BEST AND WORST: Patriots flop in season opener
BEST WAY TO GET CUT AGAIN
Well, Danny Aiken . . . you aren't doing yourself any favors here. Listen, if the long snapper is in the news, it's usually a bad thing. Aiken, who was cut on the NFL's final cut-down day and then signed just a few days ago, got his season off to a rough start. After the Patriots first drive of the season stalled after three downs, Aiken and the special teams unit came on. But Aiken's snap was a bit low, and then he didn't pick up a blocker. That meant that Ryan Allen had a little meet-and-greet with Chris McCain for the first time in his life. It wasn't a pleasant one. Four plays later the Patriots were playing from behind.
BEST WAY TO RESPOND
Fear not, Danny Aiken! The Patriots offense is here to pick you up (after all, it's all about you, Danny Aiken…). Terrific Tom and Co. marched 80 yards on the ensuing drive to tie the game up. Brady was 6-for-6 on the drive, Julian Edelman rushed twice for 21 yards, and Shane Vereen took the last three carries from the six-yard line and found pay dirt.
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It looked early on that the Dolphins were going to be their own worst enemy on Sunday. Down 10-7 early in the second quarter, Ryan Tannehill felt some pressure and heaved an ill-advised ball towards the end zone and right into the hands of Patriots cornerback Alfonzo Dennard. The Pats opened up a 17-7 lead after a 94-yard touchdown drive.
BEST WAY TO PROVE YOU'RE HEALTHY
WITH A GIGANTIC GRONK SPIKE! But seriously, that 94-yard touchdown drive ended with the Brady-to-Gronk connection. Gronk lined up on the outside, right of Brady, but ended up running a cross route in the end zone (he wasn't Brady's first look) where he was open. Anybody who saw the play saw how pumped up Brady was after. He ran over to Gronk and started barking in his face. There's no chance any of it made sense - which probably made perfect sense to Gronk.
WORST WAY TO GET OVER THE MANKINS TRADE
How do you get over somebody? You forget about them! You show them you don't need them anyways! You pick yourself up off the ground and find somebody new, yeah! Tom Brady picked himself up off the ground over, and over . . . and over. He was sacked four times, knocked down plenty, and chased after enough times to keep him looking over his shoulder for the next couple days.
Later Sunday night, he texted Mankins: "miss u." Ugh, been there.
BEST WAY TO TIRE YOURSELVES OUT
It's hot in Miami. We know. We get it. It's science. But they have those really big fans on the sidelines that blow cold air and water all over you. That's gotta help the defense, right? NOT IF THEY'RE NOT ON THE SIDELINES. Miami won the TOP game on Sunday, and credit their stellar rushing attack for keeping their offense on the field. 191 total rushing yards on 38 carries. Yeesh. 11 first downs via the rush. And Miami was 7-13 on third down.
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SPF 15, a fruity drink with one of those little umbrellas in it . . . and a touchdown. That's Mike Wallace, (minus the sunblock and drink, I think) who caught a touchdown pass right over Darrelle Revis (who did get a hand on it). Wallace had himself a solid day (minus the fumble) with seven receptions for 81 yards and the previously mentioned touchdown. Revis wasn't the lockdown Revis we've seen in the past on the Jets. Wallace almost had another big touchdown over Revis after he blew by him down the right sidelines. Wallace couldn't get both feet in in the end zone though.
WORST WAY TO BUILD OFF OF FIRST HALF
Julian Edelman was all over the field in the first half. He caught the ball. He ran the ball. He did not throw the ball. At the end of the first half he had six receptions for 95 yards and two rushes for 21 yards. Fantasy dorks were dancing around their laptops. But . . . STOP THE MUSIC. Edelman was catchless in the second half. Edelman wasn't the only one who didn't show in the second half, but when you go from stud to dud, you get singled out, BRO.
Sidenote: Nobody cares about your fantasy team.
WORST WAY TO START THE SEASON . . . OR IS IT?
With a loss, duh. Nobody wants to start the year off in the loss column. BUT . . . the last time the Patriots lost their season opener was in 2003 - and we all know what happened that season. That's right, the Patriots are your future Super Bowl XLIX Champions! (Trying to stay positive here…)