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Patriots Talk: Interview with Robert Kraft in Phoenix, Arizona

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Patriots Talk: Interview with Robert Kraft in Phoenix, Arizona

It seems lately that discussions about the Patriots’ being desperate to continue their winning streak means that window of opportunity is closing. This is due to both the Patriots’ [Head Coach] Bill Belicheck and [Quarterback] Tom Brady nearing the end of their incredible careers. However, Patriots’ owner, Robert Kraft, recently did a 16 minute press interview at the Arizona Biltmore in Phoenix, Arizona during one of the league meetings. Obviously, the discussion went straight his team, the New England Patriots, specifically his recent conversation with Tom Brady.

This isn’t the first time Brady has said this. In fact he has stated on separate occasions he wants to play till he is 40, then 45 and now he can go all the way to 47? I don’t know if Tom is trying to become the next Gordie Howe but he is for sure working towards it. (To understand the comparison: Gordie Howe was a NHL player who played for over 5 decades!) Jeff Howe, for the Boston Herald wrote further on this discussion.

 

At the level he performed, there’s no one that would be happier than I and our fan base. In some ways, you think about, I think there’s one player at the age of 40 who had one good year: (Brett) Favre for the Vikings. But he didn’t do so well before (turning 40). I think Tommy’s sustained excellence is just unbelievable, and it’s a lifestyle. He’s in training now. It’s not like he’s stopped. He works out.

 

Kraft isn’t wrong as Brett Favre is the only quarterback in the modern NFL to play to the age of 40. Not only that, he was still an exceptional player as well. According to Favre, he didn’t quit football because of his inability to play, but rather his inability to withstand hits. The comparison is interesting but Favre never had the diet plan or obsessive work ethic that Brady has. (Favre was arguably one of the most talented players of his time) But it didn’t stop with just Brady, but Belichick also got some attention.

 

 

Belichick is a little bit different. Now he could coach into his 80s, but he has been stating for years that he doesn’t intend on coaching into his 70s like former New York Giants‘ [Head Coach] Tom Coughlin did. Kraft wants them both to continue their success but Belichick has always been unpredictable. (Unless Belichick and Brady have some secret fountain of youth that is powered through the misery of the AFC East, we will never really know.) Despite all of this, it’s not out of the realm of possibility. They both have given us little to doubt that its possible but Kraft is saying what he feels. But I am certain on this:  the Patriots window isn’t closing, but rather it could very well be growing.

 

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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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