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.
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2014 NFL Week 8 Betting Tips

October 23, 2014 at 6:19pm in Featured, NFL, Opinion, Top Story
Eagles vs Chargers: Week 6's prediction for the Super Bowl

Week 7 in the NFL was a rather lackluster week, as I recorded a 2-2 record last week. The Indianapolis Colts and New Orleans Saints had no trouble covering, but that was not the same story for the New York Giants and San Francisco 49ers, as they both flamed out. I look to have a better showing in Week 8 in the NFL. My overall record for the year is currently 14-11.

Take the San Diego Chargers (+9) over the Denver Broncos.

I am not one to usually give advice about the Thursday Night game, but this is a different situation. Continue reading 2014 NFL Week 8 Betting Tips »

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The Bears will travel to Gillette Stadium on Sunday to face the Patriots and will bring with them one of the most difficult to defend offenses in football. Their mix of dominant wide receivers, and elite running back, and matchup nightmare tight end make them a challenge for any defense. The wild card is their quarterback who can both destroy his opponents or his own offense. This should be a fun match up to watch across the board and the Patriots defense will have to come with their A game to slow the Bears down.

Every offense starts at the quarterback position and the Bears have the enigmatic Jay Cutler at the helm. When playing well, Cutler can carve up defenses and look like one the best quarterbacks in the National Football League but he has a habit of having off days or throwing inexplicable interceptions that kill drives and cost games. Continue reading Patriots’ Defense to Face one of Season’s Toughest Tests in Bears »

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Chandler Jones could be sidelined a month due to a hip injury. Jones, a third year pro out of Syracuse, has been an every down defender for the Patriots and their top pass rusher this season with 4.5 sacks and a forced fumble. Jones played 84 of 87 snaps in last Thursday’s win against the Jets and first showed up on the injury report Tuesday morning. He had battled a shoulder injury earlier in the season, but did not miss any games because of it. The loss of Jones will leave a void at defensive end for the Patriots, who may look to fill the void from within or with their two newly acquired players.

The Patriots traded for Akeem Ayers on Tuesday from Tennessee and signed free agent defensive lineman Alan Branch, formerly of the Bills. Ayers is closer to Jones as far as skill set and position than Branch but neither one will be able to replace Jones’ production and ability to affect games from the edge. Branch will hopefully provide depth at defensive tackle, a position that has been a weakness for the Patriots through the first seven games of 2014. Continue reading Chandler Jones Out 1 Month With Hip Injury; Patriots Sign Alan Branch »

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The Patriots bolstered their thin linebacking corps by trading for the Titans' Akeem Ayers. (NFL.com)

It may not be Vincent Jackson, but hey, it’s a start.

The New England Patriots sent a sixth round pick to the Tennessee Titans on Tuesday  in exchange for linebacker Akeem Ayers and a seventh round selection in the NFL draft. The deal is pending a physical.

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Cowboys vs Broncos: Week 7's prediction for the Super Bowl

After seven weeks, both conferences have new leaders. Multiple division leaders are starting to slip, while other teams are responding by making a move in the standings. Defending champion Seattle lost their second straight game, getting upset by special teams trickery in St Louis. The Jaguars finally got a win, leaving Oakland as the lone winless team. With plenty going on in late October, let’s look at what would happen if the playoffs started as of Tuesday, October 21: Continue reading If the Playoffs Started Today – NFL Week 7 »

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