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

By on September 15, 2014 at 9:02pm
Chandler Jones had a career game and pressure Cassel all day on his way to two sacks. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt) 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.

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Coming in to the season, strong safety was one of the biggest question marks for the Patriots. After bringing in Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner to go along with Devin McCourty, Alfonzo Dennard, Logan Ryan, and Kyle Arrington, the Patriots looked impressive at every secondary spot except strong safety.

After two games, the picture has become clearer. In the opener against Miami, the Patriots used several different players at strong safety. Patrick Chung played 47 snaps, Tavon Wilson played 22 snaps, and Duron Harmon (the offseason favorite to win the job) played a mere four snaps. Nate Ebner also played one snap at strong safety*.  Chung played the majority of early down snaps, getting relieved for third down duties and in certain defensive sub packages. The Patriots were clearly most comfortable with Chung, but his overall durability leads to some concerns about depth at the position. Continue reading Analyzing the Patriots Strong Safety Rotation »

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Prior to the Patriots-Vikings fan, a tailgater was spotted wearing an Adrian Peterson jersey while holding what we can presume to be a ‘switch’ or stick:

(Deadspin)

Peterson, as you probably know, was deactivated after his indictment for child abuse, involving the ‘switch’ technique of disciplining a child.

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Patriots Top Vikings 30-7

September 14, 2014 at 7:42pm in Featured, Patriots, Top Story
Tom Brady will need more time in the pocket on Sunday (Steve Mitchell, USA Today Sports).

Well, Week 2 of the New England Patriots season is officially over. Coming off a tough loss in Week 1 to the Miami Dolphins, the Patriots looked like a completely different team in their Week 2 win over the Minnesota Vikings 30-7.

Defense wins championships

The Patriots defense looked solid with 4 interceptions against the former Patriot QB Matt Cassell, one each coming respectively from Darrelle Revis, Devin McCourty, Dominique Easley and Logan Ryan. The Patriots limited Cassell to 202 yards of passing and effectively eliminated Cordarelle Patterson from the equation altogether.

Additionally, Chandler Jones was stellar during his 70-yard FG block and return for a touchdown, which helped the Patriots increase their lead just before halftime. Continue reading Patriots Top 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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