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After years of begging and pleading from the Patriots' faithful, Bill Belichick finally addressed the pass rush in the 2012 NFL draft. But while the long-term issue was addressed, did it actually do anything in the short term for New England's ability to get after opposing quarterbacks?
New England used two first-round picks on players that presumably should have helped the Patriots get after the passer better. Defensive end Chandler Jones was taken with the No. 21 overall pick and linebacker Dont'a Hightower was taken four picks later. The Patriots also added defensive ends Jake Bequette in the third round, Justin Francis as an undrafted rookie free agent and Trevor Scott as a veteran free agent. All four of those players -- plus a move for Rob Ninkovich from linebacker to defensive end -- were expected to replace the production of Andre Carter and Mark Anderson this year. So far, they're behind the 2011 team's pace.
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Justin Francis and Chandler Jones of the New England Patriots celebrate after sacking St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford.
The scoreboard read 45-7, a thorough drubbing of the St. Louis Rams in merry ole England that put the Patriots at 5-3 going into the bye.
One thing is clear, the Patriots can run the ball and have a stable of backs that can get it done. The newest wrinkle is Shane Vereen, a fluid runner with great cutback ability. Vereen started the game despite Stevan Ridley...
Yesterday was a day full of dancing for the Patriots. Rob Gronkowski got in a couple good ones, Brandon Spikes had a funny dance but Chandler Jones' dance was pretty awesome too.
When Rob Gronkowski punctuated his first touchdown in the Patriots' victory over the Rams in London on Sunday with a trademark spike, everyone assumed he was paying homage to the local guards at Buckingham Palace.
He was -- we think.
When asked later about the marching steps that preceded his spike, Gronkowski gave an explanation that shed some light on his...
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New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski is a total beauty. Gronkowski’s first touchdown celebration is obviously the best one, and by far the most creative. His imitation of the Queen’s guard is hilarious and you have to love the enthusiasm that he plays with.GIFs via: Deadspin
The New England Patriots and St Louis Rams went overseas for the 2012 NFL International Series Game at Wembley Stadium in London. The English hadn’t seen such a forceful offensive onslaught since the Patriots whipped the Tampa Buccaneers in their last London appearance, 35-7 in 2009.
When Tom Brady and company were done with the Rams there was no doubt in anyone’s mind...
Tom Brady led touchdown drives on the Patriots' first five possessions Sunday and New England ran over the St. Louis Rams 45-7 in the NFL's annual regular-season game in London.
The Rams looked ready to put up a fight when Sam Bradford hit Chris Givens with a 50-yard touchdown pass on the first drive of the game. But that was about all the offense St. Louis could muster...
Rob Gronkowski caught his sixth touchdown pass of the season as the the Patriots took on the Rams Sunday in London. To celebrate, Gronk busted out this Tin Tin soldier (or Frankenspike?) version of his infamous boom spike celly. The result? Pure Gronk Awesomeness.
Four possessions, four touchdowns for the Patriots in the first half. New England leads St. Louis 28-7 at the break in London. Shane Vereen scored on fourth-and-goal from the 1-yard line to give the Pats a 14-7 lead. With 6:51 left in the second quarter, Tom Brady found Rob Gronkowski for a 7-yard touchdown. Gronk celebrated London style, by imitating a British Royal Guard march...
Yes, it was just the Rams.But, how many times have we said almost just that about an opponent.Oh, it's just the Cardinals, it's just the Seahawks, it's just the Jets.Don't fool yourself, if we've learned anything this year it's that you shouldn't take winning for granted. The Patriots not only won, they rolled. They played their most complete game of the...