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Patriots Calling For Next Man Up With Key Starters Out Against Broncos

Chris Hogan

The Patriots will be without three starters against the Broncos including wide receiver Chris Hogan who’s got a shoulder injury while right tackle Marcus Cannon and defensive tackle Malcom Brown are dealing with ankle injuries.  With the next man up philosophy in full effect after already losing starters Julian Edelman and Dont’a Hightower to season ending injuries this is nothing new to the Patriots. Good news is that the Patriots will most likely be returning both corner backs Stephon Gilmore and Eric Rowe who have both missed multiple weeks recently.  This should provide a big boost to the back end of the defense especially in press-man coverage situations. Wide receiver Phillip Dorsett should have an increased role this game with Chris Hogan out.  This will hopefully result in some big plays for the offense and also an increased role moving forward as speed is always a good asse, especially on offense. With DT Malcom Brown out the Patriots will most likely turn to a veteran one-two punch up the middle with Alan Branch and Lawrence Guy.  This is important becauseRead More


Patriots Survive Chargers – Head Into Bye Week 6-2

Bill Belichick Training Camp

The Chargers were coming off a three game win streak so the Patriots knew it would be a tough contest and were determined to stop their momentum.  It was a close one as it came down to a final Chargers drive that ended in a Jonathan Jones interception.  The turning point of the game was during the second quarter with the score 7-7. On a Patriots punt that looked like would be fair caught by Travis Benjamin of the Chargers at the ten yard line, instead, he muffed it and then retreated back ten yards until he was eventually swarmed by multiple Patriots in the end zone for a safety.  The Patriots offense than turned that into three more points making the score 12-7 and was able to hold a lead for the rest of the game and pulled out a 21-13 victory. Defense and special teams led the way in this one as the offense was unable to execute in the red area only scoring one touchdown and mustering just 21 points.  It would have been 27 points ifRead More


Patriots Focused On Protecting Tom Brady From Chargers Pass Rush

Tom Brady

The match up this Sunday between the Patriots and the Chargers brings two teams together that have won their last three games.  The Patriots are coming off a 23-7 victory over the Falcons and the Chargers shut out the Broncos 21-0 last week.  This will be an opportunity for the Chargers to show they can be legit contenders this year in the AFC while the Patriots will be looking to continue their momentum going forward into the second half of the season. The key for the Patriots in this game will be to slow down the Chargers explosive pass rush.  Left tackle Nate Solder and Right tackle Marcus Cannon will have their hands full trying to handle the dynamic duo of Melvin Ingram and Joey Bosa, two very talented defensive end/edge rushers.  They have been very productive this season and crucial to the Chargers success on defense as both have acquired at least 7 sacks already this season, Ingram (8.5) and Bosa (7.5).   The offense will first need to have a balanced attack with the run game complimenting theRead More


Patriots And Falcons Headline Sunday With Superbowl LI Rematch

What many consider to be the greatest game of all time, Super Bowl LI was a spectacle to see for a fan of football and sports in general.  As we all know the Patriots were down 28-3 against the Falcons midway through the 3rd quarter.  What went on to transpire happened to be the greatest comeback of all time considering the circumstances and the Patriots are now defending champions getting ready to face the Falcons again. Sunday night’s match up will be one to watch with loads of talent and good coaching on both sidelines.  It will likely not be a historically great game like the Superbowl was but it should still make for an exciting contest as two top 5 offenses will be looking to flex their prowess as they have not met their 2017 expectations up to this point with the Patriots defense ranking 32nd and the Falcons having just lost two straight home games to the Dolphins and Bills. However, both have the same goal of improving every week in pursuit of winning a championship.  Anything less is aRead More


Patriots Gearing Up For First Division Game Of Season Against Rival Jets

Jets vs Patriots

Currently as the AFC East stands it is a three-way tie for first place between the Patriots, Bills, and Jets.  The Patriots are hoping to change that by defeating the Jets this Sunday and assuring their divisional dominance that we are used to witnessing. It hasn’t been a cake walk for the Patriots so far this season as many predicted.  But with so much talent on the roster it’s still hard to believe they wont turn things around and fast.  They are looking to have a full team win where all phases including offense, defense, and special teams are all contributing and playing complimentary to each other, something we haven’t seen much of so far. One thing that stands out about this game other than it being against the division rival Jets is the fact that David Harris is returning to Met Life Stadium where he had spent 10 seasons as leader of their defense.  The Patriots brought him in with his leadership and locker room presence and are very pleased with what hes brought to the team so farRead More


Dont’a Hightower Stresses The Time Is Now For The Patriots Defense To Step Up

Patriots defensive leader and co-captain Dont’a Hightower is known for letting his game on the field do most of his talking.  After only playing in two games so far while trying to get healthy, there’s only so much he can say with his play up to this point.  When confronted by the media as to whether or not the Patriots defense can turn things around or not he was swift with a response and confident in his answer, “Absolutely.” This 2017 Patriots defense was not supposed to be 32nd in the league after 4 weeks.  Especially after being ranked 1st overall in points allowed in 2016.  But it’s football and anything can happen. With that in mind, the Patriots know they can play better on defense and they have the urgency to turn things around quickly.  The team travels to Florida to take on the Buccaneers on Thursday night and according to ESPN, Hightower says it is time for the defense to turn things around, “We’ve got to hold each other to a higher standard than that. That starts today.Read More


Patriots Defense Looking For Signs Of Improvement Against The Panthers

Patriots vs Panthers

Let’s face it, the Patriots defense has not looked pretty the first three weeks of the season.  The unit currently ranks dead last in the NFL in total defense, 32 out of 32. With a 2-1 record, things are still looking up but it would not be that way if not for the offense carrying the load.  The unit is currently ranked first overall in total offense. Now it is time for the defense to show they can match the offense and play complimentary football.  The Patriots will be going up against the Panthers and Cam Newton who have not caught their stride offensively and will be looking to do so this Sunday. It was a challenge for the defense containing rookie quarterback Deshaun Watson inside the pocket to avoid him making plays with his feet.  Watson was able to extend plays and even moved the sticks on third downs with his mobility.  The Patriots will face another quarterback that is great at doing exactly that in former MVP, Cam Newton. According to a transcript of a conference call with Patriots.com,Read More


Patriots Rookie Deatrich Wise Jr. Making An Early Impact As Next Man Up

Deatrich Wise

Next man up is a staple for the Patriots organization.  It doesn’t matter where you came from or what you did in the past, when you get your opportunity… be ready.  Clearly, the Patriots pass rush was an issue that needed addressing after week one; added with a couple key losses to the position it was time for the next man up. Defensive Coordinator Matt Patricia called upon rookie 4th round pick out of Arkansas, Deatrich Wise Jr., a former teammate of Trey Flowers at Arkansas, Wise was being asked to once again terrorize quarterbacks with Flowers like in their glory days as Razorbacks. This time he was going up against future hall of fame quarterback Drew Brees. This was no ordinary elite versus rookie situation as the defensive end has already made a name for himself in the league.  According to ESPN, during the broadcast CBS analyst Tony Romo relayed, “Sean Payton’s worried about him, he said he’s very disruptive and with their two tackles out, he thought he could disrupt the game. So he tried to have aRead More


Patriots Are Moving Forward As They Prepare For The Saints

Kyle Van Noy

It was a disappointing loss for the Patriots on Thursday night to kick off the NFL season as the Chiefs showed they are true contender in the AFC.  The team and coaching staff will now turn the page and focus on next week’s game preparation as they are “on to New Orleans” in Foxborough. During the post game press conference, quarterback Tom Brady was adamant about the teams need for a better attitude and overall execution, “I think it’s just better execution. I mean, situational football’s always important to us … we just have to be a lot better in a lot of areas, starting with our attitude and our competitiveness.”  Later when being asked about the offensive struggles he stated, “Every position that we have is going to have to do a better job than we did tonight … so we’ve got to get back to work. We’ve got nine days before the next game, and hopefully, we play a lot better than tonight.” Head coach Bill Belichick agreed with his quarterback,  “Whatever he said, go with that.”  HeRead More


Patriots Add Another Offensive Weapon Trading With Colts

Phillip Dorsett

The Patriots welcome former first round pick out of Miami, Phillip Dorsett after trading Jacoby Brissett to the Colts in a traditional player for player exchange. In a result of injuries to players like Julian Edelman and Cyrus Jones, who was the only player to return punts in the preseason up until his injury, it was expected the team would address the need for a capable punt returner. After having already done business with the Colts during the offseason by trading for tight end Dwayne Allen it was somewhat shocking to see the two rivals doing business again but on the outside looking in it was a win-win deal for both teams.  The Patriots deal third string quarterback Brissett who has shown he can win a game and the Colts need a quarterback while Andrew Luck’s availability remains a mystery.  In return, Dorsett will be an explosive receiver and return man for New England. The Patriots offense now has three of the leagues best deep threat receivers from last season.  Brandin Cooks, Phillip Dorsett, and Chris Hogan all in theRead More