Brian Tyms

1. Patriots:

MISC

* A badly officiated game both ways
* What a great gig Mike Perriera has stating the obvious
* Patriots better be careful not to abuse Gronk and Edleman
* Why didn’t the Bills target Chandler 15 times
* Announcers were getting a little Bills crazy
* Was the turf slippery?
* How long are they going with Aiken as the long snapper?
* Pats now on pace for 11-5 Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: Patriots Slide up to Top Six Team »

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Tyler Murphy (Rob Kinnan/USA Today Sports)

Boston College, 30; North Carolina State, 14

Boston College got its first Atlantic Coast Conference win of the 2014 season over N.C. State (4-3) at Carter-Finley Stadium. The game looked set to become a shootout early on, but the Eagles settled down to overcome the Wolfpack and a nearly hour-long weather delay on the way to victory.

Running back Jon Hilliman got things started with a 10-yard touchdown run on the game’s opening drive, which N.C. State answered with a 13-play, 65-yard drive and a two-yard TD by RB Tony Creecy. On the next possession, quarterback Tyler Murphy broke out for a 47-yard TD run, but again the Wolfpack responded, with QB Jacoby Brissett finding tight end David Grinnage for a 16-yard score, tying the game at 14 after one. Continue reading College Football Week 7 Roundup: BC, UMass Notch Big Road Wins »

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1. Patriots Preview – @ Buffalo Bills:

* Brandon Spikes is working up to a foam

* Freddy Jackson has over 250 yards after the catch (I love his game)

* It’s amazing how much better the Bills skilled weapons are – Sammy Watkins, Fred Jackson, CJ Spiller, Robert Woods, Scott Chandler (its not even close)

* Bills already have 17 sacks – Marcell Dareus has 5

* Kicker Dan Carpenter is 4-5 from 40 yards out (including 58 yarder last week to win it)

* Team only has one rushing TD

* Patriots are 65-41-1 against Bills

* At least three time All Pros in Bills history: 8 x Bruce Smith / 5 x Billy Shaw / OJ 5 / 3 x Mike Stratton / George Saimes / Joe Delamielleure / Butch Byrd / Tom Sestak Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: Columbus Day Weekend – Enjoy »

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2014 NFL Betting Tips: Week 6

October 9, 2014 at 2:10pm in Featured, NFL, Now!, Opinion, Top Story
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Week five in the NFL was a step in the right direction. My record last week was 3-1, with the Washington Redskins letting me down late to a perfect week. My prediction with the Kansas City Chiefs winning outright against the San Francisco 49ers wasn’t a complete disaster, as the Chiefs covered. I will be looking to replicate or step it up a notch this week, as my record now is 9-8. Continue reading 2014 NFL Betting Tips: Week 6 »

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Tom Brady had plenty to celebrate as he had his best game of the season Sunday night against the Bengals. (AP Photo/Steven Senne

Over the course of the last week and a half, Tom Brady and the New England Patriots were under the microscope after their 41-14 loss on September 29th to the Kansas City Chiefs. In the days after this game leading up to Sunday, the Patriots were the recipients of many negative comments and there were even talks that Tom Brady was planning to leave the team.

Now to some this might be a valid thing, but to loyal fans such as myself I believe that things are improving and that they simply had a bad week against a good team. It has taken some time for the offensive line to finally get on the same page and this was seen during their most recent game against the Bengals. Despite all of the criticism, I feel that it was helpful in a way. At the beginning of the game against the Bengals, we saw a more focused and motivated version of Tom Brady, albeit a very angry one at that. Continue reading Tom Brady’s Days Numbered with Patriots? We’ll See… »

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When the Bills moved up to fourth overall in May’s draft to select Clemson receiver Sammy Watkins, they got a physical specimen who was polished enough to be an instant play maker. Bills General Manager Doug Whaley said, “We thought it was a calculated risk and a risk we were willing to take.” The Bills are hoping that risk turns into an elite playmaker for a franchise that has been at the bottom of the AFC East for a decade.

A rib injury cut in to Watkins’ training camp, forcing him to miss significant time and preventing him from ever getting in a rhythm with Manuel. Through four games, Watkins has shown flashes of that ability but has also lacked some effort on plays across the middle and did not click with E.J. Manuel. He seemed to be on the same page with new starter Kyle Orton, registering seven catches for 87 yards in a 17-14 win in Detroit. He also made a key 20-yard grab to set up the Bills winning field goal. Continue reading Containing Sammy Watkins Will be a Priority for the Patriots »

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Tom Brady had plenty to celebrate as he had his best game of the season Sunday night against the Bengals. (AP Photo/Steven Senne

What a difference a week makes. After all the doom and gloom from the media that the Patriots were meeting their demise, Tom Brady was too old, and Bill Belichick wasn’t the same coach, the Patriots came out in prime time and handled the last remaining undefeated team in the NFL. If it wasn’t for the 12 penalties for 114 yards called on the Patriots, Sunday night’s game wouldn’t be as close as it was. The Patriots came out with fire and intensity and never relinquished the controls. A showing like Sunday night was exactly what the Patriots needed to reassure all the quaking media members, but it was expected from those who have seen what this team has done over the past 13 years after an embarrassing loss the week before.

- Through the early part of the season the offensive line has warranted some concern. Sunday night the Patriots started their third different offensive line combination in as many games. This combination was undoubtedly the best all season. Left to right the starters were Nate Solder, Dan Connolly, Bryan Stork, Ryan Wendell, and Sebastian Vollmer. The veterans of Connolly and Wendell provided the best guard play that the Patriots have seen all year. Solder looked like his old self and kept the pressure away from Brady’s blind-side. The rookie Stork looked good as well, creating holes in the run game and keeping the middle of the pocket clean. Of course this is just one game but Sunday’s game was the first positive sign the offensive line has given us all year so we’ll take it. Continue reading Notes and Observations Week 5: Patriots Return to Form, Blow Out Bengals 43-17 »

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