Patriot's Vs Brad Childress's Mouth.
October 29th, 2010
This was a game I was
particularly worried about earlier in the week. Not that I thought the
Vikings are a better team., but because I thought this might be the lull
game. I know there’s a certain silly segment of fandom and mediadom that
likes to say they want players who give 100% one hundred percent of the
time, but that’s just stupid. Nobody, nowhere, in no place in time ever
gave 100%, one hundred percent of the time. Simply not possible. That silly
statement is code for, “if I was a professional athlete (insert chosen
sport here) I would try harder than those lazy athletes,” which is of
course a flaming wad of crap. These professional athletes work harder than
any of us. Their workout schedule, commitments, and road schedule is
ridiculous. I know nobody wants to here this, but you couldn’t do what
these guys do, even if you had the talent, and that certainly includes me. I
went for a three hour walk on Thursday, just a leisurely stroll in a
Which, believe it or not, brings us back to this game;-) The Pats have faced two of the top five defenses in the NFL the past two weeks (you have to include the Jet's and Steelers's defenses in the top five, and Pat’s defense as well;-), and two of their top five rivals. Plus, they have had front page controversies to use as motivation the previous two weeks. Plus, they traveled to the West Coast and back last week. Now I know we shouldn’t think of athletes as people too, but people get tired, people get jetlagged, people struggle with the blues after a tough week. This week just looked to me like the week when the Patriots would have a life-lagged game. Between the rivalries, the controversies, and the travel, something had to give. A non-conference game against a team they haven’t played since 2006. This is the game they can most afford to lose over the tough six game stretch that follows the Bye week. If they were going to have a lull in their motivation, this was going to be the week. I was all set to pick the Vikings here.
Instead, after last week’s
endless series of stupidity, I thought it was impossible for another random
act of stupidity to strike in the Patriots favor. I have heard a lot of
criticism over the years about Brad Childress being an idiot, but I always
thought that was way overblown. I didn’t think he was such a bad coach.
Not great, just eh, and cursed with a QB situation that is untenable: Brett Favre
sucks, Tavaris Jackson Kan’t Play, and I don’t know who Joe Webb is. His
team is flawed, and I thought he was doing a pretty good job considering.
Then he comes out on a tired, jetlagged, and uninspired Pat’s team, and
goes Spygate on their ass? Seriously? If I were to grade random acts
of stupidity, giving last weeks Chargers an A, I would rate this as an A+.
The Patriots were mired in one of the lull spots of their season. And I say
that, not with any particular insight into the locker room, but with insight
into people. Life is filled with ups and downs. When you travel 3,ooo miles
Suddenly, miraculously, and bizarrely, a random act of stupid is all that you need to inspire the entire team into a random act of revenge. “BB is best sign stealer in the history of the world!” Moo-Wa-Ha-ha-ha! Thank you coach Childress's mouth. No, seriously, thank you.
As for the game itself, as long
as the Pat’s don’t try and outsmart themselves they should win. I
won’t say easily, because the Vikings have the best offensive weapons in
the game, but they have no QB. They are kind-of the opposite of the
Chargers. The Charger had a great QB with no weapons. The Vikings have great
weapons with no QB. The Chargers had maybe the fastest defense in the NFL,
and were excellent against the run. The have terrific size and are terrific
against the pass. However, they are not nearly as fast as the Chargers, and
not nearly as good against the pass. It’s like when we played the Jaguars
in the play offs every year. I always thought it was funny that anybody
would pick the Jags, because it was so obvious that all the Pats had to do
was spread them out and throw all day. This is the exact same case. The
Vikings cannot defend the Pat’s spread offense. Kevin and Pat Williams are
good relicts from a great past. However, they are like me, old, fat, slow,
and past their prime. If you try and run at them they will out fat you to
death. However, if you make them move, run, and rush all day, they will wear
down and provide less and less of a passrush each series. Leber,
The biggest problem in this game
is that the Vikings have three wide receivers who can score from anywhere on
the field at any time” Moss, Harvin, and Bernard Berrian. If you can keep
those three guys contained, they can still kill you on the ground. And just
when you think you have it covered Visanthe Shiancoe attacks the slot for a
big gain. The best news about the offense is that they have QB problems.
These receivers could get open all day, and the QB could miss them all day.
The problem is that if the put
I was all set to pick the Vikings
for this game, when I heard the random act of stupidity by Childress's mouth.
And now I am picking the Pats to win a tough offensive game, where neither
defense can really stop the other’s offense. So the only questions are
which defense will make the big play first? And which offensive will make
the big mistake first? If you are judging by how they played so far this
season, you have to pick the Pat’s defense to make the big play first, and
the Vikings offense to make the big mistake first.
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