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NFL Week 7 Preview: Patriots @ Jets

We all remember the infamous butt fumble game last Thanksgiving. Can Tom Brady and the Patriots take another chunk out of the Jets' soul?

The Patriots continue to surprise the NFL Sunday after Sunday. Last week, with half of Gillette Stadium leaving early to catch the Sox, New England executed a 70-yard game-winning touchdown drive in 73 seconds (with no timeouts) to stun the undefeated Saints on national television. Despite all the injuries and lack of chemistry on offense, the Pats are making just enough plays to remain at the top of the AFC East at (5-1).

Pro Bowl LB Jerod Mayo joined Vince Wilfork on the IR after tearing his right pectoral muscle, ending his season abruptly after surgery on Wednesday.  The quarterback of the defense, New England loses their leading tackler (55 total tackles) and most consistent every down player. Furthermore, CB Aqib Talib reinjured his left hip (limited in practice today) and DT Tommy Kelly banged up his right knee. How will the Patriots respond and progress? It starts with leadership. DB Devin McCourty and DE Rob Ninkovich were announced as defensive captains for the remainder of the season earlier this afternoon.

Although a few Patriots went down last week, one piece to puzzle is slated to make his overdue return. All parties; Patriots staff, Drew Rosenhaus, doctors, scientists, conspiracy theorists and even a promotional video have finally cleared TE Rob Gronkowski to link up with Brady and get #BackToSuper. Boasting a career (18-4) regular-season record against the New York Jets, TB12 and crew look to grind out another victory in Metlife Stadium at 1:00. Check out these three keys to victories for New England:

1)   Score Touchdowns: An elementary goal for all teams in the NFL, the Patriots continue to struggle in the Red Zone scoring just 9 touchdowns in 22 trips – good for 30th in the NFL. The silver lining under this struggle is the reemergence of Stevan Ridley last week. After missing the sloppy Bengals game, Ridley commanded the lion’s share of carries last week posting a 20 carry, 96 yards and 2 TD game. Stevan pounded it over the goal line from one and four yards out. After displaying his “breakaway speed” in Atlanta, LeGarrette Blount has not found the same success against Cincy and gained a measly 9 yards on 7 carries against New Orleans. We all know Brady found Kenbrell Thompkins from 17 yards out; however, K Stephen Gostowski is tied for the lead with 16 FGM out of 17 FGA. The accuracy is great but the attempts need to disappear in turn for more six spots. Getting the Gronk back will certainly improve these statistics. No Amendola will not.

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Gone In 73 Seconds: Patriots Last Gasp Victory Ends Saints’ Unbeaten Run


A half empty Gillette Stadium witnessed one of the greatest ends to a game in recent memory. With 73 seconds left and no timeouts remaining who else would you want leading your offense in to the last chance saloon other than Tom Brady. After all it was Terrific Tom who rallied the Patriots to victory in Louisiana at Super Bowl XXXVI when the team had no timeouts and just 1:30 left in regulation.

After turning the ball over on downs deep in their own half a Garrett Hartley field goal put New Orleans up 27-23 leaving the Pats needing a touchdown. Brady gathered the troops but then threw an interception on the first play of the drive shortly before the two minute warning which appeared to confirm defeat for Bill Belichick’s team. The Saints offense was thwarted by New England’s defense with their big stops giving Tom Brady and co had a chance to win the game.

The offense moved with urgency with the first pass completed when Brady hit Edelman in the middle of the field on a 23 yard play before throwing over the middle again on the second play of the drive to Austin Collie for the 15 yard reception. With time ticking away the team hurried to line but Brady was as composed as ever as he completed an important 6 yard pass to Aaron Dobson on the sideline with the rookie wideout being dragged out of bounds forcing the clock to stop.

At this point it appeared anything could happen but after two incomplete passes it looked like the Saints may hold out for the win as arguably the most crucial moment of the drive came up with the Patriots needing 4 yards to keep their hopes alive; Brady hit Collie on the left side for 9 yards to get the first down. The team spiked the ball after quickly lining up in formation meaning that with 10 seconds to go the team realistically had two shots at the end zone to win the game.

But the Patriots only needed one attempt with Brady showing why he is one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time by keeping calm and composed as he hit Thompkins in the left corner of the end zone with a perfect throw over the arms of the helpless defensive back Jabari Greer. The three-time Super Bowl champion had done it; his 342nd career touchdown pass, tying him with Fran Tarkenton for fourth all-time, was one fans of the Patriots will remember for years to come as getting a win with 5 seconds to go against very good opposition is something you don’t forget quickly.

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A picture perfect throw!

It’s the 37th time Tom Brady has led the Patriots to victory from a fourth-quarter deficit or tie as well as the fifth game in his illustrious career in which Brady threw a game-winning TD pass in the final minute to turn a New England deficit into a win. The win over New Orleans will give Bill Belichick’s men a new found belief and confidence in themselves especially the young guys. This is extremely valuable as soon they will be approaching the business end of the season and will want to claim a bye in the playoffs so to get a momentous win like this can only be a good thing.

The Patriots are now 5-1 are now tied for the second best record in the league and are heading in to a big divisional rival matchup against the Jets on Sunday at MetLife Stadium which will host the upcoming Super Bowl in around 4 months. The young guys will get a feel and taste of a stadium which will host the big game come the end of the season so a memorable win over the Jets may even inspire the team to push even harder to go one step further and have a shot at creating an even more memorable experience by getting back to MetLife in February.

Unfortunately for New England the injuries are piling up with defensive captain Jerod Mayo officially being placed on injured reserve yesterday meaning he joins Vince Wilfork on the sidelines for the rest of the 2013 season. Cornerback Aqib Talib also sustained a hip injury on Sunday which is not good news considering he is one of the best shutdown corners in the league and was instrumental in keeping Saints tight end Jimmy Graham at bay as he finished the match with no catches; thankfully Dennard, Arrington and McCourty all contributed in making sure Graham was kept quiet by doing their part defensively.

On offense Danny Amendola suffered a nasty head injury leaving him with a concussion which is not good news for an already thin New England receiving core. After some key catches on Sunday during that final drive Austin Collie could play against the Jets while Dobson and Thompkins continue to get better and better week by week as well as the fact that the Patriots are still waiting on superstar tight end Rob Gronkowski to make his long awaited return to the field. Stevan Ridley had his best performance of the season with two touchdown runs for 110 yards so the offense is clearly progressing.

Despite the defensive injuries mentioned already the team re-signed DT Andre Neblett whilst Dont’a Hightower could possibly take over Jerod Mayo’s role; arguably it would suit it more than his current role considering that is where he played most at Bama. Fellow Sophomore Chandler Jones is becoming extremely valuable to the D and came up with a big sack against the Saints whilst rookie Jamie Collins will see more game time due to the teams injuries. New England’s defense has forced a turnover in 33 straight games which is the longest active NFL streak.

The Patriots have faced adversity early on in the season but 5 wins out of 6 is extremely impressive. There are many more challenges ahead but the old saying of ‘next man up’ is working for the team with the roster helping each other win games as a team through hard work and determination. There are trade rumours swirling regarding a wideout with Kenny Britt, Josh Gordan, Emmanuel Sanders and even Hakeem Nicks all possibilities for the Patriots offense. Regardless of that the Pats’ defense and offense have proved their worth throughout these opening six games by helping each other grind out wins with quality performances which makes it clear to see that New England remains as one of the best teams in the National Football League.

Unlucky Rob

Unlucky Rob

Patriots Pulse: 3-0 An Omen Or Just A Coincidence?

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On the last two occasions that the New England Patriots have started a season 3-0 they have gone on to reach the Super Bowl. The 2004 season saw the team defend their Super Bowl crown from 2003 as the team went on to repeat their success from the year before and become back to back champions. In 2007 it appeared they would achieve something greater than that period of dominance as the team dominated the league entirely by finishing the 2007 regular season undefeated 16-0 and advancing to the Super Bowl with an 18-0 record before unfortunately falling at the final hurdle.

2004’s team was built around one of the best defenses in the league and on offense Tom Brady was efficient despite not having any real standout receiving options but it was the collective efforts from the likes of Troy Brown, David Givens, Deion Branch and David Patten which helped the team succeed. Brady in 2004 threw 28 touchdowns to 14 interceptions and 5 touchdowns to 0 interceptions in that post-season; It wasn’t until the 2007 season when we saw Brady throw over 30 touchdowns for the first time in his career as he went on to break the regular season record for passing touchdowns with 50.

Despite the 2007 team being a more complete team than any of the Patriots’ three Super Bowl winning teams they lost to the Giants in Super Bowl XLII as they missed out on being undefeated for the whole year. They are still arguably one of the greatest sporting rosters of all-time let alone in the NFL but the Lombardi trophy eluded them on that particular occasion. Here we are six seasons later and there have been many changes in New England especially ahead of the current 2013 season as the team entered a period of transition with many of Tom Brady’s receiving options being rookies as opposed to an explosive receiving core from 2012 which featured the likes of Wes Welker and Aaron Hernandez.

Despite some doubt surrounding the Patriots going in to the start of the year the team managed to grind out two early season victories over the Bills and the Jets before a solid win over Tampa Bay last week 23-3. At 3-0 is it possible to assume the Patriots could make it to MetLife stadium in February 2014 for an eighth Super Bowl appearance? Well it is impossible to ever rule the Patriots out as they will always contend with Bill Belichick and Tom Brady but it is too early in the season to make Super Bowl predictions for any team in the league as there is still a long way to go.

In spite of that this Patriots team is improving week by week with Bill Belichick’s defense on fire so far as they are second in points allowed, 11.3 per game, along with being tied for eight in total defense, 309 yards per game. The Patriots D has had many standout performers this year from the likes of the young Chandler Jones to unsung heroes such as Rob Ninkovich and Kyle Arrington. Aqib Talib and Jerod Mayo have also been impressive for New England and Vince Wilfork is as consistent on defense for this team as Tom Brady is on offense.

New England’s defense is tied for eighth on third-down conversions allowed and they are the only team in the league to have allowed zero points in the fourth quarter which is incredible considering that run stretches over three games. With a big game against Atlanta coming up tomorrow night the form of the Patriots defense will stand them in good stead and considering they are doing well in turnovers and in the red zone, two things Belichick’ defenses have always relied on, it is clear to see this group have lots of potential. The defense has created seven turnovers in three games leaving them tied for fifth in the league and is tied for having the 12th best red zone defense.

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Patriots Owner Bob Kraft & Players Show Their Support For The Mayo Bowl (PHOTOS)


Bob Kraft, Ricki Noel Lander & The Mayos

The 4th Annual Mayo Bowl was held last night at King’s Bowl in Dedham to raise money for Pitching In For Kids” & the Boston Medical Center.   A multitude of Patriots players and team owner Robert Kraft came out to support Jerod Mayo and bowl the night away for charity.

Chandler Jones, Marquice Cole & Dane Fletcher

Chandler Jones, Marquice Cole & Dane Fletcher

The Patriots players made their red carpet arrival among a bevy of media and taking time to sign autographs for fans. One of the coolest moments of the evening was Pats defensive end Chandler Jones calling a fan’s daughter on the phone.

This was a great little moment in a night of many.

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New England Patriots AFC East Preview

New England Patriots AFC East Preview:

Since the turn of the millennium the New England Patriots have won 10 out of 13 AFC East titles. The Patriots are the team to beat and have dominated the division as well as the NFL in the early 2000’s when they won three Super Bowls in four years; 2001, 2003 and 2004. In 2012 New England broke a tie with the Dolphins for most division titles; The Patriots have won 15 division titles to Miami’s 14 with the Bills on ten and the Jets on four.

Some people are suggesting that the Dolphins could be a threat to the Patriots in the AFC East but despite the fact they have improved on both sides of the ball it is rare for teams who spend big to do well on the field so despite Miami’s optimism their best hope will be to earn a wildcard spot whereas personally I see them finishing the season 8-8. The Bills are a team trying to find a new identity and their season will be judged on the production of rookie quarterback EJ Manuel so I’d predict them to finish 5-11. Meanwhile the Jets will finish 6-10 as despite having a good defense, they ranked 8th overall in 2012, they lack any spark on offense but Jets fans will be thankful that Mark Sanchez is out injured.



The main reason some are doubting the Patriots this season is because Tom Brady heads in to 2013 season without key members of a prolific offense from last year which broke the record for first downs in a season with 444 and finished third all-time in scoring, 557 points, just behind the 2011 Green Bay Packers and their own 2007 record setting season. Wes Welker, Aaron Hernandez, Danny Woodhead and Brandon Lloyd have all departed while Rob Gronkowski underwent a 3rd and 4th forearm surgery this off-season as well as back surgery so his return to the field could take up until week 6 and he looks doubtful for the season opener against the Bills tomorrow.

The Patriots offense now features many new additions with most of them being rookies but preseason alone showed that Brady seems to be making it work with the likes of Kenbrell Thompkins, Aaron Dobson, Josh Boyce and Zach Sudfeld. 2nd round pick Dobson has lots of potential are notably during his senior season at college he did no record a single drop from the 92 times he was targeted. Josh Boyce and Thompkins put up impressive numbers during preseason so they could be valuable assets whilst undrafted rookie Zach Sudfield who stands at 6’7 has the ability to be a Gronk 2.0. Speaking of 2.0’s Danny Amendola was signed in favour of retaining Wes Welker’s services and the Patriots will be hoping for similar results out of Amendola with both resilient along with being quick and mobile. Amendola is also a fellow Texas Tech product and after building up a good rapport with Tom Brady it is safe to say he should fit in to the Patriots’ offensive system quickly. Brady has a knack for bringing the best out of his receivers which is a skill not many quarterbacks have and if he manages to produce great results out of this unknown group and win a 4th Super Bowl ring too he may certainly cement his place as the greatest QB to ever play the game. This is backed up by the fact that he holds the league record for most touchdown passes in the regular season with 50, has the most playoff wins in NFL history with 17, has the third highest career passer rating of all-time (96.6) and after breaking Joe Montana’s playoff wins record also became the first NFL quarterback in history to guide his team to 10 divisional titles; With Joe Montana he’s one of only two quarterbacks in history to win the regular season MVP and Super Bowl MVP as well as being one of only two QB’s to lead their teams to 5 Super Bowls (3 wins) along with John Elway.

Can Brady and Belichick guide the Pats to their 4th ring?

Can Brady and Belichick guide the Pats to their 4th ring?


When you take the fact that this offense is led by head coach Bill Belichick, offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels and Tom Brady even when you throw an unknown group of players in with them if anything it is scarier for their opponents as without the players who departed they won’t know what to expect which is what still makes the Patriots a genuine Super Bowl contender. Their running game is dangerous and will improve whereas New England’s defense doesn’t get enough credit for the fact that they have finished in the top 10 in points allowed for six of the past seven years. After drafting the likes of linebacker Jamie Collins in the second round from the 2013 draft and adding him to a young talented group of players that include the likes of Chandler Jones, Dont’a Hightower as well as defensive leaders Vince Wilfork, Jerod Mayo and Brandon Spikes this could be one of the Patriots’ most talented defensive groups in years. With Aqib Talib signing a new contract he will be a real asset in the secondary and help this underrated defense improve in an area where they have been pretty vulnerable for the past two seasons. MetLife stadium is the aim for many teams for the 2013 season but when you assess the New England Patriots it is clear to see that they are one of the frontrunners to represent the AFC at Super Bowl and clinch a fifth consecutive AFC East title.

Season prediction: 12-4. 1st in AFC East.


Patriots Pulse: The Jerod Mayo Old Spice Commercial Is Delightfully STRANGE (VIDEO)


Patriots linebacker Jerod Mayo is the stalwart of the team’s defense. However, in his delightfully STRANGE Old Spice Commercial, Mayo can not take anymore of his coach’s lame ass stories.

I wonder if he goes through this with the Hoodie.

That would be one weird anal probe story.


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