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Boomer Esiason on D&C: ‘Patriots offense can play with anybody’

11.15.10 at 8:57 am ET
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CBS Sports NFL analyst Boomer Esiason made his weekly Monday morning appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show to dissect the Patriots’ impressive victory over the Steelers on Sunday night. To hear the interview, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.

Esiason commended the performances of Tom Brady, BenJarvus Green-Ellis and Danny Woodhead for their efforts in piling up points against the vaunted Pittsburgh defense. “That was startling, because that was supposed to be one of the best ‘€” if not the best ‘€” defenses in football,” Esiason said.

Esiason said he puts the Patriots offense up with the Chargers offense as the best in the league. “I think the Patriots offense can play with anybody, will play with anybody,” he said.

Asked how much role emotion plays in an NFL game, Esiason said: “There is a lot to emotion, there’s a lot to focus, there’s a lot to being in the face of the opponent. ‘€¦ Out of all these games that get played, this game is the most emotional and it’s the most competitive. Especially when you play a rough team like the Steelers in their building. I think everybody’s antennas go up, I think everybody has to play sharper, everybody has to play quicker. Last night, for whatever reason, the Patriots had their best game of the season, I thought.”

With the Patriots and Jets both 7-2 and tied atop the AFC, Esiason was asked which team is better. “I’ll take the quarterback and the coach for the Patriots, but I’ll take the rest of the team for the Jets,” he said. “The Jets are a pretty good football team. … This is really, really close.”

Looking around the NFL, Chiefs coach Todd Haley refused to shake hands with Josh McDaniels Sunday after the Broncos rolled to a 49-29 victory, apparently upset about Denver running up the score. “It’s professional football,” Esiason said. “We’re men, we act like men. If we’re getting our ass kicked, you know what you do? You just shut up, you shake the guy’s hand, go into the locker room and try to figure out how you can be better next week.”

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