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Patriots Talk: What the Pats did Wrong Last Night

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Patriots Talk: What the Pats did Wrong Last Night

It was a hyped up Season Opener last night [Thursday] as the Patriots unveiled their new Super Bowl Banner.  New England was playing Kansas City and when the Patriots scored the first Touchdown it felt good.

Yet the night would shift quickly and reach a real sour note on the field.  The Patriots would eventually give up several big plays that iced them from winning the game.  They lost [42-27] to the Chiefs.  Here are a few take aways from the game but more specifically, what the Patriots did wrong:

After the first fumble of the game, the Pats got the ball back yet they failed to score.  This was huge during the game.  The Patriots got the ball back in good field position and they failed to get a first down.  It was awful!  They went for it on 4th and inches and got stopped short.

What were they thinking?  What they did wrong was not to run the Tom Brady style QB Sneak.  I mean seriously, they could have pulled it off easy!  He has done it so many times in his career that it seemed like the only reason that they didn’t do it was to keep him from getting hit.  In my opinion this was a real mistake for the team.

Defense, Defense, Defense!  They didn’t play well on D.  What they did wrong was have one on one with Linebackers on KC receivers.  It was awful!  I mean they needed to play something like a “cover 2” with Safety help for the middle of the field or over the top.  What I saw last night shouldn’t have happened.  Even with the Linebackers covering Receivers, their were blown assignments.  T. Hill kept getting open the same way, time and time again.  Scoring on deep down field passes.

The Defense didn’t bend but broke!  Listen this is the Achilles Heel of the Team.  It was something we noticed during Preseason. They aren’t fast enough and they certainly aren’t experienced enough to handle the spread Offense.  Dont’a Hightower is their best Linebacker but when he went out of the game there was no one else who stepped up.  Boy, was it disappointing?

What they should have done was Blitz!  I know it sounds ridiculous but listen Alex Smith had all day to throw.  They didn’t put enough pressure on him as he dropped back to pass.  They needed to play more physical and take away the deep threat.  Hey, I know it sounds easy from my arm chair right now but seriously they needed to sack him!  What else can you do but set up a zone Defense?  The Pats Secondary didn’t play well.  They did some good things, like covering the short gains.  But if you can’t take away the deep threat then you are in trouble.  And the Patriots got into trouble in the 2nd Half of the Game.

There was yet another point in the game where the Pats went for it on 4th and inches.  Yet once again they didn’t go to the Tom Brady Style QB Sneak.  Which is what they should have done.  For whatever reason they wanted to run the ball and they failed at getting the 1st Down.  If you string these two 4th Down opportunities together you can say they missed out on two TD scoring chances.  That’s 14 Points!  Enough to make it a closer game and even tie the game with a 2 Point Conversion.  I know the game went sour but looking back these were the critical plays on Offense.  These were the plays that we know that they could have made with their Offense.

With hind sight being 20/20 I think that the Patriots have a lot to work on.  They can see their mistakes.  We can see their mistakes.  And I bet you anything that this Bill Belichick Team will be making corrections.  Listen Bill won’t stand for anything short of good.  So with “No Days Off” expect some real moves to get this team where it should be at.  Week 2 against Drew Brees looms near!

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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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