How to beat the Patriots

How to beat the Patriots

There are 73 comments on the Newsday story from Jan 30, 2008, titled How to beat the Patriots. In it, Newsday reports that:

No one has figured out a way to beat the .Patriots just yet, and there's only one more chance to prevent New England from becoming the first 19-0 team in NFL history.

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sdclams

Waltham, MA

#1 Jan 30, 2008
Great ideas in theory, but can it be done? I'm not so sure. Biggest problem is with #4. Te way the Pats are likely to play the receivers will be to put Hobbs and help on Plax, then let Samuel man cover Toomer. This is how they consistently shut down primary deep weapons, but putting their number one guy on the second best receiver, then doubling up on the number one receiver with lesser backs. it works.

Since: Mar 07

bakersfield

#2 Jan 30, 2008
i've been a pats fan since '89, if the pats play like they did against the chargers, and the giants play for 60min. giants will probably win.
Sergio Prod

Brooklyn, NY

#3 Jan 30, 2008
Front line should have one target in mind. "Brady's ankle" (remember Joe Montana in playoff's 1990, Joe was knocked out by Marshall.)You knock out Brady and everything will fall into place. Then you can impliment this game plan.
Joe

Warren, NJ

#4 Jan 31, 2008
This is why I love you Bob, you are never afraid to state the obvious. Of course this how you could beat the Patriots, the only problem is that nobody has proven to be able to do these things for 60 minutes. What makes you think that the Giants can?? Oh that's right the fianl week of the season, that moral victory right. WRONG!!! The Giants are not even in the same class as the Pat's, they got hot at the right time. This is the NFL's version of the 2006 St. Louis Cardinals get hot in the playoffs and win even though you are clearly not on the same level of the other teams. The only problem is that this fairy tale ends with Bill Bellichik nd the Pats stomping the giants... Hey Plax heres a prediction for you 38-10... Move over 72 fins...
Go Big Blue

Nutley, NJ

#5 Jan 31, 2008
Bellacheat and and his Patsies are GONNA LOSE!
Go Big Blue

Nutley, NJ

#6 Jan 31, 2008
Joe wrote:
This is why I love you Bob, you are never afraid to state the obvious. Of course this how you could beat the Patriots, the only problem is that nobody has proven to be able to do these things for 60 minutes. What makes you think that the Giants can?? Oh that's right the fianl week of the season, that moral victory right. WRONG!!! The Giants are not even in the same class as the Pat's, they got hot at the right time. This is the NFL's version of the 2006 St. Louis Cardinals get hot in the playoffs and win even though you are clearly not on the same level of the other teams. The only problem is that this fairy tale ends with Bill Bellichik nd the Pats stomping the giants... Hey Plax heres a prediction for you 38-10... Move over 72 fins...
23-17 GIANTS!!! Why dont you move to Boston you jackass!!!
Jon

United States

#7 Jan 31, 2008
Bob, Please don't write articles like this that will only serve to motivate the Patriots!
BrkmB

Raleigh, NC

#8 Jan 31, 2008
Joe wrote:
This is why I love you Bob, you are never afraid to state the obvious. Of course this how you could beat the Patriots, the only problem is that nobody has proven to be able to do these things for 60 minutes. What makes you think that the Giants can?? Oh that's right the fianl week of the season, that moral victory right. WRONG!!! The Giants are not even in the same class as the Pat's, they got hot at the right time. This is the NFL's version of the 2006 St. Louis Cardinals get hot in the playoffs and win even though you are clearly not on the same level of the other teams. The only problem is that this fairy tale ends with Bill Bellichik nd the Pats stomping the giants... Hey Plax heres a prediction for you 38-10... Move over 72 fins...
You better be on the board Monday after your ridiculous prediction. I sure hope the Pats think they're as invincible as their fans, because it'll be a rude awakening if so. I sure hope you're from New England - otherwise - when did you jump on the bandwagon?
Pete Gogolak

Boxborough, MA

#9 Jan 31, 2008
Yea, this sports writer was a coach before this writing career thing. Oh and he was a Hall of Fame player to boot.
THEY NEVER PLAYED THE GAME!!!!
They don't know anything more about it than fans do.
Maybe the Giants should hire him to devise game plans.
Joe

Warren, NJ

#10 Jan 31, 2008
You can bet your asses Ill be here on Monday as you Giant fans cook up 1001 excuses as to why you lost. Whats it gonna be?? "Well nobody thought we would be in the SB anyway" or "The damn refs lost the game for us" Face the fact that the Giants are a mediocre team that decided to get hot all of a sudden. Im sorry I mispoke before on my prediction... Ill give the Pat's another TD... 45-10!!
Busey

Melville, NY

#11 Jan 31, 2008
Joe wrote:
This is why I love you Bob, you are never afraid to state the obvious. Of course this how you could beat the Patriots, the only problem is that nobody has proven to be able to do these things for 60 minutes. What makes you think that the Giants can?? Oh that's right the fianl week of the season, that moral victory right. WRONG!!! The Giants are not even in the same class as the Pat's, they got hot at the right time. This is the NFL's version of the 2006 St. Louis Cardinals get hot in the playoffs and win even though you are clearly not on the same level of the other teams. The only problem is that this fairy tale ends with Bill Bellichik nd the Pats stomping the giants... Hey Plax heres a prediction for you 38-10... Move over 72 fins...
ummm... Didn't the Cardinals win the title??
Syd

Englishtown, NJ

#13 Jan 31, 2008
Sergio Prod wrote:
Front line should have one target in mind. "Brady's ankle" (remember Joe Montana in playoff's 1990, Joe was knocked out by Marshall.)You knock out Brady and everything will fall into place. Then you can impliment this game plan.
"word from the 49er's sideline on Montana....everything hurts"
Just wondering

Essex Junction, VT

#14 Jan 31, 2008
Before people get too excited about how the Giants "nearly hung a loss" on the Patriots in week 16, here are a few facts that have been widely reported in the media about that game:
The Giants scored their last TD against a prevent defense with 1:03 to play to get themselves within a score.
One of the Giants' touchdowns came on a kickoff return. The kick was made from 15 yards back after a penalty for group celebrating. It's the only such score the Patriots have allowed this year.
The Pats scored on their first four possessions; and discounting kneel-downs at the end of each half, they posted points on seven of nine series.
Until their final drive, when the Pats were content to let the clock tick away, the Giants were able to sustain an eight-play drive just once. The rest of the series were seven or fewer. The Patriots engineered six series of eight plays or more.
The Giants punted four times, the Patriots two.
Plaxico Burress had four catches for 84 yards; after the opening drive he caught two balls for 22 yards.
New England was missing the right side of its offensive line, with Russ Hochstein and Ryan O'Callaghan in the places usually occupied by Stephen Neal and Nick Kaczur.
Also, Kyle Brady (best blocking tight-end in football) was inactive and Wesley Britt a backup lineman was being used as a tight end in blocking packages.
The Giants made four trips to the red zone, and scored four touchdowns. Since then, the Patriots have allowed just two TDs in six enemy trips.
Compared to the 23:42 the Giants had the football, the Patriots had it 36 minutes.
On the three possessions after taking a 28-16 lead, when New England changed its defense to apply more pressure on Eli Manning, New York gained a grand total of 21 yards on 12 snaps.
The only sack on Tom Brady wasn't by the Giants vaunted defensive line, but by linebacker Reggie Torber his first and only sack of the season.
gmen86

Jackson, MI

#15 Jan 31, 2008
Joe wrote:
You can bet your asses Ill be here on Monday as you Giant fans cook up 1001 excuses as to why you lost. Whats it gonna be?? "Well nobody thought we would be in the SB anyway" or "The damn refs lost the game for us" Face the fact that the Giants are a mediocre team that decided to get hot all of a sudden. Im sorry I mispoke before on my prediction... Ill give the Pat's another TD... 45-10!!
Please leave New York you are a disgrace to the city and your way of thought is comical. We beat the 1 and 2 seed of the NFC in their house, I don't call that luck or being hot but talent that was always there.
Please go to mass maine nh rhode island, take your pick, I don't care JUST LEAVE.
go big blue
JKH

Greenwich, CT

#16 Jan 31, 2008
Joe wrote:
You can bet your asses Ill be here on Monday as you Giant fans cook up 1001 excuses as to why you lost. Whats it gonna be?? "Well nobody thought we would be in the SB anyway" or "The damn refs lost the game for us" Face the fact that the Giants are a mediocre team that decided to get hot all of a sudden. Im sorry I mispoke before on my prediction... Ill give the Pat's another TD... 45-10!!
Yeah the Giants are so mediocre that they beat 3 Pro Bowl quarterbacks to get to the Super Bowl. See you Monday.
whbfd61

Hyde Park, NY

#17 Jan 31, 2008
For those fans pointing to the Chargers game, don't get your hopes too high. For one, the game was #$#%^@$@$ cold and windy (yeah, I know so was Green Bay, but I don't think anyone could say that was either team's best game). Two, the Pats controlled the ball nearly the entire fourth quarter without looking to take a crack at the end zone (and a 28-12 win). Three, keep focusing on Randy Moss and he will laugh all the way to Disney World. This attention opens up lanes for every other offensive weapon. I'm not saying the Giants cannot win, but they will need to play an absolutely mistake-free game, control the ball on offense and limit the defenses time on the field. Every defense has eventually run out of steam trying to chase the Pats offensive weapons and if the D is out there too long, the Giants will too (remember the last game of the season).
Hate the Patriots

Frisco, TX

#18 Jan 31, 2008
It is extremely difficult to beat a team that cheats.
Just wondering

Essex Junction, VT

#19 Jan 31, 2008
Hate the Patriots wrote:
It is extremely difficult to beat a team that cheats.
... or that has so many Pro Bowlers and rings.
Go take a video of yourself crying.
KJ from Queens

Decatur, GA

#20 Jan 31, 2008
Joe wrote:
You can bet your asses Ill be here on Monday as you Giant fans cook up 1001 excuses as to why you lost. Whats it gonna be?? "Well nobody thought we would be in the SB anyway" or "The damn refs lost the game for us" Face the fact that the Giants are a mediocre team that decided to get hot all of a sudden. Im sorry I mispoke before on my prediction... Ill give the Pat's another TD... 45-10!!
Whatever you're on keep using it! You'll need it to take away the pain of your teams perfects season being crushed and the shame you'll feel for making such idiotic claims for all of us to read. Please apologize Monday for being completely insane.

P.S. Move to Boston in time to see the Mets beat the Sucks in the WS!!
KJ from Queens

Decatur, GA

#21 Jan 31, 2008
Just wondering wrote:
Before people get too excited about how the Giants "nearly hung a loss" on the Patriots in week 16, here are a few facts that have been widely reported in the media about that game:
The Giants scored their last TD against a prevent defense with 1:03 to play to get themselves within a score.
One of the Giants' touchdowns came on a kickoff return. The kick was made from 15 yards back after a penalty for group celebrating. It's the only such score the Patriots have allowed this year.
The Pats scored on their first four possessions; and discounting kneel-downs at the end of each half, they posted points on seven of nine series.
Until their final drive, when the Pats were content to let the clock tick away, the Giants were able to sustain an eight-play drive just once. The rest of the series were seven or fewer. The Patriots engineered six series of eight plays or more.
The Giants punted four times, the Patriots two.
Plaxico Burress had four catches for 84 yards; after the opening drive he caught two balls for 22 yards.
New England was missing the right side of its offensive line, with Russ Hochstein and Ryan O'Callaghan in the places usually occupied by Stephen Neal and Nick Kaczur.
Also, Kyle Brady (best blocking tight-end in football) was inactive and Wesley Britt a backup lineman was being used as a tight end in blocking packages.
The Giants made four trips to the red zone, and scored four touchdowns. Since then, the Patriots have allowed just two TDs in six enemy trips.
Compared to the 23:42 the Giants had the football, the Patriots had it 36 minutes.
On the three possessions after taking a 28-16 lead, when New England changed its defense to apply more pressure on Eli Manning, New York gained a grand total of 21 yards on 12 snaps.
The only sack on Tom Brady wasn't by the Giants vaunted defensive line, but by linebacker Reggie Torber his first and only sack of the season.
Pats barely beat a team without their starting superstar running back and a gimpy quarterback....and please don't compare Chargers defens to the Giants...what's your excuse for that game being even close!!!

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