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Patriots Football Talk: So You Don’t Think Preseason Matters

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Patriots Football Talk: So You Don’t Think Preseason Matters

If you don’t think Preseason NFL Football matters, let me take you through a rundown of what we learned before the Regular Season.  Lets just see how much it mattered:

We learned that Rob Gronkowski is fully healthy and ready to play.  He actually played a few snaps this Preseason.  Something that he hasn’t done since the 2012 Season.  He took off the elbow brace.  Yes, that annoying brace that he had on his elbow that got those Pass Interference calls is now gone.  Finally!  We can see him perform at 100%.  It looks to be an exciting year for him.  Look for his exceptional blocking and catching, in their first Regular Season Game.

We learned that Tom Brady can still throw.  It wasn’t so much as a question as more of a typical reaction to a 40 Year QB still playing Football.  He proved that he still has the arm this season.  His deep strike to Chris Hogan 50 Yards or so really showed off his talent.  I think we can all rest easy knowing that his status remains still Starting for the Patriots.  Hey, we just needed to see that to know he’s good, ok?

We learned Jacoby Brissett can play.  He showed off in last weeks Preseason Game with 4 Touchdowns and 38 Points.  Listen I said he was looking pretty good out there on Thursday.  So good in fact that he got traded a few days later.  He has all the poise to be a good QB for another team.  Here’s to me hoping it works out for him!

We learned that Jimmy Garroppolo will be the back up QB.  With Jacoby Brissett being traded, the lone position of Back Up QB will be Jimmy G’s.  Hey, he played well this Preseason.  And although I thought he might get traded this Off season, he seemed to really relish the opportunity to play for the Patriots if Brady has a bad day.  Listen this is a good thing Jimmy G is a solid Back Up to Brady.  He is competitive and smart but more importantly, he is a team player.  Which is something you want from a Back Up.

We learned that Julian Edelman will be out for the Season.  Listen it’s heartbreaking to see a player go down on an injury during the Preseason.  I feel for him not to mention all the other players who had Season ending Injuries.  It just flat out sucks!  I mean it really is a terrible thing but there are a few things that make Preseason a must.  And they are full speed, full contact, plays.  These are the things that you can’t simulate in practice.  Yes, you can have unlimited “Up Downs”, as my Pop Warner Coach used to call ’em, but you can’t get the feel of Football without actually contact.  I know it sucks but it’s the truth!

We learned that the Patriots need to work on their Defense.  Listen they gave up so many Points this Preseason.  It seems like defense is their Achilles Heel!  They can overpower them with Offense but when it comes to the other side of the ball, they need the “Next Man” to stand up.  I know that they lost some amazing players on defense this Off-season.  But you still need to get your assignments right and do all the little things to make a stop or a turn over.  It should be their Number 1 concern going into the Regular Season!

At the end of the NFL Preseason you should be ready to watch your favorite team play and I feel like the Regular Season can’t come soon enough.  I’m ready to watch the Patriots play, right now, never mind Thursday.  I feel that Preseason is merely a vehicle to get the guys ready to play!  It’s a rude awakening to Opening Kickoff!  As the saying goes, “The Baggage has Been left at the Door”, and I feel that’s what Preseason is about.  Cutting the Baggage and having a fresh start out there on the field.  Because you know, now each game counts!

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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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