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Breaking New England Patriots News: Team Trades For A Tight End

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Breaking New England Patriots News: Team Trades For A Tight End

According to Ian Rapoport and a number of reports the New England Patriots have made a trade with the Indianapolis Colts for tight end Dwayne Allen.

Allen will fill the back-up tight end role as Martellus Bennett is expected to leave the team as he is seeking an $8+ million dollar per year contract. Allen signed a 4-year deal prior to the start of last season with the Colts and will be under contract through the 2019 season.

His salary with be $2.5M, 4.5M, and 6.9M with the final year likely be a potential restructure for the Patriots. We are unsure of the exact return the Colts will receive for Allen but the expectation is a late round draft pick given the money the Patriots are taking on in the contract.

Taking a look at his numbers he has shown potential and caught 6 touchdowns last season and had a healthy 67% catch rate. The Patriots needed to go and get a solid back-up tight end given the injury history of Rob Gronkowski and with the weak free agent tight end market this was the way to go for the Patriots.

Tanner founded Trifecta Network in Spring of 2016 and has been the Chief of Content for the Network since that time. Currently Tanner covers all the sports teams in Boston and has contacts in many of the teams in the city. Before starting Trifecta, Tanner was a Site Expert for the FanSided site Chowder and Champions before leaving to cover Boston teams on the ground as a member of the media for Trifecta.

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Robert Kraft Along With Patriots/Revolution Fans Raise Over $2 Million

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When Hurricane Harvey hit the Houston area the Kraft Family stepped up and launched an effort to raise funds to help support the disaster relief effort.

Robert Kraft pledged to match up to $1 million to support the relief effort with the goal being fans coming up with the money to match the pledge.

Patriots and Revolution fans came up big and donated an impressive $1,094,620 to the American Red Cross through the Kraft page bringing the total number raised to $2,094,620.

An impressive effort by all sides.

On Saturday afternoon the Kraft’s announced that outstanding number and thanked those who joined them in supporting the Hurricane Harvey relief effort.

The Kraft Family and fans weren’t the only members of the organization to help out the cause. Most notably Patriots QB Tom Brady donated $100,000 and head coach Bill Belichick donated $50,000. Both of those donations went to the JJ Watt lead effort that raised somewhere north of $30,000,000.

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NFL Talk: Week 3 Picks

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The NFL season is going to be here for awhile but fantasy and replays will keep football fresh for all of us who are currently waiting to see Thursday Night Football (I wonder how many that would be). However, week 3 is now here and teams are still somewhat trying to form their identity. Trying to guess any NFL team’s record by the end of this year usually 9 times out of 10 will look stupid. Doing it it week-by-week gives everyone a more in depth idea about how each team will look moving forward.I overall did remarkably better than last week. I guessed 12-4 correct for week 2, so that makes my current record: 21-10. Now let’s see how the rest of this week turns out.

 

Los Angeles Rams @ San Fransisco 49ers: Winner – Rams

 

I can understand why many people would say the 49ers are not being taken seriously enough. They have a  young Front 7 that on paper, could give anyone in the NFC West trouble. In terms of pressure they can generate at the defensive line, the 49ers are capable of giving Jared Goff issues. The reality is that Brian Hoyer is a player that has difficulties when dealing with zone coverage. He has a bad habit of locking down his receivers and while he is easily capable of noticing pressure, he tends to falter under it. The Rams defense has a defensive tackle like Aaron Donald who by himself can cause massive pressure on the field. Both teams could easily mess with either QBs to make this into a very low scoring game. So this will lead to the teams relying on their running backs. Carlos Hyde is easily capable of breaking 100+ yards (He made 169 yards against the Seattle defense which speaks volumes of his production) but so too is Todd Gurley III who was Rookie of the year in 2015. Hyde is having a tremendous opener to his year but the reality is that the 49ers offense has yet to score a touchdown this season. Now some people believe that this is a trap game as the 49ers seemingly are beat up after being exhausted against a strong Seattle defense that plays hard, but their defense also was playing against arguably the worst offense line in the NFC. With the improvements in the Rams offensive line, things could change here. The 49ers being underdogs in this game makes a lot of sense as their offense still seemingly needs time to gel but I think the Rams can pull it off even on the 49ers home turf. I have the Rams winning close 18-16 tonight at 8:25 EST.

 

 

Baltimore Ravens @ Jacksonville Jaguars: Winner – Ravens

 

The battle of London is here. One of the few away games that are overseas, this will be one of the early games to start our Sunday morning. Many people had the Jags as an a underdog team that was on the rise but due to injuries in the secondary cost them in their Week 2 game against the Tennessee Titans. And while I think the Jags are a young upcoming team, their main offense is centered around Leonard Fournette. Blake Bortles is a player that if left alone, can lead to turnover issues and that is why Fournette was drafted in the first place. However, the Ravens defense has been one of the most dominating so far into this season. I think the Ravens are legit, they are a team that has been plagued by the injury bug for the past couple of years (same can be said of the Los Angeles Chargers). While the Jags have a very productive running game and an upcoming defense, they are still trying to fight back injuries (Cornerback Jalen Ramsey was limited in practice with an ankle injury and Safety Tashuan Gipson didn’t participate in practice). Right now, the Ravens are in a prime moment to dominant and I believe their defense can help them win this game. Ravens win 21-14.

 

 

Denver Broncos @ Buffalo Bills: Winner – Broncos

Anybody who says that Trevor Siemian is a franchise QB is kinda overstating things a bit. He is a player that, if he gets consistent with the offense, can be a great game manager. CJ Anderson is the essential equivalent of a wrecking ball and once he went down with injury last year, they became reliant on the passing game, which hurt their season going forward (despite going 9-7 for the 2016 season). Right now, the Broncos look like they are getting things going and Siemian is able to advance the ball further down the field thanks to having a wide receiving core of Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders. The main highlights with the Buffalo Bills right now is in their running game but the Broncos have quite possibly the best secondary in the NFL so they will be difficult to beat just passing the ball but with Von Miller possibly out with injury (he has been seen only as questionable so this could change), it could mean that the Broncos defensive line will be significantly weaker but we will need to see how the defense steps up if he is out for Sunday’s game. Either way, I have the Broncos winning by a score of 27-18.

 

 

Pittsburgh Steelers @ Chicago Bears: Winner – Steelers

 

The Chicago Bears are a team that is still trying to form an identity and right now their greatest strength is their interior offensive line and elite running game. However, the Pittsburgh Steelers have both an elite passing and running game which makes them much more difficult to stop especially while on offense. The Bears defense isn’t like what it once was in in the 2000s. In addition, Kyle Long is limited in practice along with starting running back Jordan Howard and rookie Benny Cunningham. This could lead to problems for Mike Glennon on the offense as they have been plagued with injuries in their wide receiving core as well. The Steelers are the healthier team and while Big Ben Roethlisburger may not be as good on the road, i think this team is built to win. Steelers win against the Bears 28-10.

 

 

New Orleans Saints @ Carolina Panthers: Winner – Panthers

 

This is one game that I usually will say could go either way, but with the addition of injuries including Jeremy Cash and Charles Johnson on the defensive line, the Panthers will need to put extra pressure on Drew Brees in order to get him to falter. The Panthers also lost Greg Olsen, their starting TE to severe injury and is now out for quite possibly the whole 2017 season. This will put extra pressure on the receiving core including Kelvin Benjamin. However, I don’t feel confident with the Saints defense, many thought this defense would step up this year, but its arguably stepped back from last season. Brees is going to have a tough time with an inconsistent running game (including a heated Adrian Peterson who has been limited in snaps these last two weeks) and his receiving core being without Willie Snead until Week 4. In addition, their starting corner backs Sterling Moore and Marshon Lattimore are both potentially out for next week and with the addition injuries on the defensive line, which includes: Trey Hendrickson, Bryan Braman, and Devaroe Lawrence. I just can’t see this defense stopping the Panthers, especially rookie running back Christian McCaffery who will likely have a huge game on Sunday. I see the Panthers winning around 24-20.

 

 

Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Minnesota Vikings: Winner – Buccaneers

 

Man oh man, poor Sam Bradford. Guy might as well be called Mr. Glass at this point in his career, guy was red hot to start his season and then falls to injury. Now the Vikings have no choice but to bring out…Case Keenum as their starting QB (If Bradford of course is as badly injured as the reports have stated). Vikings fans I am so sorry.  While the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are definitely a team that has the firepower to compete against their defense, I think the Vikings will be more reliant on their running game, which can be bad for the Bucs as Gerald McCoy and Brent Grimes are listed as questionable. It comes down to which team can perform at a higher level I think that the Bucs are capable of this under Jameis Winston. I have the Bucs winning 24-14.

 

 

Cleveland Browns @ Indianapolis Colts: Winner – Colts

 

Literally had to think about this one and it ultimately came down to a coin flip because these teams are so godawful. The Cleveland Browns are without Cory Coleman now, Myles Garret is still a big question mark due to not participating in practice. Deshone Kizer is starting to look more normal now especially as he is showing severe inconsistency in the passing game. Jacoby Brissett, former New England Patriot, is still going through some growing pains but he is showing that his time in New England isn’t wasted, he is filling for Andrew Luck (who is unlikely to be back till October). The young man still has a lot to prove and if he can get connections with his receiving core, he might be able to put some points on the board (he pushed the Cardinals into overtime, whose defense is much better than the Browns right now). Due to losing play makers like Jaime Collins Sr. due to injury, the Browns are unlikely to get through this game without potentially losing it. I think this game really is a close one that will be decided by who gets a touchdown only. I see the Colts winning by a score of only 16-14. This game will be potentially close but I think if given the right opportunity, the Browns could be a surprise come Sunday.

 

 

Miami Dolphins @ New York Jets: Winner – Dolphins

 

Can’t believe I am back on the diabetic train with Jay Cutler on the Dolphins. However, the Dolphins actually have difference makers on both sides of the ball. The Jets, most definitely do not. The Jets defensive line is potentiality  top 10, but everything else especially on offense is hot garbage. Jay Cutler is middle of the road, but he is a guy who can get points on the board for the team and he will likely help his team stay atleast somewhat consistent. I won’t say that I am beating a dead horse here with the New York Jets but I also am not betting against a type 1 diabetic (Jay Cutler) either. The Dolphins should win this game 19-10.

 

 

Houston Texans @ New England Patriots: Winner – Patriots

I already explained my thoughts yesterday about this game. Right now, the Houston Texans I don’t trust offensively and Belichick eats rookie QBs alive. The team is built to handle most offenses and the Texans offense is still trying to work itself out. Right now, Deshaun Watson is still working out his issues but the young man has talent. However, the Patriots defense is still working on improvements as the New Orleans Saints got shut down hard last week. We will see if the performance this week will be the same. I see the Patriots winning 30-16.

 

 

Atlanta Falcons @ Detroit Lions: Winner – Falcons

 

I think betting against the Falcons is a mistake this time around. The Lions have shown they deserve to be recognized as a legit team. However, the Falcons still have a fast moving defense and a offense that is almost impossible to shutdown. They have play makers like Matt Ryan and Julio Jones (who finally emerged last season as the best receiver in the NFL). I like Matthew Stafford and what he is doing this season (most 4th quarter comebacks in league history last season), but the Falcons have too much firepower. Even though the Detroit defense i capable of holding its own, there is no way I can see them containing this Falcons offense, who are very hungry after the Super Bowl. I think hangover doesn’t describe this team at all, but rather, hungry for another shot at the Super Bowl might be a better description. The Falcons should win this game 32-24.

 

 

New York Giants @ Philadelphia Eagles: Winner – Eagles

 

The Giants don’t have an offense. Let’s make that clear. Brandon Marshall was suppose to help make this receiving core better between Evan Engram, Sterling Shepard and of course Odell Beckham Jr. However, this team’s offensive line is terrible (by the way, Ben McAdoo, cut Ereck Flowers, he is a waste of an offensive tackle at this point if he doesn’t get help). The Eagles front seven is going to have a field day with that offense and honestly, I think Wentz won’t feel too pressured since the Giants defense will be on the field more than their offense will. The Giants defense is easily a top ten defense in the league, but the issues with the offense are hurting the defense badly. Time of possession is a key factor in this game and I have more faith in the Eagles ability to create pressure on Eli Manning (who is already too old to scramble when out of the pocket). I think the Giants are going to let Eli have more control over the offense as it is clear Ben McAdoo doesn’t seem to understand how to get the team running under his scheme. The Giants will bounce back but I have a feeling that this team will go 0-3 to start this season. Eagles should win 24-18.

 

Seattle Seahawks @ Tennessee Titans: Winner – Titans

 

This is possibly my biggest upset for this week shockingly. The Seahawks defense is killer but I am already convinced that the Seahawks defense is becoming gassed out due to the offensive line being basically made out of paper. The Seahawks offense lives and dies with Russsell Wilson. Their team sadly has some serious issues due to how much was invested into their defense. The Seattle’s Legion of Boom defense is still as dangerous as ever, but the reality is that the offense has been underwhelming to say the least. Wilson’s ability to extend plays has been the saving grace for this team. However, the Tennesee Titans showed up last week against the Jaguars. And while I think Mariota will have difficulties with this Seattle defense, I feel that the team’s offense can manage to score just as much as the Seahawks can. I think this will be a very close game with the Titans barely winning 17-15 (I am secretly hoping the Seahawks get a double digit score but they have failed at getting above 10 this season).

 

 

Kansas City Chiefs @ Los Angeles Chargers: Winner – Chiefs

 

Man, the Chargers have been hit badly these last two weeks with back-to-back games ending with a  missed field goal. The Chargers are possibly the best team out of any that are starting 0-2 for the season but misfortune on both schedule and injury is hurting this team’s chances of making it to the playoffs this year. The Chiefs are currently the team to beat, with their new hot shot running back Kareem Hunt exploding onto the NFL season. The Chiefs without Eric Berry look like a legitimate Super Bowl contender this year. While the Chargers are still a very good team, if this a continuous affair of bad special teams, then there is a likely chance that the Chargers are in for alot of turnovers. The Chiefs should win 28-23.

 

 

Cincinnati Bengals @ Green Bay Packers: Winner – Packers

 

The Packers got beat up hard last week against the Falcons but the Bengals arguably got the worse beat down from the Houston Texans. The Bengals offense is UGLY. I mean, just plain ugly, this is a team that has been a disaster and has failed to score a single touchdown this season already. The Bengals went as far as to fire their offensive coordinator but I don’t think that will be enough to fix their problems. This is a team that has talent on the defensive side of the ball and has deep threat receiver like AJ Green. However, the Packers are the better from both a coaching and offensive perspective. The Bengals will need to sort out their problems but until then, I ain’t seeing them win this game. Packers should win 24-16. The Bengals are the only team in Aaron Rodgers entire career that he has never won against. This is a game that Rodgers will likely look forward to, but I can’t say the same for the Bengals who are looking to make a bounce back performance this week.

 

 

Oakland Raiders @ Washington Redskins: Winner – Raiders

 

While the Redskins are trying to keep their season alive, the Raiders are one of the hottest teams coming out of the AFC this year. With Marshawn Lynch seemingly back in form, and the offense looking solid, this Raiders team will have a big day against the Redskins, especially with Josh Norman (who was limited at practice today) on the other side of the ball. Kirk Cousins has struggled this season but he is out to prove he is worth a  long-term contract. While he is trying to get his connections with Terrelle Pryor, he is about to face an Raiders’ defense with Khali Mack on the other side of the ball (I will expect Trent Williams will be covering him to avoid Cousins from getting sacked). This is a match up that on paper should be good, but with the news of Jordan Reed not being available at practice, it seems that the Redskins will be without their starting Tight End. The Raiders had Amari Cooper limited at practice but he is one of many weapons on this offense. The Raiders should win 28-21.

 

 

Dallas Cowboys @ Arizona Cardinals: Winner – Cowboys

 

And finally the Monday night game where we will find the Cowboys being hosted at Arizona. While the Cardinals seem to be trying, this offense has lost its identity without David Johnson. Bruce Arians has been pushing this team far, but its clear that the 2015 season is in the rear view mirror at this point.  would suggest to just have Palmer ride out his contract, draft a QB in next year’s draft and just tank. The Cowboys had a bad game at Denver and everybody does sadly at Mile High. The cowboys got exposed by the Denver’s no fly zone defense but even so, there is no way that the Cardinals can replicate that blueprint with the players they have (They first of all need to have both corner backs play on the same level as Patrick Peterson and I only see one of him). The Cardinals low scoring, is a major concern and I think the Cowboys will win on the road to help get themselves back on track. I predict this to be a low scoring game but Ezekiel Elliot will show up at this game. Cowboys win 24-18.

 

 

 

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Patriots Talk: What To Expect For Week 3

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With the Patriots made a great bounce back after the season opener. However, there is still much that the team needs to do going into Week 3. The Patriots will be essentially repeating last season, a Sunday game against the Houston Texans. The thing about the Texans is that their staff is full of ex-Patriots but their team is completely the opposite of the Patriots. The Texans rely much more on their defense than their offense.

Bill Belichick has managed a consist record against O’Brien’s Texans with their last encounters in three years (with Jacoby Brissett being the starting QB for one of them). Two of the games were in the regular season and one in the postseason.

  • 2015: 27-6
  • 2016: 27-0
  • 2017: 34-16

If we are basing the scores from across both teams’ history, the Texans are completely lopsided in this case as well. Since the team first came into existence in 2002 (that means the Houston Texans are only 16 years old, to put that into even further perspective, Bill Belichick has been the Head Coach of the New England Patriots since 2000, 2 years longer than the Texans have been a football team), the Patriots have been 8-1 against the Texans all-time. In terms of overall scores, the Patriots have never scored lower than 23 points against the Texans.

However, the Patriots shouldn’t just push the Texans aside. This is a football team that has never had a fully healthy JJ Watt to face against especially with a defense that has Jadeveon Clowney or Whitney Mercilus. This is a team that can give the Patriots offense problems. In their last meeting, Brady was only able to make 18 completions on 38 passing attempts with 2 touchdowns and 2 interceptions. The only reason the Patriots won that last game was due to the team having massive headaches at the QB positions and just simple special team mistakes that resulted in two different turnovers.

In addition, the Patriots best weapon, Rob Gronkowski, is currently dealing with a  groin injury and while reports seem positive, that can all change on game day and that simple injury could turn into something much worse (Remember Gronk’s arm brace being a bit massive? It is because they need him to wear that for the rest of his career to prevent further infection or else Gronk would likely have been permanently crippled). It’s still early in the week and things will change as we get closer to game day but its always better to be cautious.

The Patriots will be playing against the Houston Texans on Sunday, September 24th, at 1:00 PM EST at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, MA.  The game will be broadcast on CBS, and both teams are currently 1-1 to start the regular NFL season into Week 3.

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