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Playcalling and protection for Brady were obviously issues for the Patriots in their recent loss in the home opener against the Arizona Cardinals. Playcalling in particular seemed less than inspiring in third down situations where they were a mere 4 for 14.The Offensive struggles have only been made more apparent by how dominating the Defense has been throughout the past two games. It was the Defense that put the Offense in position to win yesterday in the final two minutes. The game was all but over, all Arizona had to do was run out the clock, when Cardinal's running back Ryan Williams, looking to put the game away for his team, took a pitch, turned upfield and was met by linebacker Brandon Spikes, who forced a fumble that popped right to the Patriots at the Arizona 30-yard line.If you really want a gauge on how things are going with the offense, all you need to do is check out Rob Gronkowski who wore the look of disgust. A look he's worn far too often in recent weeks. T...
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If one of the Patriots’ Swiss Army Knives Julian Edelman gets cut this week, its pretty much safe to say it’s because he took out one of the team’s superstars.
Edelman rolled up underneath tight end Aaron Hernandez’s ankle during Sunday’s loss against the Arizona Cardinals as he made his way downfield after catching a screen pass from Tom Brady.
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Deion Branch still has a locker and nameplate at Gillette Stadium. What he doesn't have is a job. Branch was cut from the Patriots on Aug. 31 as the team trimmed down to its 53-man roster, and although there has been speculation that New England was interested in bringing back the veteran wide receiver, nothing official has happened as the NFL enters Week 2. Branch's top...
Wes Welker started Sunday's game standing on the sidelines, but by the end of the afternoon he was running into the history books. Welker, who was replaced in the starting lineup by Julian Edelman on Sunday, stood by and watched as the Patriots offense struggled to combat a stringy Arizona defense for much of the first half. Just when it seemed that Tom Brady and the passing...
Manchester, NH According to ESPN’s Mike Reiss, The Patriots have come to terms with Deion Branch to return to the team. Patriots blog on @espnboston: Eighteen days later, now it’s a Deion Branch for Greg Salas swap. es.pn/QYmYU7 — Mike Reiss (@MikeReiss) September 19, 2012 The Patriots have now twice in their history told Branch [...]
Despite putting up solid numbers and breaking Troy Brown’s record to become the all-time receptions leader in Patriots history with his 558th catch in New England’s embarrassing 20-18 loss to the Arizona Cardinals, speculation is mounting that receiver Wes Welker … Continue reading →
Notes on the Patriots-Cardinals Box Score
Bad Stats That Stand Out
Offense 5-15 on 3rd Down
4 sacks given up (though most were coverage sacks I’d say)
3.2 yards per rush.
Good Stats That Stand Out
Defense 4-14 on Third Down
Only 245 yards given up
2 forced fumbles both recovered
New England tight end Aaron Hernandez's injured ankle could sideline him for the next six weeks according to ProFootballTalk.Fantasy Spin:The Patriots have a wealth of options at receiver and tight end and are one of the few teams in the league that can survive an injury like this. Don't expect Tom Brady's stats to drop off in Hernandez's absence.
LaRon Landry is playing for the guy he wants to play for. To hell with the rest of them. Rex Ryan loves Landry’s work ethic and Landry loves Ryan’s unique and aggressive defense, which LaRon says is ultimately why he ended up in New York. However, the safety said the absence of Bill Belichick during his visit with the Patriots made his decision to not sign with New England easy...
Despite the Patriots loss to the Cardinals, they played a phenomenal game on defense. New England’s defense allowed 245 total yards on offense, and most importantly, held All-Pro wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald to just one reception for four yards on five targets. The Patriots had just three cornerbacks out on defense for the entire game, which did not include last year's second...
The Cardinals came into New England today as one of the largest underdogs this week and shocked Patriots fans the world over with a hard fought 20-18 victory. New England had a shot at the end to win it with a fairly standard field goal from 42 yards out, but it was not to be as Stephen Gostkowski pushed the kick wide left and the Cardinals escaped with a crucial road win.
According to breaking news from ESPN Boston, the New England Patriots have signed veteran TE Kellen Winslow Jr, but the report has not been confirmed by other sources yet which continue to report that a deal has not been reached yet. The ESPN report suggests that the Patriots have inked the veteran to a one-year deal. Winslow had worked out for the Patriots two weeks ago, but left...
Where do I even begin? There was not a whole lot that went as expected in this contest between the Patriots and the Cardinals in Foxborough Mass.I wanted to come out of this with a clear-cut hero on one side (the Patriots) and an equally clear-cut zero on the other side (the Cardinals).The spread on the game was almost two full touchdowns for the Brady-led Pats and the prevailing...
FOXBORO, Mass. – No one had to tell the Arizona Cardinals they dodged a major bullet Sunday. But, as they say, a win is a win is a win. "It feels so good to have this victory right now," safety James Sanders, a former Patriot, said after Stephen Gostkowski missed a 42-yard field goal with one second left, allowing the Cardinals to escape with a 20-18 victory over...