So did the Patriots win yesterday?
Did they remain in first place in the AFC East?
Did they show some good balance on offense, and make more than a few plays on defense in holding down the dynamic rushing combo of DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart?
But all you’re going to hear this week is Randy Moss, Randy Moss, Randy Moss. I’m just preparing you.
Moss had a terrible afternoon, catching one pass for 16 yards, and losing it after a fumble. He also seemed to either pull off or lose track of the ball, resulting in a Tom Brady interception in the first half. His effort was questioned by media, and even by the opposing Carolina Panthers. This will continue either for the rest of the week, or until he has a big game. The eagerness to pile on the guy is pretty nauseating. Here’s a sample of your Moss columns today:
Fade pattern from Moss - Albert Breer, Globe.
Randy Moss a no-show in win - Ron Borges, Herald. Borges has his old Raiders pal Art Shell weigh in on Moss, calling him “easily daunted.” Overall though, not a bad piece from Borges.
Welker Shows Heart; Moss? No Pulse - Jeff Jacobs, Hartford Courant.
A dog day afternoon - Michael Felger, CSNNE.com
After awful showing, some question Moss’ desire - Shalise Manza Young, Projo.
It’s worse nationally, with the despicable Mike Freeman taking a victory lap on Twitter yesterday afternoon, and Michael Silver thinks that Moss is on his way out in New England. There’s plenty more out there if you’re eager to join this pile-on. Have fun, if that’s what you’re into.
Let’s get to the game, shall we?
Chris Warner says that this is the type of game that the Patriots should just be happy that they got the win. Mike Reiss has the spirited play of Wes Welker proving to be the difference in this one. Tom E. Curran says that the result of this game means nothing, this is still a team with too many problems. Mark Farinella has a missed 53-yard field goal attempt by the Panthers proving to be the spark the Patriots needed. Tim Weisberg says that yesterday was not the statement that the Patriots wanted to make.
Among the ten things Christopher Price learned yesterday was that we shouldn’t write off James Sanders and Shawn Springs just yet. Rich Garven has the Patriots proving to be just good enough yesterday. Bob Ryan says that we should be prepared to have all Patriots games be like this from here on out. Andy Vogt says that winning ugly is the best the Patriots could do yesterday.
Steve Buckley has Kevin Faulk sparking his teammates with his play yesterday. Robert Lee has Faulk stepping up to be a leader yesterday. Jonathan Comey and his Monday Morning Fullback are doing a blog-a-thon today.
Hector Longo has the Patriots riding their mighty mites to the win. Zuri Berry has Wes Welker’s teammates lauding his heart and talent. Karen Guregian has Welker challenging his teammates and then going out and setting the example on the field. Jim Donaldson has Welker producing on the field and inspiring his teammates. Farinella says that Welker’s got heart.
Dan Duggan says that this was an old-school performance from Tom Brady. Brian MacPherson has the Patriots still down, but not yet out. David Willis says that it wasn’t a masterpiece for the Patriots defense, but it was good enough. Chris Forsberg looks at the simplified defense. Farinella has Stephen Gostkowski continuing to move out from under Adam Vinatieri’s shadow. Duggan has Shawn Springs and James Sanders getting back into action for the Patriots.
I’m sick as a dog this morning, so I’m heading back to bed…enjoy your Monday.