Every year there are moments when the referees screw things up but it seems league-wide this should grade out as one of their worst performances – and that includes last season with the replacements. In Patriots games alone we saw more than our share of, to be nice, questionable calls. The two most egregious of course were the Carolina Recall and the never-called-before-or-since second level push on the field goal attempt in New Jersey. Of those two I pick the Carolina Recall as the winner. Particularly because no explanation was given at the time and then each time it was later explained, the reasoning changed.
It's true that when
Other than the Bengals game in Week 5, we really haven't had a reason to talk about
It's a shame that injuries derailed the momentum we saw with the Patriots secondary in the first part of the season. For the first time in several years it looked like we were going to enjoy some solid, consistent play back there. That said, injuries to corners and safeties in the NFL are pretty much inevitable. So, assuming the Patriots re-sign
It wasn't one of the better offseasons in recent Patriots history, to say the least. We all know what the changes were but let's not forget a couple of players who the Patriots were interested in but didn't wind up here. Wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders was offered a restricted free agent deal but the Steelers matched it. And many reports had the Patriots making an offer to John Abraham who wound up in Arizona with 11.5 sacks and four forced fumbles. Might both of those players have helped the cause this season?
On to the regular season superlatives…
Kickstarters: Not enough can be said for Stephan Gostkowski and
Wildest of the wild: That comeback win against the Broncos has to go down as one of the most improbable wins I've ever seen. Think about it; you're told the Patriots would be down 24-0 at the half to Peyton Manning and the best offense in the NFL. You have to admit that, OK, Manning finally gets the better of the Patriots in Gillette Stadium. Then you look at the final stats and Manning only has 150 yards passing and the Patriots win. No one, and I mean no one, could have predicted that scenario.
Appetizer of the Year:
Second Year Jump Big Step:
What Are They Going To Do With All Those Backs? Award: Nick Caserio and Ivan Fears. It seems like every year we hear people asking that question and every year all those backs are needed at some point and in some fashion. Credit director of player personnel Caserio for keeping that unit stockpiled and running backs coach Fears for keeping them ready.