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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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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Earlier today the Cleveland Browns traded away WR Braylon Edwards to the New York Jets for special-teams player Jason Trusnik, WR Chansi Stuckey, and a pair of future draft picks. Edwards has been in the league for five years and will give QB Mark Sanchez the extra option he’s been looking for all season down field. “It’s just another piece that we wanted to add,” said GM Mike Tannenbaum said. “We’re excited to get Braylon. We think he’s going to help us. It was a position that we liked, but it was also a position we felt that if there was an opportunity to improve, we were going to go ahead and try to do that.”
The NFL is currently looking into whether Edwards has violated league policy after allegedly assaulting a friend of NBA star LeBron James outside a Cleveland nightclub on Monday. The situation may play a large factor as to why Edwards has found his new home to be New York. The Jets are next scheduled to take on the Miami Dolphins Monday, October 12th at LandShark Stadium. The following week they will host the Buffalo Bills at Giants Stadium.
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The New England Patriots just recently acquired linebacker Prescott Burgress from the Baltimore Ravens earlier this week for a seventh-round pick in the 2010 NFL Draft. Burgess has two prior years of experience under his belt, and will be expected to come in and contribute immediately for New England’s thin backfield. The Patriots only played two linebackers against the Jets last Sunday (Gary Guyton and Adalius Thomas).
Week 3′s game against the Atlanta Falcons is scheduled for Sunday, September 27th at 1:00 pm. This will be the first time since 2005 and the 12th time ever that Atlanta and New England have matched up. After a heartbreaking loss in New York, Tom Brady will look to rally his squad back as he has many times before. Bill Belichick is 2-0 against the Falcons as Patriots head coach.
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Week 1 surely met all expectations with upsets in some areas and pure dominance in others. Monday nights Marquee match-ups both showed as nothing short of thrilling, knowing the under dogs fought to the end but the favorites stood on top when the final horn sounded. Check for all NFL week 1 scores below.
Thursday, September 10, 2009Pittsburgh Steelers 13, Tennessee Titans 10 – Jedd Reed knocked one through the up rights from 33 yards away to lift Pittsburgh past the Titans in the NFL’s initial 2009 contest.
Sunday, September 13, 2009Indianapolis Colts 14, Jacksonville Jaguars 12 – Colts Quarterback Peyton Manning earned 301 passing yards and a TD in his regular season debut.
Atlanta Falcons 19, Miami Dolphins 7 – Miami avoided the shut out with a touchdown in the fourth quarter.
Philadelphia Eagles 38, Carolina Panthers 10 – The Eagles put up and impressive 28 points in the second quarter to coast in this one. Despite the victory, QB Donovan McNabb is injured with a fractured rib and remains day to day.
New York Jets 24, Houston Texans 7 – Jets Quarterback March Sanchez notched his first career win as his defense shut out the Texans in the first three quarters of play.
New Orleans Saints 45, Detroit Lions 27 – New Orleans scored 28 first half points in this highly offensive battle at the Superdome.
Denver Broncos 12, Cincinnati Bengals 7 – Broncos wide-out Brandon Stokley grabbed a deflected pass for 87 yards with 17 seconds left, scoring the final game changing touchdown.
Minnesota Vikings 34, Cleveland Browns 20 - RB Adrian Peterson scored three touchdowns from his 180 yards, making Brett Favre’s job as Minnesota’s quarterback just a little easier.
Baltimore Ravens 38, Kansas City Chiefs 24 – The Ravens racked up 21 fourth quarter points to win in convincing fashion.
Dallas Cowboys 34, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 21 – Quarterback Tony Romo showed his experience yesterday with the Cowboys, throwing for 353 yards and three touchdowns.
New York Giants 23, Washington Redskins 17 – Washington was able to make up some ground in the fourth with a touchdown, but failed to recover the onside kick in the final minutes.
San Francisco 49ers 20, Arizona Cardinals 16 – The Cardinals had 12 penalties for 82 yards, which definitely served as a major factor regarding this outcome.
Seattle Seahawks 28, St. Louis Rams 0 – Seattle’s offense took care of business in the second and third quarters as their defense completely shut down all Rams scoring attempts.
Green Bay Packers 21, Chicago Bears 15 – Green Bay came up with the win after scoring 11 fourth quarter points.
Monday, September 14, 2009New England Patriots 25, Buffalo Bills 24 – Down by 11 with 2:10 minutes remaining, Patriots Quarterback Tom Brady led his team back with two touchdown passes to steal the game from Buffalo.
San Diego Chargers 24, Oakland Raiders 20 – Philip Rivers threw for a total of 252 yards and one touchdown, charging San Diego past Oakland in the fourth quarter.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has recently stated that Philadelphia Eagles QB Michael Vick will be eligible to play by the third week of the 2009 NFL regular season. “Hopefully we can have a success story here, which would be good for society in general,” said Goodell. “He’s realistic about the challenges ahead, and anxious to play football.”
The Eagles are set to match up with the New York Jets for their last preseason game before they open up the regular season in Charlotte against the Carolina Panthers on September 13th. Vick will be able to officially take the field on September 20th when his team hosts the New Orleans Saints in Philadelphia.
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New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan officially announced rookie Mark Sanchez as their starting quarterback. Sanchez will be the first rookie QB to start the season opener for the organization since Dick Jamieson in 1960, back when they were known as the New York Titans. “I feel that the best move for our franchise and our team is to go with Mark as our quarterback,” Ryan said Wednesday. “I think Mark gives us the best opportunity to win.”
It was only possible for the Jets to select Sanchez through trading up in the draft. This off-season they signed the former USC standout to a five-year deal that could be worth up to $60 million($28 million guaranteed). In last week’s preseason game against the Baltimore Ravens, Sanchez completed just 3 of 8 passes for 43 yards.
During his debut he was welcomed to the NFL by veteran Ray Lewis with a hit to the stomach, causing him to toss up an interception. “Not obviously the way you want to start. I thought I was doing the right thing; I felt Ray come free on the right side from the protection,” said Sanchez. “I was checking it down to the flat, perfect. Haloti just jumped right in front of the ball and made a really athletic play.”
Sanchez and the Jets are scheduled to face off against the New York Giants and Philadelphia Eagles before kicking off the regular season against the Houston Texans on Sunday, September 13th at Reliant Stadium.
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All NFL preseason games for this week have wrapped up except for the featured Monday night game, where the Baltimore Ravens will take on the New York Jets at M&T Stadium. Look for all game results to be posted each week right here at Aceticket.com!
Week 2 ScoresThursday, August 20, 2009New England Patriots 6, Cincinnati Bengals 7 – Chad Ochocinco caught and kicked Cincinnati past the Patriots with 69 receiving yards on top of a completed extra point field-goal.
Philadelphia Eagles 15, Indianapolis Colts 23 – Peyton Manning completed 10 out of 14 passes thrown with 167 yards, leading his team to score two touchdowns in the first quarter.
Friday, August 21, 2009Dallas Cowboys 30, Tennessee Titans 10 – Dallas QB Tony Romo led his squad by Tennessee with almost 200 passing yards on 18 completed passes.
Minnesota Vikings 17, Kansas City Chiefs 13 – Brett Favre’s QB competition Tavaris Jackson completed 12 out of 15 passes for 202 yards. The Vikings won through their second half production, scoring 10 out of their 17 total points in the last two quarters.
Atlanta Falcons 20, St. Louis Rams 13 – The Falcons scored 14 of their 20 total points in the first quarter and held the lead from there. QB Matt Ryan threw 7-for-8 with 81 yards.
Saturday, August 22, 2009Cleveland Browns 27, Detroit Lions 10 – Cleveland put up 20 points in the first quarter at their home stadium, doubling the amount Detroit could score all game.
Washington Redskins 17, Pittsburgh Steelers 13 – The Redskins scored a last quarter TD to take this one by just four points.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 24, Jacksonville Jaguars 23 – The Jaguars were able to complete a clutch drive for a touchdown with two minutes remaining, but could not add on the attempted two-point conversion.
Miami Dolphins 27, Carolina Panthers 17 – Dolphins QB Chad Pennington threw for 105 yards as Miami cruised by the Panthers at Land Shark Stadium.
Chicago Bears 17, New York Giants 3 – The Bears were able to score 10 first quarter points and shut down New York aside from a field goal in the second.
New Orleans Saints 38, Houston Texans 14 – The Saints posted at least a touchdown each quarter, leading to a blowout victory in Houston.
San Francisco 49ers 21, Oakland Raiders 20 – San Francisco came back and scored 18 of their 21 points in the final quarter to edge out the Raiders by 1.
San Diego Chargers 17, Arizona Cardinals 6 – Arizona was held to just two field goals in the first and third quarters and no touchdowns.
Seattle Seahawks 27, Denver Broncos 13 – Seahawks QB Matt Hasselbeck racked up 171 yards on 16 passes completed.
Buffalo Bills 21, Green Bay Packers 31 – Buffalo produced 14 fourth quarter points, but it wasn’t enough to catch up to Green Bay at Lambeau field.
Brett Favre is scheduled to appear on the debut episode of “Joe Buck Live” tonight. The retired, unretired, retired, and possibly to-be unretired quarterback will be discussing his future and his health. Favre is being courted by the Minnesota Vikings, bitter rivals of his former Green Bay Packers. Favre’s family and friends have reportedly been booking hotel rooms for the day the Vikes visit Lambeau field but Favre asserts that his decision will not be made until he can assess his arm’s health. With Aaron Rogers entrenched at QB in Green Bay, and the Jets drafting Mark Sanchez, Favre’s options seem to be limited.
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