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Sep 20, 2017
AFC East Report: Week 2; Dolphins win in QB Jay Cutler's debut

AFC East Report: Week 2; Dolphins win in QB Jay Cutler's debut

Let's take a look at this week's divisional happenings. Week two of the 2017 regular season is in the books and it saw the New England Patriots win their first game of the year. The defending world champions move to 1-1 thanks to a convincing 36-20 victory over the New Orleans Saints – a win that improves their divisional standing: The Patriots are now tied for second place with the Buffalo Bills. Let's take a look at what happened around the division in this week's installment of the AFC East Report. 1. Miami Dolphins (1-0) Week 2: win (19-17 against the Los Angeles Chargers, in Los...
Sep 20, 2017
State of the Patriots: Week 3, 2017

State of the Patriots: Week 3, 2017

Transitioning from the Patriots Week 2 win over the Saints and looking ahead to the Patriots Week 3 game against the Texans. Patriots 36, Saints 20: Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski posted monster games with the former throwing for 447 yards and 3 first quarter TDs. The Patriots defense was stingy in plus territory, allowing only 3 drives inside the Patriots 20 yard line even though the Saints picked up 429 total yards of offense. Injuries continued to pile up although this week’s batch of injuries seem less severe than the ones suffered in Week 1. Rookie edge rusher Deatrich Wise Jr. picked...
Sep 19, 2017
Film Review: The Patriots didn’t struggle against pick plays- the officials just didn’t call penalties

Film Review: The Patriots didn’t struggle against pick plays- the officials just didn’t call penalties

The Patriots weren’t exposed on defense against the Saints. The officials were just not calling penalties on the Saints. The New Orleans Saints must have seen something on film that tipped them off to a surprising deficiency for the New England Patriots defense: defending the pick play. I didn’t see any evidence of a Patriots struggle defending the pick against the Kansas City Chiefs, but there were multiple times on Sunday where the Saints stacked their receivers to run interference on the Patriots defensive backs and almost every time the Saints got the better of the New England...
Sep 19, 2017
Forbes: Patriots are the second-most valuable franchise in the NFL

Forbes: Patriots are the second-most valuable franchise in the NFL

New England trails only the Dallas Cowboys. In January 1994, Boston business magnate and football fan Robert Kraft bought a struggling NFL franchise and turned it into one of the greatest dynasties the sport has ever seen. Kraft, who already owned the team’s stadium, invested a then-record $172 million to buy the New England Patriots from James Orthwein Busch. The deal did not only turn out great for the team and the region, which kept its pro football franchise instead of seeing it leave to become the St. Louis Stallions, it also turned out well for Kraft: his investment has paid...
Sep 19, 2017
Advanced Stats Report: Patriots at Saints (Week 2)

Advanced Stats Report: Patriots at Saints (Week 2)

This week's advanced stats report with coverage stats, pass rush stats, and more. Below is this week’s advanced stats report for the Patriots second game of the season against the Saints. Tom Brady - Passing Chart Tom Brady's final passing chart. #Patriots pic.twitter.com/3Q4ezAQKzu— Evan Lazar (@ezlazar) September 17, 2017 This week’s passing chart is from the new and improved #NextGenStats database on NFL.com. Brady’s passing chart proves what we all thought: the Patriots offense got back to its roots against the Saints. After attempting a ridiculous 11 passes beyond 20...
Sep 19, 2017
Pats Pulpit Podcast Episode 085: How the Patriots rebounded against the Saints

Pats Pulpit Podcast Episode 085: How the Patriots rebounded against the Saints

Also, should the Patriots be worried about the Texans? What teams around the league look good? The New England Patriots needed a win against the New Orleans Saints and earn one in decisive fashion. Tom Brady looked excellent, Rob Gronkowski was productive, and James White and Chris Hogan combined to replace Julian Edelman in the offense. The defense also played fine. Drew Brees and the Saints moved the ball up and down the field and a decision to go for it on fourth down and a missed field goal took six points off the board and allowed the Patriots to add a field goal before the half. This...
Sep 19, 2017
New England Patriots links 9/19/17 - DT Adam Butler: “We practiced much harder” in Week 2

New England Patriots links 9/19/17 - DT Adam Butler: “We practiced much harder” in Week 2

Daily news and links for Tuesday TEAM TALK Press Release: Patriots victory tops Boston television market ratings; Patriots 5th Quarter edges out Emmy Awards. Infographic: Breaking down the win over the Saints. Paul Perillo tells us who won their matchups on Sunday. Don Banks Snap Judgments, Week 2: The Patriots rolled to 555 yards of offense and blitzed New Orleans with 30 points in the first half. Conference Call Transcript: Bill Belichick. Patriots locker room celebration following their 36-20 win over the Saints. (1.30 min. video) Post Game Locker Room: Brandin Cooks, Patriots...
Sep 19, 2017
With two up and two down, Patriots rookie Deatrich Wise Jr. stands in good company

With two up and two down, Patriots rookie Deatrich Wise Jr. stands in good company

Since 2000, five Patriots rookies have recorded sacks in Week 1. Deatrich Wise Jr. followed up in Week 2. Deatrich Wise Jr. worked his way into some history Sunday at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. It transpired 35 yards from the end zone, on third-and-7 with 11:56 to play in the third quarter, as the Arkansas product loomed wide across from Andrus Peat. The shotgun snap was handled and around the arc Wise traveled, strong-arming Peat until the 6-foot-7, 316-pound interim left tackle’s back was facing the line of scrimmage. Wise was facing the back of Drew Brees by then. Brees may not have...
Sep 19, 2017
Patriots bring in former first round draft pick Datone Jones, five more players for free agency workouts

Patriots bring in former first round draft pick Datone Jones, five more players for free agency workouts

New England is taking a look at some unsigned players. After last week's loss at the hand of the Kansas City Chiefs, the New England Patriots brought multiple players in for free agency visits. Now, after Sunday's 36-20 victory against the New Orleans Saints, the Patriots still continue to take a look at players on the open market. According to ESPN's Mike Reiss and Field Yates, the team brought in six yesterday. Let's take a look at them. WR River Cracraft An All-Pac12 honorable mention, Washington State wide receiver River Cracraft finished his 2016 senior year with 53 catches for 701...
Sep 19, 2017
Panthers lose All Pro TE Greg Olsen to a serious injury, will miss Patriots game

Panthers lose All Pro TE Greg Olsen to a serious injury, will miss Patriots game

The Panthers top receiver will be out for an extended period of time. Carolina Panthers TE Greg Olsen is expected to miss 6-8 weeks with a broken foot, according to multiple reports, which means that he will miss the upcoming week 4 game against the New England Patriots. The Panthers have been winning on the back of their defense, which has allowed a mere 6 points and 393 yards through two games combined. The Patriots defense has allowed more points and yards in each individual game this season. Olsen has led the Panthers in yards from scrimmage in each of the past three seasons and has...
Sep 19, 2017
WATCH: Patriots locker room reacts to 36-20 victory over the Saints

WATCH: Patriots locker room reacts to 36-20 victory over the Saints

Go inside New England’s locker room following the team’s first win of the season. "We needed that one," were the first words New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady spoke to Robert and Jonathan Kraft after his team’s 36-20 victory over the New Irleans Saints. Indeed the team did, to get some momentum after its blowout loss against the Kansas City Chiefs on opening night. Overall, as the behind-the-scenes clip from patriots.com shows, New England's quarterback was fired up following a very good performance. Brady reminded his teammates that the win was “what we needed” as they...
Sep 18, 2017
Week 2 Lions vs Giants: Monday Night Football live discussion, game time, TV schedule and Patriots rooting guide

Week 2 Lions vs Giants: Monday Night Football live discussion, game time, TV schedule and Patriots rooting guide

Join the conversation! The second week of the 2017 NFL regular season comes to a close today when the New York Giants host the Detroit Lions. The Lions try to start a season with two consecutive wins for the first time since 2011, while the Giants try to bounce back from a 19-3 blowout loss against the Dallas Cowboys. Here is all you need to know about tonight's contest: Detroit Lions (1-0) at New York Giants (1-0) Date: Monday, September 18th, 2017 Location: MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford NJ Kickoff: 8:30 pm ET SB Nation affiliates: Pride of Detroit (Lions), Big Blue View (Giants) TV:...
Sep 18, 2017
Film Review: Patriots stole a big play from the Kansas City Chiefs

Film Review: Patriots stole a big play from the Kansas City Chiefs

The Patriots are borrowing from the team that defeated them in the season opener. New England Patriots RB James White gained 96 yards against the New Orleans Saints, with 85 coming through the air. His biggest gain was a 24-yard catch-and-run after he easily beat the linebacker in coverage and moved down the field. “You know that play right there, we talked about earlier in the game, Jim, we talked about copycat league,” color commentator Tony Romo said during the CBS broadcast. “That last play right out of the backfield, guess who they stole that play from?” “Tell...
Sep 18, 2017
Patriots offense is spreading the football better than any other team in the league

Patriots offense is spreading the football better than any other team in the league

The Patriots have more talented skill players than any other team in the league. The New England Patriots needed someone to pick up the offense after a disappointing week 1 performance against the Kansas City Chiefs. The team couldn’t overcome the loss of Julian Edelman, Rob Gronkowski and Chris Hogan were blanketed, and the Chiefs dared Tom Brady to win by throwing to a double-covered Brandin Cooks or Danny Amendola. It didn’t work, Amendola was injured, and the Patriots needed to figure out an adjustment against the New Orleans Saints. The Saints defense is the worst in the league and...
Sep 18, 2017
Patriots vs. Saints: Fan Notes from the Game

Patriots vs. Saints: Fan Notes from the Game

Notes, musings, and observations from the New England Patriots’ 36-20 victory over the New Orleans Saints Victory Monday! It’s been a while, hasn’t it? The last time Patriots fans got to enjoy a Victory Monday, it was the Victory Mondayest Victory Monday to have ever Victory Mondayed. And after last week’s Chiefs game...well, no need to get back into that one. What matters is that, for now at least, the Patriots have righted the ship and are coming off a convincing road win against the New Orleans Saints. And since the entire NFL once again is shaping up to be pretty terrible this...