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New England Patriots
FOXBORO, Mass. — The Patriots can be given a pass for letting up 479 yards to the suddenly-lowly Steelers.
After all, by the end of Sunday’s 55-31 drubbing of Pittsburgh, New England was playing without six defensive starters.
Vince Wilfork was the first to go. He was lost for the season against the Falcons. Tommy Kelly was the next man down. He hurt his knee against the Bengals and was placed on injured reserve this week. Jerod Mayo — lost for the year — and Aqib Talib – expected back after the bye — went down against the Saints. The defense managed two games without any major injuries on defense, but the Patriots weren’t so lucky against the Steelers. Steve Gregory suffered a thumb injury and Rob Ninkovich hurt his foot.
So by the end of Sunday’s game, only Chandler Jones, Brandon Spikes, Devin McCourty, Alfonzo Dennard and Kyle Arrington were left from the Week 1 starting defense. Dont’a Hightower played major snaps in that game, as well.
Despite being down more than half
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Another week, another key injury.
Patriots starting defensive end, Rob Ninkovich, apparently injured his foot on the Steelers' latest touchdown drive off of a Stevan Ridley fumble, which brought the game to 24-17.
It's unclear how serious the injury is, but he was brought to the locker room. Normally not a good sign.
Additionally, Austin Collie was brought to the locker...
Duron Harmon could be your starting safety next to McCourty! RUTGERS PARTY!!!
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The Patriots earned a hard fought victory, but came out with some major injuries.
This time, it was Austin Collie, Steve Gregory and Rob Ninkovich going down for the Pats. We haven't heard much about Collie, but reporters were able to observe both Gregory...
Tom Brady’s mesmerizingly creepy high-five-face is mesmerizingly amazing.
It was obvious Sunday that Rob Gronkowski has added a new dimension to New England Patriots offense as the Pats rolled the Pittsburgh Steelers 55-31 Sunday. Tom Brady threw for 432 yards and 4 TD’s while his biggest recipient was Gronk, who recorded 9 receptions for 143 yards and 1 touchdown. While it might seem as though Tom Brady could not miss, check out this incompletion below...
That felt good, didn’t it? I had almost forgotten what it was like to see Tom Brady sling it all over the field with precision that should be reserved for US Missile command centers.
Early on, I was all like:
That might have been the first time all year that Tommy hit a wide open guy in the seam. Should I be happy?
— Chris Bentivegna (@BosBettah_Benti) November 3, 2013
In a real turn of events, the Patriots have placed defensive tackle Tommy Kelly on the season ending injured reserve list.
This is coming off a week where Kelly practiced on Wednesday and Thursday. The Patriots sat him out Friday for practice after he appeared to suffer a setback. It looks like that setback was serious enough for the Patriots to sideline him for the rest of...
Here a few things to keep an eye on Sunday as the 6-2 New England Patriots host the 2-5 Pittsburgh Steelers 4 p.m. at Gillette Stadium. 1. Can the Patriots’ defensive line stop a, shall we say, limited, Steelers running game? This is bad vs. bad as the Patriots have the 31st ranked run defense in the NFL while the Steelers average a measly 68 yards per game on the ground, good...
Danny Amendola caught his first touchdown pass as a Patriot yesterday which would have been a milestone in itself. However, with that catch, Danny helped Tom Brady reach another career mark.
Danny Amendola became the 50th person to catch a touchdown pass from Tom Brady, a truly remarkable number which demonstrates how long and productive Tom's career has been thus far....
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Predicting the Patriots matchup vs. the Steelers
Who would have thought that the Pittsburgh Steelers would enter Week 9 with a rather pitiful 2-5 record?
Should we be all that surprised? I think that it’s pretty evident that the Steelers are in the process of rebuilding both sides of the football and...
FOXBORO, Mass. — It was normal to have visions of Randy Moss on Aaron Dobson‘s huge 81-yard touchdown grab.
Dobson got separation from Ike Taylor down the left sideline, threw his hand up and caught a bomb from Tom Brady, the kind of throw the signal-caller has seemed to have trouble with lately.
“Ike Taylor, he just kind of jumped, jumped the run and I just knew I had...
The Pittsburgh Steelers came into New England desperately needing the win, while the Patriots were simply looking for some consistency after several games of struggling to put together a full 60 minutes of play. Pittsburgh has clearly struggled in all aspects of the game, with their 30th ranked running game facing the 31st ranked defense of the Patriots.Ben Roethlisberger's throwing...
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Rejoice, for one week, my ExPats friends.The Patriots actually looked really freaking good on offense. I’m pretty sure it has already been mentioned, but these points and total yards were the most ever against the Steelers. By any team. In, you know, history.
Now, we all know that I’m Mr. Negative, but I will try to be less negative...
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, New England Patriots safety Steve Gregory is expected to miss a few weeks after breaking his thumb this past week.
Patriots safety Steve Gregory broke his thumb and is expected to be sidelined a few weeks, per league sources.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) November 5, 2013
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If there was a time to sustain a broken thumb, now is a good time for the Patriots.
With the bye week coming, Steve Gregory is only expected to miss a couple of weeks with a broken thumb, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN:
New England Patriots safety Steve Gregory has a broken thumb and is expected to miss a few weeks, league sources told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter...
Not surprisingly, Patriots safety Steve Gregory missed practice today since he has a broken thumb (See: Steve Gregory to miss a few weeks with broken thumb).
Rob Ninkovich however did practice after sustaining some sort of foot injury against the Steelers last weekend. That's good news as the team can't afford many more major injuries to that defense