Why We’re Thankful for the Patriots

Source: Jamie Pacheco

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, the writers here at Musket Fire each put together a list of things that we are thankful for when it comes to our favorite team: the New England Patriots. With the Patriots entering the Thanksgiving showdown with the Lions at an NFL-best 8-2, there are plenty of reasons to be thankful. From the serious to the light-hearted, here is the list of what we are thankful for:


  • I’m thankful for an 8-2 record up to this point.
  • I’m thankful for all of the “experts” who doubted Tom Brady and his love of football during the offseason.
  • I’m thankful that Bill Belichick is more involved in the defense.
  • I’m thankful BenJarvus Green-Ellis was finally given an opportunity to contribute.
  • I’m thankful Rex Ryan cut Danny Woodhead.
  • I’m thankful for the “C’mon man!” segment on ESPN.
  • I’m thankful that Peyton Manning throws interceptions when he enters Massachusetts.


  • I’m thankful for timely James Sanders interceptions.
  • I’m thankful for an ill tempered Le’Ron McClain.
  • I’m thankful for Kris Brown’s 50-yard missed field goal.
  • I’m thankful for a terrible Steelers’ secondary.
  • I’m thankful for Brandon Tate kick return touchdowns to begin the second half.
  • I’m thankful for an excellent offensive line to protect the best quarterback in football, Tom Brady.
  • I’m thankful for Bill Belichick, the best coach in football, and his superb 2010 draft class.
  • Hopefully in February I will be thankful for a 4th Super Bowl Championship in 9 years.


  • Devin McCourty will be at least considered for ROY when they hand the trophy to Ndamukong Suh.
  • Detroit has lost its last six Thanksgiving games by an average of 23 points.
  • The Patriots are going to take it one game at a time.
  • The Lions remain the lone NFL team that Brady has not thrown a TD pass against.
  • The Bend don’t Break philosophy seems to be working on defense.
  • The matchup of Logan Mankins versus Ndamukong Suh is going to be epic.
  • Brandon Meriweather’s new hat.

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  • Jamie Stevens

    Mostly, I’m thankful for Robert Kraft who had the brilliance to hire Bill Belichick. I’m thankful for having Bill Belichick as the commander in chief because he has created a winning organization, even when they don’t win. It is no small compensation for all the years of losing records and “almost but not quite” seasons. And, I am thankful for the way that he has done it, work ethic, team concept and “tough as nails” football. Kinda gives you something to look forward to every year…Thanks Robert, Thanks Bill. Thanks Pats…

  • jamie

    Nice job Jamie (not me)!