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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Knowshon Moreno ran wild against the Pats, how can they stop AP? (courtesy of Barry Chin, Boston Globe)

The Patriots run defense had their hands full in week 1 to the Knowshon Moreno, Lamar Miller tandem. Their task won’t be any easier in week 2 as they prepare to face soon-to-be Hall of Famer Adrian Peterson. Can they stop him?

Continue reading How Will Patriots Handle Adrian Peterson? »

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cordarrelle patterson

On Sunday, the Patriots will travel to Minnesota to play the Vikings in their second game of the season. The Vikings, led by future hall of fame running back Adrian Peterson will present a challenge for the suspect Patriots run defense. Although Peterson garners most of the headlines and is an elite player, the toughest matchup for the Patriots in week two could very well end up being second year wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson.

Patterson’s Dynamic Skill Set

To call Patterson fast would be an understatement. He is an explosive and strong chess piece that the Vikings can use to change a game. He is strong, quick, has great vision, and can out run anyone else on the field. Patterson is also very versatile, as he can line up both outside as a receiver and in the backfield as a runner. In 2013, Patterson averaged 10.4 yards per reception and 13.4 yards a rush. So essentially, every time he touched the ball he gained a minimum of a first down, with several long touchdown runs as well. Last week against a solid Rams defense, he had 128 yards from scrimmage including a 67 yard touchdown run (see gif below). Check out 2014 NFL odds to see how they feel about Patterson’s impact. Continue reading Cordarrelle Patterson Presents Patriots With Tough Matchup »

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Tom Brady felt the heat from the Dolphins defense in Miami. (AP Photo/Naples Daily News, Corey Perrine)

No, Sunday was not a replay of last year’s game in Miami, but the Patriots collapsed again in the Florida heat and lost the season opener. Just like last year they had a lead at the half only to be outplayed in every aspect of the game in the second half. The only consolation you can really take out of Sunday’s game is the last two times the Patriots lost the season opener, 2001 and 2003, they won the Super Bowl in both seasons. 

With that said let’s jump right into the talk of the town and that’s the atrocious play of the offensive line. Sure the Belichick haters will chalk this up to the recent trade of Logan Mankins, but if you honestly think that Mankins, who left his own game with a knee injury, was going to make the difference yesterday then you clearly weren’t paying attention.

Continue reading Notes and Observations, Week 1: Déjà Vu In Miami as Patriots Fall to Dolphins 33-20 »

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pats dolphins week 1

The Dolphins defeated the Patriots 33-20 on Sunday in the first game for both teams. It marked the first game for Darrelle Revis in a Patriots uniform and the team chose to use him mostly in zone and off man coverage.

Early in the game, Revis lined up on the left side of the defense and stayed there. The Patriots played a lot of zone early, with Revis covering anyone who lined up against him instead of following one receiver consistently. On the final play of the first quarter, Revis was in coverage on a first down reception by Mike Wallace. As the game progressed, Revis played more physical against the Miami receivers. Continue reading How The Patriots Used Darrelle Revis in Week 1 »

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