That patience-leaning perspective was lent credence by his next four kicks, which were made field goal tries of 37 and 23 yards, plus two clean extra points. The fifth, however, was more of an adventure, doinking the left upright before careening through, and highlights that at this stage of the season the Pats’ only priority in the kicking game is reliability. More than a guy with a booming leg, they need someone who will regularly make the kicks he’s supposed to. And so if the Pats’ PAT problem continues with Nugent, don’t be surprised if the revolving door brings someone else through at that position. … [Read more...] about 5 takeaways from the Patriots’ 33-7 win over Washington
Meyers made another 23-yard snag just before the half. He rose up to squeeze the pigskin over his defender, and in the process seemed to change the Pats’ way of thinking on that possession. To that point they looked cautious, and not entirely committed to pressing for a score before the half. As Meyers catch moved the ball to New York’s 28, New England grew increasingly aggressive, and Brady capped the surge with a one-yard scoring push. … [Read more...] about 5 takeaways from the Patriots’ 35-14 win over the Giants
■ The NBA this year is insisting on accuracy when teams list players’ height. That’s how Kevin Durant officially went from 6-9 to 6-10. Wish this policy existed back in the day when Bill Walton insisted he was only 6-11 even though he was over 7-1. Check out the Celtics team photo from 1986. Walton is taller than Robert Parish (who was listed at 7-1) and towers over 6-10 Kevin McHale. … [Read more...] about Why we can’t tell how good the Patriots are, and other thoughts
Unless there’s some rule forbidding an excessive amount of Rutgers graduates on one team I don’t know about, Sanu is worth a call. The Falcons are 1-4 and just aren’t in any position to get the most value from the solid veteran when they’d be better off rebuilding other areas of their team. The Patriots know the Atlanta front office well, too, and could afford Sanu’s contract. Sanu has been reasonably productive and has caught 29 passes for 281 yards so far this season. … [Read more...] about Who’s going to catch passes for the Patriots?
The versatile veteran with the long blond dreadlocks knifed through the Giants’ protection and blocked Riley Dixon’s punt at the 19-yard line late in the first quarter. The ball sputtered in the air for what seemed like a New York minute before Chase Winovich, the rookie with the long blond hair, snatched it and hustled in from the 6 for the touchdown and a 7-0 lead. … [Read more...] about Patriots eventually put away Giants