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New England Patriots: Planning Prevents Poor Performance

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New England Patriots: Planning Prevents Poor Performance

With the re-signing of Dont’a Hightower, the New England Patriots are on course to be assembling the strongest all around team of this century. The reason behind the assemblage has brought some to question if this is Tom Brady and Belichick’s last hooray. While it may seem so, with the acquisition of such high priced players like Stephon Gilmore, and Brandin Cooks (from a draft capital standpoint); the route the Patriots are taking is not the result of the last grasp for a title.

This route is one that is the result of an advantageous GM who for years structured team friendly contracts that allowed for the Patriots to move on from a player with little future cap impacts. Decisions like these have cumulative effects. The near two decades of smart fiscal management have resulted in a year where the Patriots can take advantage of a hot free agent market, which just so happens to included one of their own players (needless to say, huge advantage).

Moreover, the Patriots not only held one of the top free agents (Hightower), but the highest valued restricted free agent (Malcolm Butler), and the most valued trade piece (Jimmy Garoppolo). In addition to all of this, they came into the year with a healthy amount of cap, and some new jewelry. This offseason is a perfect storm for the Patriots. The have the money, the leverage, and the winning program; this combination is a rarity to say the least. Most Super Bowl teams have to expense an immense amount of resources to be in a position to win the Super Bowl. The Tampa Buccaneers and, more recently, the Carolina Panthers are teams that expended everything to take a shot at winning the Lombardi.

If there is any more evidence that winning the Super Bowl requires an immense resource drain, especially in the salary cap era, is the fact that the last team to win back to back Super Bowls was the Patriots in the dawn of the century. The Seahawks came close, but bad play call can really derail championship hopes, well, play call and preparation.

What we are seeing isn’t the arms build-up of a head coach’s twilight era; rather we are seeing the advantage of not throwing money around like a drunken sailor on payday, throughout the years. When a franchise pays an awful quarterback a king’s ransom, there isn’t just short term repercussions in the wins column. Financial consequences aren’t nearly as sexy as talking about performance and wins, but they carry effects that can last years after the player moves on. The Patriots do not make these mistakes. The Patriots are being rewarded for their financial management.

Overall, this amazing offseason is the result of the great long-term planning by the Patriots. When great team contracts and cap space coincide with a Super Bowl season, the Patriots cannot help but be a magnet for any player. Throw on top of that holding the best trade pieces, the top restricted free agent, and the top free agent the Patriots reaffirm the truth of the 5 P’s: Patriots’ Planning Prevents Poor Performance.

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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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