Friday, November 26, 2004
Tuesday, November 23, 2004
Chief Target Returns
One of Tom Brady's favorite targets returned to the lineup and made an immediate impact in the Patriots 27-19 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs in a G- Rated Monday Night Football Edition at Arrowhead Stadium. Ron Borges takes a look at the return of number 83.
Branch ran, cut, and generally acted as if he'd never missed a beat, finishing the evening with six catches for 105 yards and a 26-yard touchdown catch in which he made a sharp cutback behind a block from Troy Brown less than two minutes after the Chiefs had slashed New England's lead to 17-13.
"We got a big lift from Branch," coach Bill Belichick said. "Obviously Deion gave us a lot of help."
Rodney Dangerfield might be six feet under, but that won't stop Michael Felger from playing the respect card.
They've gone into the toughest environments, played the most high-powered offenses and suffered injuries at the most important positions.
And still the Patriots keep winning.
If that surprises you, like it seems to surprise many national observers, then the Pats have a message for you: Get used to it. After surviving yet another offensive juggernaut in hostile territory last night, beating the Chiefs, 27-19, the players in the visitors locker room at Arrowhead Stadium seemed to have no patience for the incessant question: How do you keep doing it?
When are you going to realize we've got playmakers on this defense?'' snapped linebacker Tedy Bruschi. "Everyone keeps asking me how we do it. How do we do it? We've got good players! Does this surprise me? Absolutely not."