On a day in which Patriots’ family business was being settled all over the league, Godfather style – Jets imploding, Polians getting fired in Indy – talk on the local airwaves was again how the Patriots SUCK at drafting, and how their 13-3 record is fraudulent because they didn’t beat anyone with a winning record. (Maybe the Patriots should’ve dropped one to the Jets so they could say they beat a winning team?)
Welcome to the New Year. Same as the Old Year.
If you’ve got any common sense, or just actually like your team, you’ll avoid sports radio and television as much as possible over the next two weeks. There won’t be much deviation from the story line, no matter who they end up playing on January 14th.
Let’s be clear, the Patriots have something to prove. You know it, I know it, we all know it. Maybe we can talk about what they need to do to be successful, rather than simply telling us over and over again that they’ve done nothing yet.
Let’s look at some report cards from Sunday’s game.
Making The Grades – Bills at Patriots - Jeremy Gottlieb has the Patriots playing with fire early, then catching fire.
Report Card: Brady, Belichick lead the way - Kirk Minihane hands out grades for both the Bills game and the entire regular season.
Patriots report card - Ron Borges opens with the line about not beating a team with a winning record. Of course, New England played seven games against teams that went 8-8, and won them all. The reason those teams don’t have a winning record is because they lost to the Patriots.
Hector Longo’s Two-Minute Drill - A rough first quarter for the cornerbacks does them in.
Patriots Center - ESPN Boston has their grades.
Patriots report card Game 16 - Put your own grades in on Boston.com.
Waters is the unsung MVP for Pats - Bill Burt has a column worth reading on Brian Waters, and his perspective on the Patriots after so many years in Kansas City.
On bye, time can really fly - Shalise Manza Young looks at what balance the Patriots will attempt to strike during the bye week.
In position to prosper - Ian Rapoport looks at the experiment of putting Devin McCourty at safety, and whether it will continue.
Greg Stiemsma gets confidence boost - Chris Forsberg looks at the Celtics rookie center, who has opened a few eyes with his play. Steve Bulpett has Stiemsma’s teammates very happy for him. Paul Flannery has more on the shot-blocking rookie.
Shame on Comcast SportsNet for foisting this on us on Sunday night: