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1. PATRIOTS:

MISC

* Coach went with the old reliable – grey hoodie with cut sleeves

* Speaking of old reliable – Jenny Dell in the house!

* Crowd with a sort of passive aggressive boo of Browner for all of his penalties. If someone called them on it, they could say they were booing the refs – but no doubt Browner is on notice with the fans

OFFENSE

* Again the Patriots are abusing Edelman and Gronk. On the first drive, Edelman returned the punt, caught a pass, caught another pass, ran for a first down on the fly sweep and then caught another pass (7 receptions / 88 yards / 1 TD) Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: Patriots Defense, Special Teams Carry Home Team »

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Should Colin Kaepernick be trusted in the fantasy playoffs? (Reuters)

Your league is in the semi-finals or first round of the playoffs, but there are still full slates of games to think about. Some matchups re worth the stash, but others make it easy to sit those players who have tough matchups. Here are some players you should start or sit in Week 15:

Start ‘Em

Eli Manning (vs. Washington): Manning had himself a day Week 4 against the Washington Redskins and that was on the road! The veteran has played consistently well at home and is due for a big game after several letdown performances in recent weeks. Continue reading Fantasy Football Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em: Week 15 »

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hitting red sox

The Red Sox were pretty active in the final day of the Winter Meetings, trading for Rick Porcello, Wade Miley, and signing Justin Masterson to a one-year deal for $9.5 million.

Well it looks like the Red Sox are certainly making big news in the offseason, but is it for the right reasons? First and foremost, the Red Sox missed out on a huge addition to their pitching rotation when Jon Lester signed a 6-year, $155 million deal with the Chicago Cubs. Lester would have been a huge presence in the Red Sox clubhouse and would have given them the veteran leadership that they needed in the rotation.

Second, I’m not entirely sure I agree with the Red Sox decision to trade Yoenis Cespedes to Detroit for Porcello. Continue reading Right Idea? Red Sox Bring in Rick Porcello, Wade Miley, Justin Masterson »

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1. PATRIOTS vs. DOLPHINS PREVIEW:

* Since the first game -Dolphins 4-0 against losing teams / 2-6 against winning teams

* Tom Brady needs nine TD passes for 400

* A Dolphin – Patriots game in December reminds me of Howard Cosell announcing the death of John Lennon – 1980

* The Wildcat game in 2008 by the Dolphins in Foxboro was one of the only times I have seen a Belichick team confused

* Running QB’s do give Pats defenses trouble – Tannehill has run for 295 yards

* Mike Wallace has been targeted 102 times but only caught 57 of them

* Tight End Charles Clay scares me – 41 receptions / 2 TD Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: Consider Fish Squished! »

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Browner hit on Green

One of the biggest stories following the Patriots 23-14 win in San Diego was a second half hit delivered by cornerback Brandon Browner. On the play, Browner delivered a jarring hit on Chargers’ tight end Ladarius Green forcing the ball to pop up in the air. Patriots’ safety Devin McCourty caught the ball out of the air and returned it 56 yards for a touchdown in what looked to be a game changing play. However, on the play a flag was thrown for a helmet to helmet hit on Browner, negating the interception and touchdown plus giving the Chargers a 15 yard gain due to the penalty.

Upon review of the hit, Browner led with his shoulder and there was no helmet t helmet contact. It was a textbook hit, exactly how the NFL teaches defenders to hit. This led many observers to believe that this was a “reputation call” on Browner because he has accumulated a high number of penalties in his career. It also begs the question: why aren’t these calls reviewable? Continue reading Brandon Browner Hit Calls League Review Rules Into Question »

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Jon Lester tips his caps to the fans of Boston one last time. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

There is no hiding the fact that this one stings. We had to tentatively say good-bye to the ace of the Red Sox pitching staff  in July when he was traded to the Oakland Athletics for Yoenis Cespedes. With that there was still the sliver of hope that a deal could be worked out. Even Jon Lester himself said he wouldn’t rule out a return to Boston.

“Yeah, why not? I mean this is what I know. This is what I love.” is what Lester’s response was when asked in July if he’d consider a return to Boston. Unfortunately his fate was decided back in the Spring when the Red Sox failed to sign him prior to the start of the season.  Continue reading Jon Lester: Thank You, and Farewell »

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Cardinals vs Patriots: Week 14's prediction for the Super Bowl

Just three games remain in the season. No one clear contender has emerged, and the AFC Wildcard hunt could especially turn upside down in the next three weeks. The AFC South will now mathematically be won by a team that finishes .500 or worse. Despite leading the NFC, questions remain about Arizona’s ability to compete with the best in their current state. The Rams, with two straight shutouts, are poised to be a really big spoiler. With December football set to be as great as always, let’s look at what would happen if the playoffs started as of Wednesday, December 10: Continue reading If the Playoffs Started Today – NFL Week 14 »

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