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New England Patriots Are Still On The Top Looking Down

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New England Patriots Are Still On The Top Looking Down On The Rest Of The NFL. Everyone Else Is Playing Checkers While The Patriots Are Playing Chess

The current state of the NFL is a landscape with a lot of really good football teams, but only one of the 32 teams are great. That team is the New England Patriots.

The Patriots are the defending Super Bowl Champions and they will be in the running this season to have the chance to do what they did in 2002, win a title in 3 of 4 seasons. A feat that would make another Tom Brady lead Patriot Dynasty.

Looking around the NFL you see teams riddled with mediocracy and the inability to build Super Bowl winning teams. In New England you have a team that just won the Super Bowl and still added an incredible amount of talent to their squad for the future. This offseason, Bill Belichick added more offensive touchdown players from the previous season than any other team in the NFL. A thought that seems crazy for a defending Super Bowl Champion.

But in New England, with the Brady era closing, going all-out for title number 6 is consuming Belichick and ownership. The desire to win won more for Tom and tie his Hall of Fame career in a neat bow has put the priority on fielding the best football team possible.

Off-season acquisition list highlights:

With New England, the crazy thing is they won last season’s Super Bowl all without the help of all-world tight end Rob Gronkowski for the majority of the season. Now with Gronk coming back, receiver Malcom Mitchell in his second year, and running back Dion Lewis finally healthy, this Patriots team has seemingly found another way to add event more talent and production then they had last year.

The rest of the NFL is playing checkers while Belichick and the Patriots in New England are playing chess.

The top teams around the league are arguable at this point, Dallas’s rookie duo Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott are entering their sophomore years, but putting a thumb on the Cowboys right now is impossible. The Raiders should in theory have a solid squad, but who knows what Derek Carr will be like coming back from season ending injury.

The Seahawks since losing to the Patriots three years ago have fallen apart, Russell Wilson’s inefficiencies have been exposed and Pete Carrols inability to be a long-term winning coach has also been pantsed. Another supposed top team is Aaron Rodgers’s Green Bay Packers team, but their lack of clutch and leadership at coach and poor depth on the roster around Rodgers has always killed that team.

The team the Patriots beat in the Super Bowl, the Atlanta Falcons, will likely never recover after suffering an embarrassing defeat after leading the Super Bowl 28-3. In fact, I doubt that city will ever recover from that turmoil. The final team that could compete as being a good football team is Jameis Winston’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers who in my opinion are going to be the second or third best team in the entire league this season. But that team has glaring deficiencies on defense and will be heavily reliant on Winston and the offense.

Some might include the Panthers as being a top team, but this season will be the firing of Riverboat Ron and the continuation of Cam Newton’s fall from grace. Remember it all started with him declining to dive on a fumbled football in a Super Bowl game, a move a 39-year-old Brady does in a rainy OTA in May.

With all the “top” teams in the league having something wrong with them, New England is seemingly miles ahead and in the driver seat to win their third title in four years and send the impending Brady retirement into an early arrival next Spring. To be honest, how can someone in their right mind not consider the Patriots as being the locked in favorite to win another Super Bowl, at this point it isn’t the matter of if it will happen, but when.

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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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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Patriots Simply Play In A Different League

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Year after year since Bill Belichick has taken the helm in New England the rest of the NFL has been looking up at the Patriots. You can say one of the big reasons for that is having future hall of famer Tom Brady under center. But when it really comes down to it the real reason for New England’s success is stupidity on behalf of the other teams.

Sunday night’s win was a prime example of another team failing under the spotlight against the Patriots. Denver was a franchise who a few seasons ago won a Super Bowl with Peyton Manning. Now they gambled with Vance Joseph as the head coach, a gamble that looks to be failing. Denver on Sunday night looked ill-prepared, on Special Teams, and throughout every phase of the game.

At what point will opposing teams understand that the Patriots offense will sometimes go into a hurry-up mode? Do they watch film? When will other teams take special teams as seriously as Belichick? It is truly perplexing. Every season there is 4-5 games where the Patriots opponent looks ill-prepared.

Lately, it feels more often of an occurrence. Going into Sunday there was hope for a great game with New England historically being awful in Denver, but the game was so lopsided that it continues with a trend of poor NFL games.

New England’s record now sits at 7-2 with the AFC East all but locked up again with the second place Bills sitting at 5-4. Who will stop them? Maybe the Eagles, but that would be a Super Bowl matchup. And at that point, would Brady lose to a playoff rookie in Carson Wentz? Probably not.

For the foreseeable future, the Patriots will continue to run the NFL.

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Patriots Recap: Patriots Beat Out Broncos At Home 41-16

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Patriots Recap: Patriots Beat Out Broncos At Home 41-16

The New England Patriots tonight had a great performance almost all around. Despite several keys mismatches (particularly within the secondary), the Patriots dominated the Broncos throughout the whole game. The most obvious problems lied squarely with the Broncos special teams and offense inability to get touchdowns when they counted most. It was a bad night if you were a Broncos fan. With this loss, the Broncos fall to 3-6 of the season which puts them dead last in the AFC West. Their season at this point, most likely will be lost as this is their fifth straight loss. The victory didn’t come without much help as the Patriots have much to be proud of last night.

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