We know all the storylines leading up to Sunday’s showdown between the Raiders and Patriots. Richard Seymour’s revenge. Tom Brady’s homecoming, of sorts. The New Patriots’ potent passing game vs. the Oakland Raiders’ weakened secondary. Darren McFadden and the bullying O-line looking to build on last week’s powerful display.
All of the aforementioned topics have been touched on all week long. We know about those.
But do we know what type of a political figure Bill Belichick most resembles or if Chad Ochocinco would be able to escape Alcatraz? To learn the answers to such probing questions we reached out to Jamie Pacheco over at Musket Fire. Jamie knows his Pats like we know our Raiders so it was only natural to exchange a few questions ahead of the game.
Of course we at JBB have our own way of prepping you for the game. So here are 5 out of bounds questions for one of the Patriots bloggers in existence.
Q: If Bill Belichick were a political or historical figure who would he be and why?
A: I would have to liken Belichick to George Washington. Washington was not known for his eloquent speeches or writing ability, and Belichick probably gives the driest press conferences in the NFL. Washington was able to win a war against the greatest military power on Earth with a rag-tag army, while Belichick was able to beat the “Greatest Show on Turf” with a team of waiver wire players. Finally, Washington was strict with his soldiers and made decisions that didn’t always seem to be the best at the time, but ended up being the best thing at the end. Belichick runs a pretty tight ship in New England and has released or traded many fan favorites, but he has been proven to make the right decision most of the time.
Q: The Tuck Rule or Richard Seymour’s revenge: Which gets mentioned more on Sunday’s broadcast?
A: I’m going to have to go with the “Richard Seymour Revenge” theme because he’ll actually be on the field playing against his former team. If it was a Monday Night Football broadcast, Jon Gruden would probably monopolize the broadcast with Tuck Rule references.
Q: If Chad Ochocinco and Darrius Heyward-Bey were locked up in Alcatraz with only a bed sheet and a book of matches who makes it out alive and why?
A: Darrius Heyward-Bey because Ochocinco would be Tweeting too much to make it out in time. Also, Ocho would spend too much time trying to learn the “How to Escape From Alcatraz” playbook.
Q: Over/Under: 20 receptions for Wes Welker on Sunday
A: I hope it’s under. Welker takes some big hits and if Brady has to go to him that many times, then the team isn’t being balanced on offense and/or other receivers can’t get open.
Finally…the most important question of all…
Q: Danny Woodhead: Start or Sit?
A: I would sit Woodhead. First, the Patriots haven’t used their backs enough this season to warrant starting them. Second, because of the RB by committee approach that they use and the possible emergence of rookie Stevan Ridley, Woodhead wouldn’t get enough touches to warrant starting him.