Former Patriots defensive coordinators Romeo Crennel and Eric Mangini have been fired from their respective head coaching jobs. Crennel left the pats to helm a rebuilding Cleveland Browns team, and led them to a 24-40 in his tenure. Mangini left for the rival New York Jets, making the playoffs in his first year but ultimately leading them to a 23-25 record. Crennel was dealt a difficult hand with a quarterback controversy (the rollercoaster Derek Anderson versus the seemingly underachieving Brady Quinn), and Mangini dealt with difficult turnover. Despite signing on legendary QB Brett Favre, the Jets lost tough games this season, including an uninspired week 17 loss to the division rival Dolphins.
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The New York Jets and the New England Patriots got week 11 of NFL Football off to an exciting night on Thursday, with NY taking the win and 1st place in the AFC East with an OT win.
11/13/08New York Jets (7-3) 34 New England Patriots (6-4) 31 – Despite a career day for Matt Cassell complete with fourth quarter comeback the Jets were the victors in OT as Favre and company took first place in the AFC East.
11/16/08Miami Dolphins (6-4) 17 Oakland Raiders (2-8) 15 - Chad Pennington and the Dolphins just did squeeze out a two point win over the pitiful Oakland Raiders.
New York Giants (9-1) 30 Baltimore Ravens (6-4) 10 - The Giants rushed for over 200 yards against one of the best rushing defenses in the NFL in the Baltimore Ravens. The Giants are cruising at 9-1.
Indianapolis Colts (6-4) 33 Houston Texans (3-7) 27 - Manning’s 320 yards and two TD passes was enough to put away the Texans as the Colts put themselves back in the playoff picture.
Green Bay Packers (5-5) 37 Chicago Bears (5-5) 3 - The Packers win created a three way tie for first place in the NFC North with the Bears and the Vikings.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (7-3) 19 Minnesota Vikings (5-5) 13 - Jeff Garcia threw for 255 yards in a winning effort for Tampa Bay today.
Denver Broncos (6-4) 24 Atlanta Falcons (6-4) 20 - The Falcons’ fourth quater comeback bid fell short as the Broncos got their 6th win of the year.
Carolina Panthers (8-2) 31 Detroit Lions (0-10) 22 - The Panthers weren’t going to let the lowly Lions stand in their way of their 8th win. The Lions still haven’t won a game.
New Orleans Saints (5-5) 30 Kansas City Chiefs (1-9) 20 - Drew Brees had 266 passing yards as the Sainst got by the Chiefs today for their 5th win.
Philadelphia Eagles (5-4-1) 13 Cincinnati Bengals (1-8-1) 13 - McNabb threw for 339 yards but couldn’t get the Eagles a win as Philly and the Bengals played the first tie of the NFL season.
Tennessee Titans (10-0) 24 Jacksonville Jaguars (4-6) 14 - The Titans avoided an upset after trailing in the first half. Collins’ three TD passes helped lead the Titans to their tenth victory.
Arizona Cardinals (7-3) 26 Seattle Seahawks (2-8) 20 - Kurt Warner had another huge day throwing for 395 yards in the Cardinals win over Seattle.
San Francisco 49ers (3-7) 35 St. Louis Rams (2-8) 16 - The 49ers were too much for the Rams on Sunday.
Pittsburgh Steelers (7-3) 11 San Diego Chargers (4-6) 10 - The Steelers were able to edge out the Chargers in a snowy game at Pittsburgh today.
Dallas Cowboys (6-4) 14 Washington Redskins (6-4) 10 - Tony Romo enjoyed his first game back from injury with a win over the Redskins.
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The New England Patriots may have lost to the New York Jets, but they walked away from the game knowing that quarterback Matt Cassel can put up Brady-like numbers. Cassel completed 30 of 51 passes for 400 yards and three touchdowns, in addition to running for 62 yards. A Jay Feely field goal would end it in overtime giving the New York Jets sole possession of first place in the AFC East.
Just before the end of the 1st half the Brett Favre and the Jets had built a 24-6 lead, simply dominating the Patriots. The Patriots were able to add 7 points to close out the half, setting up a big comeback in the next half. The Patriots put up the first points of the third quarter with a ten yard TD pass to Benjamin Watson. A field goal in the opening minutes of the fourth quarter knotted the game at 24 apiece. The Jets would take the lead once again on a TD run by Thomas Jones. The Patriots would get one more chance to tie the game, getting the ball back with 1:04 left and no timeouts. Cassell was simply brilliant in leading the Patriots down the field. The drive culminated in a fourth down TD pass to Randy Moss with just one second left sending this one to OT.
The Patriots had stolen the momentum going into OT but the Jets won the toss and would get the first chance to end the game. Brett Favre led a masterful series of drives eventually setting up Jay Feely’s 34yrd game winning field goal.
The New York Jets will be hoping to ride the momentum from this game to their matchup with the undefeated Titans on 11/23. Now that they are in first it will be tough stay there. The Patriots on the other hand will be hoping to force a tie for first when they play the Miami Dolphins on 11/23. Jets tickets and Patriots tickets are available for all remaining games.
The New England Patriots now have 10 straight wins over the Buffalo Bills after disposing of them 20-10 on Sunday in Foxboro. The win gave the Patriots a one game lead over the Bills in the AFC East and put them in a tie with the New York Jets for 1st place in the division. The Patriots and Jets will face off this Thursday night at Gillette Stadium with 1st place on the line.
The Patriots never trailed in Sunday’s game and got off to a 7-0 start when QB Matt Cassell ran it into the endzone for a 13yrd TD run. Cassell also finished the day with 234 yards passing. Stephen Gostkowski added two field goals for the Patriots and BenJarvus Green-Ellis finished off the scoring for the Patriots with a 1yd TD run in the fourth quarter.
The win for the Patriots was bittersweet as they lost yet another key player to injury. LB Adalius Thomas broke his left forearm and will be out for the rest of the year. The banged up Patriots only have a few days to recover before hosting the Jets on Thursday night. Patriots tickets are still available for this and all Patriots games.
The New York Jets and New England Patriots both won on Sunday, setting up a battle of 6-3 teams with 1st place in the AFC East at stake. They’ll meet on Thursday night.
11/9/08 New England Patriots (6-3) 20 Buffalo Bills (5-4) 10 – Matt Cassell had a fine day with 234 passing yards leading the Patriots past the division rival Bills.
Denver Broncos (5-4) 34 Cleveland Browns (3-6) 30 – Cutler had a huge day, throwing three TD’s on 447 passing yards. The win put the Broncos over .500 on the year.
New York Jets (6-3) 47 St. Louis Rams(2-7) 3 – Thomas Jones led the Jets with three TD’s on 149 rushing yards. Favre added 167 passing yards and one TD as the Jets cruised over the Rams today.
Jacksonville Jaguars (4-5) 38 Detroit Lions (0-9) 14 - Garrard led the Jaguars with 238 passing yards and two TD’s. The Lions remain winless and pathetic at 0-9.
Baltimore Ravens (6-3) 41 Houston Texans (3-6) 13 – Joe Flacco threw for 185 yards and two TD passes leading the Ravens over the Texans today.
Miami Dolphins (5-4) 21 Seattle Seahawks(2-7) 19 - Chad Pennington had 209 passing yards and a TD and the Dolphins got past the .500 mark.
Tennessee Titans (9-0) 21 Chicago Bears (5-4) 14 - Kerry Collins and the Titans continued their unlikely win streak beating the Bears to go 9-0 on the year.
Atlanta Falcons (6-3) 34 New Orleans Saints (4-5) 20 – Despite over 400 passing yards, Drew Brees was unable to beat the Falcons today. Matt Ryan had two TD passes.
Minnesota Vikings (5-4) 28 Green Bay Packers (4-5) 27 – The Vikings gained a one game advantage over the Packers in the NFC North while keeping even with the Chicago Bears.
Indianapolis Colts (5-4) 24 Pittsburgh Steelers (6-3) 20 – Peyton Manning threw three TD’s on 240 yards passing outdueling the Steelers’ Roethlisberger for the win.
Carolina Panthers (7-2) 17 Oakland Raiders (2-7) 6 – The Panthers’ win today gave them the lead in the NFC South by one game over the Tampa Bay Bucs.
San Diego Chargers (4-5) 20 Kansas City Chiefs (1-8) 19 – Philip Rivers had 316 passing yards and two Touchdowns to just barely beat the woeful Chiefs.
New York Giants (8-1) 36 Philadelphia Eagles (5-4) 31 - The Giants look determined to get back to the Super Bowl. They got a big win over the Eagles in Philadelphia on Sunday night to get their 8th win of the year.
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Arizona Cardinals (6-3) 29 San Francisco 49ers (2-7) 24 - Kurt Warner continues to dazzle defenses. He threw for 328 yards and 3 TD’s in a nother Cardinals win.
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Division races are getting tight as teams fight for playoff positioning. The AFC East is getting crowded with the Patriots, Bills and Jets fighting for the top spot.
11/2/08 Indianapolis Colts (4-4) 18 New England Patriots (5-3) 15 – Things are getting real interesting in the crowded AFC East as the Patriots failed to grab the win they needed to retain 1st place in their division. The Colts are trying to re-establish their game to avoid missing the playoffs.
Cincinnati Bengals (1-8) 21 Jacksonville Jaguars (3-5) 19 – The Bengals won’t go winless afterall. They barely got past the Jaguars on Sunday for their 1st win.
Baltimore Ravens (5-3) 37 Cleveland Browns (3-5) 27 – Flacco threw two TD’s and 248 yards in leading the Ravens against the Browns.
Minnesota Vikings (4-4) 28 Houston Texans (3-5) 21 – The Vikings got back to .500 today with their seven point win over the Texans.
New York Jets (5-3) 26 Buffalo Bills (5-3) 17 – The Jets got a crucial win the AFC East today with a big win over the Buffalo Bills.
Tampa Bay Bucs (6-3) 30 Kansas City Chiefs (1-7) 27 – Jeff Garcia had 339 passing yards and a TD as the Bucs bested the Chiefs by a field goal.
Chicago Bears (5-3) 27 Detroit Lions (0-8) 23 - The Bears kept the Lions winless while picking up their fifth win in the process.
Tennessee Titans (8-0) 19 Green Bay Packers (4-4) 16 – Despite 314 passing yards, Aaron Rodgers and the Packers couldn’t get past the undefeated Titans.
Arizona Cardinals (5-3) 34 St. Louis Rams (2-6) 13 – Kurt Warner threw for 342 yards and two touchdowns today, leading the Cardinals over the Rams.
New York Giants (7-1) 35 Dallas Cowboys (5-4) 14 – The Cowboys continue to struggle without Tony Romo, while Eli Manning and the Giants continue to create space for themselves in the NFC East.
Atlanta Falcons (5-3) 24 Oakland Raiders (2-6) 0 – Matt Ryan threw for two TD’s and the Falcons defense shut down the Raiders for the shutout.
Miami Dolphins (4-4) 26 Denver Broncos (4-4) 17 – Chad Pennington threw for 281 yards as the Dolphins improved to 4-4 on the year.
Philadelphia Eagles (5-3) 26 Seattle Seahawks (2-6) 7 – McNabb had a huge passing day for the Eagles with 349 yards as the Eagles took care of the Seahawks on Sunday.
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Pittsburgh Steelers (6-2) 23 Washington Redskins (6-3) 6 - The Steelers shut down the Redskins offense en route to their 6th win on the year.
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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.
J-E-T-S, Jets, Jets, Jets. It shouldn’t be long before this chant becomes very familiar for Brett Favre. His ongoing drama with the Green Bay Packers officially ended last night when the un-retired QB was traded to the New York Jets for a 4th round draft pick. Favre should provide the Jets with much need upgrade at the QB position. The Green Bay Packers however, will have to hope that their man Aaron Rodgers steps up, otherwise this trade will go down as the worst Packers move ever.
The trade ended weeks of controversy as the Packers and Favre continued to butt heads on the QB’s future and relationship with the Packers. After reporting to Camp on Tuesday, Favre met with head coach McCarthy. The two were unable to find any common ground as Favre admitted to McCarthy that it would be tough to play in Green Bay after all that was said about him. That conversation sealed Brett’s fate in Green Bay as coach McCarthy concluded that Brett wasn’t in the right state of mind to lead the Packers.
Only time will tell who will truly benefit from this ordeal. New York Jets fans are certainly optimistic. One thing is certain: New York Jets tickets are suddenly a hot item!
The New York Jets are coming off of a disappointing 4-12 campaign in 2007 and look to make strides towards reaching the playoffs in 2008. With The New England Patriots in their division, the Jets will have a tough time capturing the title and will be aiming for an AFC wild card bid. (more)
After 2 games where the Patriots looked beatable, Brady and company were able to shut down the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday, beating them 34-13. Know one was more upset or embarrassed then the Steelers’ Anthony Smith. Smith had virtually guaranteed a Steelers victory in the days leading up to the game but it was Smith who was burned by Brady on two scoring drives. (more)