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Stopping Jermaine Kearse Key for Patriots Defense

By on January 30, 2015 at 12:00pm
082113kearse600x253 Jermaine Kearse has a habit of making big plays in the most important games. Photo Courtesy AP.

The man who caught the game-winning pass in the NFC Championship’s overtime is the one that could cause the Patriots major problems if they do not find a way to match up with him. He saves his best games for the biggest moments, catching both the go-ahead touchdown in the 2013 NFC Championship game and the game-winner against Green Bay in the 2014 NFC Championship game two weeks ago. He had a very good performance in the Super Bowl last year and was the best receiver on the field in the Divisional Round this year. The man is Jermaine Kearse and what he brings to the table is a difficult skill set and a taste for the biggest moments in the sport. Continue reading Stopping Jermaine Kearse Key for Patriots Defense »

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Malcom Subban Recalled

It was announced this morning that backup goalie Niklas Svedberg was sent to Providence on a conditioning loan and Malcom Subban will back up Tuukka Rask in Boston. This will be exciting; Subban is obviously a highly prized prospect for the Bruins and did really well against NHL-level talent in the pre-season. They’re taking their time with developing the kid, and rightfully so, so it’ll be interesting to see what he can do. We have a game against the Canadiens in a couple weeks. Talk about a storyline…

All Star Game

Say what you want about the All Star Game, but any time that many elite players skate together on the same ice it’s something cool to watch. Patrice Bergeron represented the B’s well, notching a goal and 4 assists in a dazzling 17-12 game. It’s hard to believe that this was his first All Star appearance but he just displayed once again how talented and under-appreciated he is in this league. I’ve said it before, but he could absolutely be a point-per-game player if he was given free reign to score and not worry about two-way play. Continue reading Malcom Subban and Bruins Weekly Roundup »

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1. Patriots – Seattle Pre-Game Top Ten:

* All Patriot fans owe a debt of gratitude to the whole organization. Imagine for the sixth time in just over a decade they took us into February.

* Want to feel old? There is only one player in the game that was born in the 1970′s – Tom Brady / 32 players on the two team’s rosters were born in the 90′s

* Who is smarter – Seattle has two players from Stanford, one from Cornell, California, Duke, /// Patriot have a player from Brown, California and Stanford

* Who has fattest team – Seattle has 12 players at least 300 lbs / Patriots have 13

* How did the two teams do against playoff teams: Seattle vs. playoff teams: 7-1 / Patriots 6-1

* Russell Wilson sacked 42 times (Ninkovich and Chandler Jones have to hold the edges – need huge game from Chung against the run)

* How about flanking out Gronk right on Sherman to start the game – catch the pass and say to him: “You mad bro?”

* Please don’t start the game with the play action, fake end around they did in 2008 – Brady got killed

* In Five Brady Super Bowls – the team averaged 25 points in win / 15 points in losses

* Ugh Stat – in six playoff starts Chandler Jones has ZERO sacks / 7 tackles / 3 assists (he did have two sacks against Seattle last game) Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: Patriots 24, Seattle 17 »

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When asked about his time with New England this week, Darrelle Revis sounded like a player who was in the right place at the right time.

“It’s pretty awesome,” said Revis on Tuesday when asked what it is like to be playing in his first career Super Bowl. He also called Tom Brady “one of the best players ever” and spoke highly of his time in New England.

Revis, 29, signed a one-year deal with a second-year option in March after being cut by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The 2014 payout for Revis has been $12 million plus a Super Bowl trip. Things will become interesting after the Super Bowl as the team will be presented with three options: pick up Revis’ $20 million option, negotiate a long-term deal, or cut him. Continue reading Relishing Time with New England, Darrelle Revis Talks Contract »

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A mere three months ago, LeGarrette Blount was toiling away on the Pittsburgh Steelers. He was a running back without any playing time and without much hope for future snaps. His frustration culminated with him walking off the field early during a Monday night victory against the Tennessee Titans. The Steelers promptly released him the following day. After he cleared waivers, he was signed to a two year contract by New England. Now, he is on the precipice of the Super Bowl and if the Patriots are to win, he will be one of the reasons why.

The Seahawks defense is dominant, even historic. Their resume speaks volumes. Continue reading Blount’s Shoulders Will Carry Large Part of Patriots Super Bowl Hopes »

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Wednesday’s Super Bowl Preview Submission

1. Common Themes in Patriot’s Three losses (Buffalo game doesn’t count) – Miami, KC and Green Bay respectively:

* Patriots 3rd down Conversion – 29% / 22% / 48%
* Opponents 3rd Down Conversion – 53% / 58% / 58%
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* Patriots Rushing plays: 20 / 16 /18
* Opponents Rushing plays: 38 / 38 / 29
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* Patriots Rushing Yards: 89 / 75 / 84
* Opponents Rushing Yards: 191 / 207 / 130
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* Gronk’s Average game in three losses: 4 receptions / 56 yards (1 TD total) Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: How to Beat Seahawks »

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Seahawk and Seattle Stuff

* Seahawks tested positive for PED’s – Richard Sherman, Walter Thurmond, Brandon Brower, Bruce Irvin, Winston Guy, John Moffitt, Allen Barbre

* Seattle Murder rate in 2014 – 26 / Boston Murder rate – 52

* Seattle population – 652,204 /// Boston population 645,966

* Famous people born in Seattle – Jimmi Hendrix, Bill Gates, Adam “Pow” West, Paul Allen, Kenny G. Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: Seattle Stuff »

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