Chandler Jones had a career game and pressure Cassel all day on his way to two sacks. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)

Following last week’s woeful performance in Miami, the Patriots were going into a real no win situation against the Vikings. If they won people would react with “so what, it’s the Vikings.” Yet if they lost on Sunday then everyone in New England would be in full-on panic mode just two weeks into the season. Luckily for us the Patriots handled their business as they should have and walked out of Minnesota with an impressive 30-7 victory.

- After the first couple of drives, it had the feel of “here we go again.” The Vikings looked unstoppable on their first possession. They converted on third down twice and killed the defense with crossing patterns which is exactly what Miami did last week. On the touchdown to Matt Asiata, no one picked Asiata up coming out of the backfield and he went untouched for 25 yards for the touchdown. It was definitely frustrating watching the defense be so clearly over-matched on the same types of plays, but luckily they made the correct adjustments and this was the only Vikings score of the game.

Continue reading Notes and Observations, Week 2: Defense Shines as Patriots Defeat Vikings 30-7 »

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Tom Brady will need more time in the pocket on Sunday (Steve Mitchell, USA Today Sports).

Panic in the streets. Last place. No offensive line. Overrated defense.

Time for everyone to take a deep breath.

The Patriots enter this weekends game in Minnesota with a chance to quell some of the panic going on in New England. Sometimes, it must be nice being a fan of a mediocre team, where every loss isn’t treated like a travesty.

Anyways, here’s what we’ll be watching for when the Patriots take on the Vikings at Gopher Stadium on Sunday.

Keep #12 Upright

Brady has taken a lot of flak this week for his performance last Sunday. Sure, he could have been better, but he often didn’t have much of a chance. Continue reading Week 2 Preview: Patriots at Vikings, Sept. 14, 2014 »

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Adrian Peterson was indicted for injuring a child and subsequently deactivated by the Vikings for Sunday's game against the Patriots. (ESPN)

Well, the New England Patriots’ defensive game plan just got a whole lot simpler.

Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson was indicted in Texas on Friday for reckless or negligent injury to a child, and has a warrant out for his arrest. As a result, the Vikings have deactivated him for Sunday’s game against the Patriots.

According to a statement by Peterson’s attorney, “Adrian Peterson has been informed that he was indicted by a grand jury in Montgomery County, Texas for Injury to a Child. The charged conduct involves using a switch to spank his son.”

Not a good week for NFL running backs

Continue reading Adrian Peterson Indicted for Injuring Child, Deactivated vs. Patriots »

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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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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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Dustin Pedroia can't believe it, but the Red Sox are thinking of shutting him down for the remainder of the season. (AP Photo)

The Boston Red Sox are considering shutting down second baseman Dustin Pedroia for the remainder of the season.

Red Sox manager John Farrell said that Pedroia has been suffering from inflammation and irritation in his wrist and hand for a while, an injury that was confirmed to have worsened in a recent MRI.

The only question I have is, what took so long?

Continue reading Red Sox Consider Shutting Pedroia Down for Season, and Why Wouldn’t They? »

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