On Friday night the Patriots took on the Eagles and I told you a couple things to look for. Here are some results and some other things that come to mind after the 42-35 win.
The quarterbacks played pretty well, especially Tom Brady. Overall, Brady, Jimmy Garoppolo, and Ryan Mallett combined to go 21/33 for 226 yards with 4 touchdowns and 1 interception. The interception of course was the result of a lineman-turned-tight end who blatantly ran the wrong route and left Brady out to dry. Other than that it was smooth sailing for the passing game. Garoppolo did get the nod to come out second and he exceled in his role and it looks like Mallett has one more foot out the door despite his performance.
The wide receivers were solid once again. Aaron Dobson didn’t see any time just coming off the PUP list, but preseason week 1 standout Brian Tyms caught 3 balls on 7 targets including a touchdown. He showed once again that he wants to be a part of this team and with the time that Belichick gave him, it looks like he’s reciprocated the feeling. The two receivers that Brady looked to the most were Kenbrell Thompkins and Julian Edelman, not so different from last year, but it’s a matter of time before Brandon LaFell becomes more prevalent given his rapport with the younger QBs.
The defense gave up a ton of completions through the air, but they also forced 4 turnovers. They didn’t force too many third downs but stopped the Eagles 50% of the times they did. Next week will be the all-important game in terms of starters and performance.
Mark Sanchez also went 11/12 with 2 touchdowns trying to exorcise the buttfumble demons, but we all know that will never happen.
The Pats take on the Carolina Panthers this Friday night in a game that will give the starters the most opportunity to perform of any preseason match up. The third week is always the most important in the NFL to give the starters some rest in the final week before the real contests start. Brady will get his opportunity with a full unit and the defense will likely all get on the field at the same time.
Red Sox –
The Sox went 1-2, moving to 56-67 on the season, officially losing more games than they had in all of 2013. It’s astonishing how poorly they’ve played this season and it’s hard to believe that at this point last season, the Sox were 72-51.
David Ortiz hit his 400th home run in a Red Sox uniform, putting him on a pedestal with only Ted Williams and Carl Yastrzemski. Those are two pretty big names and given what Ortiz has given to this franchise it truly is fitting that he’s in such good company.
The Sox have 7 games coming up against the LA Angels and the Seattle Mariners. If the Sox don’t play better than they played this weekend, they could be in danger of getting blown out of the water against two of the hottest teams in the AL.
The Bruins brought in old nemesis Simon Gagne for a tryout this weekend. Gagne was the guy who almost singlehandedly dismantled in the 2010 Bruins in that epic 3-0 collapse. He scored the OT winner in Game 4, scored 2 in a 4-0 game 5 win, assisted on a goal in a 2-1 game 6 win, and to put the dagger in our hearts, he scored the game winner in game 7. He’s obviously not the same player as he was then, but he’s cheap and can be a veteran presence on the wing this season. Also, at this point I’d take ANYONE over watching another season of Jordan Caron taking up useless space on the ice.