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Patriots Trade Jimmy Garoppolo to the 49ers – Keep Brady

On Monday night, Bill Belichick shocked the football world once again by trading quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo to the San Francisco 49ers for a 2018 2nd round selection. This trade comes as a surprise to many because it seemed that Belichick was confirming Jimmy G to be his long term successor to Tom Brady when he did not trade the star backup in the offseason. However it appears that Tom Brady’s performance through the first half of the season has reaffirmed New England’s faith in the 40-year old star quarterback. Some fans are already expressing outrage, frustrated at what the Patriots received when many believed Garoppolo was going to fetch a 1st round pick. However, Ian Rappaport of the NFL Network is reporting that the Cleveland Browns, Jimmy G’s most aggressive offseason suitor, were only willing to offer a 2nd round pick for the Patriots backup. This was essentially New England’s last chance to get the most value for Garoppolo, because after the season they would need to use the franchise tag on him if they wanted to keep him or dealRead More


Pats Escape With Ugly Win Over The Chargers

Patriots vs Chargers

The Patriots made it as hard on themselves as they could, but they managed to escape with a win over the Chargers, and enter their bye week with a 6-2 record. Lets take a look at some highlights from an ugly, wet game in Foxboro: – New England’s special teams coverages j units deserve ample praise after a fantastic game. They caused a safety early on after a horrible decision by LA punt returner Travis Benjamin, and were able to pin the Chargers deep in their own territory on the majority of kick offs. The Chargers best starting field position following a Patriots score was their own 25 yard line. Pats special teams guru Matt Slater had a great game in punt and kick coverage, which definitely made things easier on the New England defense. – The Patriots defense continued their hot streak, holding the Chargers to just 13 points. They made a huge blunder early on by allowing an 87 yard touchdown run to Melvin Gordon, but settled down after that and only game up six points through theRead More


Patriots Face Surging Chargers In Week Eight Matchup

Patriots vs Chargers

The New England Patriots welcome the Los Angeles (should be San Diego) Chargers to Foxboro on Sunday in an underrated East vs West matchup. Both teams are looking for a fourth straight win, with the Patriots trying to gain stronger control over the AFC, and the Chargers looking to improve their position in their division. Before we get into the analysis of the teams and the game, we need to address the injury to Dont’a Hightower. On Thursday, Ian Rappaport of the NFL Network reported that Hightower has a torn pectoral muscle and is out for the season. Before I could finish and publish my analysis of that loss, Adam Schefter came out with a report that Hightower is going to Dr. James Andrews for a second opinion, and that the team is still not sure of his status. So as of right now, Hightower is not TECHNICALLY out for the season and until word comes out about the results of the second opinion, Patriots fans can still hold out hope for a late season or playoff return. The LosRead More



Patriots Dominate Falcons on Sunday Night Football

Johnson Bademosi

The Patriots looked like themselves again in a convincing and energized 23-7 win over the Falcons on Sunday night. New England was successful in all three phases of the contest and easily played their best game of the season. The Falcons, on the other hand, might just not be as good as everyone thought they were. They have a ridiculous amount of talent which has made up for their coaching deficiencies and their inability to finish games. The Falcons dominated last season because teams weren’t able figure out how to handle all of the team’s weapons, like the Broncos in 2013, and they would put up too many points for teams to catch up. However, teams now seem to have access to the Falcons blue print, which starts with a bafflingly unimaginative offense that can’t adjust to unforeseen situations and has no idea how to come back in games. The Patriots shut down Atlanta’s deep ball last night, and the entire offense was thrown off and offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian had no answer. Despite all of the talent that heRead More


Pats Welcome Falcons in Rematch of Greatest Super Bowl Ever

Tom Brady Matt Ryan

New England welcomes Atlanta to Foxboro for a Sunday night Super Bowl 52 rematch. Even though this is an inter-conference game and has less bearing on the standings, both teams are vying for a win to get their confidence up after unimpressive starts to the season. The Falcons have tried their best to convince everyone that they’ve gotten over their Super Bowl collapse, however that is definitely up for debate. The 2017 Falcons are as talented as the 2016 Falcons, yet they haven’t looked quite like the dominant team they were last season. They had a statement win over Green Bay early on, but have been extremely shaky since then with a couple of fourth quarter collapses, including a blown 17 point lead over Miami at home last Sunday. Like in the Super Bowl, Atlanta has been dominant to start games, giving up just seven first quarter points all season, but giving up more points and yards as the game goes on. Now, that doesn’t mean that they’re still harping on their Super Bowl defeat; the entire league is aRead More



Pats Regain Top Spot in AFC East

Tom Brady & Patriots

Well it certainly didn’t go the way most thought it would, but New England escaped the Meadowlands with a win over New York on Sunday, securing 1st place in the AFC East for the first time this season. The first quarter and a half of Sunday’s game might be one of the worst stretches of football that the Patriots have played in years. Their defense was utterly horrendous, and the offense’s most successful drive ended in a fumble. Once again they had to make a 14 point comeback, and had to battle the Jets through the second half before stopping them on the final drive of the game to secure the win. Let’s unpack what happened: The Bad – The Jets first offense drive of the game produced one of the worst displays of defensive play in the Bill Belichick era. The Jets, led by 38 year old journeyman Josh McCown, marched right down New England’s throat for an opening 80 yard touchdown drive. On that drive they converted three plays of third down and at least 10 to go.Read More


As Crazy As It Sounds, Pats Look To Overtake Jets in the AFC East On Sunday

Patriots vs Jets

Yes you read that title correctly. The 3rd place Patriots head to the Meadowlands to take on the 2nd place Jets in New England’s first divisional matchup of the season. There’s not a single person on the planet that thought this would be the situation heading into week six of the NFL season. But alas, here we are. The Jets have shocked the league by rattling off three straight wins following an 0-2 start to the season. They defeated division rival Miami, Jacksonville (the same Jacksonville team that just knocked off the Steelers), and Cleveland. The team is led by 38-year-old journeyman Josh McCown, who through five games has thrown for over 1000 yards and five touchdowns. Their defense is undergoing a youthful transition, led by second year linebacker Darron Lee and rookie safety Jamal Adams. The Jets were supposed to be tanking this season. They traded or released a number of veteran players including Brandon Marshall, Darrelle Revis, David Harris, Sheldon Richardson, and Eric Decker. They signed Josh McCown to backup second year quarterback Christian Hackenburg, who subsequently lostRead More