Mainly due to the fact that both Demond and I have somewhere to be tomorrow at 1 pm, we'll be blogging our thoughts on tonight's clash. As we said before, we both fully expect the Pats to win handily and hate them for forcing us to root for the Jaguars. On the bright side, someone we despise will be very unhappy at the end of tonight's contest.
One sad note on the Packers game: That was probably the end of the line for Marcus Pollard. Tough night buddy; I was pulling for you. If he should retire at the end of the year, we have a spot all warmed up in the Classic Colts. We're glad to have you.
Jholes must go for this. They are. Great throw. Crazy play call, but a huge play. The Pats might be in trouble tonight.
-Wow, what a throw by Garrard. They are stunned in NE. It's close to a sack, but it was a great throw while going down.
-Screw it. We are all in. Ok Jags. We're with you tonight. Demond said, "I don't care if they win the Super Bowl". Ok. I'm not sure I want them to win that bad.
-The worst part of a Jags upset would be Jeremy Green being right about something. The universe might implode under the sheer weight of the improbability.
-NE gets a huge screen. Terrible coverage by 56 who seemed to recognize the screen but got over too late and was blocked.
-Pats fail to run effectively on 3rd and 2. They'll go for it. I bet that's the last key 3rd down they try and run on.
-Not sure how you fail to cover Moss on 4th down. I guess it was just too long to cover him.
-Jags have the worst 'great' defense in football. They get little pressure AND have a terrible secondary.
-Nice job Jags. My temporary love for them lasted about 2 minutes. I'm back to hating their teal guts. I can't believe I was suckered in by one good drive. That just tells you how much I hate the Pats. The Jags just don't have the D to win this game.
-Yes, the rest of the blog will pretty much sound just like this.
-Fred Taylor seems to have more runs for losses than any 'good back' in history. He is easily the worst player to rush for 10,000 yards. At least Garrard is throwing well.
-That was the single dumbest fumble I've seen this year that didn't involve Kellen Lewis.
-3rd and short. If they run, it'll be a sneak.
-wow, I'm stunned they ran. Maroney almost got tripped up for a loss, but ran through the 'hand tackle'
-Is it too early to declare a game 'over' when it's 7-7 at the end of 1 quarter?
-Demond is IMing me cursing Charlie Johnson.
-I see nothing to convince me that the Pats D is actually any good.
-Demond writes: ok, this is how dumb jeremy green is: on the radio today he was trying to argue that isaiah thomas's main problem is he keeps taking over programs that were bad to begin with...
really? because he kind of ruined the pacers...
-I think Joe Addai kills these guys next week. The Colts Pats game could be 49-48.
-Jags jump off. NE was probably barking or something.
-Is there a second worse 'great D' than New England's?
-Demond wants me to make sure and say, "Ooh. Kitty's got claws!". Hecho.
-NE's line is BLOWING the Jags off the line. The Pats are going to run down this clock, score to start the second half, and it'll be over.
-A big penalty might, MIGHT keep this to a three point game at the half.
-Jack Del Rio takes a good timeout on defense and just went a whole half without challenging a play. I'm stunned.
-WIIIIIIDE RIGHT! THE CAT LIVES!
-Demond notes that that kick looked like AV's in SD
-Mad Jack goes conservative. Brady gets to throw Hail Mary's to Moss. In other words, just like a normal Pats/AFC East game. That was an oddly conservative call on 3rd down considering that making the Pats use a timeout didn't make any difference. Throwing was the right call.
Every play makes me both happy and makes me want to poke out my eye. Mad Jack is trying to out-dress Belichick by wearing the classy T-shirt, leather jacket with team logo combo. Stylish, Jack.
-Demond hopes the Pats lose because of a drive stalling with a classy chop-block.
-Boomer says, "If I'm the NE defense I'm worried." If I'M the NE defense, I'm not worried...I'm just freaking old.
-What the crap is Simms talking about? The Kitties don't look any close to shutting down NE.
-The Jags defenders are slow to break out of their zones to cover backs and screens.
-Brady panicked a bit at the blitz and almost threw a pick. Brady is playing great, but keep in mind that this Jags secondary is horrible.
-This game is exactly why we said the Jags would struggle without bad weather. They aren't a very good defensive team, especially in the secondary.
-Here's a huge third down for the Jags. If they don't convert, they should go for it. Yes, I'm serious.
-WOW. Passing to Matt Jones is...ballsy I guess.
-Jax needs to keep running it to shorten this game up. Matt Jones for a big gain again. Matt Jones is killing the Pats. I just can't see them winning it all with this D.
-This is the reincarnation of Indy Vs KC in the playoffs. Great QB has a huge day to hide his gasping defense. But a reckoning awaits...
-Garrard gets lucky his pass is batted down at the line. Had pick written all over it. A big drop on 3rd down kills the Jags.
-It's a 4 point game as Scobee nails the figgie, but I still don't know that the Jags are physically capable of stopping the Pats even once.
-Demond informs me that he just wrote something in his notebook. I laugh. I fear he's correct, but then again, I was calling it over when it was 7-7.
-Simms embarrasses himself by asking, "Can the Jags still stay patient on defense?" Patient how? By letting the Pats score in 10 plays instead of 4? Patient like that, Phil?
-Even if the Jags take the lead, I'm still waiting for Mad Jack to do something stupid. What? I don't know, but I can feel it coming.
-Tough personal foul, but whatever. Those happen every game.
-Maroney is now getting chunks of yards after not looking good early in the game. The Jags D is ready to keel over.
-Simms changes his tune and now says the Jags have to change up. Really? Was it the first three TDs you saw that make you say that or this one that's coming now?
-The Jags are going to lose to the Pats for the same reason they lost to the Colts. Their defense isn't up to the level of their offense. Their O is good, but can't be perfect. Their D? Just not there. They've given up 22 or more points in 5 of their last 7 games. They aren't a championship defense.
-A big catch and a personal foul keeps the Jags on life support. I can't see them getting a stop though. Gotta love Rodney Harrison. Garrard is a gamer that's for sure. It won't be his fault if they lose this game.
-I suppose the Jags can kick on 4th down, but they really need the TD.
-Garrard and Mo-Jo are huge again, and the life support keeps on beeping.
-The Matt Jones well runs dry. Talk about tempting fate. How did he not get a better effort on catching that ball?
-I see no reason to expect the Jags to get a stop. Brady would have to suffer an anyuresim or something.
-I sort of hoped for an onside kick there. Instead the booted it away. TOUCH DOWN PATS. Ok, so maybe not yet, but it's coming soon enough.
-I'm sensing a deep ball to Moss coming. Just for the hell of it. I think they start screwing with the Jags' heads now and playing for next week.
-Nope it was a deep ball to Stallworth. Nice job, Mathis (he's their GOOD corner!).
-Wow, Welker drops the ball, and the Jags sort of get their stop. Still the FG all but seals the deal.
-This game gets more like the Colts at KC all the time. The parallels are amazing.
-Mad Jack takes the ball out of the hands of his best return threat. Nice. Still, other than failing to have his D show up, he's been alright tonight.
-Demond calls TD, onside kick, TD. Demond has been drinking heavily.
-Well, the nice thing about the Jags taking a timeout is that the end of this game will fly by.
-What a catch and conversion to keep the game alive. Harrison picks up another penalty.
-Garrard has played a great game. We became believers after the Indy game, he's really spectacular. He's keeping his team alive.
-Two plays really did the Jags in tonight: Garrard's stupid fumble early and Northcutt's drop on 3rd down. Meanwhile, Rodney Harrsion makes the play. Not bad for a classless ahole cheater who only had two personal fouls tonight.
-The Pats should throw on this third down and put the hammer down.
-They do, and the Jags prove they still can't tackle even when they cover.
This game went pretty much how we thought it would. Brady was great, and shreded the sieve that the Jags call a secondary. This team just didn't matchup well with the Pats. I think the Jags played better than I thought, but could only get FGs instead of TDs in the second half. If the Colts play D as well as they did in the earlier meeting, I think they win. The Pats put up 31 on the Jags, but more imporantly were never really stopped once. Fortunately, the Colts are much better on D, especially passing D than the Jags are. Let's go take care of business tomorrow, and get on with what this season has really been about for months.
Most importantly, I suppose, the Jags beat the spread. JC and many others are no doubt homeless now. That makes me happy. Gambling is for fools.
As for the Jags? It's another wasted season for them at the hands of the Pats. Suck it, Vic.