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When the Patriots travel to Green Bay on Sunday they will face a Green Bay Packers team that has been dominating opponents in what could prove to be a Super Bowl preview. Both teams are red hot and come into the game playing their best football. The Packers (8-3) have recovered from a slow start and have hung 50+ points on two of their last three opponents, including a 53-20 demolition of the NFC East-leading Philadelphia Eagles.

The Patriots have won seven straight, a streak that has consisted of three straight wins against division leaders by at least 20 points. Each team also starts fast, with the Patriots being a +118 in the first half in point differential and the Packers checking in a +117 in the first half. Both teams will have to play their best tw\o win and for the Patriots, that task will prove a bit tougher on the road. Continue reading Patriots vs Packers Provides Possible Super Bowl Preview »

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Alfred Morris is is for a big day if the Wshington Redskins get him the ball (IMAGE BY FRANKIE_821 )

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Ryan Tannehill (vs. New York Jets): If Tannehill can torch the Broncos, then the Jets should be just as easy to rip apart. Kyle Orton looked like Peyton Manning on Monday, so a short week could make it even worse for the Jets this week. Continue reading Fantasy Football Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em: Week 13 »

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David Ortiz will gladly welcome his two newest teammates to Boston, as will the rest of Red Sox Nation. (@davidortiz)

Red Sox Nation is pretty excited, and for good reason: the top two offensive players on the free agent market are both coming to Boston.

Pablo Sandoval’s agent confirmed yesterday that he was spurning the defending World Champion San Francisco Giants to come to the last place Boston Red Sox (I’m not sure I quite get that logic either, but who am I to argue?), and he was officially introduced today having signed a five year, $95 million deal with a team option for a sixth year. Just hours earlier, ex-Red Sox prospect Hanley Ramirez was reported to be heading back to Boston to sign with his former team for four years, $88 million (with a vesting fifth year option).

Alas, only one of the two can play third base, but I guess the Red Sox will just figure that out later. Now is the time to be excited about the endless possibilities that comes with winning (for now) the meaningless offseason arms race. The most excited member of all in Red Sox Nation, though?

Big Papi.

Continue reading David Ortiz Welcomes $200M Teammates Sandoval and Ramirez to Red Sox on Twitter »

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14 years to the day of Brady's debut losing to the Lions 34-9, the Patriots turn the tables with a 34-9 victory of their own. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Another week goes by and another division leader falls at the hands of the New England Patriots. After the beginning of the season if you told most people the Patriots would come out of their current six-game stretch with a 3-3 record, most people would have taken that as a plus. Fast forward to the week of Thanksgiving and there is a legitimate chance the Patriots don’t lose a single game of their difficult mid-season schedule. They’ve already handled the likes of the Bears, Broncos, Colts, and Lions. All that remains are trips to Green Bay and San Diego. Even if they lost one of those games, going 5-1 after most expected them to break even is a massive accomplishment. Personally, I don’t see how this Patriots team loses another game this season.

- There really aren’t enough good things to say about this defense. Granted the Lions haven’t been lighting up  the scoreboard but they do have terrific talent who can easily find the endzone. Thanks to another standout game from the secondary, all the Lions could muster was three field goals. The only real big plays came when the Patriots were in zone defense, i.e. Golden Tate’s 42-yard catch. Jamie Collins had Tate in coverage and got turned around allowing Tate to be wide open. Other than that, there were few mistakes made by Matt Patricia’s defense.  Continue reading Notes and Observations Week 12: Patriots Continue Stretch of Dominance, Defeat Lions 34-9 »

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The Red Sox and free agent Hanley Ramirez are believed to be “moving toward an agreement,” to possibly be inked on Monday in the $90 million range over five years, reports CBSSports.com Jon Heyman and Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports.com. Heyman broke the news Sunday morning noting the deal would “come together quickly.”

The Sox are poised to make some major free agent deals with Hanley and Pablo Sandoval. The Red Sox tendered a $95 million offer to Sandoval last week. Sandoval and his agent have not accepted the deal. Continue reading Red Sox, Hanley Ramirez Moving Toward $90 Million Deal »

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Coming in to Sunday’s matchup against the Detroit Lions, the Patriots’ offensive line was a focus point. The Lions boasted a top defense and were number one against the run entering the day. They had also not given up more than 24 points in a game all season. The offensive line was part of an offense that passed the test in spectacular fashion, winning 34-9.

Tom Brady dropped back to pass 53 times against Detroit and was sacked zero times. Part of this was due to some smart pocket presence and feet movement by Brady but a larger portion of the credit is due for the offensive line. Brady had time to find open receivers and was able to go through several reads without being forced to get rid of the ball for most of the game. Continue reading Patriots Offensive Line Passes Another Test Against Lions »

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Jameis Winston (Photo by Jeremy Esbrandt)

Boston College, 17; #3 Florida State, 20

Ten weeks after upsetting ninth-ranked USC, Boston College came close to pulling off an even bigger shocker over #3 Florida State (11-0) at Doak Campbell Stadium. Of course, the Seminoles have made a habit of winning close games, and Saturday was no exception, as they prevailed again thanks to a late field goal.

FSU looked to cruise early, putting together a 14-play opening drive that took more than six minutes off the clock and ended with running back Karlos Williams‘s three-yard touchdown. But the Eagles came right back with a 14-play possession of their own that lasted 8:22 and kicker Mike Knoll scored on a 40-yard FG to make it 7-3. Continue reading College Football Week 13 Roundup: BC Gives FSU a Scare »

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