New England Patriots defeat New York Giants, 23-7

When one watches Adam Vinatieri kick in bad weather conditions, it's understandable that the Patriots and Vinatieri are on track toward getting a long-term contract done.

According to sources familiar with the situation, the sides are closing in on a long-term deal after prolonged talks, and one can understand that the Patriots wouldn't want to lose someone who can make field goals despite wind, rain, ice, and snow.

Vinatieri connected on field goals of 28, 29, and 26 y...

Chad Pennington learned an important lesson yesterday in the wind and the cold at Giants Stadium. He learned that if you're going to give the Gettysburg Address, don't go out six days later and lead like Jefferson Davis.

Last Monday, Pennington stood in front of the New York media and turned combative, lecturing them about what a "privilege" it was for them to cover "elite athletes" like the Jets. Yesterday, those writers were feeling underprivileged after watching Penn...

The message Willie McGinest and other Patriots received from the coaches was simple enough -- win the game and you earn a bye week. It wasn't exactly something they needed to be hit over the head with, but they knew it was there for the taking.

"All week long the coaches told us, `This is what you've played all season for,' and they were right," said McGinest. "We prepared well all week. We put last week behind us and we went out and did what we're capable of as a team....

Yup, he thinks what we all think. "I know I made a stupid play," said Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. "Everyone knows I made a stupid play."

But there's nothing he can do about it now. The foolish pass that led to that shocking defeat in Miami last Monday night is in the books. It will be available for some easy yuks at any future Tom Brady Roast. It's a permanent part of the Brady dossier.

A few other things are permanent parts of the Brady dossier. It's all those g...