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Patriots Week 1 Predictions: Tight Game On Banner Night

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Patriots Week 1 Predictions: Tight Game On Banner Night

In the triumph return, my weekly New England Patriots predictions column is back. This was a weekly predictions column I ran at Chowder and Champions last season where I make bold Patriots predictions in all segments of the game.

These predictions get specific, down to the yards.

Usually, there is a previous week round up before jumping into the current week’s picks, but since this is week 1, let’s get right into it.

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Tanner founded Trifecta Network in Spring of 2016 and has been the Chief of Content for the Network since that time. Currently Tanner covers all the sports teams in Boston and has contacts in many of the teams in the city. Before starting Trifecta, Tanner was a Site Expert for the FanSided site Chowder and Champions before leaving to cover Boston teams on the ground as a member of the media for Trifecta.

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Patriots Win Means It Is Business As Usual

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The New England Patriots defeated the New Orleans Saints 36-20 on Sunday to pick up their first win of the season. The win brings the Patriots record to 1-1. Notching this win against Drew Brees and crew means it is business as usual at Gillette Stadium.

Despite having some players knocked around the Patriots offense showcased a number of different looks and was very effective against a piss poor Saints defense.

New England attacked the Saints defense with their running backs starting the game with a power style of running behind fullback James Develin. Like CBS color analyst Tony Romo pointed out, this style felt old school 2001 Patriots. This allowed the Patriots to run the ball right at the Saints front seven and then later open up the field in the passing game.

With the wideouts being battered, Tom Brady relied on his receiving backs like James White who snagged 8 catches, and Rex Burkhead who had 4 catches of his own including an opening drive touchdown catch. Brady also relied heavily on tight end Rob Gronkowski who had 6 catches en route to 116 yards and a 53-yard touchdown on the second Patriots drive of the day.

The first quarter was the one of note for Brady as all three of his passing touchdowns on the day game in the first quarter. it was the first time in the future hall of famers career that he had a first quarter with three passing touchdowns. His final line of the day was 30-39 with 447 passing yards. This was the 10th time in his career that he has eclipsed the 400+ passing yard marker.

Defensively the Patriots held a Sean Payton offense to 20 points. A solid effort with the defense limiting the big plays that cost them in their first game against the Kansas City Chiefs.

While it was key not to overreact to the Patriots week 1 loss, it is also important to not overreact to their week 2 win. The Saints defense is bad, really bad. And the Patriots are truly battered at the receiver position with now Gronk and Burkhead dealing with injuries in addition to Julian Edelman who is out for the year along with Malcolm Mitchell and Danny Amendola who will return at some point.

Brandin Cooks, the newly acquired receiver was quite against his former team. To me, the injuries paired with Cooks lack of a breakout game is still a concerning matter. But seeing the Patriots defense remain strong and hold Brees and the Saints to 20 points is huge.

Eyes must now point forward to next Sunday’s matchup against the Houston Texans.

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Patriots 1st Win For the Season In New Orleans 36-20

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It was an exciting day inside the dome.  Of course I’m talking about the Patriots playing in the Super Dome, against the New Orleans Saints.  They played well today on [Sunday] and seemed to be well prepared in the 10 Day week.  Here are some take aways from the game on Sunday’s [36-20] Win:

Rob Gronkowski was huge.  Tight End Rob Gronkowski had a huge game against the Saints.  He had a 50+ yard Touchdown in the 1st Quarter.  It was spectacular, to say the least!  This is a guy who refuses to get tackled.  Gronk got open on the sideline and evaded the tackle for the TD.  It was just what they needed at the right time.  He would go on to catch over 100+ yards for the game.  Although he went out of the game with a Groin Injury.  Hopefully he’ll be back for next weeks game.

Chris Hogan had a good game.  He made a TD reception in the end of the 1st Quarter.  It was a beautiful pass to the corner of the field.  It could have been called back because of a pick play at the line of scrimmage but luckily the Officials got the call right.  They gave them the touchdown and boy was every TD score important.

Tom Brady had a great game on Sunday.  He threw for 3 TDs in the 1st Quarter of the game.  Which was a first for him, I mean have a game will ya!  TB12 was laser sharp today.  He was quiet inside the pocket as Tony Romo pointed out.  He has a quiet on your feet type approach.   Something we have come to identify from Tom Brady.  He holds on to the ball as long as possible before making a play.  He shifts slowly in the pocket to get room to throw.  How he does it is masterful.  I mean this is a guy who isn’t effected by defensive pressure.  He steps in the pocket and is calm, cool, collective while throwing a pass.  He is just automatic!

The Defense came to play!  Yes, the defense made some fantastic stops against a Drew Brees Offense.  It was something that we have come to expect from a Bill Belichick Team.  They button down the mistakes and learned from last week.  This week the Defense made the Saints’ Running game non existent.  It was great!  Adrian Peterson was held to just a few yards.  They played against him just perfectly and forced the Saints’ to throw the ball more.  Their stops on 3rd and long were just incredible.  And their stops in the Red Zone were particularly impressive.  The Saints had to settle for Field Goals, which didn’t help against a Brady led offense.

The Patriots went old school on New Orleans.  New England lined up several times with the Fullback in the I formation.  With injuries at Wide Receiver, the Offense used the back field a lot more.  They weren’t afraid to use Devlin in the back field or as a wide out.  Yep, it was old school offense from 2001.  And you know what?  It worked!  The Pats found a way to work around their lack of slot receiving.  Their line ups exploited what coverage their opponent’s Defense was.  It was a way for Tom Brady to audible before the snap.

In all I’d have to say that the Patriots did everything right.  Look for their Backfield to get more Receptions.  As they are looking to replace their Slot Receivers of Julian Edtilman and Danny Amandola.  Their next game is Sunday, September 24th against the Houston Texans at Gillette Stadium, at 1pm ET on CBS.  With today’s Win they should be good to go!  Hopefully Gronk and Amandolo will be healthy for it.

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Patriots Talk: Injury Reports heading into Week 2

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Patriots Talk: Injury Reports heading into Week 2

 

The New England Patriots are, in under an hour, going to be facing off against the equally win-less New Orleans Saints. Belichick and the team are going to have some serious adjusts today according to Mike Reiss, ESPN Reporter around the New England Patriots. He reported that team captain and Linebacker Dont’a Hightower, who was sidelined last week against the Kansas City Chiefs with a minor MCL sprain, sought a second opinion on his injury from Dr. James Andrews.

 

While many assumed that the injury was merely minor, it could be something likely worse. Dr. Andrews has connections within the Pats organization, specifically with Patriots’ medical director, Dr. Mark D. Price, a former colleague in Alabama years ago. If Ian Rapoport’s initial report was from Dr. Price’s personal diagnosis on Hightower, then we can hope that Dr. Andrews agrees and Hightower’s injury is nothing severe. Many athletes in this sport know injury leads to lost minutes to play on the field, which means lost income. Hightower being on the sidelines for today’s game and possibly into next week depending on the severity of the injury, is a blow to this team’s defense no matter what is said.

 

And among the current inactives list for the New England Patriots heading into this game:

 

  • LB Don’ta Hightower (Defensive Team Captain)
  • WR Danny Amendola
  • OT Cole Croston
  • ST Nate Ebner
  • ST Matthew Slater (Special Teams Captain)
  • DT Vincent Valentine
  • OT LaAdrian Waddle

 

The New Orleans Saints inactives list is also available:

 

  • LB Stephone Anthony
  • OT Terron Armstead
  • WR Austin Carr
  • CB Ken Crawley
  • QB Taysom Hill
  • DE Al-Quadin Muhammad
  • OT Zach Strief (Offensive Team Captain)

 

 

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