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Notes and Observations, Week 2: Defense Shines as Patriots Defeat Vikings 30-7

By on September 15, 2014 at 9:02pm
Chandler Jones had a career game and pressure Cassel all day on his way to two sacks. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt) Chandler Jones had a career game and pressure Cassel all day on his way to two sacks. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)

Following last week’s woeful performance in Miami, the Patriots were going into a real no win situation against the Vikings. If they won people would react with “so what, it’s the Vikings.” Yet if they lost on Sunday then everyone in New England would be in full-on panic mode just two weeks into the season. Luckily for us the Patriots handled their business as they should have and walked out of Minnesota with an impressive 30-7 victory.

- After the first couple of drives, it had the feel of “here we go again.” The Vikings looked unstoppable on their first possession. They converted on third down twice and killed the defense with crossing patterns which is exactly what Miami did last week. On the touchdown to Matt Asiata, no one picked Asiata up coming out of the backfield and he went untouched for 25 yards for the touchdown. It was definitely frustrating watching the defense be so clearly over-matched on the same types of plays, but luckily they made the correct adjustments and this was the only Vikings score of the game.

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1. Patriots – Minnesota:


* I know they won but that was a real bad opponent

* Crazy amount of penalties – 22 accepted for 221 yards

* Bill went with blue hoodie

* Why even watch kickoffs which are touchbacks, extra points and now field goals must be at 90% under 50 yards (Old Patriot John Smith was 28 for 63 from over 40 yards / 1-5 from 50 yards plus – Gostkowski is 12 for 16 from 50+)

* Jenny Dell in the house – in the CBS truck there were certainly calling for the camera man to pan out Continue reading Connelly Top Ten: Patriots Average Team – 10-6 »

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Coming in to the season, strong safety was one of the biggest question marks for the Patriots. After bringing in Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner to go along with Devin McCourty, Alfonzo Dennard, Logan Ryan, and Kyle Arrington, the Patriots looked impressive at every secondary spot except strong safety.

After two games, the picture has become clearer. In the opener against Miami, the Patriots used several different players at strong safety. Patrick Chung played 47 snaps, Tavon Wilson played 22 snaps, and Duron Harmon (the offseason favorite to win the job) played a mere four snaps. Nate Ebner also played one snap at strong safety*.  Chung played the majority of early down snaps, getting relieved for third down duties and in certain defensive sub packages. The Patriots were clearly most comfortable with Chung, but his overall durability leads to some concerns about depth at the position. Continue reading Analyzing the Patriots Strong Safety Rotation »

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Tyler Murphy (Greg M. Cooper/USA Today Sports)

#9 USC, 31; Boston College, 37

Boston College rebounded from a week 2 home loss to Pittsburgh with an upset of ninth-ranked USC (2-1), the Eagles’ first win over a top 10 team since 2004. BC came back from a double-digit deficit to knock off the Trojans, who fell to 17th in the AP rankings. They also got their revenge for a 28-point beatdown in California last season.

USC took the lead halfway through the first quarter with an eight-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Cody Kessler to wide receiver George Farmer. Kicker Andre Heidari extended the advantage to 10-0 with a 52-yard field goal, and the Eagles punted in each of their first three offensive drives. Continue reading College Football Week 3 Roundup: BC Upsets USC, UMass Loses Heartbreaker »

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Patriots Top Vikings 30-7

September 14, 2014 at 7:42pm in Featured, Patriots, Top Story
Tom Brady will need more time in the pocket on Sunday (Steve Mitchell, USA Today Sports).

Well, Week 2 of the New England Patriots season is officially over. Coming off a tough loss in Week 1 to the Miami Dolphins, the Patriots looked like a completely different team in their Week 2 win over the Minnesota Vikings 30-7.

Defense wins championships

The Patriots defense looked solid with 4 interceptions against the former Patriot QB Matt Cassell, one each coming respectively from Darrelle Revis, Devin McCourty, Dominique Easley and Logan Ryan. The Patriots limited Cassell to 202 yards of passing and effectively eliminated Cordarelle Patterson from the equation altogether.

Additionally, Chandler Jones was stellar during his 70-yard FG block and return for a touchdown, which helped the Patriots increase their lead just before halftime. Continue reading Patriots Top Vikings 30-7 »

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Tom Brady will need more time in the pocket on Sunday (Steve Mitchell, USA Today Sports).

Panic in the streets. Last place. No offensive line. Overrated defense.

Time for everyone to take a deep breath.

The Patriots enter this weekends game in Minnesota with a chance to quell some of the panic going on in New England. Sometimes, it must be nice being a fan of a mediocre team, where every loss isn’t treated like a travesty.

Anyways, here’s what we’ll be watching for when the Patriots take on the Vikings at Gopher Stadium on Sunday.

Keep #12 Upright

Brady has taken a lot of flak this week for his performance last Sunday. Sure, he could have been better, but he often didn’t have much of a chance. Continue reading Week 2 Preview: Patriots at Vikings, Sept. 14, 2014 »

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Adrian Peterson was indicted for injuring a child and subsequently deactivated by the Vikings for Sunday's game against the Patriots. (ESPN)

Well, the New England Patriots’ defensive game plan just got a whole lot simpler.

Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson was indicted in Texas on Friday for reckless or negligent injury to a child, and has a warrant out for his arrest. As a result, the Vikings have deactivated him for Sunday’s game against the Patriots.

According to a statement by Peterson’s attorney, “Adrian Peterson has been informed that he was indicted by a grand jury in Montgomery County, Texas for Injury to a Child. The charged conduct involves using a switch to spank his son.”

Not a good week for NFL running backs

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