EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

Sports

December 16, 2013

Ludicrous injury run has division in jeopardy now

I tried to browbeat Bill Belichick and lost the quickie battle a week ago, per usual, after the Pats win over Cleveland.

Maybe yesterday’s loss in Miami might have been the opportune time to try.

This wild run of injuries and losses on both sides of the ball continues to take its toll, and it’s reached the most ridiculous of levels, even if Belichick chooses not to admit it and is just going to, “Take it one play at a time, one day at a time, one game at a time,” and

“Deal with whatever we have to deal with.”

Deep down, the guy has to be thinking how crazy this seems, even if he won’t admit it. Next time, Bill, use the out-loud voice, kind of like your cursing QB did after the game yesterday. Venting feels better, and nobody has more of a reason to vent about injuries and player losses than these Patriots.

Three quick reactions to yesterday’s 24-20 crusher at the hands of the Dolphins.

1. The fact that defensive back Marquice Cole actually still puts on an NFL uniform scares the life out of me. Why? Because he plays for the Patriots. Think about the fact that the Dolphins were pulling worse guys off the street this week to play corner and lived to win the game.

2. I can only imagine the look on Tom Brady’s face when they inserted rookie offensive lineman Josh Kline into the lineup at left guard. Of course, that disbelief shot could only be topped by the look on TB12’s face when Kline allows Cameron Wake a free shot at him. I mean, why would you think about blocking Wake, right?

3. Finally, all of a sudden this division is in doubt. At 8-6, Miami goes to Buffalo and hosts the Jets. Sweep them and hope that the Pats lose at Baltimore and in the finale to Buffalo. That’s Joe Philbin’s game plan. Knotted at 10-6, the tie-breaker goes to Miami (they would be 4-2 in the division, Pats would be 3-3).

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Sports

Local Sports Videos
Sports Videos
Goodell backs Rice ban Andre Reed reflects on Hall of Fame Man with no arms throws first pitch Wade supports LeBron's decision Steelers feeling a sense of urgency in camp 5 things I think I think about the Atlanta Falcons Paul Breitner: We're sure Julian Green will be a great player for Bayern Reaction to Ray Rice's comments How the MLB Trade Deadline Will Affect the Postseason Recapping a Blockbuster MLB Trade Deadline Marshawn Lynch Ends Holdout - @TheBuzzeronFOX Dombrowski on bringing David Price to Detroit Pitch Invading Morons Cause Chaos - @TheBuzzeronFOX Tiger Woods: 1 on 1 3 Questions with Gary Payton: Kevin Love, Andrew Wiggins and Derrick Rose Players Only: Marcus Mariota's Course Load at Oregon How We Almost Got Johnny Cowboy Donald Sterling Loses The Clippers For Good - @TheBuzzeronFox Franklin talks leaving Vandy Staten Island Man's Emotional Dunk Over NYPD Car - @TheBuzzeronFOX
Boston Sports
Goodell backs Rice ban Andre Reed reflects on Hall of Fame Man with no arms throws first pitch Wade supports LeBron's decision Reaction to Ray Rice's comments How the MLB Trade Deadline Will Affect the Postseason Recapping a Blockbuster MLB Trade Deadline Marshawn Lynch Ends Holdout - @TheBuzzeronFOX Dombrowski on bringing David Price to Detroit A's Acquire Lester, Gomes For Cespedes Red Sox Fans React To Jon Lester Rumors Red Sox Fans Sad About Prospect Of Possible Jon Lester Trade Pitch Invading Morons Cause Chaos - @TheBuzzeronFOX Pedroia on Lester: ‘It would be tough to see him in another uniform’ Farrell announces Workman will start in place of Lester Gasper vs Tanguay: Is Lester to blame for current situation? Mike Carp speaks out on wanting to leave the Red Sox Shaughnessy: Sox fans deserve to be mad if Sox trade Lester Ty Law: Revis may get Pats ‘over hump’ Ortiz fires back at Tampa Bay Ray’s Chris Archer