Posted on: December 21, 2008 5:49 pm
Edited on: December 21, 2008 6:52 pm

Patriots vs Cardinals Review

I'm going to start off by saying, what a game! The Pats played great. There's no question in my mind they deserve to be in the playoffs, we just need help from the Jets, Dolphins, and Ravens to get in. There playing the best out of those 3 teams and deserve a playoff berth, but some early season losses have hurt us. Let's break down the big win.

The Pats had a great game today, dominating the Cardinals on all three phases of the game. They couldn't do anything today vs our Pats, who improved there record to 10-5, but still 3rd in the AFC East. The Jets are currently losing 7-3 to the Seahawks, so let's hope they can hold on and beat them. Anyways, the Pats gained 514 total yards today, to the Cardinals 186, about half of them coming on a 78 yard TD pass to Larry Fitzgerald in the 4th Qtr. Matt Cassel lead the Pats with 345 yards threw the air and 3 TD's. Sammy Morris lead the Pats in rushing with 88 yards on the ground. Lamont Jordon also chipped in scoring twice on the ground. Randy Moss, had a somewhat quite day expect for a 76 yard TD pass on a screen play. The Pats played good football today. Let's hope they can contiune this into next week.

Go Pats!!
Posted on: December 20, 2008 8:52 pm

Patriots vs Cardinals Preview

Well guys, I posted a preview earlier this week but because tomorrow is game day I figured I post a better and more updated preview. The Patriots are 9-5 and will most likely need a win here to stay in the playoff berth. We need the Ravens to lose tonight, so the Pats will have control of there own Destiny in the last two games of the season. If the Ravens lose and the Patriots win there last two games, the Pats will get a wild card and the #6 seed. If the Jets and Dolphins lose tomorrow and the Pats win the last two games, they will win the AFC East and be the #4 seed in the playoffs and host a playoff game in the Wild card round. If there the # 6 seed they will have to go on the road in the wild card round. Anyways, the Pats have the Cardinals tomorrow at home, so I think the Pats have the advantage. The Cardinals have already locked up the NFC West, so there not playing for much but seeding. The Pats on the other hand are fighting for the playoff lives, so that favors them. I can't wait for this game. Let's break it down.

3rd in the AFC East

The Patriots will look for there 10th win of the season tomorrow vs the Cardinals. They need this win badly, to keep the playoff hope alive and I believe they will win. I'm hoping Cassel has a strong afternoon and the running game get's going. If Cassel plays like he did last week, the Pats should have no trouble winning, if he struggles you never know. Hopefully Sammy Morris has a good day running the ball and takes some of the pressure off of Matt Cassel and the Patriots passing game. Let's hope Matt Light plays in this one, he is listed as Questionable with an shoulder injury. He's a big part of our offense and we could use him tomorrow.

1st in the NFC West

The Cardinals have been one of the surprises of the NFL this year. They have already punched there ticket for the playoffs for the first time sinice 1998. They will give the Patriots a good challenge and could possibly take this game from the Pats. I don't see them winning, but they could. They have been lead this year, but MVP Canidate Kurt Warner. He's had an amazing season with 4290 yards and 26 TD's. He may lead the Cardinals into New England and take a game from the Patriots. If the Cardinals win this game it will be because Kurt Warner lead his team up and down the field and the defense played well.

Key Match Up
The QB's

  Matt Cassel will need to play big if the Patriots want to win this. He's has some big performances this year when he had back to back 400 yard games. Now I'm not saying he will need to throw for 400 yards for the Patriots to win, but somwhere between 250-300 yards and 2 scores may be.
  Kurt Warner has had a great season as I said earlier. He too will need to have a great game to give the Cardinals any chance of winning. The Cardinals leading rusher right now is Edgerrin James and he only has 395 yards and 3 TD's. The Passing game has been Cardinals offense this year and Warner will need a big game to win. I'd say in the range of 350 yards and 3 TD's.


Well as a Patriots fan, I'd say they have a great chance of winning, but as I looked down the rest of the Pats schedule this game looked to be the toughest and probably will be. I don't think the Pats will have any trouble taking care of the Bills next week, so if the Pats win tomorrow in this game, there playoff chances are looking pretty good. They will need help to get in, but I think the Cowboys will beat the Ravens tonight giving the Pats the #6 seed if the can win there last 2 games. All in all, I see this a tough fought game and a Pats win 31-17.
Posted on: December 20, 2008 4:54 pm

AFC Playoff Picture

Now with only 2 weeks left in the regular season, I thought I'd break down the AFC playoff picture. There are still 9 teams alive and only 6 spots, so in the next 2 weeks 3 teams will be going home unhappy. There are only 3 teams that have locked up a playoff berth, so the bottom 6 teams will fight for the last 3 spots. No one has locked up home field advantage, so there's a lot to play for in the last 2 weeks for all 9 teams fighting for a playoff spot or seed. Now let's break down the all 9 teams and there situations.

1. Tennessee Titans

Clinched AFC South
Clinched a Playoff Berth
Clinched First Round Bye
Clinch homefield advantage with win

2. Pittsburgh Steelers

Clinched AFC South
Clinched a Playoff Berth
Clinched a First Round Bye

3.  New York Jets

1st in the AFC East
Clinch Playoff Berth with
Win and NE and MIA Loss

4. Denver Broncos

1st in the AFC West
Clinch Playoff Berth with win or SD Loss

5.  Indianapolis Colts

2nd in the AFC South
Clinched a Playoff Berth

6. Baltimore Ravens

2nd in the AFC North
Clinch Playoff Berth with
Win and NE, NYJ, and MIA Loss

7. Miami Dolphins

2nd in the AFC East
Clinch a Playoff Berth with
Week 16 Win and NYJ Loss
and a Week 17 Win

8. New England Patriots

3rd in the AFC East
Clinch a Playoff Berth win
Week 16 Win and NYJ and MIA Loss
and a Week 17

9. San Diego Chargers

2nd in the AFC West
Clinch a Playoff Berth with
Week 16 Win and Denver Loss
and Week 17 Win


1. Tennessee Titans 14-2
2. Pittsburgh Steelers 13-3
3. New England Patriots 11-5
4. Denver Broncos 10-6
5. Indianapolis Colts 12-4
6. New York Jets 10-6
7. Miami Dolphins 10-6
8. Baltimore Ravens 9-7
9. San Diego Chargers 7-9
Posted on: December 13, 2008 6:49 pm

Patriots vs Raiders

Well Patriot fans, we have a big tomorrow vs the Raiders. We sit at 8-5 and tied at the top of the AFC East, so we need to win this game. It should be interesting contest vs the 3-10 Raiders. Now we might have taken the 2-11 Seahawks a little lightly last Sunday, so we can't do that again. I didn't think that they had a good chance to beat us and we were a good drive from Matt Cassel and the Patriots offense away from losing and basically taking ourselves out of the playoff picture. The Raiders are playing at home, so that plays to a big advantage to Oakland. If this game was being playing in New England, I'd pick the Pats, but because it's being played in Oakland, I'm not too sure. The game is being played at 4:15 ET.


McAfee Stadium
Oakland, California

Weather Report

Light Rain
51 Degress
12 MPH Win


I'm going to go with the Patriots in this one. This should be a hard fought game, played in front of the Oakland Fans. Now, Cassel is expected to play and did practice with the team this week, but that should play a big factor in this game in a good or bad way. We all remember Favres Monday Night game vs the Raiders after his father died, so maybe Cassel will play the game of his live, in his fathers honor. If he wasn't able to go, Kevin O'Connell the 3rd round pick out of San Diego State would start in his place. Now though O'Connell has a lot of talent, I'm not sure I want him starting for the Pats tomorrow, not sure anyone would wanna see that. Anyways, I'm stikk picking the Patriots to win, 27-17.
Posted on: December 7, 2008 5:05 am

Patriots vs Seahawks Preview

Later today at 4:05 ET, the Patriots and Seahawks will take the field. This is a very important game for the Patriots if they wanna keep there playoff chances alive. The Patriots sit at 7-5 and one game back of the AFC East leading Jets who are 8-4. The Seahawks on the other hand have had a rough season least to say and are currently 2-10. This should come out to be a great ball game.


Qwest Stadium, Seattle Washington


Light Rain, Overcast, 50 Degress, 9 MPH Wind South

Injury Report

There's a lot of players on the injury report, so I'll name some of the players that could have impact on the game.


Matt Hasselbeck, Back, Doubtful

Leroy Hill, Neck, Questionable

Walter Jones, Knee, Questionable

Koren Robinson, Knee, Probable

New England

Tedy Brushchi, Knee, Questionable

Ellis Hoobs, Shoulder, Questionable

Lamont Jordon, Calf, Questionable

Dan Koppen, Elbow, Probable

Ty Warren, Groin, Questionable

Pierre Woods, Jaw, Out


Well because of the chance of rain, this could turn into a sloppy football game, which from last week didn't favor the Patriots at all. The weather should be better then last weekend in Foxborough, so I don't see the weather conditions have a huge impact on this game. With the Seahawks out of the playoffs and Hasselbeck not playing 100% or at all, I don't like the Seahawks chances. I'm going with the Patriots in this one. I think Cassel gets back on track and throw for over 250 yards and 2 TD's. I'm picking ther Patriots to win this one, 28-13.

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