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The 2012 Patriots regular season starts today, and another playoff run is back in focus. Bill Belichick is trying to get his players to lose the Super Bowl hangover and drink the kool aid once again. The 2012 preseason has brought many questions - the release of Jabar Gaffney, Deion Branch and Donte Stallworth leaves huge gaps to fill. The offensive line has been worked over in the preseason with not very good results. The sophomore running backs need to step up, but can Shane Vereen stay healthy? The young defense has shown flashes, and that hope may have to fill some voids by the offense.
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Tom and the tight ends: We don't know how the Brandon Lloyd connection will work, or how productive the two will be. That being said, it's the Tom and the tight ends show. Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez will have to up their game even further for the offense. To date, Wes Welker is the only proven receiver in this offense, that's shining th...
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Blood, sweat and touchdowns. Tom Brady obviously subscribes to that theory, leading the Patriots to a convincing victory over the Titans on Sunday despite getting his nose busted up in the first half. "I never mind a little blood," Brady said after the game. "[It's] not my usual look. That was the only good [hit] I took. It's always fun winning." Brady...
Logan Mankins has been a pillar of the Patriots' offensive line for seven seasons, but in 2011 the All-Pro right guard proved his commitment to the franchise more than ever. During the Patriots' Week 1 win over the Miami Dolphins last year, Mankins tore his anterior cruciate ligament. Mankins not only finished the eventual 38-24 win but also accomplished the rare and almost...
The AFC East will be one of the weakest divisions in 2012, with only the New England Patriots posing any kind of threat to go deep in the playoffs. However, even the Patriots will not be as dominant as they have been in years past due to a below average offensive line, a concept that was previously foreign to Tom Brady.Over the last decade, the formula for having success against...
No one can seem to get over how many tight ends the Pats have on the roster this year, but if we...
New England tight end Rob Gronkowski hauled in his first touchdown catch of the season Sunday against Tennessee.Fantasy Spin:Gronkowski caught all six passes that came his way and finished with 60 receiving yards. The Patriots didn't air the ball out as often as usual because they were ahead and also because Stevan Ridley was running the ball so effectively. Look for Gronkowski...
Opponent: New England Patriots
Where: LP Field, Nashville
Time: Noon, CST
Point Spread (Danny Sheridans odds as published in USA Today): New England is favored by 5 with an over of 48
Key Offensive Match-up: With Titans quarterback Jake Locker making his first NFL start, all eyes will be upon him. Going against a New England team with one of the NFLs most potent offenses, the...
Quarterback Tom Brady was solid in New England's season-opening win over the Titans. He completed 23 of 31 passes for 236 yards and two touchdowns. Brady did not throw an interception.Fantasy Spin:That computes to a quarterback rating of 117.1. Brady's most targeted receiver Sunday was Brandon Lloyd, who he threw to on eight occasions. Next up for Brady and company will be...
It’s no secret that we really really like Rob Gronkowski at BC. The moment of Gronk posts are always epic. He seems like the absolute opposite of what kind of player that the New England Patriots coach would want. Doing body shots off of girls in Florida? Yeah, BC will be there to cover that. That all doesn’t matter. What matters is that he catches these balls from Tom Brady...
Patriots defensive rookies C. Jones/D. Hightower/T. Wilson combine for 15 tackles, 1 sack, 2 TFL, 1...
Patriots RB Stevan Ridley has a bad rap as one back who cannot hold onto the ball says Patriots Insider Kevin Saleeba.
Finally New England Patriots fans can forget about what happen to their hometown team back in February and look forward to hopefully another AFC East title and a 10 plus win season. Their first test will come on Sunday afternoon on the road against the Tennessee Titans, who finished 2011 with 9-7 overall record and [...]
Stephen: Based on their easy schedule and the improvements on defense, I expect the Patriots to go 14-2 during the regular season. I know it's not always fair to judge a strength of schedule based on last year's record, but I still think the Pats are set up for a deep playoff run with the opponents on the docket. During the first eight weeks, the only game they should conceivably...
NEW ENGLAND (34) d TENNESSEE (13)
The Headline: Patriots young guns fire as they lead the team to a convincing week 1 win.
After struggling for the majority of last season, the Patriots defense came out and made a statement in this game with their three top draft picks coming out and giving Jake Locker a tough debut as the Titans starting quarterback. Second round pick...