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Patriots Dominate the Raiders in Mexico City

Tom Brady & Patriots

The Patriots rolled over the Raiders by a score of 33-8 for their 8th win of the season, and their 13th consecutive road victory. They were in control of the game from start to finish, and Oakland looked utterly helpless under the onslaught of Tom Brady and a surprisingly resurgent Patriots defense. – The Patriots offensive line deserves a lot of credit for this game, as well as the way they have progressed through the season. Through the first month of the season it seemed as if Brady was hitting the ground on every other play. Now the offensive line is actually keeping him upright, only giving up one sack to the Raiders. They also did this with starting right tackle Marcus Cannon and starting center David Andrews out of the game. They are still having some issues in the screen game, which is usually a New England bread-and-butter, but they have been much more successful protecting their quarterback. – The Patriots running backs started off slow in the first half, but had a strong second half as New EnglandRead More


Los Patriots y Los Raiders Se Encuentran En Ciudad de México

Patriots vs Raiders

New England travels to Mexico City for a Sunday afternoon matchup with the Oakland Raiders. The Patriots have spent the last week at the Air Force Academy in Colorado, acclimating themselves to the land elevation that they will be dealing with in Mexico City. The 4-5 Raiders currently hold second place in the AFC West, and need to finish strong if they want to earn one of the last few playoff spots. The Raiders have had a surprisingly inconsistent season. They started off the year with two solid wins, putting up 35.5 points per game, and then proceeded to lose their next four straight while only managing just over 13 points per game (that losing streak contained a defeat at the hand of the Broncos who then proceeded to lose five straight games). Then Oakland played their best game of the season and beat the Kansas City Chiefs in a high-scoring thriller. One week after that they lost to the Bills who have been blown out in their last two games. Oakland has one of the more talented teams inRead More



Pats Win Big on Sunday Night Football

Martellus Bennett Rob Gronkowski

New England played their best game of the season in a 41-16 Sunday night beat down of the Denver Broncos. They were firing on all cylinders, and played an efficient and mistake-free brand of football in all three phases of the game. Let’s look at some of the highlights from an impressive week 10 win: – How many teams in the NFL will have one of their top running backs catch a touchdown, then go out and block a punt a few plays later? Well that’s what Rex Burkhead did last night. Burkhead had a fantastic night offensively, picking up 36 yards on the ground on ten carries, and catching three passes for 27 yards and a touchdown. Not content with just being a one unit player, Burkhead then went on to block a Denver punt that led to a New England field goal. Since his return from injury, Burkhead’s role has been increasing in all phases of the game, and he has been making his opportunities count. – Special teams play was the story of the night for NewRead More


Patriots vs. Broncos – Sunday Night Special

New England Patriots vs Denver Brocnos

New England traveled to Mile High for a matchup with the struggling Denver Broncos on Sunday night. The Patriots are starting the second half of their season at 6-2, while Denver has lost four games in a row and are at the bottom of the AFC West. Denver is a team that seems to be wasting its championship window. They have an immensely talented defense that is aging quickly, and they have an offense that is just a few years out from their record-setting 2013. Their biggest issue is that they have been unable to find a solid quarterback. They have rolled out Trevor Siemian who has been subpar, drafted Paxton Lynch who has been a complete no-show, and have turned back to Brock Osweiller, who managed to beat the Patriots in a snowy, primetime game in Denver two years ago but now can barely complete a pass. They have plenty of talent at their skill positions between Demarius Thomas, Emmanuel Sanders, Bennie Fowler, CJ Anderson, and Jamaal Charles, yet they are barely scoring 18 points per game. They evenRead More


Martellus Bennett Returns to the Patriots

Martellus Bennett Rob Gronkowski

On Thursday the Patriots picked up Martellus Bennett off waivers, just a day after he was unceremoniously released by the Green Bay Packers. This reunites the eccentric tight end with the reigning Super Bowl champs, and his return already has fans buzzing. During the 2016 offseason, New England traded a fourth round pick to the Chicago Bears for Bennett in the hopes of reviving the two-headed tight end monster that Josh McDaniels dreams about. That dream wasn’t exactly realized, as Gronkowski missed the second half of the season and the playoffs due to a back injury. In his absence, Bennett played a major role, catching 55 balls for 701 yards and seven touchdowns. He also had 12.7 yards per catch, the second highest number of his career. He then had a strong playoff run and played a significant role in helping New England win its fifth Super Bowl. Bennett’s numbers weren’t otherworldly, but it’s safe to say that the Patriots offense would not have been nearly as productive if they did not have Bennett. Bennett also brought life and energyRead More



Grading the Patriots Offseason Acquisitions Halfway Through the Season

Good Bad Ugly

The Patriots had an uncharacteristically explosive offseason, making big splashes with trades and free agent signings. Halfway through the season seems like a good time to check out the good, the average bad and the ugly so far. The Good Brandin Cooks – The Patriots traded the #32 overall pick for Cooks and to say that it has been anything less than a success would be ridiculous. He is on track to equal his best yardage production from his time in New Orleans, and has made a number of crucial plays for New England so far, including a game winning touchdown against the Texans. His impact has been much more immediate and pronounced than any rookie’s would have been. Some are frustrated because they expected him to come in and put up 2007 Randy Moss numbers, which is an absurd belief and exemplifies how spoiled Patriots fans are. Cooks has had a great start so far, and will only get better as his connection with Tom Brady grows. A Johnson Bademosi – When New England traded for Bademosi, no one was expectingRead More