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You know, a .500 record in September isn’t that bad, people.
When we predicted a slow 2-2 start by the Patriots in our preseason column, we were met with, shall we say, resistance (link here).
New England has had some misfortune. The Aaron Hernandez injury forced them into a different offensive mindset, and other players struggled to take up the slack. The defense displayed lapses similar to 2011 (for whatever reason, it seems rare that defenders look back at the ball). Special teams failed to live up to their adjective.
The good news? This young New England team should only improve as we head into the second quarter of the season. Judging by their 45-0 second half at Buffalo, the Pats have tapped into the potential to do some damage.
So, relax, think positive thoughts, and check out our first quarter review/second quarter preview.
Game One Prediction: NE 23, TEN 20
Actual Result: NE 34, TEN 13
We figure the visitors will get off to a slow start, but New England shines in all phases...
BEST OF MAXIM
Aaron Hernandez back at practice, to return against Seattle?
Albert Breer reports that looks like the target.
Pregame work for NE-DEN — Patriots TE Aaron Hernandez is a virtual certainty to miss the Bronco game, I’m told, but could be back for Wk 6.
— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) October 4, 2012
And more good news is that Hernando was back at practice today. Report from Jeff...
Terrell McClain, we hardly knew ye. The Panthers' 2011 third-round pick stuck around in New England even shorter than he was in Carolina. Tom Curran from CSNNE.com tweeted that McClain was released on Tuesday by the Patriots. Pats release defensive lineman Terrell McClain. 3rd-round choice in 2011 (Carolina), McClain was signed last week. #PatriotsTalk — Tom E. Curran (@tomecurran...
Devin McCourty's 2011 season was a cause for concern. The same cornerback who was selected to the Pro Bowl during his rookie season just a year earlier had suddenly forgotten how to play the position. While the whispers of McCourty's struggles began to grow into rumblings at the end of last season, aided by his eventual switch to safety by season's end, they echoed even...
As explosive as New England's offense was during its second-half surge against Buffalo on Sunday, the Patriots defense might have been the ringleader for the quick turnaround.
While quarterback Tom Brady was busy orchestrating another patented comeback, leading the offense to 580 total yards of offense and 45 second-half points, New England's defense actually ignited the...
Patriots wide receiver Brandon Lloyd is doing the #85 jersey PROUD this season. In just four games, Lloyd has 25 receptions for 287 yards and this PICTURE PERFECT touchdown.
Looks like that playbook is NOT as DIFFICULT as the former #85 Ochocinco Chad Johnson claimed.
I wonder if Chad Johnson just closes his eyes and PRETENDS that’s him.
Thanks for the 15 catches last year.
Comparing anyone to the Giants Jason Pierre-Paul just isn’t fair. And Patriots DE Chandler Jones is not quite in that class in terms of physical gifts yet, he is getting closer. Jones is close because of his incredibly long frame and arms, smooth movement skills and the natural strength to anchor or bull rush against bigger men. He has been extremely impressive thus far as a pass...
After Further Review: Are the Patriots a running team? Or just a smart one? - NFL - CBSSports.com...
Chandler Jones never seems satisfied.
The New England Patriots rookie defensive end made an immediate impact in his first professional game four weeks ago, recording five tackles and a strip-sack that was recovered for a touchdown. Not enough.
The NFL announced Thursday that defensive end Chandler Jones was named defensive rookie for the month of September. Jones started every game this season and recorded 17 tackles, three sacks, and two forced fumbles. The rookie was selected 21st overall in this past draft and shows to be a promising part of the Patriots' defense.
This column originally appeared in the December 22nd 2010 issue of Patriots Football Weekly.
Charles Admiring Pats From Afar
By Bruce Allen
On Sunday evenings, when you flip over to the NFL Network for a recap of the day’s games around the NFL, you’re greeted by a panel of former players Deion Sanders, Michael Irvin and former NFL coach Steve Mariucci, who weigh in on each game...
Unlike the past two weeks there isn’t much of a negative story line with the Patriots following their 52-28 win over the Bills on Sunday. The defense generated a pass rush and limited the third-best running attack in the league to only 98 yards rushing. They also forced four interceptions, including two by Devin McCourty who was the major topic of discussion last week. Wes Welker...
So today, we are going to get into three hot button issues facing the Patriots currently. As always, follow me @CultOfBelichick-Tavon Wilson or Steve Gregory, who should get more snaps? So, I touched on this a little bit yesterday here, but I think this topic needs to be taken into a little more detail. So far his snap count looks like this, starting from Week 1: 42 (rotation with...
Patriots TE Aaron Hernandez Will Most Likely Miss Week 5 -
According to NFL.com, Patriots TE Aaron Hernandez (ankle) is a “virtual certainty” to miss Sunday’s game against the Broncos. Hernandez missed practice Wednesday. NFL.com reports that Hernandez has a shot to be ready for the Week 6 game in Seattle, but notes that “would be a quick recovery” from a high ankle sprain...