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When the Patriots acquired Akeem Ayers prior to the trading deadline, they were getting a player that had shown pass rush prowess in 2012 but had disappointed in 2013 and early 2014. He had fallen out of favor with the Tennessee defensive coaches and the Patriots hoped a fresh start would help Ayers find his 2012 form. So far the move has worked out better than the Patriots had hoped.

Through two games, Ayers has two sacks and has been on the field in critical situations. His biggest play was a second quarter sack of Peyton Manning against Denver. It was a fourth and six play with Denver driving. Prior to the snap, the Patriots showed blitz but backed off when the ball was snapped leaving only three men to rush. Vince Wilfork took up two blockers and Ayers stunted around Wilfork and got a clean burst up the middle on Manning. The Patriots were able to score on their ensuing drive and did not look back, winning 43-21. Continue reading Akeem Ayers Contributing Early On With Patriots »

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Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski both passed milestones in a 43-21 thrashing of the Denver Broncos. (Patriots.com)

Sunday’s game between the Denver Broncos and New England Patriots was billed as “Manning-Brady XVI.”

Apparently nobody told that to Rob Gronkowski and Julian Edelman.

Together with Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, the trio turned the game of football into a three-man weave, each setting milestones and notching their places in the record books with another dominating offensive performance in a 43-21 win over Peyton Manning and the Broncos. The Patriots are now first in the AFC.

Continue reading Patriots Thrash Broncos 43-21 with Record-Setting Day for Brady and Co. »

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Denver Broncos v New England Patriots

When the Broncos play the Patriots at Gillette Stadium on Sunday, they will bring with them one of the NFL’s best offenses. They set records last year and have picked up right where they left off ranking first in points per game, tied for first in touchdowns scored, third in passing yards, and sixth in total yards. It is a well-oiled machine with Peyton Manning deciding which part of the defense to dissect on any given play. Demaryius Thomas and Julius Thomas are dominant game changers to go along with Wes Welker and Emmanuel Sanders in the passing game. Emerging star Ronnie Hillman will anchor a running game that is effective when called upon.

Defending such a group is no easy task, but that is exactly what the Patriots will have to do Sunday if they want to end the day with a win. Continue reading Slowing Down League’s Best Offense No Easy Task For Patriots »

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Cardinals vs Broncos: Week 8's prediction for the Super Bowl

Halfway through the season, and there are still several teams that could still legitimately claim the title. One of them, Arizona, could do so in their home stadium, the first time anyone would even have the chance. Every one of the four teams in the NFC South is sub-.500. Injuries are still an issue for some teams. The trade deadline passed in relative obscurity. As always, it will be a big push to make a final run at the postseason, so let’s look at what would happen if the playoffs started as of Tuesday, October 28: Continue reading If the Playoffs Started Today – NFL Week 8 »

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Tom Brady had plenty to celebrate as he had his best game of the season Sunday night against the Bengals. (AP Photo/Steven Senne

If you’re a die-hard New England Patriots fan, then you already know how Tom Brady feels about the lack of tall wide receivers that are presently on the team. Over the past 5 years, we have seen strong talent like Randy Moss come and go from the team but no one has been able to repeat the dominant numbers that he recorded while with the team. With that being said, here’s a list of potential targets for #12.

1. Vincent Jackson- At 31 years old, Jackson would provide a dominant veteran presence to the receiving corps that appears to be lacking. He has however had a fairly disappointing season so far with only 344 yards receiving and 2 Touchdowns. At 6’5 and 230 lbs Jackson would give the Patriots that much needed boost that they need on offense, if he can repeat the numbers he achieved last season(1,224 yards and 7 Touchdowns in 16 games). Continue reading Patriots Trade Rumors: WRs Vincent Jackson, Andre Johnson »

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Rob Gronkowski looked like his old self as he dragged defenders with him on this 46-yard touchdown on Sunday vs. the Bears. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Games like Sunday against the Bears highlight just how different the Patriots are than the rest of the NFL. Four weeks ago the Patriots suffered an absolutely embarrassing defeat at the hands of the Kansas City Chiefs. The media basically wrote off Bill Belichick and Tom Brady as washed up and said it was time to move on. Fast forward four weeks the Patriots haven’t lost a game since then and have posted scores of 43, 37, 27, and 51 while Tom Brady has thrown 14 touchdowns and zero interceptions. Meanwhile the Bears suffered their third loss at home last week, and there were reports of locker room dysfunction. Instead of coming out and shutting the critics up, the Bears collapsed against the measuring stick of the NFL.

- In case you were wondering, Tom Brady is far from washed up. Yesterday he completed 30-of-35 passes for 354 yards and five touchdowns. He very well could have gone 34-for-35 since three of those were drops by Julian Edelman (2) and Shane Vereen (1) on very catchable passes. The other was a throw away. It’s funny there don’t seem to be too many people claiming he’s washed up and calling for Jimmy Garoppolo to claim the throne. Maybe, just maybe the media is finally realizing that this is how Belichick, Brady, and the Patriots operate. They treat September and October as extended pre-season to gear up for November through January. It’s crazy they continually get criticized even though they’re one of the very few teams you can pencil into a playoff spot every single season.

Continue reading Notes and Observations Week 8: Brady, Gronk Dominate Bears in 51-23 Patriots Win »

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Coming into Foxboro, Chicago found themselves thoroughly outmatched, never quite able to get things going. By the time the Bears really started showing any signs of life, it was far too late, and in the end, they were on the wrong end of a 51-23 loss to New England.

An offensive holding call on the opening drive really killed off the momentum Chicago was starting to build up, and since they were fairly deep in their own zone, New England was able to get great field position to start their day, beginning at their own 45. In no time at all, New England marched down the field and took the lead with a touchdown throw to Rob Gronkowski. The Bears had some encouragement on New England’s next drive after the Patriots found themselves with a 1st-and-goal from the two, then 2nd-and-goal from the one, but Chicago held them back.
Continue reading Offense Leads Way For Patriots In Blowout of Bears »

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