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1. Offense:

– Brady on pace for 800 passes

– Dobson best game – though could have scored on seam route but fell down

– why they go for it in 4th down – could have flipped game

– should have run some clock late

2. Defense:

– Fletcher has to go

– Chandler Jones – 3 September sacks

– Limited Mayo again

– Bend not break can be tough 29 points this year 4th quarter

3. Belichick:

– Blue wind breaker again

4. Deflategate:

– How those air pump sales going Buffalo – cheesy operation

– Patriots 2 fumbles – start the stories

– lawsuit coming – brand forever tarnished

5. Kraft sighting:

– 2nd quarter / 12 minutes left

6. Ryan’s:

– Sorry Buddy boys were 0-2

7. Buffalo:

– Fans were so loud could hardly hear the national radio team

– Buffalo overpaid Darius for one tackle

– No press complaint about Rex Ryan’s quick hand shake after game

– Team takes on coach’s persona – lot of lack of discipline-

– Bills fans now no voice, hung over and snow around the corner

8. Other NFL:

– Who will lead the Cowboys 20 to 20 now

– Peyton greatest Football pitchman since I guess OJ

9. Just a little bit outside:

Doesn’t Edelman enter the local players of warriors list with:

– Grogan

– O’Rielly

– Welker

– Cowens

– Micky Ward

– Campbell

10. Randonocity:

– Writers Guild on strike? Emmy show couldn’t have been worse

– I like the commercial where the wife calls husband at tailgate looking for part of fence

– Baby Doe was conceived at that disgrace Occupy Boston – should make mayor and police chief godfathers for facilitating the antithesis of community

– Refs got air time with over 250 yards of penalties turning the game into almost 4 hours

– Wonder what Patriots record is when underdog

– How the Patriots cheat this week – gronk used two hands, too hot for bills, they had Rex Pats had Bill

– The revenge tour shirts would be a big seller

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The Patriots are playing the Bills this Sunday at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Buffalo. Its a heated AFC East divisional game however since the start of the Brady and Belichick run in New England it hasn’t been much of a rivalry. Tom Brady is 23-3 against the Buffalo Bills in his career. But, to be fair, this isn’t your older brother’s Bills (I would say your father but the Jim Kelly era in Buffalo wasn’t that long ago). Buffalo has put together a talented squad with new offensive fire power in the second year player, wide receiver Sammy Watkins, newly acquired running back LeSean McCoy as well as wide receiver Percy Harvin.

Another key addition to the Buffalo Bills organization is coach Rex Ryan. Everyone in football knows the Ryan family, father and sons, come from a defensive coordinating background and have no problem vocalizing how they plan to bully the opposing teams offense. Rex Ryan has made a living being a fiery coach with a top notch defensive pedigree. Another thing that Ryan is good at is getting the fans and the media worked into a frenzy. Whether it be promising victories and playoff appearances or verbally jabbing opposing players, particularly quarterbacks named Tom Brady, it seems Rex is always good for a story, especially when playing what appears to be his arch rival, New England’s silent and stoic Bill Belichick. Nothing excites Rex Ryan more than the chance to cause Tom Brady headaches, which he has had succeeded in doing in the past, and to win against Bill Belichick who Ryan was 4-9 against as the Jets head coach, better than many have fared.

One story that has come out of Ryan’s press conferences this week is a little more fun and light in nature than the intensity that will be displayed Sunday afternoon. This is in regards to Ryan alluding to Rob Gronkowski and his freakish combination of size and talent. Ryan joked that no one can cover the Gronk one-on-one, that you’d have to put King Kong on Gronk.

If you haven’t seen the clip its worth a watch. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dijGTqZdZwk

All jokes aside, Ryan will likely try to find a way to neutralize the Gronk in Sunday’s match up…good luck Rex. When reporters questioned Gronkowski about Ryan’s comments he responded, as all players that attend Belichick’s school of football do, he said he would be ready for anything.

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Could Tony Romo be in for a rough game on Sunday?

Week 1 is in the books and from running backs to wide receivers injuries are starting to accumulate. With some players still making progress this season, here are some starts/sits for Week 2 of the NFL season:

Start ‘Em

Sam Bradford (vs. Dallas): The Cowboys’ secondary is not all it is cracked up to be and Bradford showed flashes against a solid Falcons’ defense in the second half. Expect at least two or three touchdown passes for the former St. Louis Ram this week. Continue reading Fantasy Football Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em: Week 2 2015 »

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When the Patriots travel to Buffalo to face the Bills on Sunday, they will have to deal with a dominant and supremely talented defensive line that is now being coached by Rex Ryan. The Patriots, who could likely start two rookies along the offensive line again, will face a massive challenge protecting Tom Brady and opening up holes in the running game.

Marcell Dareus, the biggest star defensive lineman the Bills have, will be playing his first game of the season on Sunday after serving a one game suspension. He is dominant interior presence and was rewarded as such by the Bills with a massive contract extension last week. He can disrupt an entire offensive line on his own with his ability to stuff the run and push the pocket in the passing game.

The Bills spent big money on free age Mario Williams in 2012 and that investment has paid off handsomely. In three full seasons with the Bills, Williams has 38 sacks and five forced fumbles. He is a dominant outside player who needs to be accounted for on every snap and throughout his career has proved himself worthy of being selected number one overall in the 2006 draft.

Although Kyle Williams has no relation to Mario, his excellent inside play make them kin of offense wreckers. Coincidentally selected in the 2006 draft as well, Williams has been a very good defensive tackle his entire career. His best season was 2013 when he recorded 10.5 sacks and a forced fumble, which he followed up with 5.5 sacks and an interception in 2014. Although he has not always piled up high stat numbers, he is an invaluable space eating piece on the Bills defensive line.

Last but not least for the Bills on their defensive line is end Jerry Hughes. Entering his sixth season, Hughes has established himself as a premiere edge rusher in the NFL. His breakout year was 2013 in which he took the opposing quarterback down 10 times and followed that up with 9.5 sacks last season. His three forced fumbles in 2014 were huge for Buffalo and cemented Hughes as perhaps the most dangerous player in an already dangerous Bills’ front.

Given that the Bills have all four of these players in their primes, their defensive line has a legitimate chance to be the best in the NFL. The Patriots will have their hands full preventing the Bills defensive line from dictating the play of the game.

For the Patriots, they will be likely starting two rookies once again. Rookie center David Andrews played well in week one against Pittsburgh, but has never seen the quality of talent that will be across from him on Sunday. Tre Jackson was up and down in his debut last Thursday and will need to have a strong and complete outing in order to slow down the Bills. Nate Solder and Sebastian Vollmer will have their hands full on the outside and they both won’t be getting help on every play. The Patriots will likely employ a quick passing game and try to catch the Bills moving too far upfield with draws and screens.

The Bills are going to have success up front. The Patriots job is to limit how much success the Bills have. If New England can get ahead early and limit the effectiveness of the Bills front four, they will have a good chance of ending the day with a win. However, if the Patriots are sluggish and the Bills defensive line gets off to a dominating start, it could be a long afternoon in Orchard Park.

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The Patriots are gearing up to play the Bills this weekend at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Buffalo. Bills’ head coach Rex Ryan has challenged the fan base and promised a roaring crowd on Sunday afternoon. As every football fan knows the louder a home crowd is when the opposing team is on offense, the harder it is to hear and communicate plays.

Tom Brady and the Patriots have played in some of the loudest places in the country where fans despise them, and Ralph Wilson Stadium will be no different. The fans will do their best Seattle Seahawks 12th man impression this weekend, trying to disrupt Brady and the model of efficiency that is the Patriots offense.

The aversion of New England for many opposing fans is likely in part due to off-the-field reports of soft footballs and spy cameras, but the true hatred really stems from the persistent winning ways of ice cold Bill Belichick and golden boy Tom Brady. Whether you are a fan of the Pats or not, you cannot deny their dominance over the AFC East going back over a decade, and with last year’s Super Bowl victory the Pats cemented their place as the most dominant team of the era. Continue reading Edelman, Patriots To Face Stout Bills Defense »

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Joe Kelly (Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

When the Red Sox decided to shut Joe Kelly down for the remainder of 2015, it ended a roller coaster year for the hard-throwing right-hander. This season has included a lot of failure, and a decent amount of success for Kelly, especially recently. Kelly’s past eight starts have been encouraging, and provide some hope for success going into 2016. Whether or not Kelly will still have a shot at a rotation spot is debatable, but there is success to build off of. The most important factor of Kelly’s recent stretch of success is consistency, which he has generally lacked for most of his Red Sox career. Since Kelly will not be taking the mound again in 2015, we can take a look at his season as a whole, and the results might be somewhat surprising. I like to hear bad news first so I’m going to start there.

The Bad

Basically the first four months of the 2015 season. Kelly’s first 17 starts left him with a 6.11 ERA, 1.54 WHIP, and .284 Average Against. It essentially seemed like every time Kelly pitched, he ended up with as many earned runs allowed as innings pitched, almost always leaving his team trailing. While Kelly maintained decent strikeout (7.54 K/9) and walk (3.36 BB/9) rates, his run prevention was awful at best. Part of that problem was a near-complete lack of command from Kelly. That issue does not really show up in the walk rate, but it was apparent in watching Kelly pitch; he would miss with the first few pitches to fall behind in the count, then leave a pitch over the middle of the plate to get crushed. This kind of performance leads to a high pitch count, exits in the early innings, and a huge burden on the bullpen to finish the game. Kelly would probably like to forget the first two-thirds of the season as much as the Red Sox as a whole.

Continue reading The Good, The Bad, The Joe Kelly »

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Howard University had no business being on the same field as Boston College in this past Saturday’s contest, if it can be called that, at Alumni Stadium in Chestnut Hill. The FCS opponent was completely over-matched by the size, speed, and talent of the Eagles. The final was Boston College 76-0 over Howard but the game was over almost before it started.

The Eagles started the game by driving Howard back inside their own 5-yard line with multiple sacks, forcing a punt that was returned back inside the five. The next play on the first BC possession resulted in a Tyler Rouse touchdown, his first of three in the game which all came in the first half. The next play from scrimmage for Howard was a pick six putting the Eagles up 14-0 with just a few seconds having ticked off the clock. Continue reading Boston College Rolls Over Howard, Welcomes #9 Florida State »

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