Some suggested titles for Sunday's Patriots-Jets game.
The Payback Bowl
Cameragate: This Time It's For Real
Darth Belichick: Revenge of the Sith
Rat: The Sequel
|Bill Belichick and Josh McDaniels work on a plan to make the Pats the first team to score 100 in a game. (AP)|
There are those in football and among the media who say the Jets are an NFL team with players who have pride. Putting up 50 or 60 points on them is all but impossible in today's football. The Jets won't allow it.
That might be true, but it's not the point. The point is the Patriots are going to try and put up a sixtyburger.
And would you bet against an offense that just hours ago absolutely thrashed the best defense in football?
Bill Belichick will say he doesn't care about revenge, he doesn't care about the fact that his onetime pupil, Eric "The Turncoat" Mangini, turned in Belichick to the league for illicit spying which led to the Patriots being fined, docked a draft pick and labeled as a coach and franchise that skirt the rules.
As I have stated before, to me, Belichick is the best coach in the history of football. He's the most intelligent, resourceful leader I have seen in two decades of covering sports.
He is also extremely vindictive. Belichick will try everything in his power to crush Mangini, embarrass him and humiliate the entire Jets franchise.
By the way, here are the top five things Belichick will say this week:
5. It's just another game, I'm just getting ready for the Jets.
4. I don't care about revenge, I'm just getting ready for the Jets.
3. I'm just getting ready for the Jets.
2. That's all behind me, I'm just getting ready for the Jets.
1. I'm just getting ready for the Jets.
The top five things Belichick is really thinking but won't say:
5. We're going to score one point for each of Tom Brady's girlfriends, so that's at least 60-0.
4. Or one touchdown for each of Travis Henry's kids.
3. What's the record for most points in a game again?
2. Should we insert an NBA scoreboard for this one?
1. To shake Mangini's hand or not ... that is the question.
You'll hear all week from both sides about how Cameragate doesn't matter. Once the whistle blows, goes the cliché, what is said and done off the field is irrelevant.
That, of course, is total poppycock.
What is said and done does matter, particularly to a team like New England that takes extra motivation from even the smallest of slights, real or perceived.
When will the Patriots lose?
In the playoffs
They won't lose
Dec. 29 at Giants
In the Super Bowl
Sunday against Jets
Dec. 23 against Dolphins
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If what's said during the week doesn't matter then why did Brady, after throwing a touchdown against Pittsburgh, go out of his way to talk smack to guarantee-man, idiot trash talker Anthony Smith?
Because it does matter.
Patriots players have practically dedicated their season to Belichick, a phenomenon that began immediately after Cameragate became public.
So now we're supposed to believe that all is forgiven and there is no extra motivation involved.
There is even an interesting theory making its way through the NFL that if the Patriots get up big, say, 40-10, by the end of the third quarter, Brady might take a knee each time the Patriots get inside the Jets' red zone as a way to mock the Jets.
The Patriots will do something to try and embarrass Mangini and the Jets. I believe that something will be pouring on the points.
And pride or no pride, the Jets will be able to do little to stop them.
I think this score could get into the 50s.
And if the weather isn't chaotic, the 60s.
Welcome to the Payback Bowl, Eric.