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Tom Brady Officially 40 And Still Going Strong

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Patriots Talk: Tom Brady Officially 40 And Still Going Strong

It’s officially Tom Brady’s 40th birthday, and I doubt many of you haven’t already heard it for the hundredth time today. The Patriots Quarterback is officially starting his 18th season as the team’s starting QB, which is insane to think that he started all the way back in 2001. Many can go over the parades and celebrations as I am sure we will have this day memorized again come next off-season.

Many of TB12’s teammates like Julian Edelman and Rob Gronkowski have already been celebrating their older teammates’ birthday. Gronk, of course, celebrates with Touchdowns. He talked with reporters yesterday regarding what he plans to give Brady for his birthday:

“I get him touchdowns. You’ve got to catch the ball. That’s all he wants – his receivers, tight ends, running backs to catch the ball. – Rob Gronkowski”

Including the 5 goats dressed up in Number 12 uniforms at Gillette Stadium (which is clearly a homage to Brady’s latest nickname ‘The GOAT’ a.k.a Greatest Of All Time and his 5 Super Bowl rings), many are celebrating the QB’s birthday almost like it’s a holiday. All across the NFL, eyes are watching to see how he will perform now that Brady is no longer in his 30s.

How many players have made it past 40?

Let’s take a quick reminder that not many players perform like they do in old age. Especially, once they are past the 40-year mark. Players like Brett Farve, George Blanda, or Warren Moon played well into their 40s but ultimately, they needed to leave the game because of a number of hits they took.

Farve even recently stated that he can still make the throws he did when he was in the NFL, but his body can’t afford to take the hits anymore (considering he was addicted to pain killers back in his prime years, this is understandable).

Then, of course, the old timers like George Blanda had to switch to being a kicker once he was in his 40s.

The man wouldn’t retire till he was 48 years old, the longest any player has gone in the entire history of the NFL. (The only other player would be Morten Anderson, a kicker who played from 1982 till 2007).

Warren Moon played in the league when he had spent six years in the CFL after going undrafted in the 1978 draft, and won five Grey Cups from ’78-82.

Only then did he get a chance to play in the NFL in 1984 with the Houston Oilers when he was already 28 years old. (He retired from the NFL in 2000; the same year that Brady got drafted.)

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Nonetheless, we are in for an exciting season as the team is only a week away from their first preseason game against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Gronk said it best “There’s nowhere else he wants to spend it besides the football field.”

This was double confirmed today as Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald confirmed Brady as the first person at practice.

This will be quite the time to watch the team as they are the defending Super Bowl Champions for the 2017 season. Once again, Happy Birthday Tom!

 

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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