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Game 8 New York Giants

Well gang it is rematch time. While it doesn't have the same impact, it certainly could be a bit of payback to screwing up and undefeated season. This weeks match up is another tester. Eli Manning is playing excellent football and he is doing it by slinging it all over the place. This doesn't bode well for our porous pass defense. We can only hope that the offense can get back on track. As well, we will have to see if the offensive line can do a better job protecting Tommy than they did last week. This weeks pass rush is better than the Steelers which also will create some match up problems. You probably noticed I didn't do a post game report after the Steelers game. I was to disgusted to bring myself to do one. I hope that feeling goes away after Sunday. Also, hope many of you can make it Marcus & Willies for the festivities. See you there.

 

Game 7 Pittsburg Steelers

It never seems to end does it? We always play Indy and Pittsburg. This year is no different. Here we go again. The boys travel to Pittsburg this Sunday for a showdown with Ben and the boys. It should be quite a game. With their bye behind them it will be interesting to see what Bill and Tommy have in store for the men in Black & Yellow. I hope it is something good. It is going to be extremely important to bring our new found running game with us. It has set a whole new tone with this offense and kept the other teams off the field. With the Jets getting back on track and Buffalo playing so well, we can't afford a hicup at this point because we face the two teams from New York the following two weeks.

 

DON'T FORGET TO READ THIS WEEKS GAME DAY REPORT.

2011 WEEK 7 PLAYER SPOTLIGHT

#14 Zoltan Mesko -  A native of Romania (of Hungarian origin), emigrated with his family to the United States and eventually settled in Ohio. Ironic because he attended Michigan University where he was drafted by the Patriots in the fifth round of the 2010 NFL Draft. Unusual to pick a punter in the draft, Bill really saw something in his abilities.

Mesko has since gone on to excel on the field as a three-time Ray Guy Award watch list candidate and off the field as a four-time Academic All Conference selection. He has also been recognized for his character and community service by numerous organizations. A key to being a part of the Patriots organization. He holds the career and single-season records for punts and punting yards at Michigan.

Mesko is Michigan's career leader in punts and punting yardage and is second only to Monte Robbins in punting average. He is also the Michigan single-season punts (80) and punting yards (3436) record holder. Mesko ranks ninth all-time in career punts and seventh in punting yardage in Big Ten Conference history. At the close of his collegiate career, Mesko was rated the number one punter prospect for the 2010 NFL draft by Scouts.com.

In Week 6 of his rookie season, Mesko set a season-long with a 65-yard punt in overtime that gave the Baltimore Ravens the ball at their own 19-yard line. The Ravens would not convert a first down, punting back to the Patriots who scored to win the game on the ensuing drive.

The 2010 Patriots were the seventh-highest scoring team in NFL history; as a result, Mesko punted just 58 times, 26th in the league. Of those punts, 19 were downed inside the 20, while 5 were touchbacks. Mesko finished his rookie season with a gross average of 43.2 yards, and net average of 38.4 yards, the highest net average for a rookie in NFL history.

  

2011 WEEK 6 PLAYER SPOTLIGHT

#42 BenJarvus Jeremy Green-Ellis – After the big win against the Jets I felt it only appropriate to make BenJarvus our player of the week profile. Affectionately known as The Law Firm because of his name. He was born July 2, 1985 in New Orleans, Louisiana. He attended St. Augustine High School in New Orleans, and was a student and a letterman in football and track. In football, he was named as an All-City selection and as an All-Metro selection, and the Clarion Herald and the New Orleans Times-Picayune named him as an All-District selection. In track, he was an All-District selection and an All-Region selection.

At Ole Miss, BenJarvus was only the second running back in the school's history to record back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons. During his senior season in 2007, he recorded 1,137 yards and six touchdowns. As a junior in 2006, Ben posted 1,000 yards and seven touchdowns on a school record of 234 carries. He was named as an All-SEC first team selection by the Associated Press.

Green-Ellis was signed by the Patriots as an undrafted free agent on May 1, 2008. He was waived by the team on August 30, 2008, and signed to the team's practice squad on September 1, 2008. He was promoted to the active roster on October 11. Green-Ellis finished the 2010 season with 1,008 rushing yards on 229 carries (4.4 yard average), and 13 rushing touchdowns. Green-Ellis eclipsed the 1,000-yard rushing plateau on the season, becoming the first Patriots running back to rush for 1,000 yards since Corey Dillon in 2004.

2011 WEEK 5 PLAYER SPOTLIGHT

#22 Stevan Ridley – There isn’t a lot on Stevan yet as the rookie is just getting going. I thought however it would be fun to have this week’s player spotlight be a rookie, especially after the game he had last week.

 

He was born January 27, 1989 is one of the running backs for the New England Patriots. He played college football at LSU. He was selected in the third round (73rd overall) of the 2011 NFL Draft by the Pats a round after the Patriots drafted another running back, Shane Vereen. Ridley attended Trinity Episcopal High School in Natchez, Mississippi prior to attending Louisiana State University. At LSU, Ridley rushed for a career high of 1,147 yards and 15 touchdowns in 2010 while also serving as permanent team captain. He left LSU after his junior season and declared himself eligible for the 2011 NFL Draft where he was drafted by the Pats.

 

This past week he scored his first NFL touchdown of his rookie season, in the Patriots' 31–19 win over the Oakland Raiders; he had 97 yards on 10 carries (for an average of 9.7 yards per carry), including a 33-yard touchdown run, and a 3-yard reception. Keep a close eye on this young dynamic rookie.

NSESNEPFC Game Day Party

Hi Gang,

We are having a NSESNEPFC Tailgate party at Marcus & Willy's, Sunday, November 6th for the game against the Giants. It will give all of you an opportunity to meet each other as well as meet us. It will be a great time and there will be specials as well as some other surprises. Hope you can all make it. It should be a great time. Game time is 5:15 but get there early to get a good seat and have some fun. Wear you shirts and be prepared to battle"The Other Manning" and the Giants. Also, any of you Pats fans that are not members yet, come join us!!!!!    

THIS IS A CHANGE AS THE JETS GAME ON THE 13TH IS A 9:15 GAME

Cheers, Paul & Shelly

2011 WEEK 4 PLAYER SPOTLIGHT

#51 Jerod Mayo - Mayo was born in Hampton, Virginia. He attended Kecoughtan High School in Hampton, where he earned three letters in football as a linebacker and a running back. As a senior, Mayo recorded 110 tackles, including 18 for loss, and two interceptions. Also playing running back for seven games, he picked up 1,245 rushing yards and scored 13 touchdowns and five two-point conversions during his final campaign. As a junior, he recorded 68 tackles including 22 for loss, four interceptions and three sacks and earned first-team All-District, All-Area and All-Region honors.

Mayo was considered one of the best linebackers available in the 2008 NFL Draft and drew comparisons to Will Witherspoon. Sporting News described Mayo as a “perfect fit to play one of the inside spots” in a 3-4 defense. He was named as a reserve to the 2011 Pro Bowl on January 2, 2011. In the same season he was named to the 2010 All Pro team. He ended the season with a league-high 175 tackles, along with two sacks and one forced fumble.

In the community, Jerod has been involved with United Way, filming a PSA for the New Hampshire 2-1-1 help line. In 2010 Jerod Mayo organized an inaugural celebrity bowling tournament at Kings Dedham at Legacy Place. The event benefited Pitching in for Kids, Inc., a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing earmarked grants that improve the lives of children in New England.

2011 WEEK 3 PLAYER SPOTLIGHT

#50 Rob Ninkovich – was born on Feb. 1, 1984, in Blue Island, Ill. He attended Lincoln-Way Central High School in New Lenox, Ill., where he played defensive end and tight end.

Being and Illinois boy, Rob worked with his father, an ironworker, hanging beams on a Chicago construction site 19 stories high. According to his father, the purpose was to give Rob extra incentive to complete his college education. He was drafted from Purdue University.

He was originally drafted by the New Orleans Saints in the fifth round (135th overall) of the 2006 draft. He has had an amazing journey to the Patriots, look at this, he was waived by New Orleans (9/6/07) then claimed off waivers by Miami on (9/7/07) then waived by Miami on (9/31/08) and signed to the Miami practice squad on (9/3/08) he was then waived by Miami on (11/21/08) and then signed to the Miami practice squad on (11/22/08) , he was then signed by New Orleans from the Miami practice squad (12/3/08) , but then waived by New Orleans (7/30/09), where he was signed by New England on Aug. 2, 2009. WOW!!!!!!!! How is that for a journey.

Now a starter and a mainstay for the Patriots, he is just another of those stories that the Patriots and Belichick always seem to write. Does Mike Vrabel ring a bell? He is fast becoming an elite linebacker that along with Mayo will determine the fate of this new look defense.

Patriots Win 31-25!!

Well the boys are looking good. What a game. This was the one that I felt was going to be a real challenge and I was right. The Chargers are a good team and I believe they will be in the playoffs at the end of the year. Sunday’s game was a message for the rest of the league, and that is the Pats offense is for real. Tom Brady became the first player in NFL history to follow a 500-yard passing performance with a 400-yard game, and the Patriots scored 30 points for the 10th straight regular-season game. He threw three touchdown passes and went 31 for 40 with no interceptions as the Patriots (2-0) scored on each of their four first-half possessions. Brady had to share the spotlight and, somehow, wasn't totally obscured by the 325-pound form of defensive tackle Vince Wilfork. He got his first career interception to halt a promising Chargers drive late in the first half, rumbling 28 yards on the return. That is the good news. The bad news is that Hernandez missed the second half of the fourth quarter on Sunday against San Diego after taking a shot to knee from Bob Sanders helmet, despite staying in the game for a few plays after the knock to the knee. This is bad news for us. He has had a significance success in the first two games and has allowed for Gronkowski also become a huge part of the offense. Time will tell, but the next 2-3 weeks will be very telling.

New England Patriots Hall of Fame

Hi gang, I thought I would do a special on the New England Patriots Hall of Fame induction. Enjoy.

Drew Bledsoe – played for the New England Patriots from 1993-2001. He was considered the face of the franchise from the time he was the Patriot’s first round draft pick from Washington State in 1993. He in fact was the first overall draft pick as well. He started right away for the Patriots in his rookie season, as they improved from two to five wins. It should be noted that he left university early forgoing his Senior year to enter the draft. On November 13, 1994, the Patriots had won just three of their first nine games and were losing 20-3 to the Minnesota Vikings at halftime. Bledsoe led a comeback victory in which the Patriots won 26-20 in overtime, as he set single game record with 426 yards which was just broken by Tom Brady opening day against Miami. By remaining undefeated throughout the succeeding games, the Patriots earned their first postseason appearance in eight years. Bledsoe started all 16 games that season and went on to set a NFL record in pass attempts (691), becoming the second NFL quarterback to complete 400 or more passes in a season (400), and led the league in passing yards (4,555). Due to his performance, Bledsoe was selected to his first Pro Bowl as an alternate. During the second game of the 2001 season, Bledsoe was hit by New York Jets linebacker Mo Lewis and suffered a sheared blood vessel in his chest. We all know the rest of the story after that. Drew finished his career playing for the Buffalo Bills from 2002-2004, and the Dallas Cowboys 2005-2006. Always a fan favorite, Drew returned three times to Gillette Stadium where he was met by cheers every time.

Jon Morris - is a former American college and professional football player. At Gonzaga College High School in Washington, DC, he was a three-sport athlete in football, basketball and baseball. After Gonzaga he played center and linebacker for three seasons at the College of the Holy Cross. He was the Washington Daily News's Athlete of the Year in 1960 and Holy Cross Varsity Club Athlete of the Year and Lineman of the Year in 1963. He was selected All-East and All-America in his senior year, played in the College All-Star Game and captained the Senior Bowl. Jon Morris played 11 seasons for the Patriots, appearing in 130 games from 1964-74. He earned seven consecutive All-Star appearances with six AFL-All Star games (1964 through 1969) and was an AFC Pro Bowl center in 1970. His seven league All-Star selections rank second in Patriots history behind Pro Football Hall of Famer John Hannah nine. Morris was the first Patriots’ player to be selected to the NFL Pro Bowl. Morris anchored an offensive line that opened holes for Jim Nance to amass a team-record 45 rushing touchdowns from 1965-71. He was selected by the Patriots in the fourth round of the 1964 American Football League Draft out of Holy Cross. He was also selected in the second round by Vince Lombardi of the Green Bay Packers, but he knew Boston Patriots head coach Mike Holovak and chose to stay in New England to pursue his professional football career.

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