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Patriots Regular Season Predictions: Skies the limit

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Patriots Regular Season Predictions: Skies the limit

The New England Patriots open up training camp officially on Thursday, July 27th. With the opening of training camp comes the flood of Patriots predictions.

We have publications like USA Today predicting a 16-0 season for New England. Betting sites across the world are favoriting the Patriots as well.

You can also check or bet on NFL with William Hill, UK’s top online bookmaker who give the Patriots 4/1 odds to win the Super Bowl.

With New England, predictions tend to always get out of hand. Predicting an undefeated season is a fools errand. A team like New England, coming off a Super Bowl, will always be a favorite to repeat. But what is interesting is that the Patriots have loaded up.

This past offseason has been an odd one. The reigning Super Bowl champion did not sit still. Instead they went out and brought in an abundance of talent. Bill Belichick and company have brought in players like Stephon Gilmore, Brandin Cooks, and Dewayne Allen.

The NFL around the Patriots hasn’t exactly caught up to them either. Certain teams have improved, but there isn’t one clear contender at the moment. Teams like the Dallas Cowboys, Green Bay Packers and the Oakland Raiders are teams that could potentially hold a candle to the Patriots.

Breaking down the Patriots schedule shows that a 16-0 season is unlikely, but a first place finish in the AFC East is in the forecast.

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Feb 5, 2017; Houston, TX, USA; New England Patriots running back James White (28) scores the winning touchdown against Atlanta Falcons free safety Ricardo Allen (37) and cornerback Robert Alford (23) and cornerback Jalen Collins (32) in overtime during Super Bowl LI at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

Patriots Regular Season Schedule:

Week Date Opponent Time (ET) TV
1 Sept. 7 vs. Kansas City Chiefs 8:30 p.m. NBC
2 Sept. 17 at New Orleans Saints 1 p.m. CBS
3 Sept. 24 vs. Houston Texans 1 p.m. CBS
4 Oct. 1 vs. Carolina Panthers 1 p.m. Fox
5 Oct. 5 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers 8:25 p.m. CBS/NFL Network
6 Oct. 15 at New York Jets 1 p.m. CBS
7 Oct. 22 vs. Atlanta Falcons 8:30 p.m. NBC
8 Oct. 29 vs. Los Angeles Chargers 1 p.m. CBS
9 Bye Week
10 Nov. 12 at Denver Broncos 8:30 p.m. NBC
11 Nov. 19 at Oakland Raiders 4:25 p.m. CBS
12 Nov. 26 vs. Miami Dolphins 1 p.m. CBS
13 Dec. 3 at Buffalo Bills 1 p.m. CBS
14 Dec. 11 at Miami Dolphins 8:30 p.m. ESPN
15 Dec. 17 at Pittsburgh Steelers 4:25 p.m. CBS
16 Dec. 24 vs. Buffalo Bills 1 p.m. CBS
17 Dec. 31 vs. New York Jets 1 p.m. CBS

Some of the teams on their list are ones who could go either way in terms of success. Teams like the Denver Broncos, Carolina Panthers, and the Atlanta Falcons could all be top teams in the league, or they could be a puddle of mediocrity.

Realistically I see the New England Patriots going 13-3 this upcoming season. The three losses I could see happening are in Denver in Week 10, in Pittsburgh week 15, and at Tampa Bay in week 5. The Buccaneers are a solid young team who could put up quite the fight against the Patriots.

Another game that I question is the Week 11 matchup against the Oakland Raiders in Mexico City. That game could get wild and could be a loss.

Going 13-3 or 12-4 will be could enough to lock up the weak AFC East. Of course, a 14-2 season could be in the question, but things can happen, the season is long.  What really matters with the Patriots is the playoffs.

In the playoffs getting to the AFC Championship is a given with New England. At the moment a matchup in that game could be the Steelers or the Raiders. But like I said before, anything can happen in the NFL. A team like the Panthers went from the top all the way to the bottom in a matter of months.

Predicting a Super Bowl appearance or a title isn’t something I am a fan of doing.

But for academic purposes, I am predicting a New England Patriots vs Dallas Cowboys Super Bowl. Patriots winning their sixth Lombardi trophy and Tom Brady retires after winning.

Tanner founded Trifecta Network in Spring of 2016 and has been the Chief of Content for the Network since that time. Currently Tanner covers all the sports teams in Boston and has contacts in many of the teams in the city. Before starting Trifecta, Tanner was a Site Expert for the FanSided site Chowder and Champions before leaving to cover Boston teams on the ground as a member of the media for Trifecta.

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

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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

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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

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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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