Tag Archives: New England Patriots

Spoiler Alert: Week 3

Before the picks, some random thoughts and reckless speculation leading up to the Week 3 games…

» Like a lot of other people, I was high on the Cardinals’ chances of making the playoffs this year…until defensive stars Daryl Washington and Darnell Dockett were removed from the equation. Just three weeks into the season, though, Arizona is on precipice of something even the most bright-eyed optimists didn’t foresee: A two-game lead over both Seattle and San Francisco in the NFC West race before the end of September. If the Cards can win at home against the Niners and get some help from Peyton & Co in the C-Link (not likely, but certainly realistic), Arians’ gang would be in the catbird seat…while the defending champs and their arch nemesis from the Bay would be 1-2 apiece. (And if the Rams at home against Dallas, Seattle and San Francisco would share the basement.)

» So far, so great for the Mike Pettine era in Cleveland. Not only did the Browns dump the Saints in Week 2, but — if it weren’t for the Steelers successfully completing a fourth-quarter fake punt while the two teams were tied — Cleveland might 2-0. As it is, the Browns have a great chance to keep the good times rolling ’til Josh Gordon returns after the team’s tenth game. Between now and then, only the game at Cincy seems like a sure loss, while seven other of those games look imminently winnable. This Sunday Cleveland hosts the Ex-Browns themselves (aka The Baltimore Ravens), who may only have staved off the reality of a mediocre roster with an emotional, must-have performance against Pittsburgh two Thursdays ago.

» Make no mistake, though: the Bengals are the best team in the AFC North.

» Matter of fact, the Bengals might be the best team in the AFC period. They certainly have the most talent 1-through-21…but the world will remain cynical until the ginger-haired fella playing the sport’s most important position proves he can do it in January.

» Remember when the Steelers “retired” Bruce Arians back in early 2012? Good thing the fashion maven turned down the gold watch in favor of putting the OC headset on over his Kangol for Indy that fall. Over the last two-and-a-half years, all he’s done is steer the Colts and their rookie QB to the playoffs (while head coach Chuck Pagano dealt with cancer), then nearly got the Cards to January with a double-digit wins, including handing Seattle its only home loss since Russell Wilson got to town. Forgive the hyperbole, but if he completes the feat this year and gets Arizona to the postseason, Arians will deserve — and receive — accolades as one of the game’s top three or four head coaches. Not bad for a retired coordinator.

» Dave’s Told You So from Week 2: As I predicted, the Bears went in to brand-new Levi’s Stadium and acid-washed the Niners. And as I predicted, Jay Cutler led the way with four touchdown passes. Point being, you really oughta be pickin’ up what layin’ down.

» Saints fans shouldn’t be overly concerned about their team’s 0-2 start: Sean Payton’s guys still have eight games left in the SuperDome, where they’re almost as unbeatable as the Hawks are in the C-Link. They oughta be 3-2 (after beating MIN, DAL & TB) when they head to the bye.

» Then again … The Saints might be in some real trouble. After that bye, they enter a rugged, gimme-free stretch of games running over the next 1- weeks: at DET; GB; at CAR; SF; CIN; BAL; at PIT; CAR; at CHI; ATL. Great as they are at home, New Orleans will have to be downright Super in the Dome against three 2013 division winners to go along with four legitimate road tests. Bottom line: These two need to work out their differences A.S.A. and P.

» Sunday’s game in Foxborough features the Tuck Rule rematch … reason enough to offer up this N-if-L about how things might’ve gone for Tom Brady and Co. if the call had gone against that night in the snow.

» Of course Devin Hester belongs in the Hall of Fame. He’s the best return man in the history of the game. But while the voters await his eligibility, they oughta consider the candidacy of Buffalo’s longtime special-teams ace, Steve Tasker … who’s also regularly described as the best ever at his particular area of expertise.

» As apocalyptically embarrassing as everything was for the Bucs on Thursday Night Football, those jersey numbers were still the ugliest part.

Alright, let’s get to the games …

Warning: Do NOT continue reading if you don’t want to know the final scores of the Week 3 games.

(1-0 this week; 8-8 last week; 17-15 on the season)

BUCS 19
FALCONS 27

B. Rainey: 20-110 yds, TD
J. Jones: 7 rec, 130 yds, 2 TDs

COLTS 24
JAGS 17

H. Nicks: 3 rec, 65 yds, TD
C. Henne: 2 INTs

TITANS 10
BENGALS 17

K. Wright: 5 rec, 84 yds, TD
G. Bernard: 14-88 yds, TD; 5 rec, 65 yds

CHARGERS 24
BILLS 20

K. Allen: 4 rec, 90 yds, TD
M. Williams: 3 sacks

PACKERS 38
LIONS 34

A. Rodgers: 28-38, 425 yds, 4 TDs
M. Stafford: 27-39, 400 yds, 3 TDs

RAVENS 13
BROWNS 16

J. Flacco: 3 INTs
J. Manziel: 9-yard TD run

TEXANS 21
GIANTS 23

A. Johnson: 5 rec, 120 yds, TD
E. Manning: 19-25, 300 yds, 2 TDs, 2 INTs

COWBOYS 24
RAMS 28

D. Murray: 16-65 yds, TD
Z. Stacy: 22-130 yds, 2 TDs

SKINS 28
EAGLES 45

D. Jackson: 3 rec, 60 yds
S. McCoy: 18-120 yds, TD; 4 rec, 48 yds, TD

RAIDERS 14
PATRIOTS 31

D. McFadden: 15-112, TD
S. Ridley: 14-115, 2 TDs

VIKES 3
SAINTS 45

T. BRIDGEWATER: 7-10, 120 yds
B. COOKS: 8 rec, 130 yds, 2 TDs

CHIEFS 22
DOLPHINS 24

D. Bowe: 5 rec, 100 yds, TD
B. Hartline: 6, 80 yds, TD

NINERS 26
CARDS 17

C. Hyde: 11-90 yds, TD
M. Floyd: 5 rec, 85 yds, TD

BRONCOS 24
SEAHAWKS 33

P. Manning: 35-45, 360 yds, 2 TDs, 2 INTs
R. Sherman: 65-yd INT TD

STEELERS 27
PANTHERS 29

L. Bell: 170 yds/scrimmage, TD
K. Benjamin: 4 rec, 75 yds, 2 TDs

BEARS 22
JETS 16

B. Marshall: 4 rec, 80 yds, TD
C. Ivory: 16-98 yds, TD

Enjoy the Week 3 games! I hope your team wins (unless they’re playing my team).

Follow Dave Dameshek on Twitter @Dameshek.

DDFP 283: Manziel reaction & AFC East preview

Manziel-Brady-Tannehill-082014

 

DDFP 283

 

Shek, Handsome Hank and Elliot Harrison debate if the Cleveland Browns made the right choice going with Brian Hoyer over Johnny Manziel. The guys also preview the 2014 New England Patriots and the rest of AFC East division. Lastly, NFL media researcher Bill Smith helps wrap the show with mind-blowing stats on the Patriots, Buffalo Bills wide receiver Sammy Watkins and more.

 

Download: DDFP 283: Manziel reaction & AFC East preview

Shek Report: 2014 draft special

Now that the 2014 NFL Draft is in the rear-view mirror, find out who makes their way underneath Dave Dameshek’s white-hot light of shame. Check out the biggest draft-day blunders in this special edition of the Shek report.

2000s New England Patriots: Greatest dynasty ever?

Dave Dameshek sits down with New England Patriots greats Deion Branch and Willie McGinest to debate if the Patriots of the 2000s deserve the title of greatest NFL dynasty ever.

DDFP 240: Free agency & ‘True Detective’ reaction

(Associated Press)

(Associated Press)

DDFP 240

Shek is joined by former New England Patriots Willie McGinest and Deion Branch to discuss the Darrelle Revis signing and the surprising underachievement of Bill Belichick’s coaching disciples. Handsome Hank and @NFL_ATL’s Dan Hanzus then break down more free agency news before discussing the “True Detective” season finale (*spoiler alert* from 41:33 - 1:02:30). Lastly, stay tuned for a snippet of Dameshek’s interview with “Breaking Bad” star Aaron Paul. You can watch the full interview here.

Download: DDFP 240: Free agency & ‘True Detective’ reaction

N ‘if’ L: What if the 2013 season looked different?

Dave Dameshek looks at how the 2013 NFL season would look entirely different had the ball bounced a few different ways and who’d be hoisting the Lombardi Trophy. Animation by Bindledog.com.

DDFP 224: Terrell Suggs, Roddy White & Championship preview

(National Football League)

Dave Dameshek talks to the Ravens Terrell Suggs and Falcons Roddy White on a Championship Weekend preview #DDFP. (National Football League)

DDFP 224

Shek, Rank & Elliot Harrison are joined in Studio 66 for a comprehensive Championship Weekend preview and a debate on the matchup they’ll most like to see in the Super Bowl. Shek also catches up with the Ravens Terrell Suggs and Falcons Roddy White to discuss their personal rivalries with Tom Brady and Richard Sherman on a new installment of “Inside/Out”. Also, be sure to follow @NFLcomLIVE for entertaining playoff coverage leading up to the very unique “NFL.com LIVE: Super Bowl XLVIII” show featuring Dave Dameshek and Adam Rank.

Download: DDFP 224: Terrell Suggs, Roddy White & Championship preview

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Shek Report: Divisional Round Weekend

With the conference championships on the horizon, Dave Dameshek looks back at the biggest blunders from the divisional round. Find out who falls victim to Dave’s white-hot light of shame.

N ‘if’ L: What if Bill Belichick coached the Jets?

Bill Belichick was the coach of the Jets for one day in 1999. Dave Dameshek ponders what heights Belichick could’ve taken Gang Green had he remained. Animation courtesy of Bindledog.com.

DDFP 180: ‘Madden NFL 25′ ratings exclusive

Associated Press

Robert Griffin III’s “Madden NFL 25″ rating gets exclusively revealed on #DDFP 180. (Associated Press)

Subscribe to the Dave Dameshek Football Program on iTunes.

DDFP 180

Shek & Rank chat with Madden ratings czar, Donny Moore, who reveals the highest-rated offensive players in this year’s video game, the fastest quarterback in the NFL and the best of the young QBs: Andrew Luck, RGIII, Russell Wilson and Colin Kaepernick. Willie McGinest also visits Studio 66 for a Patriot-centric edition of “Inside/Out,” with subjects including Bill Belichick’s sense of humor, his prowess as a defensive coordinator and the significance of the roles Tom Brady and Scott Pioli played in the Pats’ dynasty. NFL.com Fantasy Editor Michael Fabiano also is live in-studio with a look at key players in the NFC South, Jay Cutler and Shek’s draft strategy.

CLICK here to catch all the live preseason action using NFL Preseason Live

Download: DDFP 180: Madden NFL 25 ratings exclusive