The New England Patriots have really gotten to the Raiders in the last few years, I take you back to the 2001 AFC Divisional Game "The Forward Pass That Won A Championship", but yesterday tops that with a 49-26 whomping.
The defense played quite sloppy, despite the conditions they should have never given up 26 points to the Raiders. The first Raider score of the game was just another reason the Patriots Secondary is over-ranked....They should be last or at least next to last, I mean really we all know it!
Luckily the offense led by a mourning Matt Cassel came to play. Cassel threw for a career high 4 touchdowns, including 2 to Randy Moss who I think really enjoyed his homecoming as far as spite goes.
The Running game really clicked and where a three yard Lamont Jordan run from having 2, 100 yard rushers in the same game, which hasn't happened in over 20 years.
The special teams led by Ellis Hobbs' 97 yard kick-off return for a touchdown was mediocre and was only a result of poor field conditions.
Injuries continue to plague the Patriots as Matt Light went down with a shoulder injury in which we are awaiting the results of the MRI.
On a more personal note, I want to express my sorrow for the Cassel family. When I met Matt 2 seasons back, he was a very personable and kind hearted guy, which does not happen in the NFL to often. The death of his father, Greg was no surprise to the family, but a death is always taken deeply. The courage to come back and play for the Team shows the base of a true team player and in this case team leader. I think as a sports community whether you strive from a Patriots background or even a Raiders one, your heart goes out to him today, the day of the wake and the funeral being tomorrow.Bill Belichick went through this a few seasons back and he knew what this was like for Matt. That being said Cassel addressed his thanks ans appreciation from fans, coaches, and administration of Patriots Nation.
Finally not to end on such a personal note, The Arizona Cardinals will be in town on Sunday. The forecast looks to be rain, which lately we cannot avoid (4 straight weeks), and the Cardinals really have nothing to fight for. This looks to be an easy win but we cannot overlook the team that shocked the NFC West, like there is something really hard about winning that division.
The New York jets should never have won against the Bills last Sunday nor should have the Dolphins, but we are still looking at ties in both the division and wild-card. This week looks to be exciting and really playoff gathering, as the weeks grow slimmer so do the Patriots playoff chances (as much as I hate to say it). The only shot we have is if the Cowboys beat the Ravens and if there is a god he will help a brother out.
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