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Patriots Talk: Running Back Core is Set, and the Running Backs for the 2017 Season

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Patriots Talk: Running Back Core is Set, and the Running Backs for the 2017 Season

 

The New England Patriots are seemingly filling their roster up faster than the NFL draft will actually get here. Afew days ago, it was confirmed from NFL insider, Ian Rapoport that the Buffalo Bills were not going to match the Patriots offer for back up [Running back] Mike Gillislee. The Patriots will forfeit their 5th Round Pick (upatined from the Denver Broncos trade for AJ Derby) to the Bills and the team will keep him for two years for 6 million (half of it will be guaranteed). As of now, the Patriots will have six running backs on the roster for the 2017 NFL season which includes: D.J Foster, Dion Lewis, Brandon Bolden, Mike Gillislee, Rex Burkhead, and James White.

 

 

Shockingly, the big news yesterday was former Minnesota Vikings [Running back] Adrian Peterson had completed a deal with the New Orleans Saints. His contract will be for 7 million (3.5 million will be guaranteed) for two years with the organization. Many critics thought that Peterson was unlikely to make a deal before the NFL draft came, but somehow he pulled it of.

 

Peterson only had one workout in March when free agency kicked off with the Seattle Seahawks. The Patriots gave him a workout several weeks ago. It was odd when many thought Peterson wasn’t a fit for the team but I believe it was out of respect for the player.  He is already turning 32 years old now and his best days are likely behind him, this is his last and possibly only contract he will have in his career.

 

 

Rumors are spreading of a deal between former Patriots [Running Back] LeGarrette Blount and the New York Giants. According to the reports, the player are having mutual interest in making a deal but its unknown what could come of it. The New York Giants also had interest in Adrian Peterson but he is now off the table. Blount will likely have to make a compromise with the team if he hopes to make the team as the NFL Draft is tomorrow.

 

 

However what many fans are excited for is the return of Marshawn ‘Beast Mode’ Lynch! He has been confirmed to be joining with the Oakland Raiders (before their eventually move to Las Vegas) in a trade with Seattle Seahawks. It would seem that Seattle has allowed Lynch to be on the trading block and will be allowed to workout with the Raiders. Lynch is reported to be arriving at the Raider’s facility today and it looks like the deal will be made.

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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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Patriots Simply Play In A Different League

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Year after year since Bill Belichick has taken the helm in New England the rest of the NFL has been looking up at the Patriots. You can say one of the big reasons for that is having future hall of famer Tom Brady under center. But when it really comes down to it the real reason for New England’s success is stupidity on behalf of the other teams.

Sunday night’s win was a prime example of another team failing under the spotlight against the Patriots. Denver was a franchise who a few seasons ago won a Super Bowl with Peyton Manning. Now they gambled with Vance Joseph as the head coach, a gamble that looks to be failing. Denver on Sunday night looked ill-prepared, on Special Teams, and throughout every phase of the game.

At what point will opposing teams understand that the Patriots offense will sometimes go into a hurry-up mode? Do they watch film? When will other teams take special teams as seriously as Belichick? It is truly perplexing. Every season there is 4-5 games where the Patriots opponent looks ill-prepared.

Lately, it feels more often of an occurrence. Going into Sunday there was hope for a great game with New England historically being awful in Denver, but the game was so lopsided that it continues with a trend of poor NFL games.

New England’s record now sits at 7-2 with the AFC East all but locked up again with the second place Bills sitting at 5-4. Who will stop them? Maybe the Eagles, but that would be a Super Bowl matchup. And at that point, would Brady lose to a playoff rookie in Carson Wentz? Probably not.

For the foreseeable future, the Patriots will continue to run the NFL.

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Patriots Recap: Patriots Beat Out Broncos At Home 41-16

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Patriots Recap: Patriots Beat Out Broncos At Home 41-16

The New England Patriots tonight had a great performance almost all around. Despite several keys mismatches (particularly within the secondary), the Patriots dominated the Broncos throughout the whole game. The most obvious problems lied squarely with the Broncos special teams and offense inability to get touchdowns when they counted most. It was a bad night if you were a Broncos fan. With this loss, the Broncos fall to 3-6 of the season which puts them dead last in the AFC West. Their season at this point, most likely will be lost as this is their fifth straight loss. The victory didn’t come without much help as the Patriots have much to be proud of last night.

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