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Patriots Football Talk: New England Finish the Season on a High Note

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It was a cold Sunday in New England.  With 13 Degrees at Kickoff, it was the coldest Regular Season Game for the Patriots.  When the wind was blowing it felt like below zero.  Now that’s saying something!  The Patriots though were up and ready to play and you could tell immediately by their 1st possession of the game.  They passed heavily to Danny Amendola during the Drive and completed a big time 4th Down Conversion.  They got into the Red Zone and Rushed Dion Lewis.  It was a running attack that the Jets were ill prepared for.  Dion Lewis would run it in from about the 5 Yard Line for the Touchdown.  And just like that the Patriots never looked back.

They put the game to bed early.  Usually in cold weather games, the Team that scores first wins.  And that is exactly how the Patriots won.  They scored early with that TD and their Defense hung on to that lead all game.  Newly acquired James Harrison made some big plays for them with 5 Tackles, 2 Sacks, and 1 QB Hit.  The 15 year Veteran showed that he didn’t want to stay on the bench.  He showed that he still had it, with his first game in New England.

The Patriots’ Defense held the Jets to just 3 points in the 1st Half and 6 points all game.  It really was a Defensive rally.  They would end up scoring a Safety with 7 Minutes to go in the game.  Wow, talk about a good Defensive outing!  I believe that the cold played a huge factor in the Offensive struggles by both Teams.  NE though was not hampered as much by it.  I mean they did punt it about 7 times.  But they did so getting great field position in the process.  3 times they punted it inside the 5 Yard Line.  Now that’s just good Special Teams!

Dion Lewis though was the real play maker of the game.  He went 6 Catches for 40 Yards with a TD and he also had 26 Rushes for 93 Yards with a TD.  That’s some top notch “gridiron” football!  He alone beat the Jets, never mind Tom Brady.  TB12 went 18-37 for 190 Yards with 2 TDs.  What a good clean finish to the Regular Season that he had.  I mean really the Jets weren’t really in this one.  Listen there were times when they got a lot of yards but they were stumped all game on 3rd Down.  That right there is the mark of a good Defense.  The Jets didn’t even go for it on 4th Down.  That’s a real morale win by the Patriots.

The other two big play makers for the Pats were Brandin Cooks, who went 5 Catches for 79 Yards with a TD, and Danny Amendola, who went 4 Catches for 43 Yards.  Both had big plays and actually could have gotten more yardage if it wasn’t so cold.  There were some deep passes to be had if Brady connected with them.  I’d say along with Cooks 37 Yard long pass ‘n catch, there was a 50 Yard TD catch that he missed.  Rob Gronkowski was basically sidelined all game.  I mean he played a couple of snaps here or there but he wasn’t targeted at all and he mostly blocked.  In my opinion he could have been thrown to if he wasn’t consistently double teamed all game.  Hey with Amendola getting short yardage at the slot and Lewis rushing every other play, it made sense that he would be a non factor in the [26-6] blow out.

Also if you are going to pick apart this game you have to watch what they did in the 1st Half.  They just dominated.  For instance if you look at Brady’s 2 Minute Drill before the end of the 2nd Quarter.  He just marched the Patriots down the field as if the Clock was a non factor.  He was locked in and in the zone.  Whoa, how many times have we seen this?  Pretty much every game!  You give Tom Brady the ball with 2 Minutes and he’ll score on you.  Time and time again this happens.  And when you watch in real time it just seems unbelievable!  But what it really shows is that he is always prepared to go down the field in 2 Minutes against any team.  He would end up scoring on that Drive to put it away by 3 TDs.

Stephen Gostowski kicked a Field Goal and they would tack on those points from the Safety, which gives you that final score of [26-6].  Yup it was all Patriots, just another Season in the Record Books.  TB12 would finish strong with 4,777+ Yards/ 32TDs/ 8 INTs on the year.  Which breaks several NFL Records at age 40.  Oh and by the way he looks like he will get the NFL MVP for the 3rd time.  Talk about “Freakishly” good, yeah he is just that!  The Patriots get the Number 1 Seed with that win.  Home field advantage throughout the Playoffs and a 1st Round Bye.  They will be playing 2 weeks from today in the AFC Playoff Game.  It’s shaping up to be another Superbowl run!  We’ll have to see who they are playing against.  Pull up a chair and grab some Ripple Chip Onion Dip, the Playoffs are almost here!  Enjoy the games!

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Patriots Football Talk: Blowout in Foxborough

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It was another cold January night at Gillette Stadium.  But on the field what we saw was an Offense on fire.  The Patriots were playing their, now annual, AFC Divisional Playoff Game.  Yes, that’s right they do this every year!  They have won their Division 9 Straight Times.  They have earned a 1st Round Bye 8 straight times.  And they have played in the AFC Conference Game, ah hem, now 7 straight times.  Yes it has been quite a run.  In Saturday Night’s Game against Tennessee, the Patriots, showed some of the best that the Team had to offer.  As you can see by the title of this post, it was a blowout.  One for the history books!  Let’s get right into the play by play action.

Ok, so it was cold, we know that; but did you see the “Scuba Suit” that Tom Brady was wearing?  Yeah he came prepared to play all 60 Minutes.  Now the Patriots got the ball first at Kickoff and they only had one 1st Down before they had to Punt it.  It was a slow start before the “Fireworks”.  On their next possession Brady just missed an open Rob Gronkowski.  It would have been a big play if Brady didn’t throw it at his shoelaces.  He was wide open and uncovered at the line of scrimmage. You could tell right then and there that the Titan’s Defense had some communication problems.  As Tony Romo commented: “They looked discombobulated.”

Then the longest Drive allowed by the Patriots came.  The Titans went 95 Yards down the field from their own end zone to score.  It was a Touchdown pass by Marcus Mariota to Corey Davis [7-0].  The long Drive ate up most of the clock of the 1st Quarter.  And the Titans looked strong.  But man oh man, did they “awaken a sleeping Dragon.”

The fire was lit under the Patriots and they responded with a huge 2nd Quarter.  They went down the field with several heroic plays by Dion Lewis.  Then James White came in for a 5 Yard pitch and catch TD [7-7].  3 Minutes and 37 Seconds later James White would score another TD, this time on the ground [14-7].  White would end up having 3 Carries for 11 Yards with a Rushing TD, and 4 Receptions for 29 Yards with a Receiving TD.  It was just some excellent “Hurry Up” Offense.  See the Patriots knew that the Titans were using the same Defensive Line.  And as Tony Romo noted throughout the game, they were getting worn out and tired.  The “No Huddle” Offense proved to be New England’s best weapon against a strong Defensive Line.

Later in the 2nd Quarter Brady threw a 4 Yard TD to Chris Hogan [21-7].  Once again Dion Lewis was a huge factor in the Drive.  Lewis would wind up with 15 Carries for 62 Yards and 9 Receptions for 79 Yards.  Another stellar game for him.  The Pats wanted to score again before the Half but Steven Gostkowski missed a 53 Yard Field Goal.  Let’s face it, it was difficult to make in these conditions.

The Patriots would show an impressive Defense in the 2nd Half.  They would go on to Sack Mariota 8 times for the game.  One of those huge Sacks came on Tennessee’s first possession.  It was just what the Patriots needed.  A stop, to get their Offensive Juggernaut back on the field.  They would end up scoring again on a 2 Yard TD Rush by Brandon Bolden [28-7].  One of the key play makers of the Team was Danny Amendola.  Who had 13 Targets 11 Receptions for 112 Yards.  He was sensational!  Then towards the end of the 3rd Quarter Brady threw to Rob Gronkowski for a 5 Yard Touchdown [35-7].  Gronk would get targeted 9 times with 6 Receptions for 81 Yards with a TD.  It was now “officially” a blowout!

Tennessee would score another touchdown but it was in “garbage time”, ie at the end of the game.  [35-14] was the final score and with that the Patriots moved on to their next opponent Steelers/Jaguars for AFC Championship at 3:05 pm next Sunday.  Tom Brady had a heck of a game, going 35-53 Passes for 337 Yards with 3 TDs.  He is now the oldest player to win a NFL Playoff Game, at age 40.  And with this win it became New England’s 26th Playoff Win out of 35 Playoff Appearances.  Wow what a great number, 35!  Congrats Pats!  I can’t wait to watch you next week!

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Patriots Talk: The Rift Within The Patriots Is Overblown

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New England Isn’t Fazed By This News

 

Talking about this subject reminds me of how Deflategate, SpyGate, and many other news reports seemingly jumped on the Patriots. In fact, some reports have been very mixed about the latest ‘bombshell’ from ESPN’s Seth Wickersham. On one hand, the piece goes over many details that come from sources that aren’t named. The writer for the article, Wickersham, has done pieces like this before regarding the NFL. He has been a senior writer for ESPN for years now. Wickersham has stood by his sources in a radio interview he did last week:

 

I think the reporting process in a story like this has to remain as confidential as possible. I was as transparent as I could be in the story.

 

Transparency is one thing but the thing here is that he had gotten this story from multiple sources inside the Patriots organization, ranging from staffers, coaches and even players. However, by not naming the people involved in this report, you also will be criticized because many will suggest you are making these up.

 

But criticizing the writer is not the topic of this article. It’s to report that this is all been blown way out of proportion. To the point, that some writers have stated they believe Belichick will coach the New York Giants next season due to Robert Kraft interfering in the Jimmy Garopollo trade last October.

 

Who Is Stuck In The Middle?

 

Here is where I believe that article is right and wrong. The writer is correct in that the Patriots had some serious decisions to make regarding the Garropolo trade but that was not even close to the main issue. Many have gone as far to suggest that Kraft had made this decision personal which Kraft has denied and called ‘total fabrication and fiction’ multiple times since the report was released. When he was asked about the trade deadline and Jimmy G, Kraft told Peter King of Sport Illustrated:

 

I assumed once the season started, we’d talk again at the end of the season about it. The next time I spoke with Bill about it was the Monday before the trade deadline. Bill asked me if I was OK with this. I was really taken aback a little bit. I wanted to think about it. I talked to Jonathan, who was okay with it, and I called Bill back and said, ‘OK.’

 

The ESPN article was mainly centered around owner Robert Kraft, Had Coach Bill Belichick and star Quarterback Tom Brady. The three have filed  a joint statement regarding this article, staying they are ‘united.’

 

 

But one of the most interesting sides to this story, is regarding Tom Brady’s personal trainer and business partner, Alex Guerrero. From ESPN:’

 

New players felt the surest way to earn Brady’s trust was to join Rob Gronkowski, Danny Amendola and others by seeking advice from Guerrero at his TB12 clinic — and not team doctors, which Belichick preferred … But according to multiple sources, players openly discussed with Patriots coaches, staff and trusted advisers whether to follow Brady or the team, leaving them trapped: Do we risk alienating the NFL’s most powerful coach or risk alienating the NFL’s most powerful quarterback?

 

This right here is just way exaggerated. Brady and Belichick don’t let egos divide players, these are grown men, not children trying to please the teachers. They will follow what will best suit their interests and just follow the Patriots motto ‘Do Your Job.’ Simply, asking advice and ways to improve performance and seeing what will work shouldn’t have to be complicated unless you players are questioning their own life choices.

 

How Much Is This True?

 

Everyone outside of New England has been eager in seeing the Patriots finally falling off, but the latest reports claim that Brady, Kraft and Belichick will have a meeting with each other after the season is officially over. According NFL Network’s Ian Rappaport:

 

But my understanding is [the marriage between Kraft, Belichick and Brady] is expected to continue past this season. First there is Bill Belichick, under contract for several more years and Belichick came out and said he absolutely believes he’ll be the Patriots coach next year and from what I understand I don’t see any situation where Robert Kraft allows anything besides that. Then there is Tom Brady. Of course, he is also under contract, he is never getting traded from the Patriots he is going to retire there, so it’s really on these three guys to come together after the season, figure it out and move forward.

 

So by all accounts, Belichick is not likely leaving because of what he has built in New England, Brady is still under contract till 2019, and Kraft isn’t suddenly handing the reigns to his son Jonathon Kraft, President of The Kraft Group. So this story will contnued to be addressed but don’t expect this story to hurt the PAtriots moral. At this point, the team is just focused on beating the Tennessee Titans at home on Saturday’s matchup at 8:15 PM EST.

 

 

 

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Patriots Talk: Terry Glenn’s Autopsy Discovers Multiple Substances

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Reports Show Alcohol and Marijuana In His System

It’s been almost three months since the news of Terry Glenn’s death hit the NFL like a storm. We see deaths everyday outside of sports but his death unexpected. He had been out of football for almost a decade and he died at the young age of 43.

Terry Glenn died on Nov. 20th of last year in a fatal car accident on a highway in Irving, Texas. At the time, there was some hesitation in the report due to the fact that the report was coming from TMZ Sports. However, multiple reports have come forward that verify that the autopsy report was accurate.

According to the report, Glenn had an blood alcohol level of .165, which is twice the legal limit to drive. On top of that, they found traces of marijuana in his system. This would have contributed to his losing control on the highway that resulted in his death.

His passing has been one that has seemingly been forgotten as Glenn is now buried in Dallas, Texas. His public memorial was held at the Friendship West Baptist Church on December 1st, 2017. He played for 12 seasons in the NFL, he played for the New England Patriots from 1996 till 2001.

Glenn is survived by his fiancee, Verina LeGrand, his mother Denetta Glenn, his four sons; Terrance Jr., Christian, Tatum, Greyson; three daughters, Natalie, Samantha and Vanessa; two stepdaughters, Paxstyn and Vyviene; his sister, Dorothy; and most of his extended family from Ohio and across the country.

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