Thoughts on Giants/Patriots

All good things must come to an end but for Patriots fans the long standing home winning streak for the Tom Brady-led end thanks to a nightmarish deja vu experience at the hands of the New York Giants.  The Giants stunned the Pats in near identical fashion as they did back in the Super Bowl 4 years ago.  It was eerily similar but the fact is the Pats have now lost two in a row and have moved into a three way tie with the Jets and the Bills in the AFC East.  Some thoughts on the game:

  • Tom Brady is just a bit off this year.  I’m not sure what it is.  Lack of chemistry with some of his newer receivers…maybe the offensive line isn’t giving him enough time…I’m not too sure.  One dangerous quality that Brady is starting to show, one that he has lacked and it’s separated him from virtually all other QBs in the league, is that he is starting to only trust two guys – Wes Welker and Rob Gronkowski.  INT numbers go up when you only fixate on so many guys.
  • Speaking of Brady and his INTs, it’s no coincidence that so many defensive linemen are tipping Brady passes.  It’s a design by defenses to slow down the quick and efficient Brady attack.  All it takes is a little bit of ball and some luck to make a big play for your defense.
  • Julian Edelman shouldn’t have been benched because he got arrested last week, he should be benched because he is simply not that good at football.
  • Defensively the Pats were not bad, obviously playing a half of shutout football is doing your job, but they seemed to have lost some steam in the 2nd half.
  • Haynesworth made a few plays Sunday so it was somewhat of a surprise hearing that he got cut today.  I guess there was more going on than what he was doing on the field for him to be cut like that.  There are rumors of a sideline altercation with Pepper Johnson.
  • What to say about the last few minutes of this game?  It was almost an exact replica of the Super Bowl a few years ago.  After Brady threw that late touchdown to Rob Gronkowski how many Pats fans quickly thought back to the Super Bowl game?  Then the drive by the Giants.  An amazing catch by Jake Ballard then the Giants catch a break with pass interference (a legit call by the way).  Then faced with the last possible chance to score that game winning Touchdown Eli Manning comes through in the clutch and beats the Pats.  Again.    Like I said, it’s rather eery to think about the similarities but at the end of the day, the Giants won and are 6-2 and the Pats fall back into the AFC East pack at 5-3.

So now we are set up with a three horse second half race.  The two mainstays, the Patriots and Jets, will do battle this weekend in a huge AFC East tilt that may set the pace for the rest of the way.  Either way I am looking forward to seeing how this race plays out.  It’s almost shaping up to be like a good pennant race in baseball.  I’ll have my All-AFC first half teams the next two days and then we’ll preview the games for this weekend towards the end of the week.

Twitter @ErikVenskus

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30 year old sports enthusiast and aspiring writer from Boston.

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