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December 14, 2013

Ludicrous injury run has division in jeopardy now

I tried to browbeat Bill Belichick and lost the quickie battle a week ago, per usual, after the Pats win over Cleveland.

Maybe yesterday’s loss in Miami might have been the opportune time to try.

This wild run of injuries and losses on both sides of the ball continues to take its toll, and it’s reached the most ridiculous of levels, even if Belichick chooses not to admit it and is just going to, “Take it one play at a time, one day at a time, one game at a time,” and

“Deal with whatever we have to deal with.”

Deep down, the guy has to be thinking how crazy this seems, even if he won’t admit it. Next time, Bill, use the out-loud voice, kind of like your cursing QB did after the game yesterday. Venting feels better, and nobody has more of a reason to vent about injuries and player losses than these Patriots.

Three quick reactions to yesterday’s 24-20 crusher at the hands of the Dolphins.

1. The fact that defensive back Marquice Cole actually still puts on an NFL uniform scares the life out of me. Why? Because he plays for the Patriots. Think about the fact that the Dolphins were pulling worse guys off the street this week to play corner and lived to win the game.

2. I can only imagine the look on Tom Brady’s face when they inserted rookie offensive lineman Josh Kline into the lineup at left guard. Of course, that disbelief shot could only be topped by the look on TB12’s face when Kline allows Cameron Wake a free shot at him. I mean, why would you think about blocking Wake, right?

3. Finally, all of a sudden this division is in doubt. At 8-6, Miami goes to Buffalo and hosts the Jets. Sweep them and hope that the Pats lose at Baltimore and in the finale to Buffalo. That’s Joe Philbin’s game plan. Knotted at 10-6, the tie-breaker goes to Miami (they would be 4-2 in the division, Pats would be 3-3).

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