i should’ve written this last night. after our win against the bills, i was as fired up as our fearless quarterback was on the sidelines – and not because of our victory. two words: inadvertent whistle. holy mother of infuriation.
this was one of those knock down, drag out divisional slugfests, and our fearless quarterback had his work cut out for him this week. between injuries to the receivers and the offensive line, a relentlessly blitzing buffalo defense, and you know, the odd inadvertent whistle, it seems like a blessing that tommy wound up 20 of 39 for 277 yards and a touchdown. I know most of it wasn’t his fault, but he looked pretty off balance all night. i know the feeling, tommy.
while our offense is being held together with duct tape and paperclips (not unlike my life), our defense is looking strong and healthy. it was nice to see jerod mayo stepping up like the leader he is and also nice to see james white stepping in for both lewis and edelman – scoring touchdowns as each. what was NOT nice was watching stephen gostkowski miss his first field goal of the season, into the wind from 54 yards. and it alllllll started with the inadvertent whistle. with miles and miles of open field ahead of him, danny amendola made an awesome catch and took off – only to have it called back because the ref accidentally blew the whistle (probably at rex ryan, who was having some kind of fit along the sideline). the drive stalled out, stephen missed, and i’ve never been more angry after a win in my whole life. danny must’ve been pretty angry too – he came right back out to pull down a 41 yard pass that set up white for his second touchdown. amendola wound up with 117 yards and a sprained knee that he’s totally gonna bandage up and play through – and for both, he gets this week’s tommy. run, danny, run!
we play denver on sunday night, and it’s going to be a super weird game, kids. peyton isn’t playing, but you can bet the denver defense will be – and i can think of anywhere tommy plays worse football than mile high. i hope our blossoming defense is ready to pick, because tommy’s gonna need all the help he can get. know what goes great with turkey? happy patriots thoughts! better start prepping them now!
have a happy thanksgiving, and go pats!