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Rajon Rondo’s Favorite NFL Team: The Bruins

During a Twitter Q&A on Tuesday night, Rajon Rondo was asked what his favorite NFL team was. He didn’t answer with the Patriots, but instead said the Bruins.

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Its a bit surprising he didn’t know the Bruins played hockey considering they play in the same building the Celtics do, but in his defense, the Bruins could probably win more games than the Jaguars! Just give Patrice Bergeron the pigskin, and I’m sure he could find the end zone!

Ridley & Mayo OUT for the Year

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There were lots of positives to be taken from the Patriots 37-22 victory over the Bills on Sunday. However, that big win came with a huge price tag, as both Stevan Ridley, and Jerod Mayo were injured during the game.

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After further tests were performed today, it is being reported that both will miss the rest of the season.

For Ridley, it was a torn ACL and MCL that he suffered during one of his 10 rushes in the win, and its disappointing to see since it looked like he was finding his stride this year along with the other running backs on the Patriots. Known for his amount of fumbles, its should be noted he didn’t have 1 fumble in his 6 games this year.

Jerod Mayo will be placed on the Injured Reserve almost a day to the year since he was last year, when he got injured versus the New Orleans Saints in week 6 last year. Mayo loss was felt by the defense last year, and there’s no question it will be felt this year instead.

For the next 10 weeks, the Patriots will need other guys to step up and fill the holes left by both Mayo, and Ridley.

Perfect Patriots Pounce On Bengals!

 

The Cincinnati Bengals walked in to Gillette Stadium licking their chops at the possibility of defeating the New England Patriots in their own back yard but walked out on Foxborough with the same deflated feeling that the Pats had experienced themselves last week. Defeat to the Chiefs 41-14 had raised many questions over the brightness of the future for the legendary duo of Brady and Belichick but the two executed the game plan brilliantly as they rallied to an early 14-0 first quarter lead against the Bengals.

Brady was back to his magical best completing 23 of 35 passing attempts for 2 touchdowns to Tim Wright who had a breakout night and Rob Gronkowski who looks to be back to his best which is fantastic news for the Patriots. I called for Timothy Wright’s breakout game to be last week but it came last night and whilst many have questioned the Logan Mankins trade which exposed New England’s offensive line problems after his performance last night everyone will be praising the genius of Belichick as Wright, the man who moved the other way as part of that trade with Tampa Bay, had an Aaron Hernandez type performance and had 5 receptions for 85 yards and one score.

This helped Rob Gronkowski get free and avoid double coverage throughout the game with the big man catching 6 passes from Brady including the catch which saw Brady eclipse 50,000 passing yards during his NFL career becoming only the 6th quarterback to do so; Gronk finished the night with 100 yards, one score and averaged 16.7 yards per catch. The fantastic performances by the two tight ends along with an inspired performance by the offensive line which helped Brady get his flow back in the passing game as well as also helping the team establish the running game, something New England fans have been crying out for.

The 6th QB to reach the landmark for passing yards

 

Josh McDaniels made the right play calls and used the one-two punch of Ridley and Vereen to devastating effect with the two combining on the ground for 203 rushing yards; Ridley had over 100 and got one touchdown. The effectiveness in the run game really did give the Patriots the balance they needed to win the game and is something they have been renowned for having over the years. The passing game had 8 different receivers haul in a catch from Brady with the efficient display on offense seeing them post 36 points with Stephen Gotskowski kicking all 5 of his field goals successfully.

The other touchdown was a fumble return by Kyle Arrington who had a brilliant night on the defense. The defense did what I and many people expected after last weeks humiliation if not better by bouncing back in style with Darrelle Revis having his best game in a Patriot uniform to date limiting AJ Green in the passing game. Coach Belichick gave him the freedom to match up with the receiver one on one with Revis winning the battle throughout the game; Revis also had a forced fumble on a night which saw the Patriots force 3 turnovers with Jamie Collins causing the other. The Patriots also managed to get a pass rush going which unsettled Andy Dalton at times who despite actually having a good night personally, 15/24 for two touchdowns, suffered as the rest of the team around him depleted.

The 43-17 victory is just the bounce back performance that the New England Patriots needed to silence the doubters and get their season back up and running. They now sit joint first in the AFC East with a 3-2 record ahead of two divisional games coming up against the Bills next Sunday and the New York Jets the following week on Thursday Night Football. Before the Chiefs game I sang the Patriots praises regarding their ability of performing under the lights of prime time television and while last week didn’t go too well for them they sure as hell did last night! Brady now owns a 13-8 record on Sunday Night Fooball and the Patriots are an NFL best 38-9 in the month of October since 2003 including a home record of 23-1 in that time which is very impressive.

Brady was all fired up after guiding New England to victory

Brady himself knows there’s a long way to go on the season but to beat a team that many had down as the most complete in the conference has to boost morale; this victory was New England’s 32nd straight regular season victory at home against AFC opposition. That record will definitely be put to the test in week 9 when they host Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos which comes after the two divisional matchups mentioned earlier on and just after a home encounter against the Chicago Bears. That means that 3 of the Patriots next 4 games are at Gillette Stadium which could give this team even more confidence before they head in to their bye week come week 10.

So Brady and co are back with a vengeance with the quarterback’s career record after a loss now standing at 35 wins with just 8 losses (won last 9). As well as this since 2009 in 33 games Brady is 29-4 throwing 65 touchdowns to just 13 interceptions with a QB rating of 112. Anyone who questioned the Patriots will now surely feel foolish and the team will now have their road trip to Buffalo in sight as they look to take control of the division which this win many analysts and experts will expect them to do. This may have been just one game but it showed the heart as well as the spirit that this New England team has and that is something you cannot teach and will definitely come in hand throughout the long regular season and more importantly come playoff time.

The End Of An Era? Bengals vs Patriots

Following last Monday’s humiliation at Arrowhead Stadium the New England Patriots and Tom Brady in particular have come under a lot of criticism. Last week was one of Tom Brady’s worst ever performance in the NFL with the future hall of fame quarterback finishing the game sitting on the sidelines looking deflated and just pure angry.

But you see this is when Tom Brady always brings out his best, right in the face of adversity. We all know this fairytale story; drafted as the 199th pick in round 6 back in the 2000 draft to then go on and move up the depth chart from 4th string quarterback all the way to beating out the well established Drew Bledsoe and then go on to new unthinkable heights as Brady made a massive contribution to the Patriots dynasty that won 3 Super Bowl titles in 4 years (2001 season, 2003 and 2004)

Since then he has only furthered his legacy making two more Super Bowl’s, winning MVP awards in 2007 and 2010, most playoff wins as a quarterback with 18 playoff wins among many other records so yes the list is endless. Now I or any other NFL fanatic could sit here all day praising Tom Brady’s abilities but after last Monday’s blowout defeat to the Chiefs the question is that is there any more magic left from Tom Terrific?

Tom Terrific has it all to prove again starting with tonight

Well I say yes there is but there are definitely more concerns around this Patriot’s offense now then there have been over the past decade. 2nd year wide-out Kenbrell Thompkins was released yesterday which leaves the receiving core with Julian Edelman, Danny Amendola, Aaron Dobson and Brandon LaFell along with special teams specialist Matthew Slater and undrafted free agent Brian Tyms who remains inactive.

Edelman is a fantastic receiver but when your best receiver is a former high school quarterback that says it all. Amendola was supposed to be the second coming of Amendola but the realistic scenario happened with him being a flop. Dobson has a lot of potential but injuries have haunted him over this first quarter of the season and I personally feel like LaFell is building up a good rapport with Brady albeit rather slow; he was one of if not the only positive from last week’s loss in Kansas.

Tight end Rob Gronkowski remains Brady best and most reliable weapon in this offense as he is a superstar when healthy but unfortunately he’ll take time to get back to his best. Brady is not surrounded with the weapons that Peyton Manning has right now in Denver but Colts fans from the past will say Brady had better weapons at his disposal when the two use to face of years ago. That debate is for another day but one things for sure Tom Brady is a man who is known for making average receivers look good.

Sadly for Brady you can’t do that when you have a depleted offensive line and the play-calling is terrible. Josh McDaniels was using Vereen as a 3 down back last week which was horrible as every Patriot knows his skills come off screen and trick plays. While I have criticised running back Stevan Ridley in the past there are no denying this young mans talents; he finished last season with 10 touchdowns in the regular season and 2 in the divisional round playoff win against the Colts.

The Patriots need to establish a running game to take the pressure off Brady as at the moment opposing defenses are not afraid of the passing game and a talented group like Cincinnati will be licking their lips at the prospect of facing New England tonight. Despite 9 out of 10 people ruling the Patriots out tonight I personally think they will bounce back and win tonight as the Pats defense has so much talent and will put in a much better performance than last week which will provide a platform for the rest of the team to believe again.

 

Brady may not have the weapons that everyone believes he deserves but that can’t be changed and the Patriots just need to get on with it. Once the team has a offensive line that is starting together regularly then they’ll hope that in time it will come good. Many people will be choosing the Bengals to walk in to Gillette stadium and win tonight but I remember last season when the 4-0 Patriots walked in to Paul Brown Stadium against the 2-2 Bengals with all the praise in the world being heaped on the Patriots only for them to lose 13-6 in a game which was contested in monsoon like weather.

A year later and now the tables have turned with Patriots head coach Bill Belichick saying in his press conference that “They [The Bengals] have a lot of good players. They’re well-coached. They’re tough, they’re physical, they’re explosive. It’s been a while since I’ve seen a team that’s as complete as they are.” so yes tonight will be a heavy challenge but the turnover in who is the top dogs in the NFL is what makes it so exciting to watch. That is why Bill Belichick, Tom Brady and the New England Patriots deserve so much credit for the level of consistency they have shown for over the past 10 years. They thrive off adversity and will take it head on when it’s right in their face, some people say good things can’t last forever well I think tonight will prove otherwise and whether it’s ugly or pretty the Patriots will move on to 3-2 and leave the Bengals at 3-1 come the end of Sunday Night Football.

 

 Prediction: Bengals 24-27 Patriots

The Patriots And Bruins Have Been Mortgaging Today For A Distant Tomorrow

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Back in July, if I told you the Patriots would trade Logan Mankins (for a tight end the Pats don’t throw to), their best offensive lineman and the Bruins would trade Johnny Boychuk (for some 2nd round picks in ’15 & ’16), a top three defenseman, you would think I was smoking an illegal substance. Well it looks like Bill Belichick and Peter Chiarelli have been smoking the whacky tobacky. These two trades were made planning for tomorrow instead of trying to win today.

Both Logan Mankins and Johnny Boychuk probably would not be wearing the Flying Elvis or Spoked B come 2015, but why not try to win now with an aging Tom Brady and Zdeno Chara? It now seems that the championship windows of both of these franchises may be closing quicker than their fans would want to admit or stomach. The Patriots may have a disgruntled Tom Brady on their hands and the Bruins have their “core” intact (minus Boychuk now) but the rest of the supporting cast is not good enough to compete with the iron of the NHL.

Mankins and Boychuk are just two of many bewildering and dumbfounding moves made by “the Hoodie” and PC. Here is a quick list of the head scratchers of both teams:

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  •  Allowing Wes Welker to walk
  •  Allowing Danny Woodhead to walk
  •  Signing Danny “They won’t throw to me” Amendola
  •  Undervaluing Emmanuel Sanders
  • Leaving Aaron Dobson inactive for 3 out of 4 games
  • Cutting Kenbrell Thompkins (who Brady actually TRUSTS)

These moves have left Tom Brady with no one to throw to outside Julian Edelman and a half powered Rob Gronkowski. This is of course if he has any time to throw with the turnstile of an offensive in front of him. Instead of surrounding a future Hall of famer with an arsenal of weapons (hello Peyton Manning), Brady is given the scraps from the bargain bin.

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Patriots Embarrassed on Monday Night Football

It was nothing like Patriots fans had imagined while watching the team play on Monday night. It was something that was out of Bill Belichick’s and Tom Brady’s nightmares, as they got absolutely annihilated!!!!! It would be fair to say it was the team’s worst loss since losing 31-0 to the Bills back in 2003.

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The 41-14 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs was a pathetic showing for everybody on the team. Bill Belichick probably came close to cutting guys in the middle of the game, and he had no problem putting starters on the bench in the 2nd half. After Logan Ryan committed a penalty as time expired in the 2nd quarter that allowed Kansas City to kick a field goal to take a 17-0 lead into the half, Belichick had words with Ryan, and didn’t see as much playing time as he used to.

In the 3rd quarter, former 1st round draft pick Nate Solder completely missed a tackle and allowed a defender to easily get to Brady and force a fumble inside the Chiefs red zone which led to another easy touchdown for the Kansas City offense. The next time the offense had the ball back, Solder found himself on the bench with Marcus Cannon in at his position.

In the first half, the Patriots only had 96 yards on offense compared to Kansas City’s 303 yards, and only had 5 first downs. They Chiefs easily ran against the Patriots, and also threw successfully against them with ease. It was the 1st time ever a team has gotten 300 yards against a Bill Belichick team in his career.

Tom Brady had shown his age this season, and this game was incredibly bad. Even with no good receivers, we all expect Brady to be at least decent enough to keep his team in the game. He couldn’t do much of anything. On a 3rd and three and with an opening to run in the 2nd quarter, he tried making a terrible pass, and the Patriots were forced to punt. If this keeps up, fans will be demanding Jimmy Garrapolo sooner rather than later.

For the positives that can be taken from this game for the Patriots: there are none. It was that bad. Nothing looked good as they made Alex Smith look like Joe Namath circa 1969. The minor positive was Jimmy Garrapolo looked pretty good, but that was also in garbage time, so in the end it doesn’t mean much. The win was the first win for Andy Reid against Belichick in his career.

Although it’s a shorter week because it was a Monday night game, this week will be a long one for the Patriots as they have a lot of work to do to prepare against the Cincinnati Bengals next week, who they lost to last season in Cincinnati. It will be interesting to see what Belichick and his coaches can do to mix things up and actually put a half decent team onto the field next week.

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