Patriot's quarterback Tom Brady was constantly under fire (Brad Barr, USA Today Sports).

Throughout the season I’ll be reviewing the each Patriot’s game via the All-22 film. My goal is to provide some insightful analysis about what went right and what went wrong, without the emotion of a reactionary Sunday or Monday post-game article.

I’ll be tracking players throughout the season on a +/- scale. A plus is earned when a player performs above what is asked of them on a given play; a minus is given when a player performs below what is asked of them. Very unscientific, but I like to keep things simple. Continue reading Week 1 Film Review: Patriots at Dolphins »

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1. Patriots Preview: @ Minnesota:

* Like the Dolphins, the Vikings have a superior wide receiver corp to Patriots: Jennings, Patterson, Rudolph

* Adrian Peterson first four years running for 100 plus yards – the Vikings were 14-5 / Last three years they are 10-8-1

* If Patriots are losing Sunday, just think about how annoying that mascot with his Viking horn will be

* Bud Grant was boring

* Think Adrian Peterson is tossing and turning in bed worried about Joe Vellano

2. Bledsoe-Brady:

Bledsoe’s opening day in 2001, compared to Brady’s last week: Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: Must Win? Not Yet »

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Roger Goodell and the NFL have gone into Cover-Up mode

Roger Goodell, since he started as commissioner in 2008, has earned himself the reputation as a ruler with an iron fist, so now in the wake of the Ray Rice incident, it is ironic that his biggest controversy to date begins with him being too lenient on a certain matter.

After only giving Ray Rice a two game suspension for hitting his then-fiancee (now wife), Janay Rice, into unconsciousness, Goodell’s judgement was questioned, especially juxtaposed against his draconian punishments given to mere marijuana-users (Josh Gordon suspension).  Yet, once TMZ released the second, more graphic of the videos capturing Rice’s punching of his fiancee, Goodell’s biggest obstacle now became convincing the press that he had not seen that second video. Continue reading NFL Hires Former FBI Director to Conduct Internal Investigation Regarding Ray Rice »

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2014 NFL Week 2 Betting Tips

September 11, 2014 at 9:44pm in Featured, NFL, Opinion, Top Story
Tom Brady felt the heat from the Dolphins defense in Miami. (AP Photo/Naples Daily News, Corey Perrine)

It was a tough first week in the NFL in terms of picking game in the gambling world. Major upsets were on full display last Sunday, with the likes of the New England Patriots falling to the hands of the Miami Dolphins, the Chicago Bears losing to the lowly Buffalo Bills in overtime, and the New Orleans Saints getting dropped by the Atlanta Falcons in overtime as well. Last week I went 1-3 picking games, as my three losses were the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Washington Redskins and Chicago Bears. My lone winner was the Indianapolis Colts, as they covered by the skin of their teeth last Sunday night. We look to recover in week two.

No.1: Patriots (-3) over the Minnesota Vikings

It was a shocker last week to watch the Pats blow a 10-point second half lead to the Dolphins. Continue reading 2014 NFL Week 2 Betting Tips »

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Should Tony Romo remain on the bench for the time being? (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

With Week 1 in the books, some players stepped up and some players laid a complete goose egg for your fantasy team. Sure, it’s not time to panic, but there is some reason for alarm after starting 0-1. Below are some choices to start or sit based on matchups.

Start ‘Em

Jake Locker (vs. Dallas): The Cowboys allowed over 17 points to Colin Kaepernick in Week 1 and looked very porous. Sure, if you have a stud quarterback make sure to start them, but Locker makes a great sleeper pick against a terrible defense. Continue reading Fantasy Football Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em: Week 2 »

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Knowshon Moreno ran wild against the Pats, how can they stop AP? (courtesy of Barry Chin, Boston Globe)

The Patriots run defense had their hands full in week 1 to the Knowshon Moreno, Lamar Miller tandem. Their task won’t be any easier in week 2 as they prepare to face soon-to-be Hall of Famer Adrian Peterson. Can they stop him?

Continue reading How Will Patriots Handle Adrian Peterson? »

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cordarrelle patterson

On Sunday, the Patriots will travel to Minnesota to play the Vikings in their second game of the season. The Vikings, led by future hall of fame running back Adrian Peterson will present a challenge for the suspect Patriots run defense. Although Peterson garners most of the headlines and is an elite player, the toughest matchup for the Patriots in week two could very well end up being second year wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson.

Patterson’s Dynamic Skill Set

To call Patterson fast would be an understatement. He is an explosive and strong chess piece that the Vikings can use to change a game. He is strong, quick, has great vision, and can out run anyone else on the field. Patterson is also very versatile, as he can line up both outside as a receiver and in the backfield as a runner. In 2013, Patterson averaged 10.4 yards per reception and 13.4 yards a rush. So essentially, every time he touched the ball he gained a minimum of a first down, with several long touchdown runs as well. Last week against a solid Rams defense, he had 128 yards from scrimmage including a 67 yard touchdown run (see gif below). Check out 2014 NFL odds to see how they feel about Patterson’s impact. Continue reading Cordarrelle Patterson Presents Patriots With Tough Matchup »

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