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Patriots’ Defense to Face one of Season’s Toughest Tests in Bears

By on October 22, 2014 at 11:45am
bears-vikings-football-chris-cook-alshon-jeffery_pg_600 Alshon Jeffrey and the Bears offense present the Patriots with a unique challenge this week. Photo Courtesy of nflrush.com.

The Bears will travel to Gillette Stadium on Sunday to face the Patriots and will bring with them one of the most difficult to defend offenses in football. Their mix of dominant wide receivers, and elite running back, and matchup nightmare tight end make them a challenge for any defense. The wild card is their quarterback who can both destroy his opponents or his own offense. This should be a fun match up to watch across the board and the Patriots defense will have to come with their A game to slow the Bears down.

Every offense starts at the quarterback position and the Bears have the enigmatic Jay Cutler at the helm. When playing well, Cutler can carve up defenses and look like one the best quarterbacks in the National Football League but he has a habit of having off days or throwing inexplicable interceptions that kill drives and cost games. Continue reading Patriots’ Defense to Face one of Season’s Toughest Tests in Bears »

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Jonathan Drouin (Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)

Your first weekly matchup of fantasy hockey likely wrapped up over the weekend and hopefully you managed to get out of it with a win. If not, don’t sweat it. It’s a long season and there’s still plenty of hockey to be played. At this point, we don’t really put too much stock into hot starts or cold starts with the players in the league.

However, this doesn’t mean that we should ignore the players’ performances thus far, either. Every year, we see players get off to hot starts. Some cool down, whereas others just don’t let up all season and it’s the managers who snagged them early that reap the benefits.

Here’s a list of players worth taking a look at if you need some help on your roster. And let’s be honest, who doesn’t?

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TJ Brodie – D - Calgary

There’s a reason Brodie just signed a 5 year extension with his team. He’s been in the league for years, but is now starting to put up points at an elite level. He’s quickly surpassing Giordano and Wideman as the best offensive threat on Calgary’s blue-line. With 7 points already, 3 of them on the power play, go ahead and see if he’s still on your waiver wire. He should’t be.

Sami Vatanen – D - Anaheim

We all thought Cam Fowler would be the one to blossom into an offensive weapon, but Vatanen has taken on that role run with it. He had a fantastic Olympics last in 2012 and is becoming a star in southern California. He’s got 5 points already and will keep it up as long as he’s got weapons like Getzlaf and Perry in front of him. Continue reading Fantasy Hockey Waiver Wire Adds; Weekly Mailbag »

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The Celtics will waive four players to cut the roster all the way down to...16. (NESN.com)

The Boston Celtics invited everyone who had ever picked up a basketball to their preseason training camp, so it comes as no surprise that they had to make some cuts with a week to go before the start of the NBA season.

Four players will be waived by Danny Ainge before the start of the season, including invitees Erik Murphy,  Christian Watford, Tim Frazier, and Rodney McGruder. None came with any expectations of cracking the 15-man NBA roster.

Continue reading And Then There Were 16: Celtics to Waive Four Players, Bynum Next? »

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Chandler Jones could be sidelined a month due to a hip injury. Jones, a third year pro out of Syracuse, has been an every down defender for the Patriots and their top pass rusher this season with 4.5 sacks and a forced fumble. Jones played 84 of 87 snaps in last Thursday’s win against the Jets and first showed up on the injury report Tuesday morning. He had battled a shoulder injury earlier in the season, but did not miss any games because of it. The loss of Jones will leave a void at defensive end for the Patriots, who may look to fill the void from within or with their two newly acquired players.

The Patriots traded for Akeem Ayers on Tuesday from Tennessee and signed free agent defensive lineman Alan Branch, formerly of the Bills. Ayers is closer to Jones as far as skill set and position than Branch but neither one will be able to replace Jones’ production and ability to affect games from the edge. Branch will hopefully provide depth at defensive tackle, a position that has been a weakness for the Patriots through the first seven games of 2014. Continue reading Chandler Jones Out 1 Month With Hip Injury; Patriots Sign Alan Branch »

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San Francisco and Kansas City will square off in the Fall Classic. (Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

The World Series is here. Kansas City has won eight straight games to start the postseason (an MLB record) while San Francisco has won nine straight postseason series. San Francisco sends NLCS MVP Madison Bumgarner to the mound, while Kansas City’s three-headed monster at the back of their bullpen forces opponents to take an early lead. A balanced set of bats for both teams make it difficult to plan for either.

For the final series, we’re introducing the scoring category of home runs hit by both teams combined in the final game of the series. Furthermore, all points are doubled! Ties will be broken by guessing the combined ERA of both starting pitchers in the series’ final game. Otherwise, scoring is the same:

  • Picking the winner of each series is worth four points.
  • Picking how many games each series will last is worth two points.
  • Picking the MVP of each series is worth two points.
  • Picking the home run total of both teams combined in the final game of the series is worth two points.
  • Picking the combined ERA of both starting pitchers in the series’ final game is for tiebreaking purposes only. Combined ERA will refer to taking the total number of earned runs given up by both pitchers put together, then dividing it by the total number of innings thrown by both put together, then multiplying by nine to adjust for nine innings.

So with that out of the way, our World Series picks are below. Be sure to see how everyone’s doing, and come back once a champion is decided for the final results. Continue reading 2014 MLB Playoffs Expert Picks: World Series »

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The Patriots bolstered their thin linebacking corps by trading for the Titans' Akeem Ayers. (NFL.com)

It may not be Vincent Jackson, but hey, it’s a start.

The New England Patriots sent a sixth round pick to the Tennessee Titans on Tuesday  in exchange for linebacker Akeem Ayers and a seventh round selection in the NFL draft. The deal is pending a physical.

Continue reading Patriots Trade for Titans LB Akeem Ayers »

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Cowboys vs Broncos: Week 7's prediction for the Super Bowl

After seven weeks, both conferences have new leaders. Multiple division leaders are starting to slip, while other teams are responding by making a move in the standings. Defending champion Seattle lost their second straight game, getting upset by special teams trickery in St Louis. The Jaguars finally got a win, leaving Oakland as the lone winless team. With plenty going on in late October, let’s look at what would happen if the playoffs started as of Tuesday, October 21: Continue reading If the Playoffs Started Today – NFL Week 7 »

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