Found November 17, 2012 on
New England Patriots
There’s a common misconception in New England that Devin McCourty is not only one of the weakest members of the Patriots’ defense, but that he’s a bad player in general. That could not be further from the truth. In fact, McCourty is the most underrated player on the entire team.
McCourty had a fantastic rookie season, and hopes were high as he entered his sophomore season that he would become the shutdown cornerback that the Patriots hadn’t seen since Asante Samuel or Ty Law. Unfortunately, a mix of man coverages and weak safety play led to McCourty giving up some big plays in key moments. McCourty was still his usual fantastic self in zone coverages, he was still stout against the run and he really blossomed when he was moved late in the season to safety. Unfortunately, none of those are parts of the game that a typical NFL fan may see.
It’s only when McCourty was matched up deep, trailing his receiver that fans’ eyes perked up and noticed him. That’s also exactly when fans would t...
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The Patriots are going to try and throw everything they have at Andrew Luck this week.
After a rough Week 10, I'm sitting at 92-54-1. Who wants to keep track of a tie.
Let's see if I can turn this around this week.
Arizona at Atlanta - The Cards need to get some production from the QB position if they want any chance to make playoff this season.
With all the excitement after the Patriots’ triumphant performance on Sunday evening from Foxboro, lost in the shuffle was the absence of one of New England’s biggest stars.
Late in the fourth quarter, tight end Rob Gronkowski was seen leaving the field with a team doctor, headed towards the locker room. Following the game, it was announced that Gronk had suffered a broken forearm...
The Patriots were up 38-17 on the Colts going into the fourth quarter. They scored :13 seconds later to go up 45-17. Seems to be about a reasonable time to pull some of your starters out, right? Throw in the fact that they have Thursday night divisional game this week, and it seems all but guaranteed. Apparently Bill Belichick didn’t think so. Of course the Patriots went on to...
In a surprising move on Saturday, the New England Patriots cut wide receiver Deion Branch for the second time in less than three months, opening up a roster spot for Aqib Talib and promoting Greg Salas from the practice squad. While that move may be bad news for Branch, it could be good news for fantasy football owners of Wes Welker and Brandon Lloyd.
First off, if you owned Branch...
The Patriots have released Deion Branch and Malcolm Williams. Greg Salas and Aqib Talib are added to the 53. #PatriotsTalk— Tom E. Curran (@tomecurran) November 17, 2012Again with this? To be fair, Branch has done next to nothing since being brought back to the Patriots. Still, it seems odd that Branch would not be immune to Belichick's constant roster toying. You would think...
While New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez isn’t
expected to play against the Indianapolis Colts today, others, including wide
receivers Wes Welker and Brandon Lloyd and tight end Rob Gronkowski are listed
as questionable on the team’s injury report.
Hernandez, Welker, Lloyd and Gronkowski are among a whopping
15 Patriots’ players listed as questionable to...
The New England Patriots may have put a whooping on the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday, but they lost their second-most important offensive player in the process. Aside from Tom Brady, no player is more crucial to New England’s success on offense than Rob Gronkowski. Now that Gronk is expected to miss at least four weeks with a broken forearm, the Patriots will need to make some...
The New England Patriots superb offense finally got some help from the rest of the team.
The Patriots used three scoring passes from Tom Brady, two touchdowns on interception returns and another on a punt return to match a team single-game scoring record in a 59-24 rout of the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday.
The first matchup between three-time Super Bowl winner Brady and star rookie...
Rob Gronkowski had another record-breaking performance during the Patriots’ blowout win over the Colts on Sunday. But it was a very different kind of break that may be the real story.
In the midst of a seven-catch, 137-yard, two-touchdown performance, Gronkowski reportedly broke his forearm and could be out for 4-6 weeks. The broken bone was the lone bit of misfortune in an otherwise...
Wes Welker returned to practice on Friday, another sign that suggests that he will be active against the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday. Welker who has been dealing with an ankle injury also participated in Thursday’s walk-through.
The offense of the Patriots has the leagues highest output in terms of yards (430) and points per game. (33.2)
New England will look for ways to gash...
I was planning on waxing eloquent about the Patriots huge victory tonight, but at the moment, I'm just trying to fight my way out of the catatonic state that Rob Gronkowski's broken forearm has put me in...
Let's skip over the big story for a moment though, and concentrate on what was a truly excellent game by the Patriots. I missed the better part of the 1st half...
With a firm grasp on the AFC East, the Patriots look to get a big victory against a hungry Colts team.
Who are the 2012 New England Patriots? Unfortunately, the answer to this fundamental question may never surface until February 2013. Through nine games, Bill Belichick and crew have showcased a variety of performances and earned the AFC East first place record of 6-3. While not...
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The New England Patriots and Indianapolis Colts, two old rivals, met Sunday for the first time since Peyton Manning moved on to Denver. Star rookie Andrew Luck is now the Indianapolis quarterback, and he showed some of the special stuff he possesses, but New England pulled away and beat the Colts 59-24 in a wild one. The Patriots tied the franchise record...
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