It was bound to happen eventually, New England’s luck ran out. Being a Patriots fan myself, I loved seeing my boys prove all of the “experts” wrong by winning without most of the star players. But I guess a 4-0 start was too much to ask for.
For the third week in a row, the Patriots were scheduled to play at home in Gillette Stadium. This time it was against Rex Ryan’s Bills squad. After last week’s shutout against the Texans, it is safe to say that the Pats were feeling pretty confident. Perhaps, maybe a little too confident. I really wanted that 4-0 for Brady’s return, but I’ll take what I can get.
On the first play, Brissett found Edelman for a 90 yard gain. Hogan’s pass interference penalty brought it back, but it showed that the Pats were willing to go for big plays. After that play, 6 of the first 7 New Englad drives consisted of either 4 plays or less, a fumble, or a missed field goal. Sure, expectations for this offense were minimal, but come on. I feel bad for the fans that paid to see their beloved team get shut out at home for the first time ever.
On the other side of the ball, however, the defense did its job. 13 first quarter points is nothing to celebrate, but it could have been worse. Granted they gave up a touchdown on the first drive, but they stood strong after that. This game could have easily been a blowout but the defense stuck to the “bend but don’t break rule” very well.
There is one thing that is worse to me than a New England loss and that is a big Rex Ryan ego. His personal rivalry and trash talk towards my team makes this loss even harder to swallow. Yeah yeah, Ryan earned the win, his defensive scheme actually worked well, blah blah blah. Don’t celebrate too much, Rex. Your worst nightmare is back.
I have to give credit where it is due. This Bills team does not have one of the better records in the league to this point, but they still look solid. After an 0-2 start, Buffalo took down two power teams in the Cardinals and now the Patriots. I can’t help but think that injuries and inexperience played a major role in the outcome of this game. Nonetheless, good job Bills.
Attention NFL fans: prepare for the show of a lifetime. Brady is back, determined, and hungry for wins. After 4 weeks of being grounded by Goodell, TB12 is free. Correct me if I’m wrong (which never happens) but I sense a 5th ring coming for the greatest of all time. All of the pieces are there. Solid defense, deep receiving core, monster running back, and the NFL’s Albert Einstein for a coach. No one can stop these guys, period.
Week 5 for the Patriots looks like a piece of cake. They travel to Cleveland and take on the winless Browns. Sorry LeGarrette Blount owners, but bench him. Tom is not going to want to hand the ball off in his return and will easily throw for 300+ yards and at least 4 TD’s.
Judge Blocks Release of Robert Kraft Spa Video
Apparently that reportedly “damning” video of New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft’s visit to the infamous Orchids of Asia Day Spa, where he allegedly received sexual services, won’t be reaching the public just yet.
The Assistant State Attorney in Palm Beach County has filed new court documents saying that he is obligated to release the footage, involving Kradt and shot inside the Day Spa, to the media as a matter of law.
However, Florida 15th Judicial Circuit Court Joseph Marx has blocked the release of the video for now, according to ABC News.
“I don’t want this released until I’ve ruled,” Marx said in an emergency hearing on a conference call with the two parties and the media late Wednesday afternoon.
Under Florida’s so-called “Sunshine” law, any records made or received by any public agency in the course of its official business are available for inspection, unless specifically exempted by the Florida Legislature, per the report.
Florida state officials said that they would “pixelate or blur depictions of obscene or pornographic images before releasing such records to the public, absent a court order.”
Kraft’s lawyers filed a letter to the judge in court records to apprise him of what they described as “an extraordinary and alarming development involving what appears to be gross prosecutorial misconduct” and accused law enforcement officials of trying to circumvent the judgment of the court.
The plot continues to thicken, but for now, Kraft’s video is locked away from the public.
Florida Prosecutors Offer to Drop Robert Kraft’s Solicitation Charges
Prosecutors in Florida have offered to drop solicitation of prostitution charges against New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft if he agrees to admit that he would have been proven guilty had he gone to trial to fight the charges, according to the Wall Street Journal’s Andrew Beaton.
Kraft, 77, was charged with two misdemeanor counts of first-degree solicitation after he was allegedly caught on camera paying for, and receiving, oral and manual sex at the infamous Orchids of Asia Day Spa in Jupiter, Florida.
One of the incidents allegedly occurred back in January on the morning of the Patriots’ AFC Championship game against the Kansas City Chiefs, which the Patriots won en route to their Super Bowl victory.
According to the report, prosecutors have offered the same deal to the other men charged in the sting. Beaton considered the offer “unusual” (h/t NBC Sports Boston).
Additionally, if Kraft decides to take the deal, the Patriots owner will have to complete an education course about prostitution, complete 100 hours of community service, and undergo screening for sexually transmitted diseases.
According to ESPN, Kraft is one of 200 people that allegedly engaged in sex acts at Florida massage parlors that were targeted in the sting.
Kraft has denied the allegations.
Tom Brady And Pats Play Record 8th AFC Championship Game, Seek 6th Superbowl
It’s Championship Sunday and one of the NFL staples remain atop the league. The New England Patriots are appearing in their record 8th AFC title game in hopes of competing for a sixth title.
A season that most organizations would be happy with, was one of challenge for the Patriots. Usually a top tier team, they suffered bad losses to the Jaguars, Titans and Dolphins. However, in Patriot fashion along a weak AFC East, the Patriots finished 11-5, won a 10th straight conference title and secured a first round bye.
Kansas City will host New England in the AFC Championship game in what is a rematch from week six. That game featured an offensive clinic , As reported by CBS Boston, Brady went 24-35 passing for 340 yards and touchdown in that game; Mahomes went 23-36 passing for 352 yards and four touchdowns. The AFC Championship could very well play out the same way.
The Chiefs will be a tough out, They won their first home playoff game in 25 years last week against the Colts and are riding one of the most prolific offenses in history behind quarterback whisperer Andy Reid and phenome Patrick Mahomes who is arguably the NFLs best young QB.
In what is a David and Goliath matchup, Brady seems to imply they are the underdog. As he told CBS’s Tracy Wolfson, “I know everyone thinks we suck and, you know, cant win games,”. Will the dynasty continue? Or will Reid and Mahomes hoist the Lombardi?
I’m leaning towards the game plan of Bill Belichick and veteran experience of Tom Brady in this one. I think a Patriot/Saints matchup is in order. Either way, it will undoubtedly be one for the ages.
Game Time: Sunday January 20th at 6:40ET/5:40CT on CBS.
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