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Patriots Football Talk: Patriots Perfect Against The Broncos

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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: 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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