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Patriots Talk: Chiefs Stun The Pats 42-27 At Season Opener

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Patriots Talk: Chiefs Stun The Pats 42-27 At Season Opener

 

Man what a crazy way to start the NFL season. Nobody could have predicted a meltdown like what the Patriots just had. The team had an all-round bad night and the issues were plentiful really. As for how bad it really was, well we need to discuss the team step-by-step to understand where things begin to fall apart.

 

The Chiefs Played INCREDIBLE Last Night

 

 

People need to realize that the phrase, ‘lighting in a bottle’ situation can apply here. Alex Smith, Chiefs QB, who has been normally known for being a game manager was playing unbelievable last with 4TDs, 386 yards passing, 80% completions and 148.6 passing rating. He had a historic night for himself. Anybody who says that this will be the way he plays the whole season has not seen the man’s track record. He has had this type of success on the field only 7 times in his career. That is out of over 142 games he has started in his entire career. I don’t think fantasy owners tonight should suddenly decide to jump on the bandwagon and assume the Chiefs are Super Bowl bound, we only just started this season. A lot can change.

 

The one true standout was 3rd round rookie running back Kareem ‘AJ’ Hunt out of University of Toledo. He had quite possibly the best game of his life. He had a fumble to start out the first quarter, the first time that ever happened to him in his 4 years playing at college. He had over 148 yards rushing, 98 yard receiving with only 5 receptions, 1Rushing TD and 2 Receiving TDs. To say the young man had an incredible night is an underestimate he broke the Chiefs previous record for most yards past the line of scrimmage to start a game. (181 yards, the previous record was 105).

The Patriots Defense was Not Prepared

 

 

It was clear from the beginning of the game that the Patriots defense struggled with the Chiefs offense but it all fell apart as soon Dont’a Hightower was taken off the field. The team looked lost and made multiple openings for the Chiefs to make big gains on any play and the Chiefs’ running backs including receivers like Tyreek Hill took full advantage of it.

 

Devin McCourty played solid but he had several plays that he had mis-communications with that cost the team. The Patriots managed their penalties (at least compared to what the Chiefs had in for roughly over 13+ penalties). The reality is that the team had things together at the beginning of the 1st half but it fell apart by the second half. The team didn’t make enough adjustments and the Chiefs offense played at a all-time high.

 

Tom Brady Was a Problem But NOT because of Regression

 

If your telling me that 40-year old QB who can throw a ball from his 20 yard line all the way to his opponents’ 20 yard line to Brandin Cooks is considered regression, then you are delusional. Tom Brady hasn’t shown any sign of physical regression but rather he was unable to click with his receiving corps especially once Danny Amendola went down with a concussion protocol. Brady is working without Julian Edelman for the first time in over 4 seasons since Edelman had been the starter receiver after Wes Welker left.

 

This is simply the case of Brady not having open receivers but rather that the team was unable to get their act together. Brady made multiple mistakes and overthrows to see if his receiver could burn the Chiefs’ secondary but Marcus Peters and Eric Berry, and Justin Houston were able to get Brady pressured and frustrated. The game-plan that Andy Reid came up with here is a perfect blueprint in how to get into our offense but I find it difficult to see how many teams can replicate with their personnel.

 

Tom Brady had an in-consistent running game played a small part but Mike Gillislee was the biggest highlight last night with 3 TDs total for the team. I wouldn’t say that Brady was terrible (267 passing isn’t just simply terrible if he only 44% of his completions on the night). I would mark this lose a reminder why going 16-0  was an incredible feat; It’s not easy to get there.

 

Now if you want my honest opinion on where the Patriots go from here….Just look back to when the Chiefs did this in Week 4 of the 2014 NFL season. I wouldn’t jump to conclusions yet and suggest the Patriots are already done for the season, there is still 15 games left to play. This is FAR from over and if the Patriots want to improve to be ready for Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints, they will be up for days making sure they get themselves ready this time. In the words of Bill Belichick: ‘No. Days. Off.’

 

Stephen is a Contributing Editor for Trifecta Sports Network and covers the New England Patriots and the NFL.

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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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