Patriots Lose A Big One; Terriers Take a Tumble in Polls
The Patriots traveled to the Frozen Tundra this past weekend to take on the Green Bay Packers; a battle between two of the elite teams in the league. The Patriots were slow out of the gates and were never able to catch up, dropping just their third game of the year 26-21.
The Packers took an early 13-0 lead, with the Patriots failing to establish a run game. The Packers are one of the worst teams against the run in the league, ranking 28th and allowing a ridiculous 132 yards per game on the ground. In a cold weather game, this was the opportunity to use the bigger running backs the Patriots possess, but LaGarette Blount only managed 10 carries on the game, and Jonas Gray had just one.
What is even more interesting is that those combined ten carries from Blount were for 58 yards. It is not like the team was struggling to run, they just did not do it. I am not going to rail on Josh McDaniels and his play calling right now, because this is not a loss to be too upset about, but it really is just curious that the Patriots would not take advantage of such a glaring weakness.
Fans should not be jumping out of their seats just yet with this loss. The Patriots had won seven straight wins coming into the game, including three straight against division leaders the Broncos, Colts, and Lions in very convincing fashion. It is more than likely that the team would end up losing at least one of these games during such a grueling stretch.
Brandon Browner and Darrelle Revis once again shut down another elite set of receivers in Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb. They limited the pair to ten combined receptions, except one of them was a back-breaking 45 yard catch and run by Jordy Nelson just before half.
The Patriots continue their road trip in San Diego this weekend where they take on another formidable foe in the Chargers, who are coming off a big emotional win over the Baltimore Ravens yesterday. Brady and the offense will look to get back on track, but there is no need to panic. You can’t win ‘em all.
BU Men’s Hockey split their two games this weekend, beating Colgate 5-2, but then losing to Dartmouth the next day 2-0. This drops the Terriers to number three in the polls, having now lost two of their last three. They lost to Harvard 3-2 in overtime last Tuesday.
In the three losses this season, Jack Eichel has only scored one point, which begs the question is this team too dependent on the freshman phenom? The team seems to go as he goes, which may prove dangerous to the team when it comes down towards the end of the season, or if Eichel ever gets hurt.
The Celtics lost another game yesterday as they faded down the fourth quarter, blowing their lead to the San Antonio Spurs 111-89. Jeff Green led the Celtics with 16 points, but the team is really struggling to find a consistent rhythm on the offensive side. They have now lost seven of their last eight.
The New England Revolution clinched a spot in the MLS Cup, with an aggregate win over the New York Red Bulls 4-3. Charlie Davies scored two goals to help the Rev’s reach the final for fifth time since 2002. None of their previous appearances have resulted in a victory, which the team hopes to change December 7th against the L.A. Galaxy.