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The Patriots’ secondary has struggled this year, giving up 30 points or more twice.
We saw it last year. Defense wins championships. Lack of defense lets championships slip away.
It’s become quite the cliché throughout the history of sports, but there aren’t many of them that are more true. In almost any sport – particularly football – teams need to be sound on both sides of the ball, but it always seems that one with a respectable defense is the one still standing when the other 31 are not.
With a chance to win their first Super Bowl in seven seasons last February, the Patriots found out first-hand just how hard that is without at least a decent defense. Though their offense was, and still continues to be prolific, they could not pull the game out with the defense they were forced to put on the field.
Some of that was, of course, due to injuries, but that’s no excuse. Everyone has injuries – and they’ll be the first ones to tell you that. When it comes down to it and there’s one ...
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New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady still wonders why the New York Jets released running back Danny Woodhead. Brady took a small jab at the Jets during his weekly radio show with WEEI in Boston.
“I remember his first game,” Brady said via the New York Post. “We kind of joked on the sideline, [former Patriots offensive coordinator Bill O’Brien] and I, we kind of...
New England Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker was among
several players not to participate in Wednesday’s practice, while tight ends
Aaron Hernandez and Rob Gronkowski were limited.
Welker has been dealing with an ankle injury since early
Oct., but it hasn’t received much notice as the speedy slot receiver has
continued to play through it. He appeared to reinjure the ankle...
Zoltan Mesko‘s mustache isn’t nearly as impressive as Mike Ditka‘s or Keith Hernandez‘s, but since it’s for charity, we’ll let the wispy-ness slide.
The Patriots’ punter tweeted a picture on Tuesday of his 13-day progress, along with a link to donate to Movember and Sons, which benefits men’s health issues, including prostate and testicular cancer initiatives.
Ranking the Top 10 Games in the Colts vs. Patriots Rivalry | Bleacher Report: New article up on...
Obviously the Patriots defense has been a hot topic after it got demolished but came up with a key stop.The next day, I saw this awesome breakdown on Reddit. It is a run down of all of the Patriots game winning defensive stops. Basically this looks at the Patriots defense when placed in your typical "clutch" situation. Game on the line. All of the below are chances the...
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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...
In this social media age, NEWS and ODDITIES are all around you and at your fingertips. With a tap of your smartphone, you can find out what your favorite athlete or celeb is doing and thinking. Some things make you SCRATCH your head or say HMM.
The members of the New England Patriots are no different, they are quite in tune with the Twitter Machine.
In this edition: Deion Branch...
Wide receiver Wes Welker (ankle), left guard Logan Mankins (ankle, calf) and offensive lineman Dan Connolly (back) missed their second straight practice of the week, which starts to put their status in doubt for Sundays game against the Colts. Tomorrows attendance will provide a clearer picture.
Linebacker Brandon Spikes (knee) spent positional drills riding the stationary...
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It was either really good defense or really bad defense for the New England Patriots this Sunday against the Buffalo Bills- that’s for sure. At times, it seemed as if the Pats were able to get adequate pressure on Ryan Fitzpatrick, but the entire second half seemed as if he was getting plenty of time, and the running backs had plenty of running room to make their moves.
The Patriots are getting some extra help on their offensive line, even if it may just be for a few days.
Due to the roster exemption that New England received for Aqib Talib, the Patriots have signed a 54th player to their active roster, former Giants guard Mitch Petrus according to Field Yates of ESPN Boston. Petrus was drafted by New York in the fifth round in 2010 out of Arkansas...
New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick had his usual mid week conference call today, as well as his mid-week presser. One of the topics that came up was the play of Indianapolis Colts rookie QB Andrew Luck. Predictably, The Hoodie praised Luck's play thus far in the 2012 season."It looks like he’s getting better every week, playing with more and more confidence...
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I’ll get this out of the way quickly. It’s impossible to look at the Patriots defense right now and say that their performance is acceptable. They’ve...
Because he might be the best quarterback that the Patriots will face this year. Or maybe second best, behind Peyton Manning.The Patriots have really had a run of not so great quarterbacks. Really, other than Peyton I guess Joe Flacco's the best one?They've faced Jake Locker, Matt Hasselbeck, Kevin Kolb, Joe Flacco, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Peyton Manning, Russell Wilson, Mark Sanchez...