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(Preseason) Week 1: New England Patriots 34, New Orleans Saints 22 (1-0) (Thursday, August 11, 2016)

Preseason has begun! This year is a little different as Tom has been railroaded into losing a quarter of his season and back-up quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo will start the first 4 games of the season, so he needs a lot of work.

The heat index was 103 last night. Jimmy G. performed so-so: not great but not badly, either. He's only played in preseason games his three years in the league and occasional mop-up duty in the regular season, so he made a couple of bonehead plays but made some good decisions, too. And it's unfair to compare Jimmy to the Greatest Of All Time. He's going to suffer in comparison.

The offense showed some spark and WR Malcolm Mitchell provided a lot of it but dislocated his elbow. He will be back sometime this season, though.

The defense caused 3 turnovers and did some other good things.

All in all, for a first preseason game, not too bad. Tom, Gronk and Jules did not play. Tom was not even on the sidelines as he had permission to attend a funeral.

The Saints had come into Foxboro for joint practices and the Bears come in next.

Olympic Note: Head Coach Bill Belichick wore a Nate Ebner jersey to practice and cut practice short so that the team could watch their teammate score a goal for the U.S. rugby team! :)

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lazy_8s
Aug. 13th, 2016 01:52 pm (UTC)
Think I read that Malcom will be out for about 4 weeks, which is a damn shame. :( On the bright side, I was highly impressed by what I saw. Hightower, White, Bolden, and Collins were notables. And, Jimmy seems to have improved.

Now granted, this was the Saints in the preseason. My nerves are gearing up for the first season game. I expect considerable gnashing of teeth then. 'sigh'
bradygirl_12
Aug. 13th, 2016 11:27 pm (UTC)
I won't be surprised if the Pats drop that first game in Arizona. They're on the road, their QB is a green kid, and the Cardinals' defense is ferocious. Chandler Jones will be eager to take it to the team that traded him. :)

But, if Jimmy G. can keep his cool, we may be all right in September. It just fries my fajitas that Tom has to sit out AT ALL!!!
lazy_8s
Aug. 14th, 2016 02:20 pm (UTC)
Oh yeah, in definite agreement about Arizona. I just hope it's not a complete shut out. 'sigh'

As for Satan(Goodell), there aren't enough written words to describe my ire for the man. I'll leave you with this, though. The recent Will Smith film, Concussion, has the most chilling but accurate portrayal of Roger Goodell ever, IMO. Luke Wilson only as a few lines, but he conveys the arrogance and downright mean spirit that oozes off the head of the NFL every time I see him,.
bradygirl_12
Aug. 14th, 2016 03:02 pm (UTC)
Yeah, even with Tom the first game would not be a gimme. It'll definitely be interesting to see what Jimmy can do under that kind of pressure. He comes across as a cool customer but when guys over 250 pounds are coming for your head, sometimes you lose it! :)

All you need to know about Roger Dodger beside the fact that he's a backstabbing weasel: when pizza is ordered into the NFL offices during a meeting, NO ONE is allowed to take a slice until the Emperor takes the first one. True story!
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