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Steelers Back Le’Veon Bell Claims Team Would Have Beaten Patriots In AFC Championship If He Was Healthy

Pittsburgh Steelers Back Le’Veon Bell Claims Team Would Have Beaten The New England Patriots In AFC Championship If He Was Healthy

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Pittsburgh Steelers Back Le’Veon Bell Claims Team Would Have Beaten The New England Patriots In AFC Championship If He Was Healthy

Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell made a bold statement on Friday.

Appearing on ESPN’s “First Take,” Bell was asked about the AFC title game where the Patriots beat the Steelers, 36-17. He said the game would’ve been different if he didn’t have to leave the game in the first quarter with a groin injury.

“I think we beat them,” Bell said. “When I was out there, I wasn’t feeling well at all. The fact I was out there [early in the game], their game plan was so different just because of the fact I was out there. If I go out there healthy and we go out there and do what we do, the way we’ve been doing it the whole season, especially in the playoffs, running the ball, running play-action, leaving [Antonio Brown] one-on-one … I think the outcome would have been different. We’ll get back to that next year.”

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It is worth noting that the Steelers have lost four straight games overall to the Patriots. Bell’s statement isn’t shocking as you generally see players voice extreme confidence in their abilities.

But this is one of those meaningless statements made by a player who knows that you cannot prove his point to be a fact or a lie. Bell is one of the best all around running backs in the entire NFL, issue is the guy is never on the field. Weather it be an injury or smoking pot this player has not been on the field when his team needs him the most. Injuries are unavoidable for the most part, but getting suspended due to weed is.

Even if Bell was present against the New England Patriots there is simply no way to prove his effectiveness, Matt Patricia and the Patriots defense would have played the game differently. Sounding off in an interview is expected, but don’t fool yourself for one second if you think that Steelers team could have taken down the New England Patriots in Foxborough.

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 Talk: 27-23 Loss To Texans Shows Need For Improvement

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Patriots Talk: 27-23 Loss To Texans Shows Need For Improvement

It’s hard to believe that the Patriots still won their fifth Super Bowl at NRG Stadium (the second time in the team’s history this has happened since Super Bowl 38).

With this game, the Patriots were competing with the Houston Texans lead by former Patriots OC Bill O’Brien but the difference between the two was fairly clear: The team still has a lot of question marks on their depth chart. After Saturday night’s game, much of the team showed some good but there was quite a bit of bad.

Despite, this being the first preseason game that Rob Gronkowski played since 2012, he was relatively non-factor since the starters were only in the game for the 1st quarter only. In fact, the majority of the Patriots starters including Malcolm Butler, Stephon Gilmore, Julian Edelman, Brandin Cooks were among those who played in the first quarter.

Here is who stood out and what ultimately burned out. Just click the next button to continue.

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Patriots Bits and Pieces- Super Bowl Confetti and More

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The Bits and Pieces of a Patriots Weekend

Well, you know what they say about pre-season football in the NFL?

No really, do you know because I do not. I do know that it is never a good indication of how the regular season may pan out for any team. It is still a trial period for most teams and coaches to try new plays, let some rookies and newbies get some playtime, and for the New England Patriots, return to the site of last year’s Super Bowl and remember their amazing second-half come from behind victory in which I am still awe-struck.

Here some bits and pieces of what went down in Houston. And with a fumbling backup quarterback, a star defensive end not in action, and a 27-23 loss; I hope the Patriots don’t have a problem in regular season.

The Patriots got a friendly reminder of Super Bowl LI when they returned to Houston’s NRG Stadium Saturday night. Red and blue confetti were found in the Microsoft Surface phone system along the sideline. Could this be a sign from the football gods that the Pats are destined to go the distance again this year?

Tight End Rob Gronkowski played his first preseason game since 2012. The Gronk’s non-play up until now was based on coach’s decisions to limit exposure to injuries the star tight end was recovering from. Gronkowski for 14 of the team’s first 16 plays, but he finished with no catches and no targeted passes.

“It felt good to be out there, get my feet wet, to get the speed of the game. I love to play football,” Gronkowski said.

On the other side of the football, defensive end Trey Flowers did not play Saturday night. Flowers led the team with seven sacks last season. It is not believed that he is dealing with an injury, as he is one of the few top players that was not in action.

Quarterback Tom Brady also started Saturday night in Houston, playing for two drives and completing 6 of 9 passes with 67 yards and one touchdown.

In a post-game news conference, Patriots coach Bill Belichick’s ended with a question on if there was a feeling of nostalgia returning to NRG Stadium, the site of Super Bowl LI.

“That’s all in the past,” he responded. “I mean, it was great, but we’re on to 2017. I don’t think last year, two years ago or 12 years ago is that important. Trying to get this team ready to go, and this year’s team is this year’s team. It’s my responsibility to make a strong commitment to this group. I’m not trying to live in the past. I’m not trying to live in the future. I’m just trying to do a good job with the team we have today.”

New England Patriots backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo was hard on himself following Saturday night’s 27-23 loss to the, as he lost a fumble on a crunching sack and later threw a sideline interception when he was attempting to throw the ball away.

“I was just trying to throw it away, but didn’t put enough on it,” he explained, as he was on the move to evade an oncoming defensive end. “It was just a bad play.”

The back-up to Tom Brady did look to stand tough in the pocket, taking some huge hits and leading New England on a scoring drive. The miscues, however, gave the Texans two scores and a 27-23 victory.

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Patriots Talk: Odd Brady Video, Gillette Sign Moved

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Patriots Talk: Odd Tom Brady Video, Gillette Stadium Sign Moved

Sunday was an off day for the New England Patriots, but that doesn’t mean there wasn’t any news.

At Gillette Stadium on Sunday the Patriots had the stadium sign raised in order to create room for the new banner placement.

With the franchise winning its fifth Super Bowl title this past February the location where the banners were kept was simply not big enough.

This is what the current banner location looked like.

FOXBORO, MA – SEPTEMBER 10: Fireworks go off as the New England Patriots reveal their Super Bowl XLIX championship banner before the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Gillette Stadium on September 10, 2015 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Here is what the team did on Sunday. As you can see below they lifted the Gillette Stadium sign up with the banners presumably going right underneath it.

New England will unveil their Super Bowl banner in week 1 against the Kansas City Chiefs.

In other Patriots news, QB Tom Brady posted an odd video to Instagram on Sunday afternoon. His words, “No Day’s Off”.

#nodaysoff 😂@tb12sports

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Video looks to be taken in the gym in Brady’s Brookline house. A little odd, but what else is new with the 40-year-old future hall of famer.

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