Found November 24, 2011 on
It hasn't been all gloom and doom for the Patriots on defense this season. Sure, the stats aren't exactly sparkling, but the only thing that matters really is the record. New England enters this week with a 7-3 record, so clearly, they've had some success, and it's in large part to a few surprise performances on defense. Bill Belichick brought in Andre Carter as part of a bit of a defensive line overhaul. Albert Haynesworth got much of the publicity, but he's since been cut while Carter remains as one of the team's top defensive players. Carter has really turned...

Good Patriots or Bad Chiefs?

Andre Carter is leading an improving Patriot defense. Photo by Jim MahoneyThe 34-3 win Monday night over the Kansas City Chiefs has breathed new life into the optimists’ bubble about the improvement of the Patriots’ defense. The defense was able to hold the Chiefs to just 3 points, their best performance of the season, and 334 total net yards, their second-lowest total of the season...

What the Last Six Games Mean for Patriots Defense

Andre Carter has been one of the biggest surprises of the season on defense. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)At the moment the Patriots are 7-3 and are in the driver’s seat to once again win the AFC East. Their schedule sets up perfectly for them the rest of the season. Of their remaining six games, only one of them is against a team with a winning record, the Bills in the last game of...

Bill Belichick Conference Call Transcript

New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick addresses the media during his conference call on Tuesday, November 22, 2011.

Football. Cal in the NFL: Week 11

Under the lights for Monday Night Football, Shane Vereen and Andre Carter both shined for the New England Patriots in their dominating victory over the Kansas City Chiefs. Carter produced seven tackles, two tackles for losses, 0.5 sacks, a tipped pass and three QB Hits. Vereen entered the game late in the fourth quarter when the Patriots were running out the clock, and he rushed...

The Patriots will reportedly face Eagles QB Vince Young on Sunday… and links!

Earlier in the week, Patriots coach Bill Belichick said he would prepare for all three quarterbacks on the Eagles. At least, that’s how it would be in the beginning of the week. “Maybe later in the week we’ll be able to zero in more on one than another,” Belichick said, hopefully. “We need to be ready for all of them anyway, especially the two that played the most here...

Patriots turn their attention to those “talented” Eagles…

After just a day of contemplation, the Chiefs are in the rear-view mirror. As they should be. The Patriots are on to the Eagles, who they play in Philly on Sunday. While I gear up for cheesesteaks, the Patriots coaches gear up for the various facets of the Eagles. That includes the question of whether QB Michael Vick will play. Want some highlights of their thoughts?  Coach Bill...

Scoring With Fewer Options – Tom Brady is Making the Most Out of the Offense

Tom Brady has been here before, limited options that must produce. Monday night showcased his skill for raising his offense’s level even when they don’t have the talent. Wes Welker and Deion Branch were non factors and Welker has been on lockdown since his hot start of the season. Sadly, Branch looks slow and his quickness, which was his trademark skill, is quickly dissipating...

No Name, No Problem: Belichick’s Chief Concern is Settled

Last week we saw a little 3-4 and this week we saw it more. We also watched the tandem of Andre Carter and Mark Anderson continue to improve to a point where we can go ahead and say it - “The NE Patriots have a pass rush!” Okay, it was the Kansas City Chiefs, but they did look good against Tyler Palko and we’ll take it for sure. The rush defense was a little soft as the...
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