THE HOUSE THAT STEVE GROGAN BUILT – Got up early with colleague Mark Bradley, who’ll be blogging live during the game, and drove on down to Gillette Stadium from Boston.
The House that Steve Grogan – and Falcons defensive line coach Ray “Sugar Bear” Hamilton for that matter — built, looks pretty impressive.
Thanks to the fine folks who let us in line on Route 1 after we missed the P1 turn in and had to go through P8. Everyone has been really nice.
The lady at the escalator even helped put my press pass through the button hole on my suit jacket. Didn’t wear a bow-tie today, but this is definitely a “bow-tie” game. (Some folks know I get fired up by breaking out a new bow-tie for the big games.) But Queen Led and Princess Led No. 2 didn’t like the bow-tie combination and picked out another tie.
This is a big early season game. My man John Clayton for ESPN is in the House!!!
The Falcons can show the rest of the league that their 2-0 start is not a fluke by taking down Tom Brady and the once-mighty New England Patriots. The key is that they are not playing the helmet!
This team doesn’t appear to be of Super Bowl vintage early in the season. Too many new names on defense. Brady and the offense are unsettled. If Leodis McKelvin takes a knee on the kickoff, they are 0-2.
There is one constant. Coach Bill Belichick is up to his old tricks.
He listed Randy Moss on the injury report on Friday and didn’t address the listing with the media. We’ll update any Moss sightings in the comments section. Also, Jerious Norwood made the trip and we’ll update in comments and pass along to Bradley when the news breaks.
Also, might want to check out the Fox pre-game coverage. “Touchdown” Terry Bradshaw was in town last week to do
an interview with Matt Ryan on his return to the New England era. A couple of media members are Cleveland Browns historians and want to do a Joe “Turkey” Jones tackle on the bald-headed legend.
Might want to check out the three key matcups and the five keys to game if you missed them in the print edition.
Here are the matchups:
• Falcons C Todd McClure vs. New England NT Vince Wilfork.
• Patriots QB Tom Brady vs. Falcons safety Erik Coleman.
• Falcons DE John Abraham vs. Patriots OTs Matt Light and Nick Kaczur.
On the plane yesterday did a little research and just wanted to throw a bunch of random numbers out there for you.
• Patriots have 15 in a row vs. NFC teams dating back to a 27-17 loss to Carolina on Sept. 18, 2005.
• Abraham has 10 of his 86 career sacks against New England. The most that he has against any other team.
• The Falcons have a 6-5 advantage in the series with the Patriots.
• New England running back Fred Taylor needs 11 yards to move past John Riggins (11,352 yards) into 15th place on the NFL’s all-time rushing list.
• The Patriots offense failed to score a touchdown last week for the first time since Dec. 10, 2006 in a 21-0 loss at Miami.
• Brady’s streak of 21 consecutive regular season wins was snapped last week. It was the second longest winning streak for a NFL quarterback in the Super Bowl Era. Chicago’s Jim McMahon set the mark with 22 from 1984 to 1987.
• Brady needs one touchdown pass to become the 27th NFL player to throw for 200 touchdowns.
Final random thought: Why hasn’t Michael Peterson ever been to the Pro Bowl? The player he’s replacing went five times?