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Connelly’s Top Ten – Denver Quits – Patriots Take Win

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1.PATRIOTS

SUMMARY

*Cardona recovers punt on Veterans Day weekend
* Patriots loss another coin toss
* Burkhead had a TD, blocked punt and a tackle on Special Teams

BRADY

*Appreciate every game – don’t take any win for granted
* His three TD passes were for a combined 31 yards
* On pace for 28 TD passes and 3 Interceptions
* He seemed much more comfortable this week knowing that his backup quarterback doesn’t have nicer hair than him anymore

OFFENSE

*Dorset and Allen coming into the game had 4 combined catches – they had three Sunday night
*Gronk made a great catch for a TD that didn’t count
*More inefficiencies in the Red Zone
* Lewis 14 touches / Burkhead 13 touches / White 5 touches
* Nice job offensive line although Denver just picked up their paycheck

DEFENSE

*Malcom Butler is losing more and more money every week – teams are actually picking on him
*Roberts hits hard – doesn’t always shoot the right gap
*Gilmore good game – but did have another penalty to extend the drive
*Patriots might have the worst and smallest linebacker corps in NFL
*Butler got destroyed on the first Denver play by Sanders and got up and hugged him

KRAFT SIGHTING / BILL GARB

*Kraft – Late showing in the 4th quarter but came up big from the owner’s box and taking a picture with Brady and Bledsoe
* Bill going Obi Wan Kenobi with hood

BROADCAST

*Christmas ads already – ugh
*Al Michaels does a nice job but voice is starting to sound older

OTHER

*NFL concerted efforts to reverse the kneeling debacle with Veterans Day events
* Simmons from Denver and Boston College can really hit
* Always good to see old friend Walt Coleman from Tuck Rule fame with the whistle
* Green Bay team and fans must be out of their mind watching Bennett catching balls
* Never heard Denver get booed

2. Around the NFL

* Patriots win over the 7-2 Saints is looking bigger each week
* Jamie Collins – 1 tackle
* Brandon LaFell – six catches / 95 yards / 1 td – for Cincy
* Seattle going to get fined after violating the concussion protocol following the abuse of the injury report last year?

3. Around College Football

* BC football coach Coach Addazio in has last 11 games versus top 25 teams – 0-11
* Army and Navy both won on Veterans Day (they are a combined 14-5 midway through November)
* Mississippi State lost to Alabama even though they won the time of possession – 38:56 / 21:04
* If the playoffs in college football were top eight – the first round right now would be: Alabama vs. Ohio Stat / Miami vs. Georgia / Oklahoma vs. Auburn / Clemson vs. Wisconsin

4. Celtics

* Celtics finding a way to win games
* Won Friday without Horford, Irving, Hayward
* Tatum is the best slasher to the hoop since Cedric Maxwell
* Marcus Smart has attempted at least nine field goals in ten games – he has shot over 33% once in those ten games – painful
* Larkin looks like the little brother that some older brother got stuck bringing to the park
* Bench 9 for 32 shooting Sunday night
* Horford shooting 63.2% over the last eight games
* Garnett started a fad blocking shots taken after the whistle
* It’s amazing watching NBA players not try shots at the end of the quarter so not to hurt their shooting % – at the end of the third quarter a Raptor player didn’t shoot from the Celtics side of half court
* Marcus Morris not fitting in – not making extra pass, lot of complaining to refs, not great on help defense

5. Bruins

* Pastrnak 10 goals but a MINUS 8 –
* Beleskey points per game for the Bruins: 2015 – .46 / 2016 – 0.16 / 2017 – 0.00
* Rask 3-6-2 this year
6. Bruins goalie winning % – regular season and playoffs:

Cheevers – 229-101(.693) – playoffs….53-34 (.609)
Gilbert……155-73 (.679)…playoffs….17-14 (.548)
Moog…….136-75 (.645)….playoffs….36-32 (.562)
Thomas….196-121 (.618)…playoffs….29-21 (.580)
Rask………207-129 (.616)..playoffs….30-23 (.566)

7. Amazing Stat – More proof that Orr was greater:

Gretzky last 38% games of his career – MINUS 98
Orr last 38% games of his career – PLUS 98

8. Old School – Coldest November 11th in 110 years – thanks Al Gore

9. Just a Little Bit Outside – Appalachian State basketball beats Toccoa Falls 135-34 Saturday:

* Tocco stats – 15% from the field / 21 turnovers to 6 assists
* Outrebounded 76 to 24
* With 1:36 left in the game and up 98 points – Nick Hough from Appalachian State hit a three pointer

10. Randomocity

* Donna Brazile dedicated her book to Seth Rich of the Democratic National Committee whose murder was never “solved”
* The studio team of Shaq, Barkley, Kenny Smith and Ernie is the best ever assembled
* Daniel Flores death of testicular cancer brings to attention the number of catchers that are susceptible to this disease – foul tips off the ground and up under the cup most dangerous
* The Roy Halliday SI article years ago on how to reinvent yourself was special
* Josh Beckett beer and chicken again – arrested for attacking a country singer on stage

Michael has written for the Boston Herald and other sites in the past and his top ten column is now housed on Trifecta Sports Network. Connelly’s Top Ten releases on Monday’s and Friday’s.

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  1. vermont k

    November 13, 2017 at 8:24 am

    Michael, in Burlington VT October’s average temperatures were warmest ever recorded, 10.5 degrees warmer than typical. January in Burlington about 11 degrees warmer than average, February 8 degrees warmer than average. March so far this year the only month not warmer than average in Burlington, per National Weather Service data I researched for a newspaper article.
    Sorry for you that it was cold on Saturday,
    Sincerely,
    VTK

  2. Orange Julius

    November 13, 2017 at 10:35 am

    Amazing that Butler makes perhaps the greatest INT of all time and yet is in position so many times to make an INT or deflect a ball and he whiffs. Credit Pats for big road win even with Denver fading, special teams emphasis by Belichick continues to pay off. What does the “solved” reference mean?

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Patriots Talk: Patriots Shut Out Raiders In Mexico City

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What a day for the Patriots to secure a win in the most Patriot way possible. The game was effectively over before the 2nd quarter ended. The team was dominant throughout the entire duration of the game and it showed. In many ways, there were a number of factors within this game that caused the Raiders to ultimately fold early on in the game

The Altitude Difference

The Patriots had the smart idea to stay in Denver and travel to Colorado Springs to adjust their bodies to the pressures of high altitude. The Raiders took the same approach when they traveled to Mexico City to play against the Houston Texans in Week 11 of the 2016 season. Although, the method worked last year, you can’t deny that there was a lot of outside interference in that game.

This time around, it was very clearly from just the fact that CB Stephon Gilmore and WR Danny Amendola leaving the game due to dehydration showed how taxing the high altitude was on them. The Raiders were arguably worse with their team as they allowed 4 turnovers on the offense yesterdays. The sheer pressure the game put on most of the players was quite significant in this game for both team. But the Patriots ultimately minimzed the effect that it had on them.

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Patriots Football Talk: Patriots Dominance Continues In Mexico

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It was a sunny Sunday at the Estadio Azteca, Mexico’s Premier Stadium, in Mexico City.  The New England Patriots were facing off against the Oakland Raiders in what was called a Road Game.  It was a made for TV experience to draw in a more viewers and fans.  It was the NFL’s way to reach a larger market, that being fans in Mexico City.

The Game showed off the best in the NFL.  And you know what?  The best Team in the NFL showed what it means to be the best.  Of course I’m talking about the Patriots dominating yet another Team.  They continue to out preform their opponents on the field.  It’s something that this year’s Team has grown in to.  From being just a contender to being an all-out reigning champ; this Team has figured out how to be great.  Today’s game was proof of that!  I’d say they played perfect, but they didn’t get the shut out.  Hey you can’t have everything!

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NFL Talk: Week 11 Picks

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We are finally getting down to the last stretch of the season where teams will finally start to line up where they will make the playoffs and those who will simply tank for the higher pick in the 2018 NFL draft. At this point, most people have teams figured out and know how games should go from here on out. As of now, I got 11-3 correct last week, which puts me at 95-51 for the season.

Tennessee Titans @ Pittsburgh Steelers: Winner – Steelers

At this point in the season, I think the Titans will likely make the wildcard as Jacksonville will run away with the division. The Steelers are pretty much a lock for the playoffs. Their division has the Browns with the worst record in the NFL, and the Bengals and Ravens have fallen off. Even though the game was already played yesterday here was my thoughts before the game:

They are playing the Titans at home and the Steelers defense has been a hack of a surprise for this season. It’s mainly because of how much money was invested into their offense yet their defense has improved substantially from last year. The 2nd best passing defense in the NFL (allowing only 181.8 passing yards per game) and 11th against the run (allowing 102.7 rushing yards per game).

The Titans will have some serious difficulties holding the Steelers down while they are playing at home. Despite the Titans not having a bad team by any stretch (they have the 6th best rushing defense in the NFL), this is the Steelers game to lose and thankfully after what we have seen, that isn’t alot. Steelers won by 40-17 and my prediction was they would score 27-20. (Titans couldn’t even get me that)

Jacksonville Jaguars @ Cleveland Browns: Winner – Jaguars

If the Jags somehow throw this game away I will be so done with predicting their games this season. The Browns are a team that needs a massive overhaul and I don’t see it being enough for them to win this game. The Jaguars will win this game 24-21 with Blake Bortles somehow almost throwing the game away. Almost.

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