All right, first of all:
We got Joe Haden back, our highest rated cornerback. He spent some time in IR, for about 9 weeks, but now he's back. We definitely want him in for this game, so let's see which of our rookie CBs have been less effective:
Cam Sutton is pretty high rated OVR, but he's not been that effective, no INTs, a few deflected passes, that's about it.
The we have 6'3'' Brian Allen, 4 INTs, a few deflected passes and a few tackles. You might realize who is going to be out of the depth chart.
So Joe Haden and Brian Allen are the starting CBs, with Cam Sutton serving as the dimeback and playing on special teams. Now, the game.
For this game, I altered my sliders based on a post I did about making M08 as good as ESPN NFL 2K5. That is kind of impossible, but I can get close.
Now, I'm going to make this Defensive Assignment. I want Ryan Shazier to be on Gronk at all times. When you have a guy as fast as Shazier, you use him to neutralize TEs and HBs.
It really pays off, as Shazier prevents this one handed catch by Gronkowski.
They would eventually get in the endzone, as James White finds no resistance after a 6 minute drive.
With this run, Le'Veon Bell crosses the 1500 yards rushing total.
We give the ball to Roosevelt Nix and he runs it up the middle and falls forward for a TD. It is ... a... doubtful TD, but Belichick doesn't challenge it.
And so ends the first quarter.
If Brady had a bit more touch, that is a TD. Instead, it makes Stephen Gostkowski get to the field for 6 points.
Our next possession ended up in nothing, the Patriots drove all the way down field for another TD. Gostkowski would miss the extra point.
On a goalline situation, Martavis Bryant cuts left and receives a pass for a TD. We beat Malcolm Butler for a TD.
I brought pressure to Brady forcing him to throw the ball, it just happens to fly into triple coverage and gets picked off.
Brady was upset after the fact.
On a 4th down play, I decided to go for it. I swapped AB to slot receiver. He ran a quick out. Butler doesn't react fast enough and AB is in the house.
On the next drive, the Pats try to drive down the field to take the lead before halftime. Brady launches the ball into a wide open windowed, that got slammed shut by William Gay. Another INT.
Chris Boswell lines up for a 55 Yard FG try before the half.
The kick has both distance and accuracy.
This is the score.
Here, the relevant stats.
Stephen Gostkowski kicks a 44 yarder.
That's everything that would happen in the quarter.
Brady connects with Dwayne Allen for the late lead.
However, the only way for this pass to get to Gronk is getting high, and the only way he can get his toes in bound is with a low pass. Gronk sails out of bounds and the difference is just 1 point.
We beat Malcolm Butler for a TD again. We would try the 2 point conversion but would end up short.
Weird stuff happened here, and you have to blame No. 28. Brady tries to go for a screen pass. The pass bounces off of No. 28's helmet.
Bounces all over the place, including TJ Watt's helmet.
And ends up in Ryan Shazier's hands ... I am not mad.
This Boswell FG gives us a 8 point lead.
Neutralized by a Stephen Gostkowski FG.
Then we have an 8 point lead in play again thanks to Chris Boswell.
And this Ryan Shazier hit on Brandin Cooks on 4th down ends the game, as he was far from the 1st down marker.
They could have taken it to OT if Brady had looked for some more people down the field ... but we had prevent so ... WE WIN!
Other than those INTs, Brady played better than Ben.
All right, let's look at Ben's stats. 30+ TD Passes, 4000+ Yards, 66.5% completed passes and 8 INTS.
Let's look at the stands. Even if we loss the next games, we would have home field advantage. The road to the Super Bowl is through Pittsburgh, not Foxborough.
The Titans just need 1 more win and they get the division.
The Pats ... well, what did you expect.
The Chiefs have the AFC West locked down.
The NFC North is close. We will see in the next weeks who comes out on top. I bet it is the Packers.
Now, this division. The Panthers and the Falcons are playing pretty well.
And so are the Cowboys and the Redskins.
And the Cards probably have the NFC West secured.
Log coming up: