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Patriots Football Talk: Patriots Perfect Against The Broncos



The New England Patriots have had a historically tough record against the Denver Broncos.  And tonight it looked like it might be a close game based on pregame predictions.  It was a Primetime game at Mile High Stadium on NBC’s Sunday Night Football.  The Patriots got the ball first but went 3 and out.  On the ensuing Punt Isaiah McKenzie muffed the catch and the Patriots recovered the ball, in great field position.  This was a huge play by Special Teams and they would have several more in the game.

Now with the ball back, Tom Brady threw to Rex Burkhead on a 15 Yard Score.  Touchdown!  It was a great play call.  And the Patriots got the lead first [7-0].  The Broncos would answer back on their next possession with a Field Goal making it [7-3].  But then on the Kickoff Deon Lewis returned the Football 103 Yards for another Score.  Touchdown, again!  [14-3] Patriots.

Now this is the play that changed everything.  The momentum shift was huge.  The crowd was quieted and the Broncos didn’t have an answer for it.  Boy did it sting them!  The Patriots Special Teams, once again, were great. In point of fact all aspects of the game were dominated by the Patriots, and this was just the beginning of the game.

The Broncos would end up settling for Field Goals the rest of the way.  On their next possession they kicked their second Field Goal.  The Score was now [14-6] New England.  The Pats kept the pressure on.  Stephen Gostkowski would kick a 25 Yard FG at the beginning of the 2nd Quarter [17-6].  Burkhead played a huge role in keeping that drive alive.  And he would get a Blocked Punt on the next Denver Possession.  It was just incredible!  He broke through the Offensive Line, then leaped, and got all ball.  How is that for padding your Stats Sheet?

Gostkowski would kick another FG.  This one from 28 Yards out; making it [20-6].  The Broncos looked out of rhythm on Defense.  They just played poorly and were out classed by the Patriots.  Denver’s Offense ate up a lot of Clock and Yardage but didn’t have anything to show for it.  The Patriots Defensive motto of “bend don’t break” was at work all game.

The Bronco’s would score on a FG but Brady and the Pats came roaring back with a TD to Dwayne Allen in the Red Zone.  This just goes to show you that you can’t give Brady 2 Minutes to go before Halftime or he will score on you.  He does it every time.  I mean seriously, this is a guy who is dangerous with the football.  He knows the two minute drill inside and out.  He knows the playbook inside and out.  More importantly he can read the Defense before the snap.  And you know it’s just a thing that always amazes me!  The Score at the end of the 1st Half was [27-9].

Denver got the ball for the start of the 2nd Half.  They mainly targeted WR Emmanuel Sanders on this drive and pretty much all game.  In point of fact he was the only player who was really making plays for them on Offense.  In the 1st Half alone he had over 100 Receiving Yards.  The Patriots needed to shut him down for the rest of the game.  But that wouldn’t happen this drive.  Denver would score a touchdown to TE Demaryius Thomas to cut the Patriots’ lead to 11.

Then the Patriots would go on an epic 7 Play 75 Yard Drive that really chewed up the Clock.  They would score on a Rushing touchdown by Deon Lewis; putting the game away for the most part.  It was the straw that broke the Bronco’s back!  [34-16] would turn into [41-16] with another Patriots touchdown in the 4th Quarter.  An INT by Patrick Chung  made the Patriots’ Win fully realized.  With 6:44 left in the game New England pretty much just ran out the clock.

It was an impressive win.  Listen they just played perfect Football.  They played great Offense with Tom Brady passing 25-34 for 266 Yards with 3 TDs.  And they played great Defense limiting the Broncos to under 17 Points.  They had great Special Teams plays and I believe they only had one Flag against them.  Also they had no turnovers.  It was a pretty complete game that they played.  Something close to perfect!

TB12 got his 86th Road Win which is an NFL Record, passing Peyton Manning with the most ever by a QB.  Head Coach Bill Belichick got his 270th Regular Season Win Tied-with 3rd All Time for a Head Coach (with Tom Landry).  The Patriots have now won 5 straight games and their record is tops in the AFC at 7-2.

Their next game will be against the Oakland Raiders in Mexico City on Sunday Nov. 19th at 4:25 pm on CBS.  Another road game and at high altitude.  But if we have learned anything about the Patriots month to month it’s that they just keep getting better and better. Congratz TB12 on the historic win!  Go Pats!

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Patriots Talk: Josh McDaniels And The Colts Wouldn’t Have Worked Out



A Case of Behind The Scenes



Josh McDaniels and the Patriots thought their time to depart after their tough loss in Super Bowl 52 was unavoidable. However, not only did Josh McDaniels get extended, but its been many rumors that Robert Kraft had contacted McDaniels literally hours before he was suppose to take off Tuesday for Indianapolis.


It’s difficult to know anything within the Patriots’ organization as they have remained firm in not explaining what goes on behind closed doors. However, multiple sources over at ESPN for the past week since the story broke out about McDaniels’ abrupt decision to not become the Indiapolis Colts Head Coach. The way things broke down was that Kraft and Bill Belichick got together and sat down with McDaniels. With Defensive coordinator, Matt Patricia going to Detroit, this seemed like a desperation move to maintain the coaching staff from the previous season.


However, according to ESPN writer Mike Reiss, there was more to the situation then just that. In one of his articles regarding the McDaniels’ decision, he stated:


Belichick offered to include McDaniels on more of the inner workings of the organization, from roster construction to financial/salary-cap related considerations. That was viewed as “extremely valuable” to McDaniels. Ownership also endorsed it as a way to extend Belichick’s influence on the organization in future years, although no assurances were given to McDaniels that he would succeed Belichick. McDaniels, who a source confirmed got a significant raise, has privately said in the past that he did not want to be the coach who succeeds Belichick. Although he since may have changed his mind, McDaniels knows Belichick, after five Super Bowl victories, will be a hard act to follow.

Beyond financial and professional stability, McDaniels also was thinking of his family. He wanted a long-term commitment from the Patriots so his four children, ages 12 to 3, would be able to attend the same schools over the next several years. The transient life of a coach doesn’t always make that possible.

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Former NFL Official Claims Eagles Used Illegal Play To Win Super Bowl



Did you have doubts that the Eagles lined up correctly on the Nick Foles touchdown catch?

Well, you are not the only one with a former analyst now claiming that Philly was indeed lined up illegally on the play.

Appearing on the Talk of Fame Network, former head of officiating and FOX rules analyst Mike Pereira said the Eagles were in fact lined up illegally.

“I know the league came out and said that it’s a judgment call, which it is,” Pereira said, via Pro Football Talk. “The down judge, who was the one that [the play] was on his side of the field, they felt that it was his judgment, and [receiver Alshon Jeffrey] was close enough. Well, he wasn’t. They lined up wrong.

“Not only that, it’s a trick play. And if you’re going to run a trick-type play, then you have to be lined up properly. You could either have six men on the line, or you could have an ineligible number lined up at the end of the line, which was the case. I know what the league has said, but they would have been a lot more comfortable if they would have called an illegal formation.

“We always use a yard [within the line of scrimmage], maybe a yard-and-a-half. But that’s two [yards], and even a little bit beyond two. It’s kind of one of those that has no effect on the play. I get it. But they didn’t line up properly. And it really should’ve been called.”

Bottom line is it was simply a judgment call be the officials, might have been the completely wrong judgment, but based on what we know about Super Bowl LII the New England Patriots were never going to win the game. The Malcolm Butler benching paired with Doug Pederson‘s mindset of keeping his foot on the gas and exposing New England’s weaknesses were the reasons the Patriots lost the game, not this particular play.

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Boston Herald Runs Ron Borges’s Tom Brady Hoax Story




Thursday night Boston Herald reporter Ron Borges penned a story with this headline “Tom Brady wants to get paid like Jimmy G, or he’ll skip OTAs”. A headline and a story that was uncovered as a hoax on Friday.

The Kirk and Callahan show on WEEI revealed that one of their texters pretended to be Tom Brady’s agent Don Yee when texting Borges. The texter dubbed “Nick in Boston” informed Borges that Tom Brady intended to sit out New England’s preseason workouts unless he was paid like Jimmy Garoppolo who signed the largest deal in NFL history on Thursday.

K&C tweeted out the screenshots of texts with Borges outing the story as a complete and utter hoax.

Borges story was actually refuted right off the bat on Thursday night with both NBC Sports Boston and NESN claiming the story held no truth.

As for Borges, this is not his first major failure as a reporter. Since the Herald ran the story they are now looking into the matter.

Overall tricking Borges isn’t a great thing to do. Lying about someone’s identity is never nice with some reporters coming to the defense of Borges. But it is hard to have sympathy for a “journalist” that failed to check his sources and run with a story with only one source confirming of a major story.

Either way, there is no truth to a Brady holdout.

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