Pats 31, Tampa 14
The New England Patriots stomped all over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last night en route to a 31-14 win.
Tom Brady was unstoppable in his first half appearance. He went 11-19 with a pair of touchdown throws. One went to Aaron Hernandez, and the other went to Chad Ochocinco. Benjarvus Green Ellis ran for a pair of touchdowns.
The defense was ridiculous. They were all over the QB (either Josh Freeman or the speedier Josh Johnson), from every angle. Jerod Mayo lined up on the outside, and gained 3 sacks on a fairly highly-regarded offensive line. Andre Carter never recorded a tackle, but he was in the backfield every time Tampa tried to throw.
The Pats backs ran wild. BLGE had 5 yards a carry and two touchdowns. Danny Woodhead averaged 12 yards a carry, and scored the night's only concussion. Stevan Ridley gained 84 second half yards.
A few other observations:
- Matt Light may be in trouble, job-wise. Nate Solder, the 6'8" first round pick, started at left tackle and shoved the pros around easily enough. He did get beaten for a sack, but you can pretty much see the writing on the wall with him.
- I can recall one play in the first half where the QB was able to take his time before throwing. Other than that, there were 3-5 guys on him all the time.
- No Albert Haynesworth or Ras-I Dowling sightings, although I went to bed before the end.
- It was humid enough in Tampa last night that whenever Tom Brady lowered his head to take a snap, a river of sweat literally poured off his face. I thought he may have just ben a sweaty dude, but it happened to Ryan Mallet, too.
- Mallet threw an ugly interception. He was 9-14 otherwise.
- If you saw people laughing with/at vin Wilfork... Wilfork was named in the ugly University Of Miami allegations. A Ponzi Scheme guy in prison started singing, and he had provided college athletes with money, cars, loans, whores, and even abortions. People are talking the death penalty for the Boys From The Bottom's football program.
- Our starters were up on their starters 28-0 when both teams went to the bench.
- Our next game is against Detroit, a week from Saturday, at 8 PM, in Michigan.
Red Sox 4, Kansas City 3
The Boston Red Sox lost no ground in the AL East as they handled the KC Royals, 4-3.
Josh Beckett improved to 10-5, 2.46 with the win. Jon Papelbon picked up his 29th save with a perfect 9th inning. Dustin Pedroia provided the necessary O by getting 3 hits and 3 RBIs. All of his RBI's were plated with 2 outs. Jason Varitek also drove in a run.
Kevin Youkilis has been put on the DL with a back injury. We don't know how bad he is or how long he'll be out.
The win kept the Sox a half game behind the New York Yankees. The Yankers beat the Minnesota Twins last night, 8-4. CC Sabathia improved to 17-7 with the win.
Andrew Miller (4-1, 5.40) gets the start for Boston in the 2nd game of 4 against the Royals. Tonight's game is at 8 PM, in Missouri.
I'll be exploring New Hampshire for much of the remaining summer, so the column will be in the hands of Abdullah, Ted, and Ellen.