December 28, 2008

ALL THAT MATTERS IS COACHING:

Gusting winds blow in Pats favor 13-0 (JOHN WAWROW, 12/28/08, AP)

The Bills managed 276 yards offense but squandered several scoring chances, and wrap up a season at 7-9 for the third straight year under Dick Jauron. His status as coach won't be determined until end-of-season meetings with team owner Ralph Wilson.

The Patriots want to avoid becoming the first 11-5 team to miss the playoffs since Denver fell short in 1985.

It won't be for lack of trying for a Patriots team that closed its season with four straight wins, and continued to show reslience despite 14 players on injured reserve, including Tom Brady. Rather, New England continued its December dominance, winning its 12th straight game in the month, and extending its win streak over the Bills to 11.


The Pats defense is so bad they were never going to do much better than this, though Bill Belichick did play a big part in losing the San Diego and Indy games. But the difference today was how awful the play calling was for the Bills. A 57 yard punt by Matt Cassel didn't hurt either.

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Posted by Orrin Judd at December 28, 2008 5:36 PM
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