The Patriots 38-31 victory over the Chicago Bears on Sunday was a lot of things...but one thing it wasn't was pretty. New England turned the ball over three times, committed 7 penalties, allowed Chicago Bears' quarterback Mitch Trubisky to rush for 81 yards on 6 scrambles...one scramble covering 70 yards that resulted in an 8 yard touchdown run (see below), and the Chicago Bears were a half a yard away from connecting on a game-tying Hail Mary touchdown pass on the final play of the game. But...a win is a win and Guy Boston Sports is here to break down THE GOOD, THE BAD, and yes...THE UGLY of the Patriots' Week 7 victory that has them sitting atop the AFC East standings and owning the second best record in the AFC, behind the 6-1 Kansas City Chiefs.
PHEW! Now THAT'S how all Sundays in October should be spent! It doesn't matter how you got it done, as long as you were able to simultaneously watch the Red Sox and Patriots games on Sunday, you went to bed with your Boston sports appetite SATIATED! Boston sports owned the national spotlight on Sunday, and the hometown teams did not disappoint. Whether you were there in person, watched on two tv's from the comfort of your couch, raged at a local bar, or if you acquired tendonitis in your thumb from trying to keep up with Sunday's action-packed 5-hour frenzy of Boston sports mayhem by hitting the "recall" / "go back" button on your remote...it was a Sunday to remember for Boston sports fans!
Sunday Night Football.
What will the outcome of Sunday’s clash between these two first place AFC powerhouses tell us? I believe it will tell us A LOT.
Is Andy Reid a failure because of his playoff collapses and continual late game clock mismanagement? Is Mike Tomlin as big a joke of a head coach as I think he is, with seemingly no control over his stacked roster? Sean McDermott? Who the hell is Sean McDermott? After much debate, deliberation and conversation amongst the staff here at Guy Boston Sports Headquarters on the topic of NFL head coach rankings, I decided it was time to develop the "GBS NFL Head Coach Ranking System". It's always been amazing to me how one person can view an NFL Head Coach as one of the best in the League, while another could respond with "That dude blows! He couldn't coach his way out of a paper bag". Well...it's time to settle the score. The 2018 Guy Boston Sports NFL Head Coach Power Rankings.....
"Do what you can, with what you have, where you are." ~ Teddy Roosevelt
That's exactly what took place at Gillette Stadium on Sunday. The Patriots did what they could, which was dominate a Miami Dolphins team that was a deceptive 3-0 on the season...to go 43-4 against the AFC East and 15-1 versus the Dolphins - when playing at home. The Patriots did it with what they have...a Hall of Fame quarterback and their now healthy first-round draft pick running back, and the greatest coach to ever walk a sideline who put together an OUTSTANDING game-plan with his coaching staff. And the ...where they were on Sunday? No, not Gillette Stadium or Foxboro, Massachusetts. The biggest "where" was at the bottom of the AFC East looking up at the undefeated Miami Dolphins. The Patriots had their proverbial backs against the "End of the Dynasty" wall and were faced with losing 3 straight games for the first time in the Brady / Belichick era. How did the Patriots respond? With their most lopsided victory since week 16 of the 2016 season they embarrassed the New York Jets 41-3.
There’s no other way to say it, Patriot Nation - and if you are a subjective fan of NFL football - you know it’s the truth...this current Patriots roster is not playoff material. This is not a typical September stumble for the mighty New England Patriots domination machine. The Patriots suck right now. Plain and simple. We all knew the Patriots’ 17-year reign as King of the NFL was eventually going to come to an end...it’s been debated and predicted for the past 6 years. But the time has come.
"I believe in the forgiveness of sin and the redemption of ignorance." - Adlai E. Stevenson
Just like me, I'm sure you thought you knew who and what Josh Gordon was all about. Just a punk who was throwing away a career in the name of weed and alcohol. A dude who deserves to be exiled from the League. A loser who was choosing to throw away millions of dollars and a lifetime of wealth, just so he could get high with his boys. Wasted talent. A reckless loser who has spent more time suspended by the NFL than he had time playing in it. I thought I knew what the Patriots were getting in Josh Gordon. I had no clue. Until I watched this short documentary piece.