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    Sunday, September 7, 2008

    Phew: Patriots Escape w/Week 1 Win 17-10

    It was the hit heard 'round New England. Early in the 1st quarter, Tom Brady dropped back to throw up a bomb to Randy Moss and as he released the ball, the Kansas City Chiefs defense line collectively rolled over his left leg, sending Tom Brady to the sidelines and the locker room for the rest of the game. Moss caught the pass and then fumbled it away, but that wasn't the story. Brady's status was unknown and we collectively held our breath.

    It was my lovely wife that reminded me, as I took deep breaths into a brown paper bag, that Tom Brady got his chance after Drew Bledsoe went down and the rest is history. I informed her that I was aware of the circumstances, but that Matt Cassel was no Tom Brady.

    Of course, after one solid regular season performance I am not ready to change my opinion on that fact, but we'll take it. Who would've thought that with Tom Brady in the locker room that the Patriots would defeat the Kansas City Chiefs? Oh right, it was me. Earlier this week, I thought that we should sit Tom Brady and let Matt Cassel grind it out. With our terrific running attack of LoMo and Sammy Morris as well as our reciever corps, I thought we could pull it out and we would win, which the Patriots did, 17-10.

    It wasn't pretty, but it never is with Matty Cassel in the line-up, but he did look strong in his first full game under center for the New England Patriots. With a huge help from the O-Line giving him plenty of time to look down-field and hit the likes of Randy Moss and Wes Welker, Matt Cassel made the most of his opportunity.

    His first two snaps from center made everyone in Gillette Stadium and at home watching wince with pain as he almost gave up a safety on BOTH snaps. Then, he gained his composure and would eventually hit Randy Moss for a TD and a couple of nice deep strikes.

    And what about the defense? Well it was our famous bend but don't break defense back in action as always. There was a late game strike from Damon Huard to get the Chiefs after James Sanders over committed and gave up a BIG play which spelled trouble and landed the KC Chiefs on the five yard line. From there, the first play from the line of scrimmage was a dropped pass in the endzone. Second down brought a run by Larry Johnson who got stuffed at the line. Third down it was an incomplete pass which was almost picked by Adalius Thomas. Final down from scrimmage, Deltha O'neal our newest addition to the secondary, tips the pass in the endzone and the Patriots win 17-10.

    The story of the game will be Tom Brady going down in the 1st quarter. We shouldn't have even seen him in this game, but we did and now our attention will turn to his status for next week. We'll take a week 1 win against the Chiefs. It wasn't pretty, but we'll take it.

    Click here for the boxscore.

    adam@wickedpissadude.com

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