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Former Tennessee Titans kicker Rob Bironas died Saturday night in a crash crash near his home in the Nashville area. He was 36 years old.

Police said Bironas was speeding in his SUV when he went off the road and struck a group of trees. He was pronounced dead at the hospital. Police said there was no evidence drugs or alcohol played a role in the accident.

Bironas was released by the Titans in March after 9 years with the team. He was a free agent and worked out for the Lions earlier this week.  Continue reading Former Titans Kicker Rob Bironas Killed in Car Crash »

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Tom Brady has been unhappy with the offense's performance this season (Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports).

After a solid performance in Minnesota last week, the Patriots will try to continue their momentum against the woeful Oakland Raiders. The Pats defense had no problem dominating veteran quarterback Matt Cassel, and they have a chance to do the exact same to Raiders rookie Derrick Carr on Sunday.

Here’s what we’ll be watching for in the Patriots 2014 home opener.

Airing it Out

The New England offense only scored 16 “true” offensive points last week, and they’ll need to show some improvement on Sunday. Tom Brady was visibly disappointed in the offense’s performance in Minnesota, and this week could be a chance for Brady and his receiving core to create some chemistry. Continue reading Week 3 Preview: Raiders at Patriots, Sept. 21, 2014 »

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When the Patriots play the Raiders on Sunday, rookie quarterback Derek Carr will face a Bill Belichick defense for the first time. Historically, this has been a bad matchup for rookie quarterbacks, as the Patriots are 14-5 against rookie quarterbacks since 2001. All five losses have come on the road. Carr, however, looks to come in to Foxboro and stun the Patriots.

Although Oakland is a poor team with a depleted roster, they may have found their quarterback of the future in Carr. Their strategy was similar to that of the Seattle Seahawks when looking for a quarterback, in that they brought in several different candidates, had an open competition, and awarded the job to the quarterback who had the best offseason and training camp. Continue reading Patriots Get Possible Glimpse of Future in Derek Carr »

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Yesterday, Tom Brady uploaded his resumé onto Facebook and, as expected, the internet blew-up.  His resume included several summer gigs at golf courses, a job building custom houses, and an internship at Merrill Lynch.  Only under the ‘Additional’ section does Brady mention his football accolades, which is humble to say the least.

Today, TMZ Sports, in the wake of their exposing of other NFL player’s misdoings, located Brady’s old boss from Dudlar & Sons’ Inc., a construction company, where his boss shared how focused and determined of a worker Brady was.

Dudlar recalls – “Brady was the hardest worker that I’ve ever had. I remember my son Gunnar came in one day and said, ‘That Brady kid’s a worker.” Continue reading Tom Brady Reveals Resume, Old Boss Recalls QB as ‘Hardest Worker’ »

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Darrelle Revis shutdown Vikings WR Greg Jennings. (Brace Hemmelgarn, USA TODAY Sports)

Before focus shifts to this Sunday’s match-up with the Raiders, let’s take a look back at the Patriots performance in Minnesota.

As will be the case throughout the season, I’ve reviewed the All-22 footage and given each players a grade on a +/- scale.

Mediocre Offense

The Patriots scored just 16 “true” offensive points on Sunday. 14 of the team’s 30 points came from Chandler Jones’ blocked FG, and Devin McCourty’s INT (which was returned to the 1-yard-line).

The pass-protection was much improved upon from a week ago, but the offense as a whole lacked pop. Continue reading Week 2 Film Review: Patriots at Vikings »

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2014 NFL Betting Tips: Week 3

September 18, 2014 at 3:00am in Featured, NFL, Opinion, Top Story
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Week two of the NFL was a nice bounce back week for me. There were a couple big upsets with the New Orleans Saints falling to the Cleveland Browns in the final seconds of the game, and the Chicago Bears coming back from a 17-0 deficit to defeat the San Francisco 49ers. I went 3-1 picking games last week with my only slip up being the Tennessee Titans. The Bears, New England Patriots and New York Jets all covered its games. My record on the season is now an even 4-4, and we look to keep the trend of picking winners to continue in week three.

No.1: Denver Broncos (+5) over the Seattle Seahawks

The last time Denver was matched up against Seattle, they were in Super Bowl XLVIII, and were thoroughly embarrassed 43-8. The Broncos have been waiting for this game since February, 2nd of 2014. Denver will look to redeem itself in a major way, and there is no better place to do that than in the home of the reigning Super Bowl champion. Continue reading 2014 NFL Betting Tips: Week 3 »

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Since trading Randy Moss early in the 2010, the one question that has persisted for the Patriots offense is the lack of a deep threat wide receiver. When New England drafted Aaron Dobson in 2013, they took a player they believed would solve that issue. He was inconsistent in a rookie campaign that saw him make big plays (81 yard touchdown catch vs. Pittsburgh) and some frustrating drops, especially early in the season. Despite averaging 14 yards a catch he was not a consistent game changer his rookie year. Dobson was also not on the field throughout 2013 as he had a foot injury that required offseason surgery.

The injury carried over into 2014 causing Dobson to miss most of training camp and the first game against Miami. In his first active game against Minnesota, Dobson was quiet. He only had one catch for 13 yards and when Tom Brady did look deep, it was in the direction of Julian Edelman. Continue reading Why Aaron Dobson Could Hold the Key to the Patriots Offense »

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