Against the Denver Broncos, Patriots QB Tom Brady joined a short list in the NFL record books by throwing for 3 TDs in his fourth straight game. Another one, and he's be in even more elite company. (ESPN.com)

It’s no secret that New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is playing at a pretty high level right now.

After last Sunday’s shellacking of Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos, Brady has thrown 18 of his 22 touchdowns on the season in his last five games, including at least three TD passes in each of the past four weeks. That four-game streak of three or more touchdown passes has put him not only tied for third in the NFL in touchdown passes this season (behind Manning and Andrew Luck of the Indianapolis Colts, who will play the Patriots after the bye), but also among some rather rarified company, as that feat of four straight games of at least 3 TDs has only been accomplished 26 times in NFL history.

Continue reading With One More Game of 3 TD Passes, Tom Brady Would Join Rarified Company »

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When the NFL schedule was released in April, it was evident that the Patriots would have to battle through a tough stretch from late October through mid-December. That stretch began with a blowout home win against a Chicago Bears team that has talent but that has not lived up to expectations. The Patriots followed that with their most impressive win of the season, a 43-21 beat down of the Denver Broncos. This weekend they will have an opportunity to rest as they are on a bye. The stretch will ramp back up after this weekend.

The next game up for the Patriots will be a trip to Indianapolis to face the Colts. Andrew Luck is already an upper echelon quarterback and is becoming an elite signal caller. The Colts offense is red hot and Lucas Oil Stadium is one of the tougher NFL venues to play at. That game is followed by a home game against the Detroit Lions. Detroit has surprised many by consistently winning this season (6-2) and by being able to rattle off a 3-0 record without Calvin Johnson. Continue reading Next Five Games Will Provide Answers for Patriots »

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NFL Week 10 2014 Betting Tips

November 9, 2014 at 10:15am in Featured, NFL, Opinion
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Week 8 in the NFL was not a pretty week, as I recorded a 1-3 record. I was desperately in need of having my own so called “Bye Week,” and so I obliged, (Week 9 I would have went 2-2). I am now sitting with a 15-14 overall record, and am now looking for a perfect week 10 after my bye. I will be picking three games rather than usual four, (less is more). Continue reading NFL Week 10 2014 Betting Tips »

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Cardinals vs Patriots: Week 9's prediction for the Super Bowl

All teams are now at least halfway through their season. The NFC South has no winning teams, while the AFC North has only winning teams. Star power is throwing its way around, and with a no contest plea, Adrian Peterson could be on his way back relatively soon, if Roger Goodell allows it. Only the Cardinals have just one win, while the winless Raiders are still in line for the top draft picks. Dallas is heading to London, which finally gets a pretty good team to see, but it should be a slaughter against the Jaguars. Much of the standings remain close, so let’s look at what would happen if the playoffs started as of Tuesday, November 4: Continue reading If the Playoffs Started Today – NFL Week 9 »

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Drew Bledsoe does not agree with how the Jets organization deals with their quarterbacks. (AP Photo/Dean Hare)

The Jets are a bad team. Really bad. Many are quick to blame the poor play of quarterbacks on such a team, which you might expect regarding the most important position on the field. But former Pats’ quarterback Drew Bledsoe is not one of them. Instead, he blames the team’s management for mishandling the whole situation, likening playing quarterback for the Jets to being a sacrificial virgin.

“Going to play quarterback for the Jets … it’s kind of like, you know when they used to take the pretty young virgin up to the edge of the volcano and then just throw them in? Continue reading According to Drew Bledsoe, Jets Quarterbacks Are Like Sacrificial Virgins »

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Denver Broncos v New England Patriots

Since the Patriots blowout loss to Kansas City in week four they have rattled off five wins a row and the offense has been averaging 40 points per game. There are several factors to this, including improved offensive line play and the emergence of Brandon LaFell. One of the biggest factors has been the return of tight end Rob Gronkowski to dominant form. Gronkowski has reestablished himself as the league’s best tight end and one of its best overall weapons.

In the five games since the Kansas City loss the Patriots Tom Brady has averaged 320 yards per game and Gronkowski has averaged 103 yards per game. His lowest output in that span was 68 yards and he was the Patriots leading receiver in three of the five games. He has been a force in the middle of the field and uncoverable in the red zone, leading to his five touchdowns in that span. He forces the defense to commit their coverage to him and that has helped New England’s other receivers most notably LaFell, who has had a breakout five weeks as well. Only one team, Denver, has tried to jam him at the line this season and even that proved unsuccessful as Gronkowski cut through the Denver defense for yet another 100 yard game. His blocking ability throughout his career has been documented and although he hasn’t been as dominant in that part of his game this season, he is still a massive upgrade over the rest of the tight end depth chart in New England. Continue reading The Gronk Effect: Dominant Tight End Play has Helped Revitalize the Patriots Offense »

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Julian Edelman bounced back in a big way with a punt return and a reception touchdown. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

This was the game everyone had marked on their calendars. There’s the obvious Tom Brady vs. Peyton Manning rivalry, but this was more than that. Sunday was a chance to show everyone how good the Patriots truly are, and they did not disappoint. While Tom Brady has put together an impressive five game stretch of 18 touchdowns with only one interception, it’s been the strong play of the defense that has been the difference. They forced two turnovers on Sunday while keeping the Broncos’ trips to the endzone to a minimum. After the chaos in Kansas City, the Patriots have gone on a five game tear that sits them atop the AFC after nine weeks.

- It’s been said time after time that this is one of the most impressive defensive units in the past decade for the Patriots. Even without mainstays such as Jerod Mayo and Chandler Jones, they managed to keep Manning at bay. Yes Manning did throw for over 400 yards, but he struggled to finish drives. The first interception was good a disguise by Rob Ninkovich to drop to the outside only to come back and cover the inside for the pick. Brandon Browner’s interception came courtesy of a tipped pass off of Wes Welker, who was leveled on the play and didn’t return to the game. The defensive scheme was similar to what the Jets did a few weeks back. They rushed three or four while utilizing a lot of man coverage. They started the game in the nickel formation and used five to six defensive backs for the majority. Unlike years past, they have the talent in the secondary to cover man-to-man on a consistent basis. Continue reading Notes and Observations, Week 9: Patriots Make a Statement in Dominant 43-21 Win Over Broncos »

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