7:03 AM EDT, Sun October 21, 2018
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Tom Brady again leads the NFL in merchandise sales

Tom Brady again leads the NFL in merchandise sales

No player is as popular a product as Brady. Tom Brady is the consensus greatest quarterback of all time due to his combination of statistics, individual and team success, and longevity. The New England Patriots’ passer also can be considered the “G.O.A.T.” in another category: selling merchandise. Even though Brady has been in the NFL as a starter for 17 years he is still among the league-leaders in sold products year in and year out. 2018 is no exception. The NFL Players Association recently published its list of merchandise sales form March 1, 2018 through August 31, 2018 –...
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Patriots downgrade three more players to “out” before game versus Bears

Patriots downgrade three more players to “out” before game versus Bears

New England has only one tight end available today. When the New England Patriots kick off their week seven game against the Chicago Bears at 1:00 p.m. ET today, they will have only one healthy tight end available: Dwayne Allen, who is known more for his blocking than his pass catching after registering a mere 11 catches in his 1.5 seasons in New England. Today, however, Allen will be the Patriots’ number one – and only one – player at a position that has been decimated by injury. Rob Gronkowski was not on the flight to Chicago with his teammates yesterday and has been downgraded from...
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Rob Gronkowski doesn’t travel with Patriots, highly unlikely to play against Bears

Rob Gronkowski doesn’t travel with Patriots, highly unlikely to play against Bears

New England’s tight end will miss the game against the Bears. While the New England Patriots already ruled out their starting right tackle Marcus Cannon yesterday due to a concussion, a second high-profile player will likely join him on the inactives list against the Chicago Bears tomorrow: tight end Rob Gronkowski. On yesterday’s final injury report of the week, the 29-year old was listed as questionable to play due to an ankle injury and also a new back issue. As a result of his ailments, Gronkowski did not make the trip to Chicago with his teammates according to the Boston Globe’s...
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Patriots reportedly restructure Stephon Gilmore’s contract

Patriots reportedly restructure Stephon Gilmore’s contract

New England creates some flexibility. The New England Patriots entered this weekend with a mere $1.64 million in salary cap space available – relatively little when compared to other clubs around the NFL, and possibly insufficient in case the team wanted to add a higher-priced player as a free agency pickup or via trade (the deadline is not even two weeks away). The Patriots trying to create additional wiggle room was therefore expected, the question was just how they would do it. Now we know, at least in part: New England and cornerback Stephon Gilmore agreed to a contract restructure to...
Oct 20, 2018
NFL Week 7 picks: Patriots head to the Windy City (and congrats to the Red Sox)

NFL Week 7 picks: Patriots head to the Windy City (and congrats to the Red Sox)

As the Red Sox head to the World Series, the Patriots are heading to Chicago ... and I’m making picks for Week 7. Is anyone else in shock that the Red Sox just ripped off four straight wins against the Houston Astros to win the American League pennant? I couldn’t have predicted that even if I had a crystal ball sitting right in front of me. The Astros have one of the most complete rosters in baseball, both pitching-wise and hitting-wise, and I wasn’t sure the Sox even had a chance in this series despite those 108 regular season wins. But they pulled it off, thanks to David Price...
Oct 19, 2018
Patriots vs Bears Friday injury report: Marcus Cannon out, Rob Gronkowski now also dealing with back issue

Patriots vs Bears Friday injury report: Marcus Cannon out, Rob Gronkowski now also dealing with back issue

The Patriots’ final practice report of the week is out. The New England Patriots and Chicago Bears released their final injury reports of the week today, and only one of the two teams’ players will not be able to participate in Sunday’s game. Everybody else – including a certain star pass rusher – is theoretically still available to play. Let’s take a look at the two lists. OUT Patriots: OT Marcus Cannon (concussion; did not participate) After Marcus Cannon missed all three practices this week, the team already declared him out for Sunday’s contest due to the concussion he...
Oct 19, 2018
Film room: How the Bears’ deep passing game will challenge the Patriots defense

Film room: How the Bears’ deep passing game will challenge the Patriots defense

A look at the tape to find out what awaits New England this week. Last week, the New England Patriots defense faced one of the brightest young stars in the NFL in the Kansas City Chiefs’ Patrick Mahomes. While their upcoming week seven opponent – the Chicago Bears – do not have a quarterback with quite the same tremendous credentials this season as the Chiefs’ MVP candidate, Mitchell Trubisky is still a passer capable of doing plenty of damage with his right arm and his legs. What stands out in particular when it comes to Trubisky is his ability to accurately challenge the deep...
Oct 19, 2018
Rob Gronkowski: still a fan of receiving AND blocking

Rob Gronkowski: still a fan of receiving AND blocking

“The game changes on the fly” If you expected any Patriot, much less Rob Gronkowski, to say anything about what their assignments are other than “we’re gonna execute the game plan”, you may be new here. Having said that, compared with some of the Mean Girls stuff going around in places like Pittsburgh and Jacksonville and Green Bay, the classic Patriot-speak is almost a blessing in disguise at this point. Think of it like a peanut butter sandwich or an old hoodie or something. It works, albeit sort of unspectacularly, so why change it? And now that we’ve at least tabled the...
Oct 19, 2018
New England Patriots Links 10/19/18 - Edelman’s return transforms the offense

New England Patriots Links 10/19/18 - Edelman’s return transforms the offense

Daily news and links for Friday TEAM TALK Pats-Bears Thursday Injury Report. Press Conference Transcript: Devin McCourty. Press Conference: Dont’a Hightower (3.25 min. video) What they’re saying: Chicago Bears. Don Banks makes his Week 7 picks. Winner: New England. LOCAL LINKS Kevin Duffy talks about Bill Belichick’s new team-building approach that’s been bringing the Patriots together. Mike Dussault (PatsPropaganda) Patriots gameplan: Week 7 vs. Chicago. Steve Balestrieri (PatsFans) Who are the key players to watch in Patriots-Bears Week 7? 1. LaAdrian Waddle. David...
Oct 19, 2018
Asking Windy City Gridiron: Patriots defense should worry about Chicago’s Tarik Cohen

Asking Windy City Gridiron: Patriots defense should worry about Chicago’s Tarik Cohen

We spoke with our colleagues from Windy City Gridiron about the upcoming game between the Patriots and Bears. For the first half of last week’s game, the New England Patriots defense was able to do what no other unit had done before this season: slow down the Kansas City Chiefs’ high-flying offense. The Patriots held Patrick Mahomes and company to just nine points while also registering two takeaways. It was a terrific and encouraging performance – and one that was not sustained through the second half at all. Over the final 30 minutes, the Chiefs hung 31 points on New England in a...
Oct 19, 2018
Trivial reference points from Patriots’ last regular-season encounter with Bears

Trivial reference points from Patriots’ last regular-season encounter with Bears

New England and Chicago haven’t crossed paths in the regular season since Oct. 26, 2014. Oct. 26, 2014 at Gillette Stadium. That was when and where the New England Patriots and Chicago Bears last met for a game of win-loss consequence. And if that 1 p.m. ET kickoff doesn’t seem so long ago, well, revisiting some notes from what would unfold as a 51-23 rout might soon make you feel old. Like the fact Marc Trestman, now on the Toronto Argonauts’ sideline, was then Chicago’s head coach and Jay Cutler, currently “not really looking to do a lot of work,” was the Bears’ starting...
Oct 19, 2018
Patriots vs Bears: Game time, TV schedule, channels, odds, live streaming

Patriots vs Bears: Game time, TV schedule, channels, odds, live streaming

All the broadcast information you need to watch the Patriots’ seventh game of the season. [Patriots fans: Sign up for FanPulse, our weekly Patriots survey) On Sunday, the New England Patriots will not only try to earn their fourth win in a row, they also attempt to get their first road victory since last season. Standing in their way is a Chicago Bears team that comes with an improved offense and one of the NFL’s best defenses – a combination that should make for an interesting game on Sunday. Before we get ahead of ourselves, however, let’s find out how you can watch it: New...
Oct 19, 2018
Patriots pass the Chiefs as favorites to win the AFC

Patriots pass the Chiefs as favorites to win the AFC

And time is a flat circle. After a brief stint as the #2 team in the AFC, the New England Patriots overtook the Kansas City Chiefs and are back as the favorites to represent the conference in Super Bowl LIII, per oddsmaker Bovada. The Patriots have 5/2 odds (28.6%) of winning the conference, edging out the Chiefs with 11/4 odds (26.7%). The Los Angeles Chargers (8/1, 11.1%) rank third, while the Baltimore Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers are tied with 17/2 odds (10.5%). The Jacksonville Jaguars are the AFC South favorites with 9/1 odds (10.0%). The three other teams worth consideration are...
Oct 18, 2018
Week 7 Thursday Night Football Broncos at Cardinals: Patriots rooting guide and open thread

Week 7 Thursday Night Football Broncos at Cardinals: Patriots rooting guide and open thread

Use this as the open thread for discussion. Week 7 is already here (unbelievable!) and the (2-4) Denver Broncos will be on the road against the (1-5) Arizona Cardinals in what is coincidentally a rematch of week 4 of the preseason. The Broncos won that game 21-10. Kick off is at 8:20 PM ET on FOX and the NFL Network. The New England Patriots are rooting for the Cardinals to notch their second win of the season because it’s always great to create some distance in the AFC- and watching the Broncos lose is always a welcome sight. Use this as the open thread for discussion.
Oct 18, 2018
Patriots vs Bears Thursday injury report: Marcus Cannon remains absent, 10 still limited

Patriots vs Bears Thursday injury report: Marcus Cannon remains absent, 10 still limited

The Patriots’ second practice report of the week is out. The New England Patriots were back on the practice fields today continuing their preparation for the upcoming meeting with the Chicago Bears. Once more, the Patriots had solid but not perfect attendance – all while 10 players remain limited in action. Let’s take a closer look at them in today’s injury report: Did not participate Patriots: OT Marcus Cannon (concussion) Bears: LB Khalil Mack (ankle), WR Allen Robinson II (groin) While there are no changes to the Patriots’ list of absentees – starting right tackle Marcus...