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Sunday Pats vs. Dolphins flexed to 4:25 PM

Tailgate Home Game 8 suddenly has meaning as the Pats could nail down a bye and home playoff game with the second seed up for grabs. I think we timed need to jump it up a bit and meet at 10:00 and leave by 10:15. When heading out to the Rodman lot, we may have to queue up prior to their entrance in the breakdown lane. If you can’t meet us to caravan in, just park anywhere in the Rodman lot and meet us on the grass in front. Remember parking is $50 at the Rodman lot

Caravan to Parking — Rt 95 S (Bear right at split with 93N) toward Providence. Take exit 9 (Route 1 south ). Immediately move to the right lane and look for the 1st restaurant on your right (Mick Morgan’s) DO NOT PARK THERE. Pull up to the light and take a right onto Old Post Road. Turn into the parking after the Liquor Store and before Brookline Movers. Back into angled parking spaces for ease of egr…ess when we are leaving the lot. Be in the lot by 10:00. Caravan of cars will leave by 10:15.

Meeting at the Tailgate – Continue on Rt 1 S as you approach the stadium. As Rt 1 takes a dip, at the traffic light, look for Rodman Collision Center is on the right (look for our red Razor’s Edge Tailgate sign). Take a right into their parking lot and park as directed. You can join us on the grass. We will have one or more canopies together. Our setup is right at the 1st pedestrian crosswalk on Rt 1 S (see Patriots parking Map).

Please let me know as soon as possible whether or not you will be attending!

Meeting at the Tailgate – Continue on Rt 1 S as you approach the stadium. As Rt 1 takes a dip, at the traffic light, look for Rodman Collision Center is on the right (look for our red Razor’s Edge Tailgate sign). Take a right into their parking lot and park as directed. You can join us on the grass. We will have one or more canopies together. Our setup is right at the 1st pedestrian crosswalk on Rt 1 S (see Patriots parking Map).

The pregame meetup time for Sunday vs the 49ers has changed.

Consensus is to move up the time by 15 minutes. Can we all meet at 2:45 and leave by 3:00 ….

Mark Morse

Patriots vs 49ers Sunday night!

After my one hiatus I will be back in the saddle for the upcoming battle with the San Francisco 49ers. Sounds like things went well (including the weather) at the tailgate in my absence. Oh yeah and we had a DOMINATING win on Monday Night Football.

The Rodman Lot is $50 to park. This money goes to charity (not Bob Kraft). Other benefits are that you get in the express lane going North and when exiting the Rodman lot you can go either North or South on Rte 1.

For Sunday’s 8:20 PM game we will meet at 3:00 PM in front of Brooklins Movers across from Mick McGees.

If you haven’t let me know you will be attending, please let me know as soon as possible!

Caravan to Parking — Rt 95 S (Bear right at split with 93N) toward Providence. Take exit 9 (Route 1 south ). Immediately move to the right lane and look for the 1st restaurant on your right (Mick Morgan’s) DO NOT PARK THERE. Pull up to the light and take a right onto Old Post Road. Turn into the parking after the Liquor Store and before Brookline Movers. Back into angled parking spaces for ease of egress when we are leaving the lot. Be in the lot by 3:00. Caravan of cars will leave by 3:15.

Meeting at the Tailgate – Continue on Rt 1 S as you approach the stadium. Take right into the Rodman Ford Collision Center. Look for our setup near the Pedestrian Crosswalk. We will have the Red Razor’s Edge Tailgate banner, and I will also be flying a new Patriots Flag and American Flag.

Say hello to your AFC East Division Champin New England Patriots …

They dispatched the gritty Miami Dolphins with stout defense and opportunistic offense, as well as a clock eating final drive that they ran the ball down their throats. The Hats and T-shirts were quickly stashed in their bags as they were already preparing to play Houston for 1st place in the Conference.

I will not be going to the game Monday night as a work commitment prevents me from leaving early or coming in late! My son Gregory will be there in my place sharing a spot with SOB Rich Oljey. For the 8:30 game we will meet at 3:00 at the regular meeting spot in front of Brookline Movers and across Old Post Road from Mick McGee’s (formerly Wicked) parking lot.
New for this year is an attempt to strategically place the tailgaters with canopies at the head of the line entering Rodman’s parking lot. Our goal was to get 5-6 spots together on the grassy area adjacent to Rte 1. We have been utilizing a Quad configuration that has also allowed for other members of our tailgating crew to set up just outside of the quad. I also have two sets of side walls that I will zip together and roll out so that we can wrap the Quad. Greg will have one propane heater and I expect that Don will have another.

The Rodman Lot is $50 to park. This money goes to charity (not Bob Kraft). Other benefits are that you get in the express lane going North and when exiting the Rodman lot you can go either North or South on Rte 1.

For Monday’s 8:30 game we will meet at 3:00 and leave by 3:15.
If you haven’t let me know you will be attending, please let me know as soon as possible!

Caravan to Parking — Rt 95 S (Bear right at split with 93N) toward Providence. Take exit 9 (Route 1 south ). Immediately move to the right lane and look for the 1st restaurant on your right (Mick Morgan’s) DO NOT PARK THERE. Pull up to the light and take a right onto Old Post Road. Turn into the parking after the Liquor Store and before Brookline Movers. Back into angled parking spaces for ease of egress when we are leaving the lot. Be in the lot by 8:15. Caravan of cars will leave by 8:30.

Meeting at the Tailgate – Continue on Rt 1 S as you approach the stadium. Take right into the Rodman Ford Collision Center. Look for our setup near the Pedestrian Crosswalk. We will have the Red Razor’s Edge Tailgate banner, and I will also be flying a new Patriots Flag and American Flag.

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (Miami)

The Good
- We don’t lose the hat and shirt games.
- Wendell has not gotten much press but he was great. The block he threw on the Welker TD was really good.
- The D continues to improve. We played a solid game and they really made up for an O that struggled some.
- What a final drive. That is what we used to do. Get the ball, chew up the clock and end it with a score. We took over 7 minutes off the clock in 13 plays on that drive.
- After starting slow, the running game really took hold in the final quarter. Ridley and the line really played hard.
- Vince says that it’s my ball.
- A couple of sacks from Trevor Scott. Next guy up on the depth chart.

The Bad
- Brady wasn’t his normal self. He looked a little off all day.
- Welker dropped an easy TD.
- Can we please stop running Woodhead up the middle? He is a great change of pace back but the standard 32 power just isn’t his strong suit.
- Ghost missed again. What is going on with him. Hit 3 later but the first was brutal.
- Connelly was hurt again. We need him to be healthy.
- Edelman hurt his foot. He adds a dynamic to the punt return that we need and I don’t think we get with anyone
- The first sack in forever and the first pick in forever. Got them out of the way so now we can start again.
- Too many penalties. I hate offensive holding when we don’t need to hold. It’s a big penalty and tough to overcome.
- Why can’t we run on first and goal from short distance. We pass far too often in that situation. Give it to Ridley and let him pound it home.

The Ugly
- False start on the offence, number 82. Started running downfield prior to the snap. Five yard penalty for looking stupid, repeat first down.
- Nice punt. No, pick up the ball. No, the ball. Ah forget it.
- Hate the announcers. They never told us how long a play went for and constantly screwed up the call. Freaked out over the last play when Brady centered the ball and called it a fumble. Wow.
- Personal foul on New England (pointing to Miami), personal foul on Miami (pointing to New England). Personal foul on New England, pointing to New England after already calling one on us. What a waste of a couple of minutes that was.
- New York Jets
- Arizona Cardinals
- The game between the Jets and the Cardinals was the 1pm offering on FOX.

Dave Levine

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (J-E-T-S)

The Good
- 3 touchdowns in 52 seconds is pretty good. All 3 phases scored too.
- 109 points in 5 days. Not a bad week of work.
- Brady got his stuff together after a shaky start and really showed what he was worth. Listened to Boomer on the radio and he mentioned that Tom was throwing a lot on the sidelines trying to work something out. He certainly did.
- Could you see how fired up 12 was? Every score was like a Super Bowl score. He was pissed that he missed Lloyd for a TD on a deep throw. “Crazy Legs” also had a rushing TD.
- Vince might have played his best game as a Pat. He was completely dominant. He literally threw Brandon Moore (after beating the double team) back into Sanchez forcing a fumble.
- We are now +24 in turnover differential with only 8 giveaways all season. That is +11 on Chicago who has only 1 more takeaway than us.
- The patchwork OL played a great game, giving Brady all day to throw. No sacks and only the opening play of the game grounding call. 2 weeks in a row without a sack.
- Vereen has some speed. Great play design on the wheel route. Welker went inside taking the defender and safety with him. Vereen runs nice and wide and motors down the sideline for a TD.
- Gregory deserves special notice here. He played a whale of a game with an INT and 2 fumble recoveries plus the TD.
- What a shock…McCourty caused another fumble.
- What a shock…Ninkovitch has another recovery.
- Nice to see Hernandez back on the field. He will need the rest of the season to get back into game shape before the playoffs but there is no need to rush it. We have enough weapons so he doesn’t need to go wire to wire.
- No better way to get BB his 200th win.
- Dennard and Talib play all but 1 down and were solid all game. Both will only get better from here and could provide us with a big boost come playoff time.
- Love the goal line stand in the 3rd quarter. Yes, the game was over but they still played tough and forced the turnover on downs.
- It’s good to have a nice Jewish boy perform some wholesome halftime music. I have always liked Lenny and his music.

The Bad
- A little miscommunication between Hoomanawanui and Ridley on the chop block in the EZ. It looked like a bad play design to try and pick up the blitzer up the middle after the play fake caused both backs to go around Brady. Couldn’t get there in time and 1 went high when one went low.
- 8 penalties including a couple of offsides and an unnecessary roughness call can get us into trouble against good teams. I understand that once the rout was on, you get amped up but you must control yourself and not do something stupid.
- Edelman took a shot and came up with a concussion. He was playing great up to that point as well. We need him on the field as a punt returner as well as that other slot guy.
- Another missed FG but this one may not land solely on Ghost. The snap and hold looked a little funky.
- Baltimore won again when they had no business doing so. Down 10 with 5 to go, the Chargers couldn’t seal the deal. They had a shot in OT but screwed that up too.
- Houston wins.

The Ugly
- Brandon Moore’s ass is now tied for 3rd on the Jets team for forced fumbles this year.
- I saw Fireman Ed without his helmet in the stands, that was until he left at halftime. Didn’t find out until just this morning that he is hanging it up because of confrontations with other Jets fans in the stands. Though I hated the Jets, I liked Ed as he was so involved and such a huge fan. He will still go to games, just without the helmet.
- Tebow was dressed for the game but had broken ribs and would have had to throw with his opposite arm if he did play. I am wondering if the Jest with get penalized for not announcing the injury.
- The Houston/Detroit challenge debacle. I understand the rule that if you throw a challenge flag on a play that can’t be challenged you get a 15 yard penalty. This is meant to prevent a team from slowing the pace. In this case, however, the play was going to be automatically reviewed. Since the challenge flag came out, the rule is enforced. Why, however, the play is still not reviewed is beyond me. It was a dead ball foul. How does that negate the automatic review of the TD? That stupid move by the coach cost his team the game.
- The OT in Detroit. How many missed FGs can there be?
- Sexy Rexy said he will never concede that the Jets can’t catch the Pats. I would agree with that. The only difference will be that Sexy will be long gone when it does. My guess is that it won’t happen until Brady and BB hang ‘em up.

Dave Levine

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (Colts)

The Good
- We have now put up 358 points and a scoring differential of +133. Only 1 other team in the NFL has put up more than 300 so far and others have greater than +100 differentials. No cheating. Can you guess who? Answers below.
- Our D really started playing well once we started to pressure Luck.
- Is there any more opportunistic D in the league than ours. Wow. Fumble recovery. 1 play, 25 yards, 6 seconds. 2 INTs returned and a punt returned.
- Edelman will take over for Welker next year. We have been waiting for him to crack the lineup and for the past couple of weeks, he has been taking more and more of Deion’s playing time. What a game from number 11.
- I think McCourty should stay at safety. He is quick to the ball and a solid tackler.
- Aquib played a nice game for the first one back. The first TD was a perfect pass into great coverage. He was beaten deep but guessed wrong on another play. He is, however, a solid tackler (took on a TE and hit him low, square and in the legs). I think he’ll be a nice addition to the team. The runback was great.
- Our backup guards continue to do a fantastic job. That OL coach of ours is pretty damn good.
- Both tackles kept 2 good pass rushers at bay for most of the game. No sacks and only 1 or 2 pressures. Freeny had 1 tackle and Mathis had 2 assists. Though Solder was called for a couple of holds.
- I don’t know what BB said at half time but it reminded me of a couple years ago when we would come out and dominate the 2nd half.
- Fozzie Dennard with a pick 6 and our new starting CB (opposite Talib).
- At one point in the first half, Brady was off the field for 32 minutes and we ended up outscoring them 14-3 over that time. Pretty damn impressive.
- We finally held for no points at the end of the half. That gave us some momentum into the third quarter.
- Reggie Wayne was targeted 18 times in the game and only caught 7 for 72 yards. Not a bad day for the D.
- I love the controlled pass rush we implemented at the half. We pressured but kept Luck contained and didn’t let him scramble. On top of that, we made all the tackles the first time and didn’t give up any extra yards like last week.
- Gronk became the 1st TE in history to have 3 straight seasons with 10+ TDs. Damn. He also has the most TD catches over the last 3 years, 6 ahead of Megatron. Moss holds the 3 year record of 43 which is now not going to be challenged due to the injury.
- Spikes was in the backfield for a number of plays. He was able to shoot though the gaps left easily.

The Bad
- The rest of the season will be tough without Gronk. I don’t see us beating both Houston and San Fran without him. The rest of the games are winnable so figure an 11 and 6 finish and the 3rd seed.
- Bad miss by Ghost. I thought that could come and haunt us at the half but I guess I was being overly critical.
- Arrington had good position on the first PI called. He just had to turn for the ball and it would have been fine.
- Hernandez needs to heal quicker but I don’t want to rush him back. We need him for the stretch run.
- Chandler Jones tweaked an ankle that I hope isn’t too bad. We need his pass rush and I would hate to see a promising rookie season cut short.

The Ugly
- The reverse fooled the Colts so bad that lead blocker Hoomanawanui was 40 yards down field still looking for someone to hit.
- Edelman will get ribbed for getting tackled by the punter but at least he was bottled up by the sideline. In Houston, the Keyshawn Martin was actually caught from behind by the punter. That’s embarrassing.
- We only had 1 offensive series in the second quarter and never had a drive last longer than 4:11.
- I am getting tired of these bogus roughing the passer calls. Mayo hit Luck square in the chest with his head up and didn’t drive him into the ground but they call the blow to the head because his helmet grazed Luck’s chin. The only way that is never contact with the QBs head is if we use smaller defenders so they can’t reach. Wait, can’t do that either. Then it would be going after the QBs knees. Can’t win.

The Quiz… Denver has put up 301 points and Chicago (+109) and Houston (+113) are the answers.

Dave Levine

Tailgate Home Game 5 vs the suddenly threatening Indianapolis Colts.

I think we timed it perfectly for the Jets 4:20 start in Week 3. We will meet at 10:30 and leave by 10:45. When heading out to the Rodman lot, we may have to queue up prior to their entrance in the breakdown lane. If you can’t meet us to caravan in, just park anywhere in the Rodman lot and meet us on the grass in front.

Caravan to Parking — Rt 95 S (Bear right at split with 93N) toward Providence. Take exit 9 (Route 1 south ). Immediately move to the right lane and look for the 1st restaurant on your right (Mick Morgan’s) DO NOT PARK THERE. Pull up to the light and take a right onto Old Post Road. Turn into the parking after the Liquor Store and before Brookline Movers. Back into angled parking spaces for ease of egress when we are leaving the lot. Be in the lot by 11:00. Caravan of cars will leave by 11:15.

Meeting at the Tailgate – Continue on Rt 1 S as you approach the stadium. As Rt 1 takes a dip, at the traffic light, look for Rodman Collision Center is on the right (look for our red Razor’s Edge Tailgate sign). Take a right into their parking lot and park as directed. You can join us on the grass. We will have one or more canopies together. Our setup is right at the 1st pedestrian crosswalk on Rt 1 S (see Patriots parking Map).

Please let me know as soon as possible whether or not you will be attending!

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (Bills)

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The Good
- The Razor’s Edge tailgate was, once again, a blast. Both Ben and I had a fantastic time eating good food and enjoying good company.
- Loved the celebration before the game. The huge flag covering the field. The national anthem sung very well and as it should by 3 military personnel. (proper pace, correct tune, no embellishment, with feeling). Flyover by a C130. Kevin Faulk as an honorary captain.
- Faulk’s ceremony at halftime was very nice. Kraft spoke highly of him and Kevin’s speech was good. Even liked that he cleared the air about not mentioning Brady in his retirement speech (which I hadn’t heard).
- McCourty has really taken to the safety position. A forced fumble at the 1 against Fred Jackson and then the game ending pick. He is great in run support making a goal line tackle earlier in the game. I think this is his position.
- Other than the false start on the final drive (a killer), Ridley continues to run hard and with purpose.
- Ghost has gotten his groove back. Big kick at the end of the game and kickoffs continue to be stellar.
- Nice to see Cunningham play like we thought he could play. He really is playing hard when he has the chance.
- Despite losing both starting guards, the OL held up great, only allowing 1 sack and very little pressure. They did ok with the run blocking as well.
- Though none were deep, Lloyd had 5 grabs and seemed to be on the same page as Brady all game.
- Woodhead had a couple of nice runs and made his receptions count as he sneaked his way in for TD and a couple of other first downs. Nice game for the little guy.
- Gotta give Zoltan some props. He had only 2 punts but the first was dropped inside the 15 and the other was a 44 yarder from the back of the EZ on a short snap. Nice job. He held on all the FGs as well. (Props to Danny Aiken as well for the perfect snaps.)
- As a non- Pats related notice, Ben’s football season came to an end last weekend with the Senior Bowl. He played great with numerous tackles including 2 for a loss, a pass defensed and an interception. For the season, he was a captain for the 6 and 1 Portland Cowboys starting at both right guard and OLB finishing with 3 sacks, a safety and a fumble recovery. He made all the defensive calls and alignments. He was awarded the Hilton Award for the team for his leadership, dedication, determination and teamwork. The Hilton Award is the only individual award given to a player. As a proud father, I just needed to crow a little. He will be off to middle school next year playing for Portland East.

The Bad
- Brady can’t throw on the run. Last drive of the game, Brady scrambles to the right. Woodhead makes a great move to get open in the corner of the EZ. Brady throws it into the dirt 2 yards short. Would have won the game easily.
- On the final drive, I don’t like the hurry up on first down to try and run it in. Let the clock run. Unless there was a reason to get the snap off before a challenge, we should get the right personnel in and run the play we want. I also don’t like trying to run wide. We continually get stuffed in short yardage on that play.
- Watching the cheerleaders dance to Back in the Saddle by Aerosmith. I was waiting all routine for them to simulate riding a horse (You know. Gallop in place, hand over head like they are twirling a lasso). Never happened.
- Welker dropped 2 easy balls that could have really helped the cause. First was early in the game where the other would have gotten us off the 1 yard line and given us a key first down late in the game.
- How many times did the RB hit the hole, get bottled up and then roll off and gain 10 yards. We need to get the ends to contain better instead of collapsing in. The one thing they teach kids is to set and maintain the edge. These are pros who should know better.
- Giving up 35 first downs and 7 for 11 on 3rd down conversions is unacceptable. We need to pressure the QB more as the front just isn’t getting there. Whether that means blitzing or coming up with different schemes, we need to get the opposing QB out of rhythm.

The Ugly
- BB’s throwing of the challenge flag. For a guy who played sports, that was pathetic. Looked like a limp, noodle arm of a 4 year old girl.
- How can a professional not know the rules of their sport. There were a couple of 49ers and Rams that thought there would be another OT. Bradford played like there was going to be another one.
- Speaking of the Rams, how do you get a delay of game on what would have been the winning FG? Pathetic.
- The Jets look awful and Miami gets pounded by Tennessee. Looks like we just won the division.

Dave Levine

Welcome back to the 2nd half of the season.

The Patriots benefitted from the week off by getting healthier and gained some separation between themselves and the Phins who lost to the Colts.
We have the Buffalo Bills making their annual trip to Foxboro. I am anticipating a good crowd for the tailgate with Dave Levine and son travelling down from Maine.
We learned from our first game in the Rodman lot that they open early. So we will adjust and gather at 8:00 at the regular meeting spot in front of Brookline Movers and across Old Post Road from Mick McGee’s (formerly Wicked) parking lot.
New for this year is an attempt to strategically place the tailgaters with canopies at the head of the line entering Rodman’s parking lot. Our goal was to get 5-6 spots together on the grassy area adjacent to Rte 1. We have been utilizing a Quad configuration that has also allowed for other members of our tailgating crew to set up just outside of the quad. So far it has worked out very well. We also try to be considerate to those groups that regularly setup to our right and left.
The Rodman Lot is $50 to park. This money goes to charity (not Bob Kraft). Other benefits are that you get in the express lane going North and when exiting the Rodman lot you can go either North or South on Rte 1.

For Sunday’s 1:00 game we will meet at 8:00 and leave by 8:15.
If you haven’t let me know you will be attending, please let me know as soon as possible!

Caravan to Parking — Rt 95 S (Bear right at split with 93N) toward Providence. Take exit 9 (Route 1 south ). Immediately move to the right lane and look for the 1st restaurant on your right (Mick Morgan’s) DO NOT PARK THERE. Pull up to the light and take a right onto Old Post Road. Turn into the parking after the Liquor Store and before Brookline Movers. Back into angled parking spaces for ease of egress when we are leaving the lot. Be in the lot by 8:15. Caravan of cars will leave by 8:30.

Meeting at the Tailgate – Continue on Rt 1 S as you approach the stadium. Take right into the Rodman Ford Collision Center. Look for our setup near the Pedestrian Crosswalk. We will have the Red Razor’s Edge Tailgate banner, and I will also be flying a new Patriots Flag and American Flag.

Mark Morse