two TDs by the Bears QB.
Buffalo Bills (5-1) 23 San Diego Chargers (3-4) 14 – The Bills continued to impress with their 5th win on the season.
Oakland Raiders (2-4) 16 New York Jets (3-3) 13 – The Raiders surprised the Jets with an overtime win on Sunday.
Houston Texans (2-4) 28 Detroit Lions (0-6) 21 – The Lions lost the battle of who’s worse today as the Texans got their 2nd win of the year.
Washington Redskins (5-2) 14 Cleveland Browns (2-4) 11 – The Redskins remain a force in the NFC East with 5 wins while the Browns dropped their 4th game.
Tampa Bay Bucs 20 (5-2) vs Seattle Seahawks 10 (1-5) - The Bucs looked good in their Sunday night win over the Seattle Seahawks.
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New England Patriots (4-2) 41 vs Denver Broncos (4-3) 7 – No that wasn’t Tom Brady throwing the ball on Monday night. Matt Cassell finally looked like a Patriots QB throwing 2 TD’s to Randy Moss in a rout of the Denver Broncos.
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The fifth week of NFL play was one of the best yet. Both the New York Giants and Titans remained undefeated while the Bills dropped their first game of the year.
10/5/08Kansas City Chiefs (1-4) 0 Carolina Panthers (4-1) 34 – The Panthers shut out the Chiefs while Delhomme threw for two touchdowns and 236 yards.
Chicago Bears (3-2) 34 Detroit Lions (0-4) 7 – Its not getting any easier for the Lions. The Bears got over .500 with a nice win.
Miami Dolphins (2-2) 17 San Diego Chargers (2-3) 10 – Pennington led the Dolphins to a win with 228 passing yards.
Washington Redskins (4-1) 23 Philadelphia Eagles (2-3) 17 – The Redskins continued their recent surge with another big win in the NFC East. McNabb was held to only 196 yards with no TD passes.
Atlanta Falcons (3-2) 27 Green Bay Packers (2-3) 24 – Despite a 313 yard, two touchdown pass day, Aaron Rodgers and the Packers were unable to get past the Falcons.
Tennessee Titans (5-0) 13 Baltimore Ravens (2-2) 10 – The Titans remained undefeated after holding Baltimore to just 10 points this Sunday.
Indianapolis Colts (2-2) 31 Houston Texans (0-4) 27 – The Texans were so close to their first win and a huge upset before Manning led the Colts on an unbelievable 3 touchdown spurt with just over 2 minutes left in the game.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-2) 13 Denver Broncos (4-1) 16 – Cutler’s 227 passing yards were all the Broncos needed to beat Tampa.
Arizona Cardinals (3-2) 41 Buffalo Bills (4-1) 17 – The Bills were finally beaten today and badly at that. Warner led the Cardinals to a rout with two TDs and 250 passing yards.
New York Giants (4-0) 44 Seattle Seahawks (1-3) 6 – The Giants were great all around in their big win over the Seahawks at Giants Stadium. The G-Men are still undefeated.
Dallas Cowboys (4-1) 31 Cincinatti Bengals (0-5) 22 – The Cowboys bounced back from last week’s upset to keep the Bengals winless.
New England Patriots (3-1) 30 San Francisco 49ers (2-3) 21 – The Patriots were back in stride with a much needed win in San Fran.
Pittsburgh Steelers (4-1) 26 Jacksonville Jaguars (2-3) 21 - The Steeler improved their record on Sunday night with a close win over the Jaguars.
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Minnesota Vikings (2-3) 30 vs New Orleans Saints (2-3) 27 – The Vikings edged out the injury plagued Saints on Monday night with a 4th Quarter field goal in the final 20 seconds.
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Troy Brown of the New England Patriots announced his retirment this week. Brown who hasn’t played this year and only played in one game in 2007 has played his entire 15 year career with the Patriots. He leaves as the team record holder for receptions with 557.
New York Giants WR Plaxico Burress was suspended by the team for missing practice this week without notifying the team ahead of time. Burress will also pay fines of over $235,000. Burress is appealing the decision and is anxious to return to the practice field. Coach Coughlin is not concerned that the incident will be distracting for the team.
The Detroit Lions fired President Matt Millen this week. Millen was largely viewed as a disappointment for the Lions. In his seven years with the team the Lions posted a 31-84 record.
Vince Young is working his way back from a knee injury. Once healthy the Titans plan to keep him as the back up to QB Kerry Collins.
In week 3 the New York Giants, Buffalo Bills and Tennessee Titans all improved to 3-0. Meanwhile the Miami Dolphins trampled the New England Patriots’ defense en route to a big win at Gillette Stadium. Check full NFL week 3 results below. Get NFL tickets for all remaining 2008-2009 NFL games.
9/21/08Atlanta Falcons (2-1) 38 Kansas City Chiefs (0-3) 14 – QB Ryan threw for 192 yards in leading the Falcons to their 2nd win of the year. The Chiefs start their season 0-3.
Buffalo Bills (3-0) 24 Oakland Raiders (1-2) 23 - The Bills are off to a strong start that no one expected. With the Rams up next they have a great shot at starting 4-0.
Tampa Bay Bucs (2-1) 27 Chicago Bears (1-2) 24 - Despite 3 interceptions, QB Griese threw for 407 yards and two touchdowns in the Buc’s narrow win over the Raiders.
Tennessee Titans (3-0) 31 Houston Texans (0-2) 12 – The Titans got off to a great start with their 3rd win of the season.
Minnesota Vikings (1-2) 20 Carolina Panthers (2-1) 10 - The Vikings finally got their 1st win of the year in a 20-10 victory over Carolina.
Miami Dolphins (1-2) 38 Patriots (2-1) 13 - Ronnie Brown had his way with the Patriots defense, rushing for 4 TD’s and throwing the Dolpins other TD. Can’t blame Matt Cassell for the Defense.
New York Giants (3-0) 26 Cincinnati Bengals (0-3) 23 - The Giants and Bengals are headed in opposite directions. The Giants remain undefeated while the Bengals are winless.
Washington Redskins (2-1) 24 Arizona Cardinals (2-1) 17San Francisco49ers (2-1) 31 Detroit Lions (0-3) 12 – The Lions remain winless after a poor effort against the 49ers.
Seattle Seahawks (1-2) 37 St. Louis Rams (0-3) 13 - The St. Louis Rams were just what the Seahawks needed. Seattle got its first win will the Rams dropped to 0-3.
Denver Broncos (3-0) 34 New Orleans Saints (1-2) 32 - The Broncos stay amongst the undefeated with a 2 point win over the Saints.
Philadelphia Eagles (2-1) 15 Pittsburgh Steelers (2-1) 6 - The Eagles handed the Steelers their 1st loss of the year behind 196 yards passing by McNabb.
Jacksonville Jaguars (1-2) 23 Indianapolis Colts (1-2) 21 - The Colts are a surprising 1-2 after 3 weeks of play.
Baltimore Ravens (2-0) 28 Cleveland Browns (0-3) 10 - The Browns couldn’t get in the win column this week. The Ravens meanwhile improve to 2-0.
Dallas Cowboys (3-0) 27 Green Bay Packers (2-1) 16 - The Cowboys are establishing themselves as the team to beat in the NFC. They got a huge win over the Packers at Green Bay on Sunday night.
9/22/08 Monday Night Football San Diego Chargers (1-2) 48 New York Jets (1-2) 29 – The Chargers ran it up on the New York Jets Monday night. Despite throwing 3 touchdowns, Brett Favre also threw 2 interceptions in the loss.
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New England Patriots fans held their breath as someone besides reigning NFL MVP Tom Brady started under center for the first time since September 30th, 2001. Cassel managed to best Brady’s debut passer rating by ten points. Matched up against the Colts in ’01, Brady hit 12-23 for 168 yards and no tds/ints with a passer rating of 79.6. On Sunday, Cassel eclipsed that by making 16 of 23 passes for 165 yards with no tds/ints for a rating of 89.9. Cassel effectively managed the Patriot offense, balancing a lighter-than-usual passing game with an effective running attack.
After the Jets turned an opening drive into a missed field goal, the Pats marched 76 yards down the field to get on the board first with a Stephen Gostowski FG.
Of the 9 times the Pats had the ball, they scored 5 (4 FG, 1 Sammy Morris rushing TD) and were within field goal range while running the clock out on their final drive. The Patriot defense showed up big, keeping the Jets out of the end zone in their only trip into the red zone in the first half. New England stuffed the run three times in a row and held the Jets to a field goal.
The Jets threatened in the 4th quarter, putting together a 80-yard touchdown drive to get within 6 points. The Pats fired right back with a clock-killing 70-yard drive that ended in another field goal, making it a 2-posession game. The Jets couldn’t make anything out of their next drive, and the Pats held on to notch their 21st consecutive regular season win.
Next week the Pats host the Miami Dolphins at Gillette Stadium. 1:00pm kickoff on CBS/WBZ 4, and WBCN 104.1 FM.
According to Yahoo Sports‘ Michael Silver, Tom Brady is out for the season with a torn ACL. While the Pats have yet to confirm this, Brady will have an MRI today to assess the scope of the injury. In his absence, backup QB Matt Cassel and the Patriots defense stepped up.
Cassel completed 13 of 18 passes for 152 yards and a touchdown, and is projected to start his first football game since high school next Sunday. The New England running back corps combined for 126 yards, including 51 from Laurence Maroney, and 53 and a TD from Sammy Morris.
Morris, whose 2007 season was over after a sternum-clavicle injury in week 6, knows what it is like to miss significant playing time.
“I was standing right there,” said Morris in an interview with the Boston Globe‘s Bob Ryan, “and I couldn’t help him up. It’s a tough feeling, but it’s part of the game.”
The Patriots defense looked energized with the infusion of young talent to go with the veteran defenders. Rookie Jerod Mayo registered 6 tackles and seemed like he was involved in every defensive play. With the Chiefs down 7 on the NE 5 yard line, the Pats defense held on to break up 3 Damon Huard passes and stuff a Larry Johnson run for no gain to end it.
Former Tampa Bay QBs Chris Simms and Tim Rattay will be working out with the Patriots today, who are likely shopping for a veteran to back up Cassel. While the situation looks dire, the last time the Patriots lost a starting QB, their untested backup (Brady in 2001) worked out pretty well.
The Patriots will travel to Jersey to play the Jets at 4:15pm next Sunday, September 14th.
After cutting cornerback Fernando Bryant this week the Patriots picked up recently released CB Deltha O’Neal. O’Neal is a two time Pro-Bowl pick from the Cincinnati Bengals. The Patriots and coach Belichick had their eye on O’Neal for some time.
“We played him last year in Cincinnati and I did some work on him going into that game. He is a very athletic corner, good ball skills, pretty big guy that goes up and plays a lot of press coverage” said Belichick.
Despite being released by the Bengals, O’Neal stands a good chance of starting at CB with Ellis Hobbs. The Patriots don’t have a lot of depth at the position with five CBs, and two of them are rookies.
The Patriots are still tuning up for their home opener on 9/7 vs the Chiefs. Tom Brady is expected to be ready for the opener.
Tom Brady has yet to play in a pre-season game for the New England Patriots this year. The result says it all. At 0-3 in the pre-season the Patriots don’t want to miss Brady for one down of regular season play. That might be why Patriots coach Bill Belichick has kept Brady out of the action so far, even though Brady says he’s ready to play. Brady has been recovering from an undisclosed injury to his right foot but has been practicing with the team.
The Patriots have one more pre-season game before their home opener on 9/7 against the Kansas City Chiefs. They’ll play the Giants in a Super Bowl rematch on 8/28. It’s possible that Brady could see some snaps in this game. We’ll have to wait and see.
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Three weeks into the 2008 NFL Pre-Season, the defending AFC Champion New England Patriots find themselves with a 0-3 record after falling to the Philadelphia Eagles 27-17 Friday night at Gillette Stadium. In a game that appeared closer then it was, the Patriots were never able to get it going offensively while they also struggled with their special teams defensive unit, allowing two returns for touchdowns in under a two minute span to end the first half.
The Eagles jumped out first scoring a field goal in their first possession, a David Ackers kick from 24-yards, put them ahead 3-0 with 8:17 remaining in the first quarter of play. The Patriots were only able to pick up one first down in the first quarter which came on a 22-yard scramble by back up QB Matt Cassel. Besides this run, Cassel had an awful night, again failing to lead his team to a TD scoring drive for the third straight game.
Cassel did “some good things, some could have been done better,” Head Coach Bill Belichick said. “Protection at times was a problem.”
On the other side of the field, veteran QB Donovan McNabb looked sharp completing 13 of 17 passes for 180 yards and a touchdown, all coming in the first half.
“My confidence comes from how the team feels and I think the team is really on a high right now,” McNabb said.
The Eagles ended the half with a bang by scoring two touch downs on kick returns, one of a 101 kickoff return by Quintin Demps and the other on a 76 yard punt return by DeSean Jackson to pull away 24-3.
In the second half, the Patriots looked a little better on the offensive end behind the lead of third string QB Matt Gutierrez. He completed 14 of 20 passes and threw two touchdown passes to make the score a respectable 27-17, but this was all against the Eagles second team defensive unit.
“Matt did a good job of leading the team,” Belichick said of Gutierrez. “He hung in there well.”
With the loss, Patriots fans are growing a little nervous because they have yet to see their superstar QB, Tom Brady, in action during any of the pre-season. The reigning NFL MVP has been nursing a foot injury and has only recently begun to practice again with the team. He insists he will be ready to go for the Week 1 of the NFL regular season when the Patriots play the Kansas City Chiefs at home.
“I’ve only been here two games and things haven’t been good,” said Patriots safety John Lynch, who signed after being released by Denver. “I don’t think you put too much stock on results, but we’ve still got to regroup.”
The Patriots will have one more opportunity to try and figure things out before the regular season kicks off in two weeks this coming Thursday when they face the defending Super Bowl Champion New York Giants in a rematch of last years Super Bowl at Giant Stadium.
Whenever an NFL team goes an entire pre-season without posting a win, it’s natural for their fans to panic but in reality, the games do not count and the real purpose of these games is to find what lineups work well together on the field. There’s no need to bail on the 2008-2009 Patriots team just yet, they’ve got a lot of football ahead of them and line backer Heath Evans put it best when he said, “I know one thing, we’re a Bill Belichick-coached football team and we’re going to find a way to get better.”