Today is already a day of celebrating the 2001 Superbowl Champions. Hopefully, it will also be the day of celebrating Tom Brady's record breaking 201st NFL victory. While the Rams' record of 4-7, may seem like it will be a cupcake of a game, anything can happen.
If you are an NFL fan you’ve likely heard people talk about how tough or weak a team’s schedule is. One team supposedly isn’t as good as their record shows because their conference is weak and their non-conference opponents are bad. Another team is better than their record shows because they’ve had to play all the tough teams. While people frequently talk about who a team plays and where the game is played, the time of the game is rarely, if ever, mentioned. About the only complaint about game timing you’ll hear is general whining about Thursday night games.
The Patriots have lost 2 of their last 3 away games to the New York Jets. This should be motivation enough for them to head into the game ready to play. As always, the real key to the game is the Patriots' not shooting themselves' in the foot with turnovers.
Coming off a miserable home loss to the Seahawks, a trip to the bay area and a matchup against the 1-8 49ers should be just what the doctor ordered. Of course we are talking football and nothing should be taken for granted, especially against a team coached by New Hampshire's Chip Kelly. Nevertheless, unless the offense and special teams give up possessions, like they did last year against Chip Kelly's Eagles, Brady should finish the day tied with Brett Favre for 2nd most wins in the regular season with 199. For those wondering, Peyton is currently tops with an even 200. The following is what the Patriots should do to get Brady and team another victory.
If you've read my blog before, you probably know I pay a lot of attention to third downs and the dreaded 3 and out. If you watch any amount of football, you have observed how a 3 and out can completely change the dynamics of a game. In addition to wearing out the defensive team by putting them right back on the field, it also prevents coordinators from making some needed adjustments and allows the opponent to flip the field without having a spectacular special teams play. With my team 7-2, why am I concerned with this?
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