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Week 11: New England Patriots 20, Buffalo Bills 13 (10-0) (Monday, November 23, 2015)

10-0, baby! :)

Unfortunately, the injuries are reaching critical mass. We lost wide receivers Aaron Dobson and Danny Amendola during this game, and with the injured Dion Lewis and Julian Edelman, Tom Brady's targets are diminishing. He still has Gronk, but without other threats, Gronk is double-teamed and it's difficult for him to get open. The other tight end, Scott Chandler, hasn't shown much this season, and wide receiver Brandon LaFell is more of a deep threat, but that means Tom can't get the ball to him in 2.13 seconds and has to wait for the play to develop longer, and that means often getting crushed by a pass rush. Tom was pretty beaten up in this game. Anyone who says he's not a tough quarterback should watch him constantly getting hit in this game. The offensive line was terrible.

Good thing the defense was playing at a high level. They forced turnovers and made key stops, because the offense wasn't going to put up more than 20 points in this one.

Also, a weird call: the line judge whistled a play dead when there clearly was no infraction! Tom was throwing the football to Danny Amendola and it was whistled dead, but no one had committed a penalty or stepped out-of-bounds. The refs had effed up and admitted as much, taking away a potential touchdown from the Patriots. Good thing the Pats didn't lose this game!

Who knows what will happen in Denver next week? The offense is struggling to put up points and the offensive line is a mess. The glittering offense is dulled by injuries. :(

The Broncos finally woke up and benched Peyton Manning and started back-up Brock Osweiler, who did all right this week and the team won their game. So no Brady/Manning face-off next week, but Manning is pretty much stick-a-fork-in-him, as in he's done.

The Patriots won their 72nd straight home game when leading at halftime.

The Jets and Dolphins lost their games, so the AFC East Division looks like this:

New England 10-0
Buffalo 5-5
NYJ 5-5
Miami 4-6

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jlvsclrk
Nov. 26th, 2015 01:06 am (UTC)
I hope I'm not jinxing things by saying I'm hoping to see them wrap up the division next week. A lot of ways for that to happen...

I'm as dismayed at all the offensive injuries as the next Pats fan, but they're coping somehow (praise Brady!) and the defensive has been pretty phenomenal - even though they don't put up the flashy fantasy stats.
bradygirl_12
Nov. 26th, 2015 01:39 am (UTC)
I'm hopeful for divisional wrap-up next week, too. Let's hope the holiday sparks extra energy in Denver! :)

The Pats are in everybody's heads. On General Hospital today they had one character declare, "I hate the Patriots!" Ha, ha, they can all hate us as we go all the way to the Super Bowl! ;)

Edited at 2015-11-26 01:46 am (UTC)
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