Reggie Jackson once said, “When we lose and I strike out, a billion people in China don’t care.” Presumably, some portion of those billion plus people are supposed to care next summer when Matt Cassell or the 2007 version of Scott Zolak are taking the snaps for New England versus Seattle. The Tampa Tribune’s Mike Sando reports the NFL is making plans to stage a Patriots/Seahawks exhibition game in Beijing.

For the Chinese government, this is a no-brainer.  After the populace gets a load of Bill Belichick, all future complaints in the human rights violations / free expression department will be put in the proper perspective.

I only saw bits and pieces of the Pats taking the Redskins to bits and pieces last night, but saw enough to be duly impressed by the mid-season form of Tom Brady, early glimpses of rookie RB Lawrence Maroney, Ben Watson (above) catching passes unmolested, but most of all, the way Washington’s D held New England to less than 50 points.