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Since trading Randy Moss early in the 2010, the one question that has persisted for the Patriots offense is the lack of a deep threat wide receiver. When New England drafted Aaron Dobson in 2013, they took a player they believed would solve that issue. He was inconsistent in a rookie campaign that saw him make big plays (81 yard touchdown catch vs. Pittsburgh) and some frustrating drops, especially early in the season. Despite averaging 14 yards a catch he was not a consistent game changer his rookie year. Dobson was also not on the field throughout 2013 as he had a foot injury that required offseason surgery.

The injury carried over into 2014 causing Dobson to miss most of training camp and the first game against Miami. In his first active game against Minnesota, Dobson was quiet. He only had one catch for 13 yards and when Tom Brady did look deep, it was in the direction of Julian Edelman. Continue reading Why Aaron Dobson Could Hold the Key to the Patriots Offense »

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Rusney Castillo is excited to make his major league debut on Wednesday, and even though the 2014 Red Sox have convinced you otherwise, you should be too. (Boston Herald)

Mercifully, the New England Patriots are in the win column, and the 2014 season for the Boston Red Sox is in its final weeks.

Unfortunately, the Patriots only play once a week (hopefully more like Week 2 than Week 1), and there still isn’t any Celtics basketball or Bruins hockey to fill the space between each Sunday.

So even though I gave up on the Red Sox eons ago, I’m going to put myself through an exercise in futility and try to come up with reasons from here on out for why to watch the Red Sox in their final September death throes. If only because answering the question, “Is there a reason to watch the Red Sox anymore?” with a singular “No” would make for an unsatisfactory (albeit accurate) post.

Fittingly, we’ll start with the best (only?) reason of all to watch the Red Sox for the remainder of this wretched season: the unknown free agent out of Cuba, Rusney Castillo, who will make his debut on Wednesday night against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Continue reading Why Watch the Red Sox? For the Cuban Missile Rusney Castillo »

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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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