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Patriots Talk: Carr’s New Contract is a Reminder Of How Fortunate The Patriots Are

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Patriots Talk: Raiders’ QB Derek Carr‘s New Contract is a Reminder Of How Fortunate The Patriots Are

It’s understandable that speaking low of a rival team is nothing but trash talk, but rather it is also a reflection of one’s team. Ironically, Derek Carr is both very fortunate to have received his official contract with the Oakland Raiders. His new deal is a five-year-deal worth over 125 million ($25 million a year/$70 million guaranteed). It’s a massive contract that has now made Carr the highest paid QB in the NFL. (formerly belonged to Indianapolis Colts’ QB Andrew Luck with a five-year contract worth 122 million)

Carr’s contract for the first two years after signing will only be for under 10 million. The reason for this is help with paying other star players on their team. An obvious example is Defensive Player of the Year and [Defensive End], Khali Mack is on the finals year of his rookie contract in 2018. His along with Carr’s would be an immediate hit on the Raider’s cap space.

The Patriots however, have Tom Brady who had signed his two-year extension till 2019. While this, would seem fairly short compared to Carr’s, he has played for a much more significant amount of time. Brady has made multiple extensions on his original contract that was signed all the way back in 2010. (which was a 4 year deal worth $72 Million, which made Brady the highest paid player in the NFL at that time) Brady has since been extending his deal at-least two years (In 2014 for and in 2016) and wants to continue playing past 2019.

Brady’s cap hit for 2017 will be 14 million, but his salary will only be $1 million. (the rest is merely what his signing bonus was from his $28 million earlier) It’s thanks to Brady willing to take pay cuts that has allowed the Patriots organization to continue to flourish even after all these years. This has allowed the team to have a very flexible situation with their cap hit and has made their off-season signings more than eligible.

(To put into context, Brady’s salary for the 2017 season is less than Rex Burkhead, Mike Gillislee and Stephon Gilmore who are all newly acquired players) In many ways, the Patriots have avoided the inevitable storm that the Raiders will need to endure in the next few seasons, because of the greatest player in your franchise’s history is willing to take less to gain more.

Stephen is a Contributing Editor for Trifecta Sports Network and covers the New England Patriots and the NFL.

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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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