1. Patriots – Seattle Pre-Game Top Ten:

* All Patriot fans owe a debt of gratitude to the whole organization. Imagine for the sixth time in just over a decade they took us into February.

* Want to feel old? There is only one player in the game that was born in the 1970′s – Tom Brady / 32 players on the two team’s rosters were born in the 90′s

* Who is smarter – Seattle has two players from Stanford, one from Cornell, California, Duke, /// Patriot have a player from Brown, California and Stanford

* Who has fattest team – Seattle has 12 players at least 300 lbs / Patriots have 13

* How did the two teams do against playoff teams: Seattle vs. playoff teams: 7-1 / Patriots 6-1

* Russell Wilson sacked 42 times (Ninkovich and Chandler Jones have to hold the edges – need huge game from Chung against the run)

* How about flanking out Gronk right on Sherman to start the game – catch the pass and say to him: “You mad bro?”

* Please don’t start the game with the play action, fake end around they did in 2008 – Brady got killed

* In Five Brady Super Bowls – the team averaged 25 points in win / 15 points in losses

* Ugh Stat – in six playoff starts Chandler Jones has ZERO sacks / 7 tackles / 3 assists (he did have two sacks against Seattle last game) Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: Patriots 24, Seattle 17 »

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When asked about his time with New England this week, Darrelle Revis sounded like a player who was in the right place at the right time.

“It’s pretty awesome,” said Revis on Tuesday when asked what it is like to be playing in his first career Super Bowl. He also called Tom Brady “one of the best players ever” and spoke highly of his time in New England.

Revis, 29, signed a one-year deal with a second-year option in March after being cut by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The 2014 payout for Revis has been $12 million plus a Super Bowl trip. Things will become interesting after the Super Bowl as the team will be presented with three options: pick up Revis’ $20 million option, negotiate a long-term deal, or cut him. Continue reading Relishing Time with New England, Darrelle Revis Talks Contract »

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A mere three months ago, LeGarrette Blount was toiling away on the Pittsburgh Steelers. He was a running back without any playing time and without much hope for future snaps. His frustration culminated with him walking off the field early during a Monday night victory against the Tennessee Titans. The Steelers promptly released him the following day. After he cleared waivers, he was signed to a two year contract by New England. Now, he is on the precipice of the Super Bowl and if the Patriots are to win, he will be one of the reasons why.

The Seahawks defense is dominant, even historic. Their resume speaks volumes. Continue reading Blount’s Shoulders Will Carry Large Part of Patriots Super Bowl Hopes »

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Wednesday’s Super Bowl Preview Submission

1. Common Themes in Patriot’s Three losses (Buffalo game doesn’t count) – Miami, KC and Green Bay respectively:

* Patriots 3rd down Conversion – 29% / 22% / 48%
* Opponents 3rd Down Conversion – 53% / 58% / 58%
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* Patriots Rushing plays: 20 / 16 /18
* Opponents Rushing plays: 38 / 38 / 29
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* Patriots Rushing Yards: 89 / 75 / 84
* Opponents Rushing Yards: 191 / 207 / 130
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* Gronk’s Average game in three losses: 4 receptions / 56 yards (1 TD total) Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: How to Beat Seahawks »

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Seahawk and Seattle Stuff

* Seahawks tested positive for PED’s – Richard Sherman, Walter Thurmond, Brandon Brower, Bruce Irvin, Winston Guy, John Moffitt, Allen Barbre

* Seattle Murder rate in 2014 – 26 / Boston Murder rate – 52

* Seattle population – 652,204 /// Boston population 645,966

* Famous people born in Seattle – Jimmi Hendrix, Bill Gates, Adam “Pow” West, Paul Allen, Kenny G. Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: Seattle Stuff »

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Today’s Seattle Submission

1. Marshawn Lynch:

* 2006 – Accused of hitting his girlfriend, threatening to kill her, sexual assault / 2007 – arrested hit a woman with his Porsche at 3:30 in the morning and took off / 2008 – Arrested – for carrying a semi-automatic weapon in his knapsack / 2012 arrested for DUI / 2014 investigated for potential crime against a woman

* Imagine if he grabs his crotch on the one yard line and the officials throw a flag and take away a touchdown

* I heard a Seattle radio guy say that Lynch brings his own bartenders to bars and has someone taste his food before he will eat it

* There is a blend of marijuana named after him

* Has lost one fumble in last 650 touches

* Skittle sent Lynch a two year supply of his favorite candy

* Is 1-4 against Patriots averaging 53 yards a game / has one career TD

* In a retractable roof stadium: 4-5

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One of the most intriguing storylines leading into Super Bowl XLIX is how the Seahawks will defend elite Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski. Gronkowski has been one of the league’s best offensive players over the past five seasons but he has yet to face a defense as formidable as Seattle’s. In the AFC Championship game, the Colts put their best corner, Vontae Davis, on him each time he split out wide and did one of the better jobs of any team this season slowing him down. His “slowed down” performance still resulted in a touchdown but he was held to just three catches for just 28 yards. The Seahawks will have some options when defending him and if they are to win slowing Gronkowski down will be a big reason why.

The first potential option the Seahawks is to have strong safety Kam Chancellor hit Gronkowski at the line and cover him. Seattle plays primarily a zone coverage scheme (each defender in pass coverage has an area of the field rather than a single man) but if they choose to use man coverage to slow down New England, their elite strong safety is a good option against Gronkowski. Continue reading Rob Gronkowski vs Seattle Secondary is Clash of Titans »

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