Chicago Bears at New England Patriots: 2014 Week 8 NFL Pick

Chicago Bears (3-4) at New England Patriots (5-2) The Bears were embarrassed last week at home by the Dolphins, but that’s because the Dolphins were in a fantastic spot, with an incredibly easy game against the Jaguars up next, while the Bears were caught looking forward to this one. I like the Bears’ chances of bouncing back this week as they’ll be completely focused against...
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7 hours ago  |  Discuss

Gary Tanguay: Pats could lose division, fails at basic math

Your browser does not support iframes.Comcast SportsNet's Gary Tanguay said yesterday that he thinks there is a legitimate chance the Patriots could lose the AFC East to either the Bills or Dolphins because of injuries sustained to Jerod Mayo, Chandler Jones and Stevan Ridley.I played the won-loss game -- which, of course, is a crap-shoot, but it’s all I’ve got to work with...
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13 hours ago  |  Discuss

The new Patriots defense: What is the best scheme after all the injuries?

The defense may be different on Sunday ( losing Jerod Mayo for the season, the Patriots learned that they could be without Chandler Jones for up to a month. In order to shore up a front seven that will be without two of their top leaders, the Patriots traded for OLB Akeem Ayers and signed free agent DE Alan Branch to the roster.Without knowing specifically Bill...
Via Patriots Life
15 hours ago  |  Discuss

Three things the New England Patriots have to do to beat the Chicago Bears

The Patriots have been playing well the last few weeks, but that’s not enough. Right now, the AFC is a dangerous place, and it’s going to become a bloodbath as the playoffs near. The Broncos, Chargers, Ravens and Colts all look like legitimate threats, and even the Dolphins are slowly proving they are hear to stay in the AFC East race. Starting with the Bears on Sunday, the Patriots...
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17 hours ago  |  Discuss

Patriots Podcast: Banged-Up Defense Could Be Vulnerable Against Bears

The New England Patriots are 5-2, but question marks still surround the first-place AFC East team as it enters the season’s midway point. Linebacker Jerod Mayo and running back Stevan Ridley were put on injured reserve after both left last Thursday’s game against the New York Jets with knee injuries. Also injured is defensive end Chandler Jones, who’s battling a hip injury...
18 hours ago  |  Discuss

Patriots Lack Of Depth: A Self-Inflicted Wound

For the New England Patriots, 2014 is is starting to look a lot like 2013 did. Last season started with a strong defense and an improving offense. But the defense struggled after key injuries, and the team made up for it by going all-out on offense to beat opponents in shootouts. It worked out okay for the Patriots last year; they ended up 12-4 and got to the AFC Championship Game...
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Who is the Bigger Loss, Mayo or Ridley?

Rick: With Chandler Jones out for the next month, you have to say the bigger loss for the Patriots is Jerod Mayo. With Mayo out, the team loses a key leader on defense and someone who helps out against the run. Without Mayo and Jones, the team will be lacking two significant pieces on a defense that was awful at stopping the run and can’t generate much of a pass rush. The Ridley...
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Another injury puts pressure on Patriots defense

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) The ''next man up'' approach will be tested again after another injury to a key defender for the New England Patriots. Maybe this time they'll do better. With top tackler Jerod Mayo missing his first game with a season-ending right knee injury, the New York Jets ran over and around New England last Thursday night. They rushed for a season...
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Chicago Bears Catch A Big Break Against Patriots

Beating the New England Patriots is a challenge of the first order for the Chicago Bears.  Thankfully they received some welcome news to tip the scales.  As of Week 8, the Pats boast the #1 pass defense in the NFL, allowing just 208 yards per game.  That did not bode well for the Bears, who pride themselves on being a pass-first team.  Well, things took a surprising turn when...
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A deeper look at Akeem Ayers

Today the Patriots acquired Tennessee Titans outside linebacker Akeem Ayers via trade today.The Patriots recently lost Jerod Mayo to a season ending injury and have lost Chandler Jones for a month due to a hip injury. So a linebacker was an essential and it was almost a guarantee that they were going to trade for a linebacker it just depended on who.The Patriots got a good deal on...
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Patriots DL Chandler Jones Expected To Miss “About A Month” With Hip Injury

Shalise Manza Young of the Boston Globe is reporting that Patriots OLB Chandler Jones is expected to miss “about a month” after he recently suffered a hip injury. The Patriots defense has already suffered a big loss with Jerod Mayo out for the year after he tore his patellar tendon over a week ago, so this is obviously bad news for the defense. New England actually swung...
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BREAKING: New England Patriots trade for a Jerod Mayo replacement

With the loss of Jerod Mayo, there has been a 250-pound hole in the center of the Patriots run defense. Today, they made a move to fix that. New England made a trade for Tennessee Titans linebacker Akeem Ayers, who has been struggling the last two seasons. In 2012, Ayers tallied 104 tackles and six sacks, but only managed 49 tackles and one sack last year. After undergoing two knee...
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Patriots trade for Titans' Akeem Ayers to help at linebacker

With starting middle linebacker Jerod Mayo (leg) out for the season, the New England Patriots swung a trade Tuesday with the Tennessee Titans to acquire some veteran help in Akeem Ayers. Terms of the deal weren’t immediately available. Ayers’ brother Robert first announced his brother was joining New England on Twitter. The trade is contingent upon a passed physical. The Patriots...
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Report: Tennessee Titans to trade OLB Akeem Ayers to New England Patriots

After their Week 6 matchup against the Buffalo Bills, the New England Patriots lost two key components to their team in running back Steven Ridley and linebacker Jerod Mayo. With the Patriots already having depth at the running back position there was no need to go out and sign another RB. But at the linebacker position, the Pats lost Mayo, who is a leader on that defense and depth...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Breaking: Patriots trade for LB Akeem Ayers

(AP Photo/Joe Howell)After linebacker Jerod Mayo went down with a season ending injury, the Patriots needed another linebacker pretty bad. It now looks like they've got their guy. Reports are the Patriots have traded for the Tennessee Titans Akeem Ayers.According to @jwyattsports the #Patriots have acquired LB Akeem Ayers from the #Titans— Mike Loyko (@NEPD_Loyko) October 21...
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New England Patriots: Long Week Of Preparation For Chicago Visit

The New England Patriots needed every second of their 60 minute allotment to survive the Thursday Night contest in Foxboro for the win over the Jets. It seems to be the story for the second straight year; New England is winning them ugly.The good thing about a Thursday night game is the long week of rest, recuperation, and preparation. Still reeling from the losses of Jerod Mayo...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Patriots Injury Update: Jerod Mayo undergoes surgery

Jerod Mayo underwent surgery this past week on his knee that will effectively end his season and leave him out of New England Patriots activities until mini-camp next year.  NFL media insider Ian Rappaport reports Mayo suffered a patellar tendon tear in New England game against the New York Jets. #468506183 / gettyimages.comPatellar tendon tears are an immediate surgical case...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

Weekly Rewind: Shane Vereen: Frisky Jets; Replacing Mayo; New weapons

In case you missed it: Columns from the cover32 universe to catch up on anything and everything from the New England Patriots this week. New England Patriots - Shane Vereen can’t be stopped. (READ) - How did the Patriots play against the Jets? (READ) - Can the Pats replace Jerod Mayo? (READ) - Is Tom Brady gaining trust in some new targets? (READ) You may also be interested in...
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The New England Patriots squeak out a win against that New York Jets

In what turned out to be a more competitive game than most anticipated, the New England Patriots eked out a 27-25 victory against the Jets, thanks to a blocked 58-yard field goal attempt in the final seconds. The Pats played hard against an emotional Jets team desperate for a win (they almost got it). After Danny Amendola’s twirling 19-yard touchdown catch, the Pats were up by...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Patriots Swat Away Jets Upset Plans

All season long we’ve been hearing about how terrible the Thursday night football games have been. Teams have been ragged, worn down, and not sharp when playing just four days after their previous game. Last night the Patriots looked ragged, worn down and not sharp. The Jets hung tough all night long, running the ball at will against the Patriots, who were playing their first game...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Patriots Have To Hope Close Win Over Jets Was Result Of Fatigue

FOXBORO, Mass. — A win is a win, especially for the 2014 New England Patriots. The Patriots’ 27-25 victory over the New York Jets would have seemed like a breath of fresh air following last month’s 41-14 walloping at the hands of the Kansas City Chiefs. After two big wins over the Cincinnati Bengals and Buffalo Bills, however, Thursday night seemed like a step back for the...
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New York Jets At New England: Three Things We Learned

Just a year ago, the New England Patriots edged out a victory over the New York Jets on a rain drenched field in Foxboro, MA. This year, the same venue was pretty wet, but the rain subsided in time for the two teams to play a fairly clean game.Both offenses were able to move the ball, the Jets with a lot of success on the ground, but not on the scoreboard. The Patriots favored the...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

Patriots win, but run defense struggles

Jared Wickerham/Getty ImagesThe Jets made life a lot tougher on New England then most of us expected (certainly me), keeping the game close the whole way. A big part of the Jets success was the running game - they put up 218 yards on a Patriots defense that struggled without their leader Jerod Mayo.Chris Ivory was the go-to guy all night, putting up 107 yard and a touchdown on the...
Via Patriots Life
7 days ago  |  Discuss

What Did Chicago Bears Learn From Thursday Night Football?

The New England Patriots are the Chicago Bears final opponent before the bye week.  What did their Thursday Night Football victory show? Loss Of Jerod Mayo Only Hurt Their Run Defense For all their dominance of the AFC over the past decade and a half, the Patriots haven’t had the kind of defense they did during the dynasty years.  They’ve especially struggled against the run...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

Patriots LB Jerod Mayo, RB Stevan Ridley land on injured reserve

  The New England Patriots placed leading tackler Jerod Mayo and top rusher Stevan Ridley on injured reserve on Thursday, ending their seasons. The moves were expected after both players damaged their right knees in last Sunday's 37-22 victory at Buffalo. New England signed running back Jonas Gray and offensive lineman Chris Barker from the practice squad to the 53-man roster...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss
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