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NFL Week 10

Tennessee attacked New England.

November 12, 2018 - 1:48 pm

Another busy NFL weekend means there are plenty of different places to start today’s show. Where do I do it? Is it with the Rams dealing with everything off the field, handling business on the field, dropping an incredible new audible (insert Halle Berry call), and then Aaron Donald looking to rumble after the game?

Is it with the Super Bowl champion Eagles appearing to fall apart before our very eyes? Is it with Khalil Mack bouncing back after missing two weeks to record two sacks? Or the Saints smashing the Bengals? All of that is good, but the place to start is in Nashville, where the Tennessee Titans smashed the New England Patriots 34-10. 

A 24-point blowout and I’m still not sure it was that close. Tennessee attacked New England. They went after Stephon Gilmore, like they were looking to prove a point. Oh, that’s your best cornerback? Well, we’re going to humiliate him. And they did.

And that wasn’t the only humiliating moment for the Pats. There was the fact that the Titans defense kept the Patriots offense under wraps for most of the game. That they consistently confused the Pats. And that Bill Belichick had to wave the white flag by pulling Tom Brady from the game when there was no chance of winning. 

Or how about when they broke out this play on third and seven?

The good news is that Tom Brady became the oldest player since Jerry Rice to catch an NFL pass. 

The bad news is he looked like the oldest man on earth when he caught that pass and started to run. He had nothing but green space in front of him, until he fell on his face. 

The Patriots just keep running that play and getting the same results, don’t they? Don’t get me wrong, it’s a good play. He’s usually wide open, he just can’t catch it or run with it when he does catch it. But they keep calling it.  

The Patriots really want to get the ball to Tom Brady in space and for the life of me, I will never know why. 

Just like I will never understand why a guy who is so careful, so methodical, so good with his footwork in the pocket, looks like a baby giraffe wearing clown shoes outside of it. The most accomplished quarterback in NFL history can barely put one foot in front of the other without falling over.

And if falling on his face wasn’t embarrassing enough, the Titans came through with some salt for his wounds.

The Titans busted out a pass to the quarterback of their own. Except they ran it so much better, because their quarterback can run so much better. That wasn’t a horror show when he caught the ball, it was a first down. 

There was an edge to the Titans. Maybe because so many of those Titans are former Patriots. And those former Pats showed up.

Malcolm Butler: zero catches allowed

Logan Ryan: 7-yard sack in the first half, huge pass breakup on fourth down in the second half

Josh Kline: Doing work on the offensive line

Dion Lewis: 68 yards 

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, there is nothing more tired a so-called “revenge game,” but yesterday was a revenge game. Not that Titans head coach, and former Patriot, Mike Vrabel was really going to admit it. 

But Dion Lewis did. He played it cool throughout the week, but he dropped an absolute anvil on the Pats after the game.

“I didn't have to prove anything. I know I can play. I just had to let our team know that these guys are beatable. ... I know those guys. I know that you be physical with them and let 'em have it and they'll fold."

Damn. Saying that he knows the Pats and that if you’re physical with them, they’ll fold is something else. That’s essentially calling them paper tigers. Calling them soft. That’s the kind of thing that you’d never hear in the Patriot Way. 

But Lewis, who had more than 1,100 yards for the Patriots last year and was allowed to walk in free agency, had another thought when asked if that game was personal to him. 

"Hell yeah, it's personal. When you go cheap, you get your ass kicked."

There you go. Your quote of 2018. When you go cheap, you get your ass kicked. And the Patriots did get their ass kicked. Brutally. That quote is a worse beating than the 34-10 scoreboard. That is incredible. 

That’s the kind of thing you never hear in the Patriot Way. The Patriot Way is always about getting rid of guys too early rather than too late, but this time, those guys they got rid of, came back and punched them in the face. Repeatedly. And then talked junk about it.

Listen to me now and remember it later, because these are words for life: When you go cheap, you get your ass kicked.