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Patriots Pulse: Aqib Talib Signs With The Broncos

Just like last year, the Patriots top free agent signed with the teams’ now biggest rival, the Denver Broncos. Late Tuesday night it was reported that star Cornerback Aqib Talib was signing a 6 year deal with Denver worth $57 Million.

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Talib is just the latest player the Patriots have let walk and go to a rival. Of course last year the big story was Wes Welker signing with the Broncos after the Patriots wouldn’t pay him nearly what he wanted.

Talib played a huge role for the Patriots in the 2013 season especially with the injuries they faced all year on defense. If it wasn’t for Talib, the Patriots may not have won as many games as they did last year. In the 13 games he played in for the Patriots, Talib had 4 interceptions, and made quarterbacks think twice before targeting a receiver that Talib was covering.

If the season were to start today, the Patriots top Corner would be Logan Ryan, and despite a decent season from him this year it hard to tell what he’ll do in his second year in the league. Ryan also had it easier because Talib did such a good job on his coverage’s, Quarterbacks were able to target receivers covered by Logan Ryan more because he was the easier target to try and beat.

There’s still plenty of time for the Patriots to pick up a decent Cornerback before the season starts, but nothing they have done in years past would indicate that they are willing to spend money on a good free agent. The best Corner out there is Darrelle Revis, but he still belongs to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and the price to trade for him would be pretty high.

One concern the Patriots may have had about Talib was his ability to stay healthy. He missed three games this season, and left the AFC Championship game early for the second year in a row after getting injured. Although Talib may not have been the difference maker against the Broncos, he could have at least kept the conference championship game closer than what it was.

Talib was acquired from Tampa Bay during the 2012 season and immediately became a force on the Patriots defense. He accepted a one year deal from the club after the 2012 season, and that turned out to be a good move for him, because he wouldn’t have gotten a deal anywhere near as good as he got from the Broncos.

As the Bronco’s continue to improve on both defense and offense, the Patriots will need to make some good, smart moves to stay in the race in the AFC.

Peyton Manning Ends The Season For The Patriots

Playing in the their third AFC Championship in three years, the Patriots came out flat against the Denver Broncos and lost 26-16 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High Stadium. The story of the game for the Patriots was the lack of offense especially in the first half, when they scored just 3 points.

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Tom Brady’s arch rival, Peyton Manning worked the clock the entire game, and kept the chains moving, against the Patriots defense that had been missing key components all season long. One of the better defensive players for the Patriots, Aqib Talib left in the first quarter, after a hit from former teammate, Wes Welker. After the injury, Manning was able to pick apart the New England defense.

On the first drive of the game, the Patriots went three and out, but Punter Ryan Allen, had a great punt that started the Broncos inside their own 20. Peyton and the Broncos offense were able to get a first doen before being stopped by the Patriots defense. But when Tom Brady was given the ball again, he was unable to make anything happen, and again went three and out.

On the ensuing drive, Manning led the Broncos down field and settled for a field goal that gave the Broncos a 3-0 lead. Again Brady was unable to do much of anything, and Peyton led the Broncos down field this time leading his team to the endzone for a 10-0 lead. That lead was too much for the Patriots to come back from.

At half time the game was 13-3, and everyone could tell the Patriots didn’t have it going on. This wasn’t a game that was being played in Gillette in 10 degree weather, but rather in Denver in 60 degree weather. There was no way Peyton would blow this lead, and he didn’t. On the first Denver drive of the second half, Peyton took about half of the 3rd quarter to drive the ball down field and score another touchdown, giving the Broncos a 17 point lead.

Down 26-10 with just over 3 minutes to play, Tom Brady rushed into the endzone himself to cut the score to 26-16. Knowing they were down two touchdowns and two, two down conversions, the Patriots tried a draw play with Shane Vereen to make it a one possession game. The conversion failed, and everybody on the Patriots knew the game was over.

It’s the second straight year the Patriots have lost the AFC Championship game, and it’s now 9 seasons since the franchise last won a superbowl. The win gave Peyton Manning a .500 record in the playoffs for his career and sends him to his 3rd superbowl. The Patriots will be watching from TV as the Broncos will play at MetLife Stadium against the Seattle Seahawks in the first, and probably only, cold weather Super Bowl.

Tom Brady and the Patriots, will now take six months off before regrouping and trying again next year.

Unoriginal Broncos Fans Come Up With The New England Sucks Towel (PHOTO)

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Denver Broncos fans aka mountain hillbillies are getting more and more under my skin. First it was the “Tom Brady Wears Women’s Underwear” bar marquee (yeah TB12 wears Gisele’s & you’re jealous) then it was Voodoo Doughnuts stupid Tom Brady donuts and now the most unoriginal slam of the New England Patriots…..

Copy Steelers fans much?

Jesus, Denver pretend like you have been there before, but you haven’t since 1998 when YOU cheated.

Pats AFC Championship Game Match-Up Mania: Coach vs. QB

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When the AFC Championship Game unfolds on Sunday in Denver football fans everywhere will be asking the same question: What does Bill Belichick have in store for Peyton Manning and the Broncos record-setting offense, records formerly owned by the Foxboro-based team?

At different points this season, Manning and the Denver Broncos appeared bulletproof and the Patriots appeared to be a shell of a formerly equally potent juggernaut. So-called experts might have doubted the possibility of the New England Patriots reaching this deep into the playoffs. Yet, the Pats are here nonetheless.

We’ve got a rematch we might not have expected when Rob Gronkowski was lost for the season on December 8. Since then, a restructured offense has the NEP offense rolling again thanks to LeGarrette Blount and a machine-like offensive line.

Blount may or may not run wild versus a suspect Denver defense, but the key match-up remains Manning’s offense against Belichick’s defense. No offense, Matt Patricia, but it’s always BB we see coaching the defense up during the game.

You remember the regular season game won by the Pats. Denver ran well as the Pats focused on the passing attack, checking Manning effectively enough to stage an epic rally. Will the same plan unfold tomorrow? That plan relied on trying to disguise what the defense planned to do before the snap. After the snap? Disruption. Or, as Belichick described it:

Disguising is certainly a big part of the game and it’s important, but it’s not as important as playing what you have called. If you can’t play what you have, then it doesn’t matter if you disguise it or not, it’s probably not going to be very good.

Also, don’t forget the apparently genuine respect both men have for each other. Belichick and Manning offer only praise for each other.

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AFC Championship Preview: Patriots @ Broncos

Two HOF quarterbacks will be facing off in the greatest rivalry of the past decade


For the third straight year, the New England Patriots are just one win away from another trip to the Superbowl. Are you surprised? This has been a roller-coaster of a year. Who’s standing in the way this season? Old nemesis Peyton Manning and his record-breaking 55 TDs and 5,477 yards will host the quarterback with the most wins (18) in NFL Playoff history, Tom Brady. Peyton Manning is 10-11 in the postseason.

In the Superbowl era, Belichick & Brady have had more games together (191) as starting QB and head coach then Shula & Marino (184) and Noll & Bradshaw (158). The Patriots have gone 148-43 (.775) since 2001, an incredible accomplishment. Their improbable 12-4 regular season record is a true reflection of the “system” Belichick has put in place for the past dozen years. It’s no secret that rookies and reserves have stepped up in absence of multiple key starters being lost for the season (Wilfork, Mayo, Vollmer, Gronk, Welker, Hernandez). While Brady versus Manning is still the main attraction of Sunday afternoon, there are a bunch of impactful story-lines and keys to victory in this matchup of epic proportions. In the past 62 games, the Patriots have only been outscored by 8 points or more in just 2 games (Steelers 2011 and Ravens AFC Championship 2012). This will be a tight game with a small margin for error on both sides of the ball. Check out my collection of notable areas to keep an eye on during the AFC Championship:

1) Red Zone Efficiency: The Broncos are 1st in the NFL having scored a touchdown in 76.6% of their trips inside the 20-yard line compared to the Patriots’ 57.8% clip. Holding Denver to a few field goals is integral for New England. Manning lead his squad to a NFL record 606 total points for, averaging out to 37.1 PPG. Despite being held to 13 against the Jets and 6 points against the Bengals, the Patriots rounded off the year averaging 28.6 PPG and 35.1 PPG over their past 9 games – Indianapolis included. If the New England defense can make a few plays in their own territory with their backs against the wall, it will bode well for another chance at snagging the Lombardi trophy. Assuming the Broncos receive the opening kick-off, going down a few touchdowns on the road is not a good look.

2) Time Management: Keeping the ball out of Peyton’s hands is inevitable; however, controlling the clock is not. The Patriots have developed a signature style of smash-mouth football over the past few weeks lead by impressive performances from the ever-consistent offensive line and LeGarrette Blount. The Patriots are 3rd in the NFL in 4th quarter time-of-possession at 55.1%, compared to the Broncos’ 50.8%. New England and Denver both score the most at 11.2 points per 4th quarter, which is interesting considering the Pats are 23rd in the NFL in the 2nd quarter scoring an average of 6.5 compared to the Broncos’ 9.7. Time management is crucial but Demaryius Thomas can break one at the blink of an eye. The key is for the defense to put the offense in a position to pound the rock and burn the clock.

3) Special Teams: A wild sequence of events lead to a Colts safety, Ryan Allen injury, Brady PAT holding and Gostkowski’s first career punts. In an analysis put together by Dallas News’
Rick Gosselin, the Patriots rank 1st overall in Special Teams. The stat includes 22 different categories but this is no surprise to the New England faithful. Belichick preaches execution in all three aspects of the game every week. Gostkowski had a career year kicking38/41 FGs and stepped up admirably averaging 41.8 YPP on 5 punts and a long of 53 yards in the Divisional Round. Ryan Allen is back to practice and is expected to play on Sunday. Football is a game of inches and whether it’s a punt pinned inside the 5 or a PAT hold, every play matters. A clean special teams performance will put less pressure on the offense and defense.

Stay tuned on game day for part two of my preview and a final score prediction!

Patriots-Broncos: Denver’s Mayor Loves Voodoo Doughnut’s Tom Brady Donut (PHOTOS)

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Looks like Broncos fans will go to any length to reach the Super Bowl. Denver’s Voodoo Doughnut decided to make a Tom Brady donut (that’s how we spell it in New England) to bring bad luck to the Patriots quarterback.

Looks like Denver’s mayor is loving himself some TB12 cruller….Gisele may have some competition.

I wonder if Voodoo doughnut has a donut that tastes like sh*t because that’s what they will be eating Sunday night as the Patriots move on to New York & the Super Bowl!

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