BRADY- I guess Brady's big puffy coat will be on the field today. Apparently we should be referring to it as a scuba suit. Whatever we call it, and however weird it looks, let's hope it keeps his body nice and pliable. Ideally, quick scores with players staying inbounds to keep the clock ticking is what I'd like to see.
PUNTS- The player I hope never gets to the field today is Ryan Allen. While I really appreciate his game, and think his awesomeness is completely under appreciated, no punts by the Patriots would make my day.
There are several ways to avoid punting in a football game. Clearly the route I'm anticipating is by scoring on every possession. Yes, with our recent 0-11 on third downs against Miami still in everyone's memory, not punting isn't highly likely, but at least keeping it to a minimum and maybe being able to just angle it out of bounds will be sufficient.
So, why do I want to avoid punting today you ask? It's pretty much a player safety issue. I feel that during the super cold weather the last thing we need is guys coming off the sidelines and running full speed down the field. That's just asking for an injury to happen. Obviously when fielding punts we are more in control of the speed of the play by choosing not to run it back. We also have a huge say in what happens with kickoffs by what we choose to do.....so long as that choice is not heating up the K balls.
While I didn't want the Patriots to sign him, maybe James Harrison can help our 3rd down issues.
With the Jets not having anything to play for and key players not active, I hope the Patriots don't get lit up by some unknowns. If he gets much playing time, Jahad Thomas is one player the Patriots better keep an eye on. The rookie running back had his fair share of receptions when he was playing for Temple.