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    [QUOTE]     Can't get too excited about this one. Sure, the Pats finally won a road game...and losses by the Jets and Dolphins all but clinch the AFC East for the good guys. But, big deal. Its' SB or bust for the Pats.      Wasn't this game eerily similar to the road losses to the Jets, Miami and Denver? In those games, as was the case today, the Pats went off with half-time leads. Then, in the second half of those games, the Patriots' offense was inept, which which allowed the offensively challenged Jets, Dolphins, and Broncos to pull off close wins.       This brand of football is not going to get it done in the playoffs. Here are my less than enthusiatic grades:       A.) OFFENSE: This unit was held to just three (3) points by a defense that hasn't been able to stop the run all season long. The poor second half performance allowed the (5-9) Bills to hang around, and nearly send this game into OT. 1.) QB: Maybe Tom Brady is injured...maybe he's distracted by becoming a father for the second time...maybe the cold and wind in Buffalo affected him. But, for the second week in a row, he turned in a rather mechanical, listless performance. Awful interception thrown to Bills' LB Paul Posluszny killed a promising 1st quarter drive. Tom finished with just 11 completions for 115 yards, one TD, the above mentioned pick, and a passer rating of 59.1. Hardly the stuff you expect from a legendary QB: GRADE: D; 2.) RBs: Workman like performance from Laurence Maroney, who carried 23 times for 81 yards, and a TD. But, thats' only an average of 3.5 yards per carry. Not much from Kevin Faulk or Sammy Morris, who chipped in with 20 yards more, on 5 carries. Its' hard to run to daylight, when there is no daylight: GRADE: B; 3.) OL: Couldn't get much of a push against one of the worst defenses in the NFL against the run. Too many times, the RBs were hit behind the line of scrimmage. This group has got to get more physical at the point to attack! But, they did do a respectable job in pass protection, as no sacks were allowed. But, there were five QB hits. GRADE: C+; 4.) WRs and TEs: Lack of a competent #3 WR reared its' ugly head once again. The way that the Pats use their TEs...why not just bring in another offensive lineman? Zero receptions at that position. Randy Moss somewhat silenced his critics with five receptions for 70, including gathering in a 13 yard TD pass. Moss was also interfered with...which constituted a 41 yard penalty, and resulted in the Pats' final TD. Wes Welker was held to just four catches for 40. But his last reception sealed the game.  GRADE: GRADE: B-;       B.) DEFENSE: Considering that the Pats played this game without their two best defensive linemen, Ty Warren and Vince Wilfolk...and without their offense, which seemingly chose to take the second half off, this group turned in a very good, gutsy performance.  1.) DL: Mike Wright was outstanding in relief of Vince Wilfolk...finishing with six tackles, five of which were solos, and a sack. Jarvis Green also helped out with five tackles, including two solos. There was a Ron Brace sighting! The big guy chipped in with four tackles, three of which were solos. Though the Bills do not have an explosive offense, they can run the ball effectively, with RBs Fred Jackson (15 carries for 81 yards), and Marshawn Lynch. Nice job by the big guys who, after the Bills initial drive, held these guys in check: GRADE: B+; 2.) LBs: As usual, the inside tandem of Jerod Mayo and Gary Guyton was solid. Mayo led the team in tackles with nine including five solos. OLBs Tully Banta-Cain and Derrick Burgess both had big games...combining for twelve tackles (eight solos), and four sacks: GRADE: A; 3.) SECONDARY: Had some problems with journeyman QB Ryan Fitzpatrick, who completed 17 passes for 178 yards...and slot receiver Josh Reed, who caught 4 passes for 63 yards. Allowed a completion to Reed on a 4th and 8 late in the fourth quarter, when a break-up would have ended the game. Credit the much maligned Jonathan Wilhite with a pick to end a Bills' first quarter drive, at the Pats 36. His play seemed to swing the momentum the Pats' way. GRADE: B;      C.) SPECIAL TEAMS:  Shanked punt (his second of the day) midway in the 4th quarter by Hanson gave the Bills a chance to come back. Though the Pats' defense stood firm, it put the Pats in horrible field position. After a three and out, Hanson had his next punt returned for 20 yards by Roscoe Parrish. The fine return led to the Bills only TD, two plays later...and cut the Pats' lead to just 17-10.      The Pats have struggled throughout the season returning kickoffs. Same story today, as they had to start their drives in relatively poor field position. Wes Welker did his usual good job returning punts: GRADE: C-;       D.) COACHING: For whatever reason, the Pats seemed to start out this game a bit flat. After the Wilhite interception, the team seemed to pick up speed, and shot out to a 14-3 half-time lead. But, as they have done in road games throughout the season, the Pats' offense went into hibernation in the second half. Where were the adjustments? Where was the urgency?       I would like to see the Pats become a more physical team...and establish their running attack. That would enable Tom Brady to get out of the shotgun, and run the offense more over center. It might also open up the play-action passing game, which, at one time, Tom was so good at. My guess is that BB would like that too...but doesn't have the personnel to accomplish it.      Laying eggs on the road in the second half will land the Pats on the Florida golf courses come February...rather than in Miami for the SB. GRADE: D;       E.) PLAY OF THE GAME: The Wilhite pick ;       F.) GAME BALLS: Mike Wright, Tully Banta-Cain, Derrick Burgess, and Jonathan Wilhite.          Here are the game stats: http://espn.go.com/nfl/boxscore?gameId=291220002 .      Thoughts?                         
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    Aiken had a tough day.  I thinked he dropped 3 balls. 2 thrown to him that seemed catchable, and the on-side kick he muffed. Hit him right in the hands and he dropped in.  Lucky for us they made stupid plays as well. 
     
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         Heres' a report card on the game from "The Buffalo News": http://www.buffalonews.com/sports/story/900534.html
     
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    [QUOTE]     Can't get too excited about this one. Sure, the Pats finally won a road game...and losses by the Jets and Dolphins all but clinch the AFC East for the good guys. But, big deal. Its' SB or bust for the Pats.      Wasn't this game eerily similar to the road losses to the Jets, Miami and Denver? In those games, as was the case today, the Pats went off with half-time leads. Then, in the second half of those games, the Patriots' offense was inept, which which allowed the offensively challenged Jets, Dolphins, and Broncos to pull off close wins.       This brand of football is not going to get it done in the playoffs. Here are my less than enthusiatic grades:       A.) OFFENSE: This unit was held to just three (3) points by a defense that hasn't been able to stop the run all season long. The poor second half performance allowed the (5-9) Bills to hang around, and nearly send this game into OT. 1.) QB: Maybe Tom Brady is injured...maybe he's distracted by becoming a father for the second time...maybe the cold and wind in Buffalo affected him. But, for the second week in a row, he turned in a rather mechanical, listless performance. Awful interception thrown to Bills' LB Paul Posluszny killed a promising 1st quarter drive. Tom finished with just 11 completions for 115 yards, one TD, the above mentioned pick, and a passer rating of 59.1. Hardly the stuff you expect from a legendary QB: GRADE: D; 2.) RBs: Workman like performance from Laurence Maroney, who carried 23 times for 81 yards, and a TD. But, thats' only an average of 3.5 yards per carry. Not much from Kevin Faulk or Sammy Morris, who chipped in with 20 yards more, on 5 carries. Its' hard to run to daylight, when there is no daylight: GRADE: B; 3.) OL: Couldn't get much of a push against one of the worst defenses in the NFL against the run. Too many times, the RBs were hit behind the line of scrimmage. This group has got to get more physical at the point to attack! But, they did do a respectable job in pass protection, as no sacks were allowed. But, there were five QB hits. GRADE: C+; 4.) WRs and TEs: Lack of a competent #3 WR reared its' ugly head once again. The way that the Pats use their TEs...why not just bring in another offensive lineman? Zero receptions at that position. Randy Moss somewhat silenced his critics with five receptions for 70, including gathering in a 13 yard TD pass. Moss was also interfered with...which constituted a 41 yard penalty, and resulted in the Pats' final TD. Wes Welker was held to just four catches for 40. But his last reception sealed the game.  GRADE: GRADE: B-;       B.) DEFENSE: Considering that the Pats played this game without their two best defensive linemen, Ty Warren and Vince Wilfolk...and without their offense, which seemingly chose to take the second half off, this group turned in a very good, gutsy performance.  1.) DL: Mike Wright was outstanding in relief of Vince Wilfolk...finishing with six tackles, five of which were solos, and a sack. Jarvis Green also helped out with five tackles, including two solos. There was a Ron Brace sighting! The big guy chipped in with four tackles, three of which were solos. Though the Bills do not have an explosive offense, they can run the ball effectively, with RBs Fred Jackson (15 carries for 81 yards), and Marshawn Lynch. Nice job by the big guys who, after the Bills initial drive, held these guys in check: GRADE: B+; 2.) LBs: As usual, the inside tandem of Jerod Mayo and Gary Guyton was solid. Mayo led the team in tackles with nine including five solos. OLBs Tully Banta-Cain and Derrick Burgess both had big games...combining for twelve tackles (eight solos), and four sacks: GRADE: A; 3.) SECONDARY: Had some problems with journeyman QB Ryan Fitzpatrick, who completed 17 passes for 178 yards...and slot receiver Josh Reed, who caught 4 passes for 63 yards. Allowed a completion to Reed on a 4th and 8 late in the fourth quarter, when a break-up would have ended the game. Credit the much maligned Jonathan Wilhite with a pick to end a Bills' first quarter drive, at the Pats 36. His play seemed to swing the momentum the Pats' way. GRADE: B;      C.) SPECIAL TEAMS:  Shanked punt (his second of the day) midway in the 4th quarter by Hanson gave the Bills a chance to come back. Though the Pats' defense stood firm, it put the Pats in horrible field position. After a three and out, Hanson had his next punt returned for 20 yards by Roscoe Parrish. The fine return led to the Bills only TD, two plays later...and cut the Pats' lead to just 17-10.      The Pats have struggled throughout the season returning kickoffs. Same story today, as they had to start their drives in relatively poor field position. Wes Welker did his usual good job returning punts: GRADE: C-;       D.) COACHING: For whatever reason, the Pats seemed to start out this game a bit flat. After the Wilhite interception, the team seemed to pick up speed, and shot out to a 14-3 half-time lead. But, as they have done in road games throughout the season, the Pats' offense went into hibernation in the second half. Where were the adjustments? Where was the urgency?       I would like to see the Pats become a more physical team...and establish their running attack. That would enable Tom Brady to get out of the shotgun, and run the offense more over center. It might also open up the play-action passing game, which, at one time, Tom was so good at. My guess is that BB would like that too...but doesn't have the personnel to accomplish it.      Laying eggs on the road in the second half will land the Pats on the Florida golf courses come February...rather than in Miami for the SB. GRADE: D;       E.) PLAY OF THE GAME: The Wilhite pick ;       F.) GAME BALLS: Mike Wright, Tully Banta-Cain, Derrick Burgess, and Jonathan Wilhite.          Here are the game stats: http://espn.go.com/nfl/boxscore?gameId=291220002 .      Thoughts?                         
    Posted by TexasPat3[/QUOTE]

    One thing you didn't mention on coaching that bugged me yet again is calling 50+ yard post patterns on 3rd and 6. They did that at least three times, unsuccessfully.

    Why?
     
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         Heres' an interesting stat sheet that breaks down the Pats/Bills game into quarters. In the 4th quarter, the mighty Patriots' offense amassed 25 total yards, and only one first down. YIKES!! http://www.buffalonews.com/sports/story/900739.html
     
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    [QUOTE]     Can't get too excited about this one. Sure, the Pats finally won a road game...and losses by the Jets and Dolphins all but clinch the AFC East for the good guys. But, big deal. Its' SB or bust for the Pats.      Wasn't this game eerily similar to the road losses to the Jets, Miami and Denver? In those games, as was the case today, the Pats went off with half-time leads. Then, in the second half of those games, the Patriots' offense was inept, which which allowed the offensively challenged Jets, Dolphins, and Broncos to pull off close wins.       This brand of football is not going to get it done in the playoffs. Here are my less than enthusiatic grades:       A.) OFFENSE: This unit was held to just three (3) points by a defense that hasn't been able to stop the run all season long. The poor second half performance allowed the (5-9) Bills to hang around, and nearly send this game into OT. 1.) QB: Maybe Tom Brady is injured...maybe he's distracted by becoming a father for the second time...maybe the cold and wind in Buffalo affected him. But, for the second week in a row, he turned in a rather mechanical, listless performance. Awful interception thrown to Bills' LB Paul Posluszny killed a promising 1st quarter drive. Tom finished with just 11 completions for 115 yards, one TD, the above mentioned pick, and a passer rating of 59.1. Hardly the stuff you expect from a legendary QB: GRADE: D; 2.) RBs: Workman like performance from Laurence Maroney, who carried 23 times for 81 yards, and a TD. But, thats' only an average of 3.5 yards per carry. Not much from Kevin Faulk or Sammy Morris, who chipped in with 20 yards more, on 5 carries. Its' hard to run to daylight, when there is no daylight: GRADE: B; 3.) OL: Couldn't get much of a push against one of the worst defenses in the NFL against the run. Too many times, the RBs were hit behind the line of scrimmage. This group has got to get more physical at the point to attack! But, they did do a respectable job in pass protection, as no sacks were allowed. But, there were five QB hits. GRADE: C+; 4.) WRs and TEs: Lack of a competent #3 WR reared its' ugly head once again. The way that the Pats use their TEs...why not just bring in another offensive lineman? Zero receptions at that position. Randy Moss somewhat silenced his critics with five receptions for 70, including gathering in a 13 yard TD pass. Moss was also interfered with...which constituted a 41 yard penalty, and resulted in the Pats' final TD. Wes Welker was held to just four catches for 40. But his last reception sealed the game.  GRADE: GRADE: B-;       B.) DEFENSE: Considering that the Pats played this game without their two best defensive linemen, Ty Warren and Vince Wilfolk...and without their offense, which seemingly chose to take the second half off, this group turned in a very good, gutsy performance.  1.) DL: Mike Wright was outstanding in relief of Vince Wilfolk...finishing with six tackles, five of which were solos, and a sack. Jarvis Green also helped out with five tackles, including two solos. There was a Ron Brace sighting! The big guy chipped in with four tackles, three of which were solos. Though the Bills do not have an explosive offense, they can run the ball effectively, with RBs Fred Jackson (15 carries for 81 yards), and Marshawn Lynch. Nice job by the big guys who, after the Bills initial drive, held these guys in check: GRADE: B+; 2.) LBs: As usual, the inside tandem of Jerod Mayo and Gary Guyton was solid. Mayo led the team in tackles with nine including five solos. OLBs Tully Banta-Cain and Derrick Burgess both had big games...combining for twelve tackles (eight solos), and four sacks: GRADE: A; 3.) SECONDARY: Had some problems with journeyman QB Ryan Fitzpatrick, who completed 17 passes for 178 yards...and slot receiver Josh Reed, who caught 4 passes for 63 yards. Allowed a completion to Reed on a 4th and 8 late in the fourth quarter, when a break-up would have ended the game. Credit the much maligned Jonathan Wilhite with a pick to end a Bills' first quarter drive, at the Pats 36. His play seemed to swing the momentum the Pats' way. GRADE: B;      C.) SPECIAL TEAMS:  Shanked punt (his second of the day) midway in the 4th quarter by Hanson gave the Bills a chance to come back. Though the Pats' defense stood firm, it put the Pats in horrible field position. After a three and out, Hanson had his next punt returned for 20 yards by Roscoe Parrish. The fine return led to the Bills only TD, two plays later...and cut the Pats' lead to just 17-10.      The Pats have struggled throughout the season returning kickoffs. Same story today, as they had to start their drives in relatively poor field position. Wes Welker did his usual good job returning punts: GRADE: C-;       D.) COACHING: For whatever reason, the Pats seemed to start out this game a bit flat. After the Wilhite interception, the team seemed to pick up speed, and shot out to a 14-3 half-time lead. But, as they have done in road games throughout the season, the Pats' offense went into hibernation in the second half. Where were the adjustments? Where was the urgency?       I would like to see the Pats become a more physical team...and establish their running attack. That would enable Tom Brady to get out of the shotgun, and run the offense more over center. It might also open up the play-action passing game, which, at one time, Tom was so good at. My guess is that BB would like that too...but doesn't have the personnel to accomplish it.      Laying eggs on the road in the second half will land the Pats on the Florida golf courses come February...rather than in Miami for the SB. GRADE: D;       E.) PLAY OF THE GAME: The Wilhite pick ;       F.) GAME BALLS: Mike Wright, Tully Banta-Cain, Derrick Burgess, and Jonathan Wilhite.          Here are the game stats: http://espn.go.com/nfl/boxscore?gameId=291220002 .      Thoughts?                         
    Posted by TexasPat3[/QUOTE]

    why NO grade for the coaches...o`brien AND BELICHICK? I GIVE BB A C  YESTERDAY, because of the good job put in by the defense..while the offense is in sorry sorry shape. o`brien, who i give another F to, has got to go asap. from now on BB should be calling ALL the plays from now on. period.
     
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    [QUOTE]In Response to Patriots @ Bills REPORT CARD : why NO grade for the coaches...o`brien AND BELICHICK? I GIVE BB A C  YESTERDAY, because of the good job put in by the defense..while the offense is in sorry sorry shape. o`brien, who i give another F to, has got to go asap. from now on BB should be calling ALL the plays from now on. period.
    Posted by koft[/QUOTE]

    How do you know that BB ios not calling the plays now??
     
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     TPat: Thanks for the excellent work. Someone else mentioned Aiken. Not only does he appear to have awful hands (wasn't he the one on the "hands team" that muffed the on-sides kick?), have you noticed that he never seems to get any separation?
     Can't remember your special teams grade but a D- would have been generous. Kickoffs weren't deep enough. and our kickoff returns have been dreadful. Our coverage teams didn't get burned, so that saved the whole group from a failing grade. Our kicking game, especially Hanson, stinks.
     
     
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    [QUOTE]In Response to Patriots @ Bills REPORT CARD : why NO grade for the coaches...o`brien AND BELICHICK? I GIVE BB A C  YESTERDAY, because of the good job put in by the defense..while the offense is in sorry sorry shape. o`brien, who i give another F to, has got to go asap. from now on BB should be calling ALL the plays from now on. period.
    Posted by koft[/QUOTE]

         Koft...if you check section "D" of my report card, you'll see that I gave the coaching staff a collective "D". Though they should be lauded for some fine work with the defense, any enthusiasms must be tempered by the fact that they were up against journeyman QB Ryan Fitzpatrick, and a pretty woeful Bills' offense.

         I thought that the Pats did an fairly poor job on special teams...and cited Hanson as the main culprit.

         But, the real reason for the "D" was that, once again, the Pats' offense stunk in the second half...scoring only 3 points...and was held to just 25 total yards in the 4th quarter.
     
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    [QUOTE]Aiken had a tough day.  I thinked he dropped 3 balls. 2 thrown to him that seemed catchable, and the on-side kick he muffed. Hit him right in the hands and he dropped in.  Lucky for us they made stupid plays as well. 
    Posted by boomerst3[/QUOTE]

         I've been saying all year that neither Galloway nor Aiken would be the answer as the Pats' #3 WR. Its' become a glaring weakness, which opposing teams are taking full advantage of.
     
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         Hello, my friend!!

    [QUOTE] TPat: Thanks for the excellent work. Someone else mentioned Aiken. Not only does he appear to have awful hands (wasn't he the one on the "hands team" that muffed the on-sides kick?), have you noticed that he never seems to get any separation?
     
    RESPONSE: Have I noticed?? I've been saying all season that the main problem with the Pats' offense were their OTs (though SeaBass has noticably improved that situation), and their lack of a skilled 3rd WR.

         The gone and forgotten Donte' Stallworth and Jabar Gaffney weren't stars...but both were dangerous in their own way. Stallworth for his speed, and his ability to produce yards after catch...and Gaffney for his precise patterns and toughness. When the Pats had them, opposing teams couldn't "cheat" on Randy Moss, the way they are now. Both Stallworth and Gaffney had to be accounted for. 

         Sam Aiken tries...but he just doesn't have it.   


     Can't remember your special teams grade but a D- would have been generous. Kickoffs weren't deep enough. and our kickoff returns have been dreadful. Our coverage teams didn't get burned, so that saved the whole group from a failing grade. Our kicking game, especially Hanson, stinks. 

    RESPONSE: If you thought a "D-" would be generous, than just call me Santa Claus...because I gave the "Specials" a "C-". The main reason for the relatively low grade was, as you correctly point out, the poor punting job by Hanson.

         I also mentioned that the Pats' kickoff return men this season have been awful...with this Sunday being no exception. Might be able to excuse the "Ghost" because of the cold, windy conditions. As for the coverage teams, they did get burnt by Roscoe Parrish, whose late 4th quarter 20 yard punt return set up the Bills' lone TD. 


     
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    TP
    Agree with your as usual top flight analysis. I do like the way the D-line moved around a bit and 6 sacks was nice. Let's get our up front guys back and continue the same confusion with the pass rush. Meanwhile, let Marony get spelled by Morris and a healthy Taylor and Faulk on third downs and lets see what happens. We've been really beaten just once all year and that was to New Orleans and they couldn't beat Dallas at home. It's not over yet....let's jell and let the real games begin!!!
     
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    [QUOTE]TP Agree with your as usual top flight analysis. I do like the way the D-line moved around a bit and 6 sacks was nice. Let's get our up front guys back and continue the same confusion with the pass rush. Meanwhile, let Marony get spelled by Morris and a healthy Taylor and Faulk on third downs and lets see what happens. We've been really beaten just once all year and that was to New Orleans and they couldn't beat Dallas at home. It's not over yet....let's jell and let the real games begin!!!
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         Hooch...its' over unless the Pats can solve their 2nd half blues.
     
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    [QUOTE]In Response to Re: Patriots @ Bills REPORT CARD :      Hooch...its' over unless the Pats can solve their 2nd half blues.
    Posted by TexasPat3[/QUOTE]

    Hey TEX, it would seem that the 2nd half woes are cureable....  Just need to change the play calling strategy.... its not the players....  Perhaps BB is playing rope-a-dope until the POST SEASON... One can only hope...  Maybe he wants to back into the SB, just like the Cardinals last year and the Giants the previous year....
     
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    [QUOTE]In Response to Re: Patriots @ Bills REPORT CARD : Hey TEX, it would seem that the 2nd half woes are cureable....  Just need to change the play calling strategy.... its not the players....  Perhaps BB is playing rope-a-dope until the POST SEASON... One can only hope...  Maybe he wants to back into the SB, just like the Cardinals last year and the Giants the previous year....
    Posted by SmokingJoe[/QUOTE]

         Well...if its' a rope-a-dope, he's been rope-a-doping all season. The way this team is currently playing, they don't have a prayer.
     
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    TPat: Forgot to ask about Kevin Faulk. He doesn't seem to have anything left in the tank. Also SI just ranked Hanson 29th out of 32 NFL kickers.
     
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    Pats wild card

    Can the Pats get a wild card berth if they lose the last 2 ?
     
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         Molecules:

         Yes. The Pats could lose their last two, and still make the playoffs. In fact, they could lose their last two, and still win the AFC East. The only way that the Pats can lose their division is if they lose their last two, and Miami wins their last two. In other words, the Pats' "magic number" to win the AFC East is one. A win by them ,or a Miami loss, and their the division champs. The Jets are not a factor. Even if the Pats lose two and the Jets win their last two, the Pats own the tie-breaker.

         Now...if the Pats lose two and Miami win their last two, to win the AFC East, things get dicey. Heres' an article on the various play-off scenarios that you might find helpful: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2009/writers/dom_bonvissuto/12/22/week.16/index.html
     
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         Trouts:

         Unfortunately, I tend to agree with you about Kevin Faulk. At age 34, he'll need to be replaced next season. Hopefully, he can still squeeze some magic out of his courageous, yet diminutive, frame.

         We both agree that Hanson must go.
     
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    To TPat: Thanks for all of your insightful posts. You invariably turn out terrific work. Happy Holidays! Trouts
     
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