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Third Stringers Start In The Last Preseason Game For The Patriots

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Third Stringers Start In The Last Preseason Game For The Patriots

It felt like a fall night on [Thursday] night when the Patriots took on the New York Giants.  Yet this was still Preseason, in point of fact, the last Preseason Game before the Regular Season.  Fall was in the air but who exactly was playing on the field?  Nope no Tom Brady, nope no Jimmy Garroppolo!  Instead, Jacoby Brissett was leading the Patriots Offense.  Along with him were the back ups and third stringers.  The kind of players that are trying to clinch a job as the NFL Cut loomed near.  Here is my opinionated take away from the game:

Jacoby Brissett can play!  He had a great game scoring 4 TDs and even a Rushing TD.  This was a guy who was trying to prove that he is a solid QB.  He made several down fields throws and his Red Zone presence was excellent.  I mean you could feel the pressure that he was putting on the opposing defense.

Although it should be noted that he had to over come some adversity.  He threw an Interception in the 1st Quarter of the Game.  The INT was taken back to the house for a Touchdown.  It was deflating!  But looking back on replay it wasn’t Brissett’s fault at all!  The Offensive End missed his assigned block and let his defender into the backfield to make the play.  Whoops!  That is what my Pop Warner Coach would call a “look out block.”

The other play makers were the Third String Wide Receivers, players like Austin Carr, Jacob Hollister, K.J. Maye and Devin Lucien.  Running Back D. J. Foster was also in the mix.  What they did was explode on the Giants!  Their Offense was moving quickly down the field and scoring every other drive.  These Third Stringers looked good and they almost won the game.  In the end, it was New York Giants who won it [40-38].

Even still I think a lot of these Third Stringers have so much to offer the Patriots.  They are a good crew and its no wonder with this kind of depth that the Patriots are Ranked 1st on Offense going into the start of the Season.  Hey let’s face it these guys are good and if they can work on their Achilles heel, which has been their Defense, they have a chance at an Undefeated Season.

Yup, that’s right I said it.  Listen they have so many weapons on Offense that its ridiculous.  Last night they showed that they can put up 38 Points with Third Stringers.  Now that is a feat!  I expect nothing but the best from this offensive power house team.  They will be looking to get into the end zone every time they touch the ball!  Look for some serious high scoring games from them, especially in their division.

Opening Day is September 7th at 8:30 pm on NBC’s Football Night In America, at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro.  It will be against the Kansas City Chiefs in prime time!  There will also be an unveiling ceremony before the game, of the Super Bowl LI Banner.  All in all, it should be a great Opening Night for NFL Football!  Finally, Woot woot!

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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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