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#55 Brandon Spikes – I chose Brandon because of the impact he could have this coming Saturday night. His specialty is stuffing the run and he has been missing for the past seven weeks with an injury. His return couldn’t come at a better time. If he is in game shape he could help the defense as it faces the #1 rushing team in the NFL. Brandon had three tackles in the last game of the year against Buffalo and looked good. While he didn’t play that much it was encouraging to see him out there. I would anticipate more playing time this coming weekend. 

 

Brandon was drafted out of Florida in the second round of the 2010 draft. Born in Shelby, NC he played high school football at Crest High School in Shelby. Brandon does carry some baggage with him for sure. At Florida he was suspended by his head coach, Urban Myers for his antics on the field in which he tried to gouge the eyes of Georgia’s Washaun Ealey. That said, his talent is not questioned. As a senior team captain, he was one of three finalists for the 2009 Chuck Bednarik Award, a finalist for the 2009 Butkus Award, a first-team All-SEC selection, and a consensus All-American, receiving first-team honors from The Sporting News and the Walter Camp Football Foundation and second-team honors from the Associated Press.

 

On December 10, 2010, prior to the Patriots' Week 14 game against the Bears, Spikes was suspended four games (the remainder of the 2010 regular season) for a violation of the NFL's banned substances policy,  reportedly for an ingredient in Spikes' ADHD medication.  The same day, Spikes released the following statement: "I’ve been contacted by the NFL and informed that I will be suspended four games for the detection of an illegal substance in a drug test. The substance was a medication that I should have gotten clarification on before taking. It was not a performance enhancer or an illegal drug. The integrity of the game is very important to me. I understand the league’s ruling and apologize to my teammates, the fans and the Patriots organization for this mistake."

 

He finished his rookie season with 61 tackles, one interception, and three passes defensed. With his season shortened by the suspension, he played in 12 games, starting eight.

 

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.

 

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Game 6 Dallas Cowboys

With the Jets behind us in come the Dallas Cowboys. This should be a tough game know matter how Tony Romo and the Cowboys have been playing. They are coming off a by-week which means they have had two weeks to prepare for us. The biggest challenge will be coming off an emotional game like the Jets. It is always tough after a game like that to get emotionally right for practice during the next week. It will be a real challenge for the boys to step up to the bar. Also as a side story, we face a Ryan defense for the second week in a row. That is right, Rob Ryan, defensive coordinator for the Dallas is Rex Ryans twin brother. Let's cheer the boys on. Last week members Annie and Barry were at the Jets game, this week member Chris will be cheering the boys at the game. Have a great time!!

 

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Game 5 New York Jets

Well, this game needs no real introduction now does it! Round 1 is here and it doesn't get any better. This rivalry is non-stop. Don't let the way the Jets have played the last two weeks fool you. Do you all remember when we beat them 45-3 only to lose in the playoffs after going 14-2. Rex Ryan has tha uncanny ability to game plan for us and it scares me. This weeks game should be a challenge. We still do not have Hernandez and now we have lost our defensive leader in Mayo. While I am always confident with the boys, our regular season record could be in jepordy if we don't have a good week of practice and prepare.

 

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Game 4 Oakland Radiers

Well, that was a disgusting effort if can say. My fear is that it might be a picture of things to come. I can’t remember a Patriots defense so porous. The question of whether or not we can win if Tommy has an off day has been answered loud and clear. As bad a Tommy looked, the defense had plenty of opportunity to win the game just like in the old days. This week’s game in Oakland will be the real tell tale sign I feel. I look at t his as a must win on the road. If you remember a couple years back we couldn’t win a game on the road and that spelled doom. Richard Seymour will be ready on defense and you can be the league’s leading rusher Darren McFadden is chomping at the bit to attack the “Last” place defense in pro football. Let’s hope we can turn it around as we end up facing those hated Jets in a couple of weeks.

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2011 Buffalo Bills game 3

Who knows what is going to happen this Sunday? I don’t! Are the Bills for real or are they pretenders? Is the Patriots defense susceptible or can it hold up? All questions we are going to find out. But in the mean time we get to discuss these very issues.

I can tell you I am worried about Ryan Fitzpatrick, and think Chan Gailey is doing a great job with the Bills. The Bills balanced attack could cause New England trouble. They mix the run with the pass extremely well which allows them to control the clock, and when that happens, you could keep Tommy off the field. This would not be good.

Oh by the way, did I tell you that the Bills, (not the Patriots), are the highest scoring team in the league? So fasten your seatbelts and hold on. With no disrespect to one of our members, (Bill G), who is a closet Bill’s fan, I hope we put a licking on them.

Patriots 50 Greatest Players #17

Vince Wilfork #17 – He was drafted by the Patriots in the first round (21st overall) in the 2004 Draft. He played college football at Miami. While at Miami, he participated in both football and track and field; he holds the Miami indoor school record in the shot put. He also holds the Florida state high school record in the shot put with a throw of 68 feet. Wilfork is considered to be one of the best nose tackles in the NFL and has been named both to the ProBowl and the All-Pro team in 2007, 2009, and 2010. Wilfork entered the final season of his contract in 2009. Reportedly unhappy with not receiving a contract extension, Wilfork did not attend the team's voluntary organized team activities in the spring, but reported to the team's mandatory sessions later in the summer. In August 2009, he was named to the Patriots' 50th anniversary team. A fan favorite, Vince and his lovely wife Bianca do a tremendous amount of volunteer work in the local community. It was a blessing that he and the team were finally able to come to terms with a new contract.

Patriots 50 Greatest Players #19

Mike Vrabel #19 – Vrabel was originally drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the third round of the 1997 draft. He was a backup throughout his career there. He came to the New England Patriots in 2001 and made an immediate impact playing in every game that season, starting in twelve of them. He became the first defensive player to score a touchdown in a playoff since Refrigerator Perry did so against the Patriots in Super Bowl XX. Vabrel was traded to the Kansas City Chiefs’ back on February 27, 2009 along with Matt Cassel for a second round pick in the 2009 draft. He will always be remembered as being one of the key components on the tough defense that won three Super Bowls in four years.

Patriots 50 Greatest Players #21

Nick Buoniconti #21 – Nick played his college ball at Notre Dame. He was their captain in 1961 and was considered too small for the NFL. He was drafted by the Boston Patriots back in 1962 amazingly in the thirteenth round! He is a member of the Patriots All-1960’s team. Nick was traded to the Miami Dolphins in 1969.He is a member of the undefeated Dolphins team of 1972. One of the reasons I can’t rank him higher as a Patriot. He is one of those idiots from that team that break out the champagne every year when no team can end undefeated. In fact, it appears he is the ring leader. That said, he was great Patriot and for that I am rewarding him by being on the list. Nick was named the second Patriots player voted to the Patriots Hall of Fame back in 1992. In 2001 was he was named to the NFL Hall of Fame one of four Patriots honored to be so.

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