Morning Dump


What a mess of a game and it hurts to even think of the stupid things we did! We just have to move on and look forward to CRUSHING the Kansas City Chiefs!! Lessons learned in this early season! Don’t jump off the bandwagon just yet!

The Patriots have two more games to play before they host the Jets in the AFC East rivals’ anticipated Oct. 9 rematch of last year’s heated playoff win by the Jets at Gillette Stadium.

Knocked off their AFC West title perch by Kansas City last year, the Chargers welcome the opportunity to prove that the divisional crown still runs through S.D.

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — It didn’t take 500 passing yards by quarterback Tom Brady this time for the New England Patriots to roll to a win. Not quite. But it did require another superb outing, and Brady obliged by surpassing 400 passing yards again and throwing three touchdown passes as the Patriots beat the San Diego Chargers, 35-21, here Sunday at Gillette Stadium.

QB Philip Rivers on losing to the Patriots: “Every game that you lose, for the most part, is very similar in the fact that you turn it over, don’t convert down there when you get an opportunity or you miss a few throws. That’s how you lose every game and the ones you win, you make a few more plays than the other guys, and obviously, they have something to do with it. They’re a good team and this a though place to play. Obviously, we haven’t won here in a while – not since ’05. So you hope you get the opportunity to play them again at some point.”

Hello from beautiful and sunny Gillette Stadium, the host of the Patriots [team stats]-Chargers game in about 2 hours. A few players are on the field, and punter Zoltan Mesko has made an appearance. But mostly, it’s a few Chargers milling around and stretching.

“The Chargers are good, I’m telling you – they’ve got a good football team.  But ultimately the turnovers and getting the ball in the endzone was big for us.  We had a lot of guys step up, a good team win all the way around.  Got good plays in all three phases of the game.  Played hard for 60 minutes, and that’s a good football team.  So it’s good to win, it’s good to win, we’re going into 2-0 Buffalo so we’ve got a tough one coming up so we can’t celebrate this too long.  We’ve got to go on to other challenges next week, but it’s nice to be 2-0.”

The Patriots [team stats] linebacker recorded another double-digit tackle effort, this time compiling 11 (8 unassisted) in the 35-21 victory. His day, though, was highlighted by two huge plays — a goal-line stuff of Mike Tolbert on fourth down in the second quarter and a forced fumble of Tolbert midway through the fourth quarter.