Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski celebrate after Gronk went uncovered and untouched to score the go ahead touchdown. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Of all the AFC East opponents the Jets have been the one to consistently play the Patriots close. With a revamped defense and new head coach Todd Bowles, there were people who thought this was the year they overtake the Patriots in the East. Once again they played competitive football throughout the game and kept it interesting for four quarters. Then right at the very end they decided to show everyone why the Jets are still the Jets.

– Tom Brady led the Patriots to yet another fourth quarter comeback in his incredible career. In the fourth quarter alone he went 14-17 for 150 yards and two touchdowns. Going against the number one ranked defense in the league, and the best secondary in the league, he shredded them for 355 yards. What’s even more impressive is that the Patriots didn’t even try to pretend like they wanted to run the ball. The whole world knew they were passing on the best secondary in the league and they still couldn’t stop him. That’s why he’s the greatest quarterback of all time. Even when the other team knows exactly what Brady is going to do he still does it and makes it look easy. Continue reading Notes and Observations, Week 7: Brady Nearly Perfect in 4th Quarter; Patriots Beat Jets 30-23 »

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Johnny Cueto (Tony Dejak/Associated Press)

Earlier in the week we proposed a similar question regarding David Price, in wondering whether the Red Sox should consider a serious run at a major free agent in their search for an Ace for the starting rotation. Johnny Cueto is a very, very similar player to Price, and will most likely cost just almost as much to sign, in both years and dollars. The Red Sox, as a major market team, have the capability to acquire either player off of the free agent market, but there is merit in wondering if they actually should take the plunge. Free agent megadeals almost never work out for the signing team, so there is legitimate reason to speculate on the wisdom of making a splash just for the sake of spending to capacity. A deeper look into the situation reveals that the Red Sox should probably look elsewhere to find their Ace.

As stated above, Cueto is a very similar pitcher to Price, and that is why he will get paid at the top of the market this offseason. Cueto is only 29 years old, has averaged about 178 innings per season in the Major Leagues, and has a 3.30 career ERA, with only 2.60 BB/9, and a .236 Average Against for his career. So we can agree, solid marks all around. He has been good, he has been relatively durable, and he limits walks. This sounds like a solid pitcher that would be worth a decent investment in, especially since Cueto’s numbers are slightly worse than Price’s and would therefore mean a cheaper contract in signing him. And to be sure, Cueto would easily be an upgrade over any starter the Red Sox currently possess.

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LeGarrette Blount didn't go off like he did in the AFC championship but he did contribute two big touchdowns in Sunday's victory. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

We weren’t treated to the incredible blow out we were all pining for but the way this one went was actually more satisfying. For two and a half quarters the Colts kept it interesting with the help of Mike Adams’ pick-6 off the tipped pass from Julian Edelman. Gronk was virtually non-existent with the exception of his 25-yard touchdown catch-and-run. Andrew Luck was actually making plays when he had to. It seemed like for once the Colts were playing their best football against their most hated/feared rival (I emphasize their because lets face it no one in New England thinks this is a rivalry). Then it happened. The single dumbest play in the history of the NFL. “The fake punt.” After that play the Colts team and their fans were demoralized.

– The absolute best part about that play is that there was not one person in that whole organization that spoke up when they were practicing that play. Apparently they’ve been working on it for a while which makes it even better. In all that time not one of them had the brains to say “hey ya know guys…I don’t think this one’s going to work.” They all that that this was really going to get them. Right now they’re all saying it was a communication breakdown, the ball wasn’t supposed to be snapped, but that’s all a mask. In their heart of hearts they truly thought they had something special and instead it usurped the “Buttfumble” from its thrown of hilariously awful football plays.  Continue reading Notes and Observations, Week 6: Colts Run the Dumbest Play in NFL History; Patriots Beat Them Again 34-27 »

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David Price (Michael Peake/Toronto Sun)

Maybe a more accurate question would be: “should the Red Sox want David Price?” Even a casual fan could probably tell that the Red Sox are a team in desperate need of an Ace, and Price will be one of the most easily available options in this coming offseason. In fact, there is an argument to be made that part of Price’s appeal is that he would only cost the dollar value of his contract to acquire, thus saving the team from having to deal from its farm system. In theory, a large-market team like the Red Sox should be all about these kinds of deals, especially when they have some money coming off of the books from Justin Masterson, Mike Napoli, Shane Victorino, etc. With that being said, Red Sox ownership has previously been unwilling to approve of the type of contract it would take to sign Price off of the free agent market, even when it came to keeping a fan-favorite like Jon Lester. It hurts to say, but ownership might be right in this case, that they should not sign Price this offseason.

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Tom Brady has been fired up all season and it was on display after his one yard touchdown run. (AP Photo/Brandon Wade)

Just about every other team in the league would have taken yesterday’s game for what it was at face value. A 30-6 victory on the road after a bye week. In New England, the team and the fans could only see the things that they could improve on next week. The defense played exactly how it should and didn’t even surrender a touchdown on the road. All Belichick sees is how can the team lower the penalties called against them? Tom Brady continued his dominance with three total touchdowns, completing 20 out of 27 passes, and throwing for 275 yards with zero interceptions. All Belichick sees is how can he get the offensive line to protect Brady better and how can the team finally run a pick play they don’t get penalized for? That’s how spoiled we’ve become in New England that even with a dominant win on the road there is still so much work that can be done.

– Obviously this wasn’t Dallas’ best team. With no Tony Romo and Dez Bryant they were already starting at a huge disadvantage. This game definitely plays differently if Romo and Bryant are healthy, but I still believe the Patriots defense could have matched up against them well. The game plan was perfect as they carried five defensive tackles on the active roster for the first time all season. There were times where they loaded up the box with nine men begging Brandon Weeden to pass on him. He didn’t and they contained the run all game. You can say what you want about the Cowboys sending out the JV offense but the bottom line the defense did exactly what it was supposed to do to that team. If it wasn’t for penalties on their two field goal drives, this game very well could have been a shutout. Continue reading Notes and Observations Week 5: Patriots Defense Solid After the Bye Week; Beat Dallas 30-6 »

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Three Red Sox Needs

October 9, 2015 at 7:43pm in Featured, Opinion, Red Sox, Top Story
Hanley Ramirez (Rich Gagnon/Getty Images)

Earlier in the week we looked at some of the Red Sox’ current organizational strengths heading into the offseason, and now we are taking a look at some needs the team will be working to improve on this winter. Most of them are pretty obvious and involve pitching, but let’s get into it. Below are the Red Sox three most glaring needs, in no particular order.

An Ace

This one has already been talked about a lot and is pretty obvious, as 2015 proved the harsh reality that a rotation full of mediocre pitchers gets a team nowhere. The Red Sox are in a good position with some of their younger pitchers, including Eduardo Rodriguez, Henry Owens, and Brian Johnson, but those guys are not yet ready to be legitimate number one starters. Fortunately, the Free Agent and Trade markets are likely to be flush with top-notch starting pitching; it will be up to Dave Dombrowski to decide how to allocate his resources and improve the roster. Aside from the obvious talent improvement that would come with an established Ace, such an acquisition would also create more competition among the rest of the roster’s pitchers, as there would be one less spot in the rotation available. This competition would be great for both veterans, like Wade Miley and Rick Porcello, and younger players like Owens and Johnson. Competition breeds improvement, which is sorely needed throughout the Red Sox pitching staff.

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It's been a couple of days, but I'm still giddy and grinning that the Yankees lost and former Red Sox/$153 million man Jacoby Ellsbury didn't even start. (US News)

It almost made this season entirely worth it. Another year out of the playoff race by August (and that’s optimistic), another last place finish, and one American League Wild Card game nearly undid all the futility of the 2015 season – and the Red Sox were already home hitting the links.

Such is my hatred and vitriol for the New York Yankees that I can find near complete solace in their shutout loss at the hands of Dallas Keuchel and the Houston Astros in the AL Wild Card round. Yes, that’s how pathetic this past season was.

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