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There was a lot of criticism heaped on the Patriots when they traded a fourth-round pick in 2013 for troubled cornerback Aqib Talib and a seventh-round pick. But after watching how terrible the Patriots were in pass coverage on Sunday, you can’t really blame them for jumping on the deal.
The transition from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to the New England Patriots may not be an easy one if Bill Belichick continues to employ a defense that shows zone and man coverages depending on down and scenario. Rookie Alfonzo Dennard struggled in his first few snaps with the Patriots in differentiating between the two, and bungled a play in the preseason where he thought he was supposed to play zone on the right side of the field, but instead he was supposed to man up with Jerrel Jernigan. He got a tongue lashing from Belichick on the sideline after the play.
Talib is at his best when he’s playing in press man coverage, and since it’s easier for a new player to pick up, that’s likely what the Patriot...
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Jared Mayo and the Patriots defense could not stop anyone Sunday against the Bills
Although the Patriots won at Gillette Stadium on Sunday, there was little to nothing positive to take from the game. Although Tom Brady managed the offense quite well, especially in the first half, the offense did not have the same type of rhythm that we saw in London two weeks ago. Although the offense...
Patriots fans have become accustomed to the sight of Danny Woodhead emerging from the backfield and breaking into the clear for big gains, but even many of them were amazed just how open he was Sunday against the Bills.
Woodhead scored on two big plays to keep the Patriots ahead, once again appearing to get lost in the defensive shuffle long enough to do some serious damage.
Patriots defensive drive summaries vs. Bills
Hard to put much of a positive spin on this one, with three dominant defensive stands, and six where the Bills moved the ball and either scored or turned it over.
The only solace I can take is that the Patriots were just playing bad, and a lot of their mistakes were due to sloppiness especially with missed tackles. They should be able...
Locker room music is serious business in the NFL.
Once Matt Light retired, there was no one to decide on what to play in the Patriots’ locker room. Kenny Mayne from ESPN tried to put it to a vote between Deion Branch and Zoltan Mesko.
To quote the candidates, Branch likes “all sorts of music,” while Mesko likes “all kinds of music.” The election-themed decision even came...
Per a tweet from the Patriots official Twitter feed and a report from Chris Reidy of the Boston Globe, New England Patriots All Pro tight end Rob Gronkowski was presented with a life-size replica of himself as part of the Dunkin’ Donuts “DD Gronkoff” FaceBook Sweepstakes. The cake, created by Montilio’s Baking Co., used enough ingredients for 15 sheet cakes, but as you...
Patriots running back Stevan Ridley nearly hit 100 yards Sunday against the Bills for the fifth time this season, but he settled for 98 yards and a touchdown on 22 carries.Fantasy Spin:Ridley has rushed for 814 yards in nine games and is on pace for 1,447 yards this season. He'll have another favorable matchup in Week 11 against the Colts.
This is a Patriots blog but Pat Tillman will always have a place here. Thank you to all the veterans out there!
FOXBORO, Mass. — Stevan Ridley nearly pulled off his fifth 100-yard performance of the season on Sunday, yet he wasn’t even the star of the Patriots backfield in the win.
Danny Woodhead, the elder statesman on the Patriots running back depth chart, busted out one of the biggest games of his NFL career with a pair of touchdowns and contributions in every facet of the offense....
The Patriots are having trouble in defending anybody. Their defensive line doesn’t seem to be getting to the quarterback, their inside linebackers are terrible in pass coverage and their secondary is a rotating band of misfit draft picks who routinely get benched in favor offensive players.
They gave up 31 points to the Bills last week. It’s a bad, bad situation over in Foxboro...
Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick was none too pleased with what Patriots linebacker Brandon Spikes did on Sunday during New England’s 37-31 win over Buffalo at Gillette Stadium. Fitzpatrick, who was visibly upset with Spikes following a questionable hit during the game, carried that frustration with him to the postgame news conference where he called Spikes a “punk.” Running...
Rob Gronkowski scored on this second quarter play
It may have been one of the most atrocious displays of defense that the recent New England Patriots had put on the football field. That’s strange to think about considering that the New England Patriots have put some pretty bad teams on the field in the recent years. Sunday’s game topped them all. After a quick start to the game...
The Pats squeaked out a close one, and here are some key points, as well as analysis on the big win for New England. >> The game shouldn't have been as close as it was. Wes Welker dropped two key balls, one an easy touchdown, and the other a 3rd down conversion. This has already cost us one big game, and if it becomes a trend Welker's days could be numbered as a Pat...