Get ready for a long week.
The Patriots held a two score lead in Baltimore with under five minutes to play last night, but were unable to hold the lead as they fell to the Ravens on a 27-yard field goal as time expired.
Patriot fans will blame the refs. Media, attempting to be objective will point to the 500 yards given up by the Patriots defense, and the inability of the offense to get an additional first down on their final drive to close out the game.Some will pin the entire loss on one player.
The truth is in both theories. The Patriots should’ve been able to win this one on their own. The Ravens did receive some help in their comeback with some drive-extending penalties *coughdefensiveholdingcough* being called on the Patriots. It is what it is, and the Patriots are now 1-2.
If you want to keep your sanity this week, you will not listen to Dennis and Callahan, Mut and Merloni or Felger and Mazz, and you will watch nothing that appears on CSNNE.
Here are a few links from today worth reading:
Patriots leave Baltimore in defeat but proved they belong – Ryan Hadfield takes comfort in this defeat.
Time to think again – Greg A Bedard says that Josh McDaniels had a solid gameplan last night, but got into his own way on occasion.
Analysis/reaction: Patriots-Ravens – Erik Scalavino says that this game will not be remembered for all the reasons that it should be remembered.
What we learned Sunday: Patriots can’t close out Ravens – Chris Price runs down a number of items.
Patriots, Ravens take it down to the wire – John Rooke notes that unless you’re a Patriots fan, this game was terrific theater.
You know what? That’s enough. If you want it all, head to Patriotslinks.com.
The Celtics start training camp next weekend, and Doc Rivers is ready to move on from Ray Allen:
Some great stuff from Doc in there.