The Patriots struggled and slogged their way to a 13-10 win over the New York Jets at Gillette Stadium last night. It wasn’t pretty, but the defense made plays, and won a game for the Patriots in which the offense struggled as much as we’ve ever seen in the last dozen years. Get all the coverage from last night at PatriotsLinks.com.
In terms of media coverage of the game, he’s the ups and downs:
Mike Felger, CSNNE.
Wait, what? Hear me out here. For years, Felger has been saying that the Patriots need to win a game in which their defense steps up to cover for when the offense is struggling. Last night was that instance, and he admitted as much following the game on the post game show and gave them credit for it.
Christopher Price, WEEI.com
His column today – What we learned: For Patriots offense, it can’t get much worse – is fantastic. Covers almost everything that happened last night, and his comparison of this game to week two of the 2009 season is spot-on. (Interestingly, Welker missed that game because of injury.) If you can read only one take away from this game, read this one.
Jackie MacMullan, ESPN Boston
I know. I’m stunned too. But if you can get past the passive-aggressive Wes Welker references, MacMullan’s column today – Will patience pay off for Brady, Pats? – is actually positive in its message. Basically that things are going to get better, and that it is too soon to write off the young receivers – something many out there have already done.
Albert Breer, NFL Network
So you’re the local reporter for the network, which is televising that week’s game right in your back yard, and you’re on the bench? You’re out, son. Couple that with his saying that (Ohio State’s own) Mangold lunging at (Douche) Talib’s knee was “eye for an eye” and then when called on it, saying he never said the actions were equal. Meanwhile, former Herald reporter Ian Rapoport is featured prominently on the broadcast, and had some breaking news, nothing big, just that Bill Belichick’s contract has been extended and he’ll be here “a long time.”
Gerry Callahan, WEEI
After a year in which Brandon Lloyd was bashed on a weekly basis, now Gerry Callahan wants to know why the Patriots haven’t and won’t bring him back. He again pined for Mike Wallace – the $60 million receiver who caught one pass last week and griped about his role, and wondered why the Patriots couldn’t have traded for Anquan Boldin – as if the Ravens would’ve even considered dealing him to the Patriots, and finally mused “would Donald Jones be worse than this?” Jones, cut by the Patriots this offseason then retired because of kidney disease.
Guess Who, Boston Globe
The 2013 Patriots look like the worst 2-0 team in the history of football. “The Waltz of the Tomato Cans” is playing over the loudspeaker at Gillette. Again. The locals are artificially inflated by the incompetence of their division opponents. Again.
Somewhere, John Henry is smiling.
For the weekly media notes, we have the following:
Pedro Martinez to join TBS for MLB postseason – Chad Finn has the Sox great heading to the TV studio for the MLB playoffs, plus a number of other local notes.
Mayock lends expertise to college and pro coverage – Bill Doyle has the NFL Network/NBC analyst equally adept at both the college and pro game.