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--Each Sunday, the FO staff sends around e-mails to each other, both during and after the games. It lets us share ideas for columns and comments, and get an idea of how teams that we can’t watch are playing. Be aware that the material in this roundtable might seem a bit disjointed and un-edited. It also might still show up later in the week in other columns, or in comments in PFP 2007. Games are chosen based on our own personal viewing preferences, and are going to reflect the teams we support and the cities where we live.
Denver Broncos 17 at New England Patriots 7
Aaron Schatz: A pregame note. Sterling Sharpe just said one of the dumbest, most contradicted by facts statements I’ve ever heard on a pregame show. He said that the Broncos are arrogant thinking they can keep getting rid of 1,000-yard rushers, and that it is finally hurting them, and they are losing because, QUOTE, “They can’t get the running game going, and so they’re putting it all on Plummer’s shoulders.”
I don’t know what is going to happen tonight, but I know this: In the first two games, Tatum Bell has 172 yards, 5.5 yards per carry. Mike Bell has 102 yards, 4.4 yards per carry. I never played in the league so maybe I’m just a stupid outsider, but Sterling has to explain to me how 274 yards over two games qualifies as “can’t get going.”
Will Carroll: Why is the straight-arm not called hands to the face? That said, Laurence Maroney is scary good.
Aaron Schatz: If there’s supposed to be something colossally wrong with Jake Plummer, I’m just not seeing it. This is the second straight game where blown tackling has led to huge touchdowns against the Pats. I hate the stupid Broncos.
Bill Moore: It’s 2am, and I just got home from a trip to Foxboro. I haven’t yet read any of the other audibles, so I won’t comment on the game per se. However, I will say this: Dynasty’s goodwill must last a year and three games. I couldn’t believe the negativity and complaints among the crowd, especially considering it was directed at none other than Tom Brady and Bill Belichick. Maybe NE fans are sore about the Red Sox situation or seeing Deion Branch playing in the 4:00 game, but there are plenty of fans — not all, I assure you, or even a majority, but plenty — who should be embarrassed at how they reacted to last night’s game. Isn’t it Bill Simmons who wrote that there should be a 5 year grace period from boos and complaints when your team wins a championship? Therefore, shouldn’t the Pats have 12 or 13 years left? Yet, fans were yelling “you suck” at freakin’ Tom Brady. I almost expected to hear “We want Cassell.” Incredible. I swear I felt like I was in the Meadowlands during the Herm Edwards years. Goodwill — it ain’t what it used to be.
Mike Tanier: Holy crap. Bill. I thought that was a Philly thing. Sit in a Philly sports bar and you will hear how McNabb is the worst QB in the league and how we win all of our games with defense, plus how he and Andy Reid cost the team a Super Bowl (like we would have been anywhere near a Super Bowl without them). I used to play a game where I would ask, “Who should we have taken in the draft instead of McNabb?” They used to say Culpepper, believe it or not, then the answer became Edge. I wonder who it is now. But I figured Brady would be cannonized like Favre is.
Ned Macey: I’m pretty sure it is universal. Unless I’m mistaken, it certainly sounded like Indy fans were booing in the first half of a game they never trailed by more than 7 points. These are three of the probably five best franchises of this decade. I’m not quite sure what fans expect.
Aaron Schatz: Ugh, I thought that was just the local media trying to stir things up. I am embarassed if fans are really acting like that. The Pats always lose to Denver. They’re going to go 10-6 and win the division anyway. What, are New England fans really worried about the Jets? Do they feel they are entitled to win the Super Bowl every single year? That’s pathetic.
Michael David Smith: At this point, if the Lions could have even one season as good as an average Pats/Eagles/Colts season this decade, I’ll happily sign a pledge never to complain about them again.
Pats fans are booing the golden boy! AHAHAHAHA! Nice!
I've also been noticing these idiot talking heads saying "Oh Denver's ground game can't get going" and other BS like that. What a joke. WAS IT GOING LAST NIGHT YOU FOOLS? TATUM BELL IN THE HIZEE!
Anyways, not much of significance here--just thought it was funny that NE fans were booing Brady. Yikes...
Also, FO has chosen the Denver-NE game for their weekly "Any Given Sunday" article...which is usually one of the better post-game breakdowns out there.
And yes, Schatz is a Pats fan.
Last edited by WABronco; 09-25-2006 at 01:39 PM..