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Patriots Talk: Is Darrelle Revis Really Returning Back to the Patriots?

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Patriots Talk: Is Darrelle Revis Really Coming Back to the Patriots?

Since free agency began, many NFL analysts felt that the New England Patriots would be the perfect team for many veteran players to get their last chance at earning a Super Bowl ring. After his case in Pittsburgh was dismissed a week ago on a non-monetary bond, NFL analysts talked about New York Jets [cornerback] Darrelle Revis making a return back to the team. CSB Sports’ writer Jason La Canfora was told by an anonymous NFL executive, that Revis can still play.

 

We did our work on him. He can still play. He can cover. He doesn’t have that long speed anymore; he’s not going to cover a No. 1 receiver deep. But he can cover in tight spaces and he has great instincts. The film is not as bad as some would have you believe. He’s a perfect fit in that quarters scheme Belichick runs, and they have the kind of safeties who can help him out, too. We’re convinced he’s going back to New England. It just makes too much sense.”

 

However, the issue is that Revis had already played for the New England Patriots two seasons ago, which resulted in winning Super Bowl XLIX. Revis earned his ring, and that is all there really is to it. He spent only one season with the Patriots in 2014 which resulted in New England winning Super Bowl XLIX. The Patriots did not pick up Revis’ second-year option in the 2014 off-season, and he signed back to his former team, the New York Jets, in free agency. His contract was signed for five years, worth 70 million (39 million guaranteed) with the New York Jets. In 2016, Revis played 15 games and finished his season with 53 tackles, five pass deflections and one interception. That is a huge dropoff from where his production has been for the past several years.

 

Former Patriots Cornerback Darrelle Revis and Patriots Owner Robert Kraft

Former Patriots Cornerback Darrelle Revis with Patriots owner Robert Kraft after winning Super Bowl XLIX against the Seattle Seahawks 28-24

 

Revis Island seemed to be sunk by this point in his career since he is 31 this year. It seems that with his decline and the question of whether he can transition to safety, its not in the Patriots interest to sign him. However, [Quarterback] Tom Brady commented after the Patriots 22-17 victory in week 12 on WEEI’s Kirk and Callahan Radio show about his thoughts on Revis and his decline over the season.

 

He’s still very competitive out there,

I think he’s still — when I watched the film after the game — he’s still close on a lot of plays. We made some good throws and catches on him. I thought the one that Julian made late in the game was really critical. We were second-and-10, backed up, we needed to go down and score points. Jules did a good job separating from him.

 

The discussion was ignited due to recent talks of Malcolm Butler being traded to the New Orleans Saints. If the Patriots lose Butler, there will be a huge drop within the secondary at the cornerback position. That can’t be addressed with the NFL draft, especially with the Patriots lacking a first and second round pick. According to CSNNE writer Tom Curran, there is has been no deal made with Revis at this time, so until there is any further confirmation, I will say this is a very doubtful scenario. If you consider the fact that team’s like the Dallas Cowboys have effectively lost more than half their starting secondary this off-season, it seems even less possible.

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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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