This game had all the makings of a classic trap game. The Patriots were coming off two huge prime time games against the Panthers and Broncos, and the Texans had lost nine straight games. The Texans’ record may have said 2-9, but most of the games they lost were decided by seven points or less. There was every reason for a let down from the Patriots, and after the first half it appeared that may be the case.
- Maybe this is just the new strategy on offensive. Spot the other team some early points and then have Tom Brady and the offense mount a comeback. The offense looked awful in the first half. They just couldn’t find a rhythm and the play calling was questionable to say the least. On two different third-and-short yardage situations, Brady aired the ball out. The first was an overthrow to Kenbrell Thompkins down the sideline, and the other was the underthrown ball to Rob Gronkowski that resulted in the interception. When a team is so good at short yardage passes with screens and slants like the Patriots are, you have to wonder why they were calling for these deep routes when all they needed was a few yards. Continue reading Week 13 Notes and Observations: Patriots Survive Trap Game, Beat Texans 34-31 »
Tags: Antonio Smith, Aqib Talib, Ben Tate, Case Keenum, Danny Amendola, JJ Watt, Julian Edelman, Kenbrell Thompkins, Patriots, Rob Gronkowski, Stephen Gostkowski, Stevan Ridley, Texans, Tom Brady, Will Svitek
It’s December 3rd, 2013, and the World Champion Boston Red Sox have finally made their first foray into the free agent market. Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reported this morning that the Red Sox have signed backstop AJ Pierzynski, signaling the end to the Jarrod Saltalamacchia era. As the details of the contract were slowly released, it was learned that Pierzynski will earn $8.25 over one year, pending a physical. Signing Pierzynski fills the largest hole the Red Sox had this offseason and gives more understanding to this offseason’s plan, as well as the catcher situation going forward. Continue reading Red Sox Sign Pierzynski to One-Year Deal, Say Goodbye to Saltalamacchia »
Tags: AJ Pierzynski, Blake Swihart, Boston Red Sox, Christian Vasquez, Jarrod Saltalamacchia, MLB Free Agency
Houston Texan Antonio Smith clearly got his bell rung a few too many times during Sunday’s Patriots’ game. He claims that Bill Belichick somehow secretly spied on the Texans, which helped Tom Brady and the boys win the game in the second half. Correct me if I am wrong, but Belichick and the offensive and defensive coordinators had plenty of time to watch them play live, on the field, in the first half.
Not to mention, they had the full week of tape review before the game. Last time I checked, that was considered doing your homework. Sore loser Smith should have been watching tape on the Patriots last week. The not-so-Patriotic trend all season has been white-knuckle, gritty wins in the second half. Get a clue, Antonio; crack a book or turn on the TV. Continue reading Another Spygate? Texans’ Antonio Smith Suspicious of Patriots »
Tags: Antonio Smith, Bill Belichick, Houston Texans, New England Patriots, Spygate, Tom Brady
Last year around this time, the Red Sox signed Mike Napoli to a 3-year, $39 million contract. After a physical, Napoli was found to have a degenerative hip condition called avascular necrosis. Napoli’s contract was subsequently reduced to a one-year, $5 million deal with $8 million in incentives. From there, Napoli had a solid season and the Red Sox became World Champions. Now, Mike Napoli is a free agent.
Who now doesn’t wish that the original three-year contract had stood pat?
Coming Back to Beantown
Napoli has not been shy with his desire to return to Boston. Continue reading Finding a First Baseman for the Red Sox: Napoli, Hart, Trumbo? »
Tags: Boston Red Sox, Corey Hart, Daniel Nava, Mark Trumbo, Mike Carp, Mike Napoli, MLB Free Agency, Will Middlebrooks
The Patriots offense is still trying to find its identity and Kenbrell Thompkins needs to be a part of it. Because he is the type of selfless player that the team cultivates, Thompkins himself would never say this but his play on the field does.
Thompkins, an undrafted rookie out of the University of Cincinnati, wasn’t on the radar until the team’s offseason camp started and he emerged as a target that Tom Brady seemed comfortable with among the new crop of rookie wide receivers. Thompkins status as the trusted wide out was only cemented during the preseason as he caught 15 passes for 166 yards to lead all Patriots receivers in both categories.
His performance even garnered praise from Brady who said, “Since [Thompkins] got here he’s been so willing and eager to do whatever it takes.” He then added, “He’s done a great job.” Continue reading The Case for Kenbrell Thompkins »
Tags: Aaron Dobson, Danny Amendola, Josh McDaniels, Kenbrell Thompkins, New Orleans Saints, Rob Gronkowski, Tom Brady, university of cincinnati
As an encore to their 2013 World Series title, the Boston Red Sox kicked off the 2014 offseason by acquiring…middle relief pitcher Burke Badenhop. Not exactly the most awe-inspiring move to start your title defense, now, is it?
The Red Sox shipped out a no-name minor leaguer (left-hander Luis Ortega — apologies if any of his relatives are reading) for no-name major leaguer Burke Badenhop, a right-handed reliever who pitched for the Milwaukee Brewers last year.
The 30-year-old Badenhop, entering his seventh season in the majors, made 63 appearances last season and finished with a 3.47 ERA, 42 strikeouts, and 12 walks in 62.1 innings. Those numbers are fine, of course — not outstanding, but decent — but it begs the question: did GM Ben Cherington and the Red Sox learn absolutely nothing from trading for unmitigated disasters and fellow NL Central relievers Mark Melancon and Joel Hanrahan? Continue reading Can New Red Sox Reliever Burke Badenhop Buck the Trend of NL Central Flops? »
Tags: Andrew Bailey, Burke Badenhop, Joel Hanrahan, John Farrell, Koji Uehara, Mark Melancon, Milwaukee Brewers, MLB, MLB offseaon, Red Sox
The bye weeks are over and playoff berths are on the line in most leagues this Week 13. There are not many breakout waiver candidates to add this week, but I’ll look at a few players who may be available in your leagues who can help your team. If your team is loaded and ready for the playoffs or out of contention, you should look to add a star from IR if available like Julio Jones in some keeper formats. Randall Cobb may also be out there if you’re in this situation because he may not return at all this year and if he does play, it won’t be before Week 15. Conversely, Michael Crabtree is very likely to be activated this week for his matchup with the St. Louis Rams. Crabtree is likely to be on a similar snap count as Percy Harvin was in Week 11, so start him only out of necessity this week. Continue reading Winning the Wire and Preparing for the Playoffs: Week 13 Fantasy Sleepers »
Tags: Benny Cunningham, Brandon Bolden, Carson Palmer, Fantasy Football, Justin Hunter, Michael Crabtree, montee ball, NFL, Thanksgiving, Week 13