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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” »

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Redraft King: Week 5 2014 Advice

October 1, 2014 at 7:21pm in Fantasy, Featured, NFL, Opinion
Photo courtesy of cbssports.com

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.

Personnel

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 »

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Cardinals vs Bengals: Week 4's prediction for the Super Bowl

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 »

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A dejected Tom Brady sits on the bench as the Patriots were embarrassed by the Chiefs on Monday Night. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

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 »

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Patriots, Chiefs

PATRIOTS STARE DOWN THE GUN OF A 9-7 SEASON

1. MISC

* Patriots need toughness and now (fullback Sherman went for Hightower’s knee – that should have been a fight!) – Browner better show up this week and starting throwing haymakers in practice

* Blue Hoodie

* Patriots falling all over the place – change your spikes and compete!

* Edelman the only fighter on that team: Fought to make the tackle on interception, fought for the fumble in the end zone, amazing down field block on a Lafell screen

2. OFFENSE

* If you did the Herrmann Brain Dominance Instrument test on Josh McDaniel you would find that he has no creativity or imagination

* No hurry up?

* Yet another half shutout under McDaniels

* Three and out yet again on the first drive (remember when Ramon Martinez struggled in the first inning so they simulated an inning in the bullpen – try something) Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: The End for Tom Brady and the Patriots? »

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Get your free money!

I was out of commission this past Sunday, but I saved my lone and best bet of the week for last. Tonight, the New England Patriots will be traveling to play at a hostile environment against the Kansas City Chiefs, and I believe the Pats at -3 are a steal. I believe this line should be New England -6, so this betting spot should be taken advantage of by the betting world, (especially in the New England area).

The Pats have looked sluggish through the majority of the season other, with week two being an exception. New England only beat the lonely Oakland Raiders 16-9 last week at Gillette Stadium, but I think that poor performance is just what the doctor ordered for the Pats.

There is no way that Bill Belichick will allow his team to have another lackluster performance after what they displayed against the Raiders. New England will be paying attention to detail, (especially on the offensive side), as I believe tonight’s game is the most difficult test they have faced the first four weeks of the season. There have also been stories about tonight’s game being the loudest Chiefs home game in their franchises history. It is always tough to win a game at Kansas City, but New England will lean on their stingy defense, as they have all season. The Pats have had to lean on their defense, as the offense has been pitiful to put it nicely. The New England defense is the reason why they have a 2-1 record. The Pats defense has struggled in stopping the run, and the Chiefs will most likely have their most dangerous weapon back in running back Jamaal Charles, which on the surface looks like it could be problematic for New England. I believe the Patriots will do as good job in limiting Charles production and leaving the game into Alex Smith’s hands. I think Tom Brady will take advantage of a depleted Chiefs defense, and will turn red zone drives into touchdowns rather than field goals. The New England offense is going to propel them to a 30-21 victory tonight.

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