Patsfan vs. Jetsfan

Three weeks ago before the Pats began their burst towards the playoffs, the local New York media thought it wise to pile on the "struggling" New Englanders.  There were a long line of "bloom off the rose" stories, how the Patriots juggernaut was no more.  Now, with the Jets waiting for today’s wild card game, and soap operatic backstories galore (do the coaches like each other?!  do they want to kill each other?! does Mangini want to beat his mentor?  does Belichik want to beat his protege? answer: probably not, probably not, yes, and yes), the Patriots have re-assumed their Goliath’s stance, at least in the eyes of the NYC television and print media.  Seems convenient, to me.  Kick them when they are down, and deify them when they are up.  All this does is feed the "cinderella story" of the Jets, who, like the Patriots, had a relatively easy schedule in a relatively easy division.  The goalpost-shifting with regards to whether the Patriots are passe or au courant is just a lame storyline about the Jets being a "little engine that could".  They aren’t that. The Jets are a legitimate team.  With a good coach, and a fantastic defense.   They can win today.

So go ahead and treat this as a game thread for today’s action, a little New England-New York action in the absence of our national pastime.  Maybe it will tide us over until the baseball season starts.

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  • As for my position on the game’s outcome, I typically do not make football predictions. However, seeing as I am a huge Pats fan (since 1975!), I will go on the record as saying that the Pats are the better team going into the game. If they played 10 times, I think the Patriots would win 6 of them, maybe 7. So I believe the Patriots will win. But the Jets winning would not be surprising; they’re good enough to do so.
    So here are ten predictions, maybe one will be right.
    Pats 23, Jets 14
    Pats 30, Jets 20
    Pats 16, Jets 7
    Jets 20, Pats 13
    Jets 17, Pats 10
    Pats 26, Jets 20
    Jets 19, Pats 14
    Pats 31, Jets 6
    Pats 28, Jets 24
    Jets 17, Pats 16

    SF January 7, 2007, 12:27 pm
  • SF, out there on a limb!

    YF January 7, 2007, 12:54 pm
  • I don’t do limbs. Particularly not with the NFL.

    SF January 7, 2007, 12:56 pm
  • I also should clarify that I HATE the Jets and all their fans. So I hope they get destroyed, in horrible fashion.
    Or, they can lose by just one, of course. As long as they lose.

    SF January 7, 2007, 12:57 pm
  • It’s the Jets; fear not. They’ll find a way to lose, you can be sure.

    YF January 7, 2007, 1:08 pm
  • YF, out there on a limb!

    SF January 7, 2007, 1:09 pm
  • I use to follow the NFL and then during college I lost interest, so I have no idea but the Pats have an invincible feel to me every year, so I say:
    Pats 42, Jets 7

    Nick-YF January 7, 2007, 1:12 pm
  • TD Pats!
    That drive was just a textbook example of how coaching can impact games quickly. Methinks the Pats saw some tape this week. Let’s see if the Jets adjust to the Pats’ offensive tactics. The Pats disallowing the Jets from subsituting worked perfectly there.
    Now, some D!

    SF January 7, 2007, 1:13 pm
  • Pennington just too late delivering the pass on third down, and the punt is sent down the field. Three and out. Pats ball.

    SF January 7, 2007, 1:18 pm
  • Brady with the quick snap, catching the Jets sleeping for the penalty. Man, he’s good. Then a 7 yard gain by Maroney, first down.

    SF January 7, 2007, 1:22 pm
  • Oof, boneheaded play by Gaffney, giving up the sure first down to try to gain more. Pats forced to punt despite momentarily having a first down. Dummy.

    SF January 7, 2007, 1:25 pm
  • I guess this thread is just “Patsfan”. Not sure I can keep this up without a foil.

    SF January 7, 2007, 1:26 pm
  • Damn…Pats couldn’t get at the screen soon enough

    Rob January 7, 2007, 1:27 pm
  • Whew…missed a bullet on that one. Samual almost got torched.

    Rob January 7, 2007, 1:28 pm
  • Looks like another personal foul. The pats cannot afford to try and be like they played last week.

    Rob January 7, 2007, 1:29 pm
  • Was there whistle? If so, dumb play by Wilfork. I didn’t hear one on the TV though.

    SF January 7, 2007, 1:30 pm
  • I couldn’t hear it, but the replay showed the ref’s running in with the arm in the air like they were blowing it.
    Hope the arm hurts Pennington…..scrub.

    Rob January 7, 2007, 1:31 pm
  • I know wishing injury is wrong, but I hope it hurts just enough to keep him out of this game.

    Rob January 7, 2007, 1:32 pm
  • Eh, it’s his left arm. Tape it up, send him back in.
    Though Pennington’s left arm may be just as strong as his right. ;-)

    SF January 7, 2007, 1:33 pm
  • Colvin levels Askew.

    Rob January 7, 2007, 1:33 pm
  • Jets punt again, little trickery that appeared to be a formation to fake the punt. May have been done strictly to make NE burn a TO.

    Rob January 7, 2007, 1:38 pm
  • Damn you Dillon, quit fumbling the ball.

    Rob January 7, 2007, 1:40 pm
  • Pats offense looking less effective, more one dimensional – Jets catching on. Need some D again.

    SF January 7, 2007, 1:51 pm
  • Jets strike long-distance. Patriots secondary caught sleeping. Game on.

    SF January 7, 2007, 1:55 pm
  • Jeez, Brady throws a perfect bomb and it slips through Gaffney’s hands.

    SF January 7, 2007, 2:01 pm
  • 1st and goal, and the Pats offensive coordinator gets, uh, offensive. Bad play-calling. No deception at all until third down, where it’s too late. Ick.
    FG attempt: good. Tie game.

    SF January 7, 2007, 2:07 pm
  • I just wish there was a way for both teams to lose so we’d stop hearing about Tom Brady’s dreaminess ™, Belichik’s genius ™ and the mentor v. protege ™. Ugh.
    Save for the ‘Hawks game ending last night, not an impressive set of playoff games so far….

    yankeemonkey January 7, 2007, 2:32 pm
  • Giants fan, I take it, YM?

    SF January 7, 2007, 3:09 pm
  • I like to think of myself as a New York Football fan-at-large, usually. Unless we’re talking Eagles. Firmly on the Saints’ bandwagon this year, though :)

    yankeemonkey January 7, 2007, 3:14 pm
  • Um. Scratch that middle sentence. Too much football watching the past two days…reduced my writing skills to those of an Eagles’ fan. Icky.

    yankeemonkey January 7, 2007, 3:15 pm
  • Phew. Score slightly not indicative of the game, but still just.
    Not sure the Pats can cut through SD like that, though. Much tougher game next week.
    Brady is King.

    SF January 7, 2007, 4:19 pm
  • Okay, Jets lose. No surprise there. And no great loss. Most of us YFs are Gints fans who put up with the runty little brother who shares our stadium.
    Let’s Go Gints!

    YF January 7, 2007, 4:27 pm
  • sf, probably no surprise that i’m a jets fan, but i don’t think you hate me…i’m so pathetic i just wanted the jets to have a good showing, which they did until the last couple of minutes…i envy the pats success…just curious, do you hate the giants as much as i do…?…by the way, i’ll only hate the pats as long as that a-hole personality-less genius bellicheck [spelling] is their coach…he ran from the jets like a little girl…tampering anyone?…

    dc January 7, 2007, 4:33 pm
  • I don’t really hate the Giants anymore, though I grew up despising them (Bavaro, McConkey – blech!). But I really, really can’t stand Tom Coughlin. To me he’s the prototypical blowhard football coach who fancies himself some sort of Patton-esque leader, but who is more noise than anything else. He’s the type of guy who should have gone into the military, if only he had the cojones. I hope they lose, if only to usher him out of town. He’s an intolerable personality to me.

    SF January 7, 2007, 5:12 pm
  • He’s intolerable to us Giant fans as well. More intolerable. And I wouldn’t wish him on our military either. His kind of attitude has no place anywhere, anytime.

    YF January 7, 2007, 6:04 pm
  • If this continues, you won’t have Coughlin to kick around too long. Gone by MLK Day, if not sooner.

    SF January 7, 2007, 6:11 pm
  • No kidding. That last red zone series was awful. Not a big Manning fan either. Was interesting to see Steve Young crit him a couple of weeks ago, commenting that (a) he doesn’t have a strong arm and (b) he doesn’t have good aim (!) and (c) he makes too many bad decisions. Not so good!

    YF January 7, 2007, 6:30 pm
  • Oh, and (d) he often seems disengaged.

    YF January 7, 2007, 6:31 pm
  • About 1 minute left in Tom Coughlin’s NYG coaching career?

    yankeemonkey January 7, 2007, 7:53 pm
  • Any bets on headlines for tomorrow’s tabloids?
    “Bad Apple”
    “Rotten Apple”

    SF January 7, 2007, 8:14 pm
  • New York teams: 1 for their last 4 in the first round of the playoffs. A good couple of months, I’d say.

    Paul SF January 8, 2007, 12:10 am
  • baseball’s our sport, i guess

    dc January 8, 2007, 9:23 am
  • Pats looked good, not great, but good. Next week in San Diego will be tough but hopefully the Patriots will suceed! Go BRADY!!

    CB January 8, 2007, 4:32 pm

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