Brandon Browner could see his first action as a Patriot this weekend after completing a four game suspension for a substance abuse violation. At 6’4” and 221 pounds, Browner is hands down the biggest cornerback on the Patriots roster. He is also a strong, physical corner who produced at a high level while playing alongside Richard Sherman in Seattle. He is also an intimidating presence on the field which is something the Patriots have not had consistently since Rodney Harrison played his last snaps with the team in 2008. Browner is presented with a similar situation in New England as he was in Seattle by getting the opportunity to play opposite Darrelle Revis.
There are two potential ways the Patriots could use Browner on defense. The first is to have Revis cover the opponent’s top receiver and Browner the number two. The Patriots could then have Devin McCourty provide help over the top to either one, choosing which corner to help more based on the match up. Revis’ elite skills as a cover corner, especially in press man coverage, would be able to be showcased and Browner’s physicality and intimidation would make the field that much smaller for the quarterback. Continue reading What to Expect From the Return of Brandon Browner »
Tags: Bengals, Bill Belichick, Brandon Browner, Darrelle Revis, Devin McCourty, Lions, Patriots
Well my so called “Lock” of last week could not have been any further from the truth, as The New England Patriots were thoroughly embarrassed by the Kansas City Chiefs 41-14 on Monday Night Football. I picked the Pats to win 30-21 on Monday, and my record is 6-7 overall. I am confident in bouncing back this week just like in week two of the NFL, (3-1 record in week 2).
Take the Washington Redskins (+7) over the Seattle Seahawks.
Washington is going to help redeem my debacle of a pick Monday night. The Skins are hosting the Seahawks on Monday Night Football this week, and Washington will be coming off 10 days of rest, (Seattle off a bye). Continue reading 2014 NFL Betting Tips: Week 5 »
Tags: Alex Smith, Indianapolis Colts, Kansas City Chiefs, New England Pariots, New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Washington Redskins
Shalise Manza Young of the Boston Globe reported Wednesday night that second year receiver Aaron Dobson had been deactivated against Oakland and Kansas City because he “mouthed off” to offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels.
This is yet another chapter in what was a frustrating September for the Patriots, especially on offense. Dobson is a player who could be an asset to New England with his speed and his ability to get open and not having him or a player like him on the field has clearly been a detriment to the offense. The offense has struggles to move the ball in all four games and not having every hand on deck has hurt. Continue reading Report: Aaron Dobson Benched for “Mouthing Off” »
Tags: Aaron Dobson, Josh McDaniels, Patriots
Before jumping into week 5, let’s see how I did week 4. I will be the first to say, my predictions saw marked improvement over week 3.
Week 4 Recap:
Turns out Jacksonville’s defense is as bad as expected. Anyone who played Phillip Rivers enjoyed his 377 passing yards and 3 TDs. Continue reading Redraft King: Week 5 2014 Advice »
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The New England Patriots are sitting at 2-2 following a blowout, 41-14 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs on Monday night. The Chiefs were able to do anything they wanted against the Patriots throughout the game on both sides of the ball and they made the Patriots look like a cellar dweller instead of a perennial contender. Despite having two wins thus far, the Patriots have not looked good on both sides of the ball for an entire game to open the season. There are many causes for this, some with short term fixes and others with more long term questions. The three issues of focus that have come to mind are personnel, coaching, and fundamental play on the field.
The hallmark of the Patriots the past 14 years has been the ability to draft well, spend frugally, and cut bait with veteran players just as they were about to decline. Despite this reputation, the Patriots front office has been inconsistent for nearly eight years now, far removed from the 2000-2005 days when seemingly ever personnel move worked. Continue reading Patriot Problems: What Has Caused Poor Start to 2014 and What Can be Done to Fix It »
Tags: Bill Belichick, Brandon Browner, Darrelle Revis, Josh McDaniels, Julian Edelman, Patriots, Tom Brady, Vince Wilfork
For most teams, the NFL season is already a fourth of the way done. The Raiders have a new coach. Seattle has already suffered a rough upset. Injuries are continuing to be an issue across the league. All the domestic violence in the news has led to stars being cut or banned and multiple press conferences where everyone refuses to answer questions. The league doesn’t now how to send good teams to London. New England looks almost useless after trading away Logan Mankins (which is about more than missing one player). With various kinds of turmoil going around already, this is a great year to unseat perennial favorites, so let’s look at what would happen if the playoffs started as of Tuesday, September 30: Continue reading If the Playoffs Started Today – NFL Week 4 »
Tags: Arizona Cardinals, Baltimore Ravens, Buffalo Bills, Carolina Panthers, Cincinnati Bengals, Dallas Cowboys, Denver Broncos, Detroit Lions, Houston Texans, NFL Playoffs, Philadelphia Eagles, San Diego Chargers, Seattle Seahawks
That was the ugliest game in the Tom Brady, Bill Belichick era of the New England Patriots. It’s safe to say everyone is feeling better about that 16-9 win last week after witnessing the primetime beatdown in Kansas City. The offense was nonexistent and the defense had no answer for whatever the Chiefs decided to throw at them. The Patriots already had a ton of questions going into the game on Monday night. All that game did was put all of those pre-existing concerns under the microscope of Monday Night Football.
- As everyone has seen all season, this offensive line is a huge problem. Tom Brady has a few good years left and so far all indications are he will be spending this year running away from defenders. They decided to switch things up last night and allow two rookies to start. Bryan Stork got the start at center while Cameron Flemming started at right guard. The starting line is irrelevant because by the time all was said and done Marcus Cannon subbed in for Sebastian Vollmer and Nate Solder on two separate occasions. That tells you all you need to know about the offensive lines performance last night. Clearly they are still unsure what their best combination is, but so far none of the options they have been trotting out there have done the job. At this point in the season it’s tough to find anything in free agency and few teams would be willing to trade away starting caliber offensive lineman during the season. The Patriots are one of those teams. Continue reading Notes and Observations Week 4: Chiefs Embarrass Patriots in 41-14 Blowout »
Tags: Bryan Stork, Cameron Flemming, Chiefs, Dan Connolly, Danny Amendola, Darrelle Revis, Dwayne Bowe, Jamal Charles, Jimmy Garoppolo, Julian Edelman, Logan Ryan, Malcolm Butler, Marcus Cannon, Nate Solder, Patriots, ryan wendell, Sebastian Vollmer, Tom Brady, Travis Kelce