CBS Sports NFL analyst Boomer Esiason checked in for his weekly visit with Dennis & Callahan on Monday morning to dissect the Patriots' 52-28 victory over the Bills that ended New England's two game losing streak.
"I would think that the Patriots defense in particular probably heard a lot of criticism last week because of their performance the week before, and just like I guess the Patriot Way is is to go out there and do something about it," Esiason said. "It was extremely impressive all the way around."
New England's 1-2 punch of Stevan Ridley and Brandon Bolden came up big Sunday, as both running backs surpasses 100 yards.
"They've hit the home run with these two kids, and you could see it," Esiason said. "And now what you have between the two of them is you have a little bit of competition going on back and forth, which is I think every coach's dream scenario. … You talk about an embarrassment of riches. I don't necessarily know right now -- and I can't believe I'm saying this; we're at the quarter-pole, there's still a lot of football left to be played -- but is there a team with a better running tandem in football than the New England Patriots have right now?"
Looking around the division, Esiason said the Patriots have re-established their position as the elite team.
"Yesterday I think the AFC East presents a much clearer picture as to who's still on top in this division," Esiason said. "All three teams in the AFC [East] other than the Patriots all lost yesterday. The Miami Dolphins gave a hell of an effort out in Arizona, but the fact still remains as we sit here this morning that the New England Patriots reign supreme, and there's nobody even close to them right now."
Added Esiason: "[The Jets] just don't have a skill position player that scares anybody. And then when you're a defense like San Francisco is -- I mean, I don't know what people expected. I guess 34-0 was probably a little over the top; I think I said 27-10 on Friday and that it was not going to be pretty, and it certainly wasn't. So, I wasn't surprised.
"Buffalo right now, in my estimation, has got to be the second-best team, even though they got waxed yesterday. But it just kind of shows you how far behind everybody else is in the AFC East behind the Patriots."
The Patriots host Peyton Manning and the Broncos next Sunday. Esiason said the Broncos might be the best of the AFC West, but they're not at New England's level.
"I like the New England Patriots to beat them next week. I don't think that it really should be that close of a game," Esiason said. "But the fact remains that as long as the Denver Broncos are on the field against a lesser opponent, they'll win those games nine times out of 10. That's why I think they're still the best team in the AFC West."
Pete, Thornton and Price give their final thoughts and predictions for the Super Bowl.
Gabe calls the boys to handicap one of the biggest gambling days of the year - Super Bowl 51! Gabe has all the point spread info down and gets to all of the major prop bets that interest him.
Fauria is still down in Houston and calls live from NRG Stadium to give his take on what will go down later on in Super Bowl 51. He likes the Pats and gives his reasons why, but also gets into the scene in Houston all week, famous people he met and why he is tired out from a wild week.
The NBA trade rumor mill is beginning to swirl as the deadline approaches and Picard is ready to go! He talks about the possibility of Jimmy Butler coming to Boston, why Isaiah Thomas is not getting enough respect and the future of the Celtics.
Adrian Wojnarowski has been talking about the possibility of the Celtics making a trade with the Bulls to bring Jimmy Butler to Boston. He actually thinks it may be the the marquee deal to keep an eye on this week heading into the trade deadline. Pete and Jerry discuss and give their thoughts on if they would want Butler. Pete thinks it will happen, Jerry thinks Ainge will stay put. The guys get into more Celtics, present and future and if they can battle with the best of the NBA.
Anna Horford, sister of Boston Celtics Al Horford, makes her Boston radio debut. She talks about Twitter and reacting to mean tweets about her brother. She also gives us her thoughts on the city of Boston and racism.
Bradford checks in from spring training to give us all the media dirt he can dig up...oh, and talk some baseball too.
Rob Bradford is joined by Lou Merloni to talk life in spring training, his toiletries, sleeping arrangements, and facing off with Red Sox personnel that he might have been critical of. Rob and Lou also get into the dynamic of electronic and print media when it comes to ripping the Red Sox.
Pete, Bradford, and Tomase are talking all about the Boston Red Sox, who opened spring training on Monday with pitchers and catchers reporting. They talk about what the Red Sox approach at the plate will be to replace the loss of David Ortiz bat, the impact of some players participating in the WBC, and of course the pitching rotation.
Guys talk the Bruins season so far and the All-Star Break
Guys discuss if or when the Bruins will fire Coach Julian
Ken, Rear and Ty get into a very solid week for the B's beating St Louis and the Flyers and losing a hard-fought game against the Predators. Is this team turning things around? Krug and Marchand are kicking things up a notch. The guys also talk about Claude and Sweeney's job security before getting into some big hits around the league this week.
Hour 4. Red Sox broadcaster Dave O'Brien joins the show.
Hour 3. The guys take more calls on transgender bathrooms. Evan Drellich joins the show...again.
Dino reunites with the guys at spring training.
Max Kellerman rips Pats fans. Skip Bayless says Bill Belichick is "good, not great." And Dan Le Batard feels the heat from Keyshawn Johnson regarding his criticisms of Magic Johnson.
It took a few hours, but Glenn finally starts to agree with Lou and Mut about Danny Ainge.
Obviously the Celtics aren't expected to overtake the Cavs in the East, but the guys wonder if the team is trying to get a little bit better each year, or hold onto their assets until LeBron is over the hill.
Dale, Michael and Rich Keefe discuss the C's lack of moves at the NBA trade deadline and try and figure out why, and what is the next best opportunity for the Celts to make a move?
Dale, Michael and Keefe discuss the comments made by Dave Dombrowski on K&C this morning concerning John Farrell and his in-game management.
We close out the show with the best sound bites of the day.
Kirk and Glenn continue their conversation from last week. In this episode Kirk and Glenn scream at each other about the infamous "station incident", what the news of the merger means to WEEI and the Sports Hub, and Kirk tries to get Glenn to answer what the perfect "Big Show" would be. You will not find a better look behind the scenes of radio.
Kirk sits down with the legend Glenn Ordway to talk about when Glenn got fired here at WEEI, his start with the station, the controversial decisions he made when he was the Program Director, and he relationship with Eddie Andelman.
Kirk chats with David Duchovny about his current music tour, which takes him to the Wilbur on February 22nd, how David got his start in television, from his first stint on Red Shoe Diaries, becoming a superstar on the X-Files, and his hilarious appearances on the Larry Sanders Show. This is a fascinating discussion about show business and controlling your own career.
Ken Laird and Chris Curtis recap Wednesday and Thursday's K&C shows on location in Ft. Myers
Kirk and Glenn continue their conversation from last week. In this episode Kirk and Glenn scream at each other about the infamous "station incident", what the news of the merger means to WEEI and the Sports Hub, and Kirk tries to get Glenn to answer what the perfect "Big Show" would be.
Rich Keefe & Ryan Davey talk best and worst movie/TV presidents. Plus the always important "This Week in #DORK" and the Pick of the Podcast.
Hour 4. Evan Drellich joins the show. A fight for the ages ensues.More from this show
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Kirk and Glenn continue their conversation from last week. In this episode Kirk and Glenn scream at each other about the infamous "station incident", what the news of the merger means to WEEI and the Sports Hub, and Kirk tries to get Glenn to answer what the perfect "Big Show" would be. You will not find a better look behind the scenes of radio.More from this show
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