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5 Thoughts Heading Into The AFC Championship Game

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Well, the New England Patriots are once again playing in the AFC Championship game. This time around they are taking on the Jacksonville Jaguars. In Boston and around the countryman fans have already written the Jaguars off, and that might be a mistake. In this weeks 5 thoughts, I outline what could potentially be a riveting game that comes down to the final play.

  1. First of all Tom Brady has a banged up hand that despite reports will not be at 100%. An injured Brady could get jumpy and make mistakes. Even if he doesn’t chances are Tom Brady will not be at his best against Jacksonville, but that could be the beginning of his and the Patriots worries.
  2. Jacksonville’s defense is solid, so solid that it reminds me of a New York Jets team that once defeated the Patriots in the playoffs a few years ago. Like the Jets, the Jags can pressure the QB while not actually sending any type of blitz. They can rush 3 or 4 players all game long and still bring immense pressure to Brady and the Patriots. This means they can continue to stay in coverage while maintaining a consistent pressure on a banged up 40-year-old QB. Jacksonville’s ability to pressure without the blitz will make this game a long one for New England’s o-line. Question is can they hold up and protect Brady?
  3. Jalen Ramsey has turned out to be one of the better cornerbacks in football and is expected to be on Rob Gronkowski for much of the AFC Championship game. If he is able to shut down Gronk it could be a very long game for Brady. But Ramsey has never covered Gronkowski so this matchup could be pivotal to the outcome of the game. But with Brady likely to be under duress for much of the game if Gronk is locked down that might mean game over for New England.
  4. With the projected pressure and the banged up hand the chances of Brady looking deep are slim to none. Expect a lot of passes out of the backfield quickly to Dion Lewis and James White.
  5. Not to go all doom and gloom but this AFC Championship game could very well be the last in this Patriots dynasty. With the coaching staff expected to break up this offseason and the uncertainty of the 40+-year-old QB, this could be the end of the line. That being said I fully expect the New England Patriots to emerge victoriously and advance to the Super Bowl out in Minnesota. The reason for their win will be simple. Even a banged up Brady with immense pressure can rack up 20 points at home in Gillette. For Blake Bortles and the Jaguars offense matching or besting a 20 point total is next to impossible. The only way Jacksonville pulls this one off is a defensive or special teams touchdown, a scenario that just doesn’t seem that likely.

Let me know your thoughts in the comment section below!

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: Josh McDaniels And The Colts Wouldn’t Have Worked Out

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A Case of Behind The Scenes

 

 

Josh McDaniels and the Patriots thought their time to depart after their tough loss in Super Bowl 52 was unavoidable. However, not only did Josh McDaniels get extended, but its been many rumors that Robert Kraft had contacted McDaniels literally hours before he was suppose to take off Tuesday for Indianapolis.

 

It’s difficult to know anything within the Patriots’ organization as they have remained firm in not explaining what goes on behind closed doors. However, multiple sources over at ESPN for the past week since the story broke out about McDaniels’ abrupt decision to not become the Indiapolis Colts Head Coach. The way things broke down was that Kraft and Bill Belichick got together and sat down with McDaniels. With Defensive coordinator, Matt Patricia going to Detroit, this seemed like a desperation move to maintain the coaching staff from the previous season.

 

However, according to ESPN writer Mike Reiss, there was more to the situation then just that. In one of his articles regarding the McDaniels’ decision, he stated:

 

Belichick offered to include McDaniels on more of the inner workings of the organization, from roster construction to financial/salary-cap related considerations. That was viewed as “extremely valuable” to McDaniels. Ownership also endorsed it as a way to extend Belichick’s influence on the organization in future years, although no assurances were given to McDaniels that he would succeed Belichick. McDaniels, who a source confirmed got a significant raise, has privately said in the past that he did not want to be the coach who succeeds Belichick. Although he since may have changed his mind, McDaniels knows Belichick, after five Super Bowl victories, will be a hard act to follow.

Beyond financial and professional stability, McDaniels also was thinking of his family. He wanted a long-term commitment from the Patriots so his four children, ages 12 to 3, would be able to attend the same schools over the next several years. The transient life of a coach doesn’t always make that possible.

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Former NFL Official Claims Eagles Used Illegal Play To Win Super Bowl

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Did you have doubts that the Eagles lined up correctly on the Nick Foles touchdown catch?

Well, you are not the only one with a former analyst now claiming that Philly was indeed lined up illegally on the play.

Appearing on the Talk of Fame Network, former head of officiating and FOX rules analyst Mike Pereira said the Eagles were in fact lined up illegally.

“I know the league came out and said that it’s a judgment call, which it is,” Pereira said, via Pro Football Talk. “The down judge, who was the one that [the play] was on his side of the field, they felt that it was his judgment, and [receiver Alshon Jeffrey] was close enough. Well, he wasn’t. They lined up wrong.

“Not only that, it’s a trick play. And if you’re going to run a trick-type play, then you have to be lined up properly. You could either have six men on the line, or you could have an ineligible number lined up at the end of the line, which was the case. I know what the league has said, but they would have been a lot more comfortable if they would have called an illegal formation.

“We always use a yard [within the line of scrimmage], maybe a yard-and-a-half. But that’s two [yards], and even a little bit beyond two. It’s kind of one of those that has no effect on the play. I get it. But they didn’t line up properly. And it really should’ve been called.”

Bottom line is it was simply a judgment call be the officials, might have been the completely wrong judgment, but based on what we know about Super Bowl LII the New England Patriots were never going to win the game. The Malcolm Butler benching paired with Doug Pederson‘s mindset of keeping his foot on the gas and exposing New England’s weaknesses were the reasons the Patriots lost the game, not this particular play.

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Boston Herald Runs Ron Borges’s Tom Brady Hoax Story

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Thursday night Boston Herald reporter Ron Borges penned a story with this headline “Tom Brady wants to get paid like Jimmy G, or he’ll skip OTAs”. A headline and a story that was uncovered as a hoax on Friday.

The Kirk and Callahan show on WEEI revealed that one of their texters pretended to be Tom Brady’s agent Don Yee when texting Borges. The texter dubbed “Nick in Boston” informed Borges that Tom Brady intended to sit out New England’s preseason workouts unless he was paid like Jimmy Garoppolo who signed the largest deal in NFL history on Thursday.

K&C tweeted out the screenshots of texts with Borges outing the story as a complete and utter hoax.

Borges story was actually refuted right off the bat on Thursday night with both NBC Sports Boston and NESN claiming the story held no truth.

As for Borges, this is not his first major failure as a reporter. Since the Herald ran the story they are now looking into the matter.

Overall tricking Borges isn’t a great thing to do. Lying about someone’s identity is never nice with some reporters coming to the defense of Borges. But it is hard to have sympathy for a “journalist” that failed to check his sources and run with a story with only one source confirming of a major story.

Either way, there is no truth to a Brady holdout.

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