Wednesday, December 14, 2016


hey kids-

puppymergency last week, but our patriots beat the rams and tommy broke a record by earning his 201st victory. he got the totw.

in equally exciting and more current news, our patriots beat the ravens on monday night football - and they did so in very convincing fashion. even with the glaring mistakes, this is the first time i've felt good about this team in about a month. this season may not be lost after all.

our fearless quarterback is undefeated when facing the NFL's #1 defense, and he showed why on monday night. tommy went 25/38 and 406 yards and three touchdowns - including one loooooong pretty pass down the middle of the field into the waiting arms of chris hogan. he also had one boneheaded interception that was totally his fault but we're going to ignore.  tommy got just as fired up in this game when the offense was performing poorly and when they were performing well, showing us the leadership, competitiveness, and general roguish charm that inspired the totw - and, you know, earned him four super bowl rings.

it was pretty exciting to see the patriots play at the level they did on monday night - especially against the ravens, who always play hard against us. i never discount what gronk brings to the field, but sometimes it seems like the chemistry is better without him. i don't know if that's because everyone else is working that much harder to fill in the gaps or if the changes to the game plan are just more suitable to the remaining guys on the field - but monday was a case in point. once the offense got into rhythm, they looked unstoppable. shockingly, the defense started out in rhythm and finally looked freaking awesome - making tackles, breaking up passes, and pulling down yet another interception. they also scored their third safety of the season - thanks in large part to ryan allen's super-hero punting. the punt return team clearly needs some help, but all in all, it's awesome when i'm struggling to award the totw because of an abundance of options rather than a lack of them. after a lot of consideration, i'm giving this week's tommy to chris hogan. how much fun is chris hogan having as a patriot - and how much fun is he to watch? after my early season frustrations, i'm amazed by how quickly he learned the offense and how productive he's become. he ended monday with 5 receptions and 129 yards - and his very first totw. may it be the first of many, chris!

we play denver on sunday kids, and i'd be feeling a lot better about it if we weren't playing at mile high. let's hope all the snow here in portland today blows on over to denver - a snowy field certainly couldn't hurt! think your happy patriots thoughts that the patriots successful streak of animal taming continues, and i'll catch you back here next time.

have a great week, and go pats!

love dav

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