1:46 PM EST, Thu February 21, 2019
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Don’t trust strength of schedule when looking at the Patriots’ 2019 opponents

Don’t trust strength of schedule when looking at the Patriots’ 2019 opponents

Let’s take a closer look at New England’s upcoming opponents. On paper, only one of the other 31 NFL teams will have an easier slate of 2019 opponents than the New England Patriots — the team that won the Super Bowl not even three weeks ago. The combined record of the clubs that the Patriots will play as they try to defend their title is a combine 120-134-2 for a winning percentage of .473, tied for 27th easiest in the league. But is it really as easy as it looks like? For starters, the Patriots have to go through the same slate of games as every other team next year. They will play...
2 hours ago
New England Patriots links 2/21/19 - Early plea urges Pats to ‘go all-in,’ give TB12 some big-name help

New England Patriots links 2/21/19 - Early plea urges Pats to ‘go all-in,’ give TB12 some big-name help

Daily news and links for Thursday TEAM TALK 2019 NFL Scouting Combine Primer: Everything you need to know. Patriots Cheerleaders and Pat Patriot spread cheer on Valentine’s Day. From the NFL - Adam Rank explains where Tom Brady lands on his list of the greatest athletes ever. (3.45 min. video) From the NFL - Bucky Brooks offers an in-depth look at the top 10 2019 NFL Scouting Combine prospects. (2.57 min. video) From the NFL - Highlights of the top 5 wide receivers who will be at the Combine, ranked by Pro Football Focus. (1 min. video) LOCAL LINKS Alex Reimer tells fans not to...
5 hours ago
Jets DT Mike Pennel might be an intriguing free agency option for the Patriots

Jets DT Mike Pennel might be an intriguing free agency option for the Patriots

The veteran’s option was not picked up by the Jets. Two days ago, the New York Jets made a somewhat surprising move when they opted to decline the $1.0 million contract option in defensive tackle Mike Pennel’s deal. As a result of the decision, the veteran will become an unrestricted free agent once the market opens on March 13 — making him free to sign with any club, including one that will likely keep a close eye on him: the reigning world champion New England Patriots. The Patriots could see some turnover along the interior of their own defensive line with both Malcom Brown and...
6 hours ago
Patriots free agency profile: DE Trey Flowers

Patriots free agency profile: DE Trey Flowers

Flowers is one of the Patriots’ best defenders. The New England Patriots ended the 2018 season in the best possible way, by defeating the Los Angeles Rams to win Super Bowl 53. In order to stay on top of the NFL mountain, though, the organization will have to quickly turn the page to get itself into a position to create the best possible team for the 2019 season. And a big part of building such a team is mastering the upcoming free agency. If judged by the list of free agents to be, New England’s front office will be busy over the next few weeks before the new league year officially is...
7 hours ago
How Bill Belichick game plans for the Super Bowl

How Bill Belichick game plans for the Super Bowl

Conditioning and patience are more important than you may think. I’ve noticed that the last six of the New England Patriots’ Super Bowls have been determined by how many plays they’ve run in comparison to their opponent: NE-64 plays vs NYG-60 plays (2008) Loss NE-60 plays vs NYG-68 plays (2012) Loss NE-71 plays vs PHI-71 plays (2018) Loss --- NE-71 plays vs SEA-50 plays (2015) Win NE-88 plays vs ATL-51 plays (2017) Win NE-67 plays vs LAR-56 plays (2019) Win As you can see, when New England has gotten a significant advantage in the number of plays run, they’ve won the Super Bowl....
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WATCH: Tom Brady’s top plays of 2018 feature plenty of Rob Gronkowski

WATCH: Tom Brady’s top plays of 2018 feature plenty of Rob Gronkowski

Let’s take a look at the GOAT’s biggest plays of the year. The NFL calendar turns fast. We are not even three weeks removed from the New England Patriots’ victory in Super Bowl 53, but already well on our way towards free agency which . will start on March 13. Still, every now and then a look back can be taken on the season that was — one that ended in triumph for the Patriots and their quarterback, Tom Brady. The greatest of all time secured his record-setting sixth championship, and on the way to getting there made some truly spectacular throws as the following list compiled by...
19 hours ago
Injury update: Rob Gronkowski’s thigh not expected to be a long-term issue

Injury update: Rob Gronkowski’s thigh not expected to be a long-term issue

It sounds as if the veteran will not be bothered too long by the injury. Throughout the 2018 season, the New England Patriots were one of the healthiest teams in the NFL — a trend that partially continued in Super Bowl 53. While the team lost defensive captain Patrick Chung to a broken arm in the third quarter, it dodged a bullet earlier in the game: tight end Rob Gronkowski limped off the field following after taking a shot to his thigh on the Patriots’ first field goal drive of the day, early in the second quarter. The 29-year old was able to return to the game and ultimately finished...
Feb 20, 2019
Four Patriots games made NFL Network’s Top 10 games of 2018

Four Patriots games made NFL Network’s Top 10 games of 2018

New England is well-represented on the list. With the NFL’s 2018 season in the books, NFL Network decided to take a look back at the year that was and list the top 10 of the 267 games played between the regular season and playoffs — from the Philadelphia Eagles’ 18-12 victory on opening day to the New England Patriots’ 13-3 win in Super Bowl 53. And the Patriots are actually well represented on the list, as four of their games made the cut. Let’s take a look at them. #10: Week 14, New England Patriots at Miami Dolphins The tenth spot goes to one of New England’s five defeats in...
Feb 20, 2019
Pats Blitz Podcast #14: Previewing the Patriots’ free agency and draft

Pats Blitz Podcast #14: Previewing the Patriots’ free agency and draft

Tune in to the latest episode of the Pats Blitz Podcast. In this episode of the Pats Blitz Podcast, Steven and Chris are joined by Mark Schofield, host of the Locked On Patriots Podcast, to discuss the following topics surrounding the New England Patriots: What kind of deal can defensive edge Trey Flowers get in free agency? Will offensive tackle Trent Brown price himself out of New England? Brown had himself an incredible year, and certainly might get a huge contract offer elsewhere, according to the boys. Who is the Patriots’ most likely candidate for the franchise tag? Based on money...
Feb 20, 2019
New England Patriots links 2/20/19 - Offseason To-Do List: Replenish the receiver pool

New England Patriots links 2/20/19 - Offseason To-Do List: Replenish the receiver pool

Daily news and links for Wednesday TEAM TALK Erik Scalavino talks news, notes and the latest buzz from Gillette Stadium: Updating Gronk’s future, franchise/transition tag details. Paul Perillo tackles this week’s Ask PFW Mailbag: Flowers, Brown and more free agent news. John Rooke’s View from Above: To sign, to tag, and equality for all. Don Banks explains why the QB-needy Dolphins should take their best shot to acquire Nick Foles. Patriots 2019 Mock Draft Tracker: See what the top ‘experts’ are predicting the Patriots will do in the first round of the draft. Patriots...
Feb 20, 2019
Breaking down all of the Patriots’ franchise tag candidates

Breaking down all of the Patriots’ franchise tag candidates

Trent Brown, Trey Flowers, Stephen Gostkowski: who will be the lucky recipient of the franchise tag? Starting on February 19th, NFL teams have the option to franchise tag or transition tag one of their unrestricted free agents. According to Adam Schefter, this could be be used by at least ten teams, which would be the most since 2012 when 19 (!) teams tagged a free agent. A player on the franchise tag or transition tag has their one-year salary guaranteed as soon as they sign their contract. The formula to calculate salaries is complicated and the exact values haven’t been released for...
Feb 20, 2019
Patriots free agency profile: WR Phillip Dorsett

Patriots free agency profile: WR Phillip Dorsett

Dorsett’s second year in New England was better than his first, but still uninspiring at times. The New England Patriots ended the 2018 season in the best possible way, by defeating the Los Angeles Rams to win Super Bowl 53. In order to stay on top of the NFL mountain, though, the organization will have to quickly turn the page to get itself into a position to create the best possible team for the 2019 season. And a big part of building such a team is mastering the upcoming free agency. If judged by the list of free agents to be, New England’s front office will be busy over the next few...
Feb 20, 2019
Ex-Patriot Garrett Gilbert is the AAF’s best quarterback through two weeks

Ex-Patriot Garrett Gilbert is the AAF’s best quarterback through two weeks

The 28-year old is playing at an MVP-level. On June 11, 2015, one of the headlines on Pats Pulpit simply read Patriots Sign Quarterback Matt Flynn, Waive Garrett Gilbert: the New England Patriots had just made a minor transaction in the middle of the NFL’s quietest time, letting one passer go in favor of another more experienced one. In the end, the move proved to be insignificant as Matt Flynn was released again just two months after being brought on board. For Garrett Gilbert, however, it meant that he had to move once again — a recurring theme that went all the way back to his...
Feb 20, 2019
C.J. Anderson explains how the Rams were held to three points in Super Bowl 53

C.J. Anderson explains how the Rams were held to three points in Super Bowl 53

New England played outstanding defensive football against one of the NFL’s highest-scoring teams. The Los Angeles Rams headed into Super Bowl 53 having averaged 32.4 points per game this season. They featured one of the league’s best offenses, and defensive and kicking game units that were also capable of putting point on the board. But when they all were needed most, they faltered: on the biggest stage, the New England Patriots held the NFC champions to a mere three points — the worst offensive performance in Super Bowl history. Los Angeles set or tied some dubious records that day,...
Feb 19, 2019
Rob Gronkowski reportedly told teammates he wants another Super Bowl win

Rob Gronkowski reportedly told teammates he wants another Super Bowl win

The tight end is mulling retirement... but it might have to wait another year. Even though the New England Patriots won the Super Bowl, their offseason does once again not project to be a quiet one — in big part because of one man: tight end Rob Gronkowski, who is once more mulling retirement. While his agent, Drew Rosenhaus, told ESPN today that “a decision will happen in the next couple of weeks,” the 29-year old might have already tipped his hand earlier this month. According to NFL Network’s Mike Giardi, “Gronkowski told multiple teammates/associates that he wanted to win...