I love it every time the experts get it wrong.
Sunday, the New England Patriots were supposed to be dead in New York facing Brett Favre and the Jets. After all, reigning MVP Tom Brady was gone for the season. The Pats had no running game, the media (such as ESPN) would have you believe, and backup Matt Cassel hadn't started a game since high school. Blah blah blah.
And yet, it was the Pats who came up with a 19-10 victory at the Meadowlands.
Favre did nothing in the first half, but then threw a costly interception in the Jets' first possession of the third quarter. The Pats got the ball back and scored a TD to go up 13-3.
On a day when there were several stirring comebacks (see the Colts in Minnesota, the Bills in Jacksonville, the Panthers against the Bears, the Redskins versus the Saints, the 49ers in Seattle, just to name a few), it didn't happen in New York.
Injured Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling, who ripped New York fans earlier this week, basically guaranteed the Pats would beat the Jets. And Schilling proved to be right: New England head coach Bill Belichick does know what he's doing in handing Cassel the starting job.
An article on FOX Sports which tried to discredit Schilling's comments stated the New York Mets are in fact, in first place, even if the Yankees, in the pitcher's words, "suck this year."
Well, as you saw this weekend, the Mets couldn't even close out a pair of late-inning leads against the Atlanta Braves.
And no, these are not the 1999 Braves. These Braves are not that good.
Perhaps sadly though, the Mets' bullpen are that bad.
Much has been made this season that the Mets' relievers have a tendency to implode, and it happened for the 26th and 27th times (or however many it is) this weekend.
Saturday, in a doubleheader opener, Johan Santana departed in the eighth with a 2-0 lead after allowing back-to-back singles to begin the frame. The Braves put together a three-spot, and New York fell, 3-2.
Sunday, the Mets had a 4-2 lead entering the ninth and handed the ball over to Luis Ayala. Greg Norton(!), however, hit a three-run, pinch-homer, and the Mets gave up two more in the inning, ultimately falling 7-4.
Ouch. What could have been a sweep ended up being a series loss. Disheartening, especially when starters Santana (well, he didn't exactly dominate but still...) and Oliver Perez pitched well enough to win.
Meanwhile, for those bashing Green Bay Packers management and Aaron Rodgers, they're doing just fine, thank you.
The Pack, led by Rodgers' three first-half TD passes, jumped out in front 21-0, only to see the Detroit Lions stunt Green Bay with the go-ahead score with under 8 minutes left.
Down 25-24, the Packers rallied for 24 unanswered points for a 48-25 win for a 2-0 start.
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