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The Patriots Welcome Texans to Foxboro in Week Three Matchup

Texans vs Patriots

The Patriots will take on the Houston Texans this Sunday in a match up between two teams looking to get over .500 and solidly on the rode to the playoffs. This will be the fourth time in the past year that the two teams have met, after regular season and playoff meetings last year, as well as a preseason meeting this year. The Jacoby Brisset-led Patriots won the first match up, while Tom Brady led New England to victory in the divisional round against Houston. Through two games, this Houston team has not lived up to expectations. The team lost an important week one divisional match up with the Jaguars, and barely escaped with a victory over a weak Bengals team in week two. Despite significant offensive weapons, they’ve managed just 20 points over two games, and their defense, which was one of the best in the league last season, has been thoroughly disappointing. They rank in the bottom of the league in rush defense, having given up 155 (!) yards to the Jaguars, and 82 yards to the BengalsRead More



Patriots Get First Win of 2017 Against the Saints

Gronkowski Brady

Ten days ago the Patriots suffered a brutal season-opening loss to Kansas City on their banner night, and many people began to question whether the team’s run of greatness was finally coming to an end. On Sunday, the Saints painfully learned that Tom Brady and the Patriots are far from done. Coming off an un-Brady-like week one performance, the forty year old, five-time Super Bowl champion threw for nearly 450 yards and three first quarter touchdowns to power the team to a 36-20 victory. New England was much better in all three phases of the game than they were in Foxboro a few weeks ago. They played a much cleaner and more passionate game of football, and while they still weren’t perfect, they looked much better than they did against Kansas City. Offensively, the Patriots looked impressive considering the fact that they entered the game with only three wide receivers on the active roster. The team spread the ball around, with nine different players catching a ball from Tom Brady. Rob Gronkowski was one of Brady’s favorite targets, catching sixRead More


New England Looks To Rebound Against New Orleans

Patriots vs Saints

The Patriots are looking to get their first win of the season on Sunday as they travel to New Orleans for a week two matchup with Drew Brees and the Saints. This is unfamiliar territory for New England, as there has only been three times in the Belichick era where the team has lost the season opener (I would point out that all three times the team went on to win the Super Bowl, but Bill doesn’t like looking into the past so neither will we). The team had a lot to work on after the surprising and sound defeat that they received at the hands of the Chiefs last week. All three phases of the game had things to work on to prepare for New Orleans. The Saints are coming off of their third straight season with a 7-9 record thanks to a historically bad passing defense, and are looking to find a way back into the playoffs. They opened the season with a 29-19 road loss to the Minnesota Vikings, allowing Sam Bradford to throw for nearly 350Read More



Disappointing Loss for the Patriots on Banner Night

Tom Brady

The Patriots banner night was ruined as the team suffered an embarrassingly dismal loss the Chiefs to start the 2017 season. From top to bottom, New England looked outmatched and underprepared. They also weren’t helped by a string of injury issues, including Malcolm Mitchell being put on injured reserve, Danny Amendola suffering a concussion, and Dont’a Hightower leaving with a knee injury. Before we get into everything that went wrong for the Patriots, we need to address the Chiefs. They played a fantastic game last night. Alex Smith defied all expectations and played exceptionally, shoving it in the face of everyone who said he would be nothing more than a game manager (myself included). Kareem Hunt had a great welcome party to the NFL, running all over Bill Belichick’s defense. However, the way they celebrated towards the end of the game was embarrassing. They have every right to be excited; they came into the house of the defending champions on their banner night and knocked them out by playing fantastic football. Instead of handling it with class and acting likeRead More


The Patriots Welcome the Chiefs to Foxboro to Kickoff the NFL Season

Patriots vs Chiefs

The quest for a sixth Lombardi trophy begins Thursday night as the New England Patriots welcome the Kansas City Chiefs to Foxboro. There’s a lot of excitement around the team after an explosive offseason. The team had some great acquisitions in Brandin Cooks and Stephon Gilmore, and some devastating loses with Rob Ninkovich’s retirement and Julian Edelman’s injury. Everyone is ready to see how they start this season with one of the most talented teams in the Bill Belichick era. It won’t start off easy though, as the Pats welcome the defending AFC West divisional champion Kansas City Chiefs. The Chiefs had a solid season last year, finishing at 12-4 and securing the second seed in the AFC, before being bounced out of the playoffs in the divisional round by the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Chiefs had one of the best defenses in the league last season, leading the league with a ridiculous 33 turnovers. Despite significant talent, the Chiefs were much less explosive on the offensive side of the ball, ranking in the middle to bottom half of the leagueRead More


Patriots Trade for Seahawks Defensive End Cassius Marsh

Cassius Marsh

The Patriots traded their 2018 fifth and seventh round draft picks for Seattle Seahawks defense end Cassius Marsh. A 2014 fourth round pick out of UCLA, Marsh helps bolster a position on that Patriots that has a scary lack of depth. Marsh’s playing time and production increased respectably over his first three seasons. In 2016 he finished with three sacks and 25 total tackles. At 6’4, 252 pounds, Marsh is on the smaller side for a defensive end (Deatrich Wise and Trey Flowers are 274 and 268 pounds, respectively). He has average strength and isn’t likely to bull anyone over, and his speed is adequate. Marsh isn’t an athletic freak by any means, but he stands out because of his technical precision, situational awareness, and motor. Marsh is set to help the Patriots defensive end depth, as well as play a role on special teams. Patriots fans shouldn’t be expecting the world from him. However, his pass rushing ability may be able to give the Patriots more options on third down and in other obvious passing situations. Until next timeRead More


Reviewing Patriots Roster Predictions

Patriots

Right before training camp I put together my way-too-early roster prediction. With the final 53-man roster finally set, let’s see how I did. Players in bold are players that I did not have on my roster Players in italics are players that I had on my roster that are not on the team’s roster. Players with a * next to their name retired or are on injured reserve. Quarterback Tom Brady, Jimmy Garoppolo, Jacoby Brissett Running Back James White, Dion Lewis, Mike Gillislee, Rex Burkhead Bill Belichick would most likely prefer to keep three running backs on the roster, but with the plethora of talent that they have at the position, he’ll be hard pressed to keep less than four. Fullback James Develin Wide Receiver Brandin Cooks, Julian Edelman*, Chris Hogan, Danny Amendola, Malcolm Mitchell, Phillip Dorsett Tight End Rob Gronkowski, Dwayne Allen, Jacob Hollister Offensive Line Marcus Cannon, Nate Solder, Joe Thuney, David Andrews, Shaq Mason, Tony Garcia*, LaAdrian Waddle, Cameron Fleming, Cole Croston Defensive End Kony Ealy, Trey Flowers, Derek Rivers*, Geneo Grissom, Deatrich Wise, Cassius Marsh DefensiveRead More