Pats Ram St Louis

The Patriots improved to 5-2 and moved into a first place tie in the AFC East yesterday with a 23-16 win over a surprisingly plucky St. Louis Rams team, who have shown great improvement since Jim Haslett took over as interim head coach three weeks ago.

On Patriots Daily, Chris Warner has a look back at yesterday’s win, and looks at candidates to provide some unexpected help for the Patriots later this season.

Chris Price has his 10 Things We Learned Yesterday column.

Karen Guregian has the Patriots answering to adversity with this win. Christopher Price has Matt Cassel engineering his first fourth quarter comeback. Mark Farinella says that we should accept that the days of the 40 point wins are over (last week’s 34 point win wasn’t good enough?) and that the games are going to look a lot more like yesterday this season. Christopher L. Gasper has the Patriots back in their rightful place atop the AFC East. David Brown has New England’s resiliency - combined with its weak schedule – keeping them afloat in the AFC playoff picture. Eric McHugh has the Patriots with some bad moments, but still coming away with a win. Shalise Manza Young has the battered but unbowed Patriots moving back into first place. Chris Kennedy says that there was plenty of good and bad for the Patriots yesterday. Andy Vogt has the Patriots silencing the Rams at Gillette. Matthew Roy says that the Patriots were good when it counted yesterday.

Bob Ryan has Matt Cassel making improvements in his game week-by-week, and turning in a pretty decent performance yesterday. Michael Felger says that this Cassel kid might be OK after all. Brian MacPherson says that yesterday was a step forward for Cassel in his development as an NFL QB. Hector Longo demands to know why the Patriots were so “giddy” with Matt Cassel’s performance yesterday against the “bottom feeding” Rams. Price has Cassel showing signs of promise in the win yesterday. John Tomase says that Cassel just keeps on improving and impressing. Brown has Cassel having to go out and win a game for the first time yesterday. Jim Donaldson says that Cassel graduated from game manager to game winner yesterday.

Mike Reiss has Mr Clutch once again stepping forward for the Patriots yesterday. Farinella has Kevin Faulk riding to the rescue yesterday for the Patriots. Bill Burt has a look at how valuable Faulk is to the Patriots, and how a lot teams wish they had this versatile performer. Dan Ventura has Faulk once again picking up the slack for the Patriots on offense. Tim Weisberg has the versatility of Faulk shining for the Patriots again. Glen Farley has Faulk turning it on for the Patriots when in counted. Robert Lee has Mr Dependable coming through again. Jennifer Toland says Faulk is always putting the team first.

Farinella has the Patriots’ defense hanging in there despite all the injuries. Adam Kilgore has the Patriots calling all hands on deck in the secondary after a rash of injuries yesterday. Chris Forsberg has the front seven, led by Adalius Thomas and Richard Seymour helping out the secondary by finally getting some pressure on the QB. Tomase has the Patriots defense answering the call yesterday when a play was needed. Daniel Barbarisi has the secondary tightening in the end when needed. Young has the Patriots’ pass rush a key to the win. Farley has the defense scrambling to put bodies on the field yesterday. Kennedy says that Belichick was a secondary mover and shaker during the game.

Ron Borges seems impressed with the Patriots ability to hang on until the end in this one. Steve Buckley has the Patriots feeding off their rallying cry that no one gave them a chance after Tom Brady went down. Farinella has the Patriots feeling pretty good about themselves and their 5-3 record to this point. Lee has Wes Welker proving the doubters wrong once again. Toland has Randy Moss coming up big on the winning drive.

Peter Gobis has the Rams looking good, but not quite good enough. Michael Vega agrees that the Rams were tough, but just didn’t have enough in the end.

Borges goes through the best and the worst from yesterday. Lee also offers up some postgame analysis from both sides of the ball. McHugh figures out who was hot and who was not yesterday. Mike Petraglia wraps things up from Gillette with soundbites from the locker room.

Gobis’ notebook has Wes Welker still Cassel’s go-to guy yesterday. Gasper’s notebook has the Patriots turning in the first penalty-free performance in franchise history. Guregian’s notebook has the shelves empty at cornerback by the end of the game. Weisberg’s notebook has the depleted secondary making a big play when it counted. McHugh’s notebook says Cassel had game when it counted.

Probably the best thing about FOX doing the games yesterday was that there was not a single reference to the CBS Scene at Patriots place…

  • Chris

    LOL at no reference to ‘CBS Scene.’ There were a couple ground angles during the game where the camera caught just the word ‘Scene’ while making damn sure the word ‘CBS’ wasn’t visible. In the end, the Fox broadcast teams care not a bit about ‘Patriot Place’ since they only do two Pats games this year (yesterday’s and the Arizona game in December).

  • Guntfather of Sports Radio

    The Arizona game could get flexed to NBC. But even then, no CBS scene.

  • sam

    Why even provide links to Hector Longo? He hates all Boston teams. The guy’s a complete ass clown.

    • Angry Old Bastard

      yeah, I never read his articles, I know what his shtick is. The guy is so predictable. Hector Longo is your typical, “LOOK AT ME!…LOOK AT ME! I’M EDGY!..”I’M CONTROVERSIAL!” hack……I wouldn’t click on one of his columns if they were the last written words on the face of the Earth.

      • MarkB

        Hector Longo is stuck in douchebag gear, and he can’t get out. Certain guys spend their lives brazening out a dumbass mistake – HL is one of them. He badmouthed Belichick seven years ago, and he can’t let go. I’d like to know why he thinks he deserves to have the pride he’s protecting – he’s a nobody working for a nobody newspaper.

  • Neal

    Did anybody else have problems with their reception of the Fox telecast? I have Comcast and it kept cutting out. I completely missed at least 1 score because the screen just froze.

    • MarkB

      Doesn’t sound familiar.

    • Lance

      Yes, very much so. Worst reception I’ve seen on tv in a long time. It was like the old B&W days. And the freeze screen was very annoying. Fox – it is what it is.

    • sam

      I’ve got DirecTV, and I had the same problem.

  • Angry Old Bastard

    Mike Felger get’s my MEDIA MORON OF THE DAY AWARD….He was ranting and raving on WEEI this morning that BenJarvus Green-Ellis, “CAN’T PLAY!, HE’s HORRIBLE, HE LOOKS LIKE AN UNDRAFTED FREE AGENT!”……am I missing something?…I’m not saying he’s Jim Brown but the kid has looked OK to me, he certainly didn’t deserve to be ripped like that……of course Felger spent the whole pre-season saying the same thing about Cassel and right now he’s back-peddaling so fast maybe the Pats should look at him for secondary help.

    • Jason Coyote

      Appropriate that Halloween is this week, because in the spirit of the holiday we should call Glenn Ordway Dr. Frankenstein.

      Ordway created the monster known as Michael Felger on his Big Show. Then Felger left to spend a few years at 890 so he could hone his extreme rants and call-generating skills. Now he’s back on EEI to unleash havoc and mayhem on the masses once again.

      Be afraid. Be very afraid.

  • Joe

    Everyone who said Cassel would be great (which he really hasn’t been…steady is probably the best word) can stand up and take a bow.

    I think Felger was more right about the backup QB situation than he was wrong.

    • Angry Old Bastard

      How is Felger right?…listen, I’m not saying Cassel is “great” but all things considered he was the guy for the job. Just WHO is this “great” mystery backup QB the Patriots should have had on their roster?….(please don’t tell me Daunte Culpepper, I might shoot myself)

      • sam

        Felcher is King of the Ass Clowns. He’s part Butch Sterns (wrong on a LOT of stories), and part Steve Burton (doesn’t really have a clue on most sports). I hear Felcher, and I turn the dial.

  • Joe

    My point is I don’t think ANYONE (probably even including Belichick) had confidence in Cassel in the preseason. Felger’s point was that it was a position that could have used an upgrade. People disagreed with him, but not because they though Cassel would be great, but because they didn’t think it was a big concern with Brady there.

    So the fact that Cassel has turned out solid doesn’t necessarily make Felger’s concerns about the backup wrong. It just means he, like most everyone, had no idea Cassel was the answer.

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