Packers have hands full with well-rounded Patriots offense

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- There are three main areas that the Green Bay Packers defense has struggled with this season: stopping the run, facing a great quarterback and containing pass-catching tight ends. Well, Sunday's matchup with the New England Patriots will feature each of those challenges. As Packers defensive coordinator Dom Capers prepares for this possible Super Bowl preview,...
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5 reasons the Packers could lose to the Patriots

The Green Bay Packers are preparing to face off against the New England Patriots this Sunday when they meet at Lambeau Field. This matchup involves the league’s  two hottest teams. With that, here are five reasons why the Packers could lose this week. 5. Patriots are rolling This team has won seven straight games, and that includes blowout victories over great teams like Cincinnati...
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Patriots extend Matthew Slater through 2016

            Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports The New England Patriots have signed special teams ace/wide receiver Matthew Slater to a two-year, $4 million extension through 2016, according to ESPN’s Field Yates. According to Yates, the deal includes $3 million in guaranteed money, including $2 million up front in the form of a signing bonus, plus...
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New England Patriots at Green Bay Packers: 2014 Week 13 NFL Pick

New England Patriots (9-2) at Green Bay Packers (8-3) The Patriots have been the better of these two teams this season, ranking 2nd in rate of moving the chains differential, while the Packers rank 7th. They’ve moved the chains at a 77.75% rate, as opposed to 72.42% for their opponents, a differential of 5.33%, while the Packers have moved them at an 80.17% rate, as opposed to...
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Gronkowski, Wright will lead Patriots to Super Bowl XLIX

The Patriots are 9-2, and the team’s key to success has been their tight ends. The game to game usage of Gronk and Wright can decide the outcome of each Patriots game. On the season, Rob Gronkowski has 58 receptions for 812 yards and nine touchdowns. Tim Wright 23 receptions for 220 yards and six touchdowns. When the Patriots win, Gronk and Wright account for approximately 35...
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Patriots Made Right Choice In Trading Clay Matthews Pick To Packers

An alternate universe exists where Clay Matthews is racking up double-digit sack seasons at outside linebacker on the New England Patriots’ defense. Sounds pretty exciting, right? Well, consider this: Rob Gronkowski also is playing elsewhere in this universe, which suddenly doesn’t sound so fun anymore. The Patriots once held the No. 26 overall pick in the 2009 NFL draft ...
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Wright eyeing preparation in Pats' opportunistic offense

BY DAN BEGNOCHEUnsurprisingly, Rob Gronkowski received plenty of attention from his quarterback in the Patriots' 34-9 win over the Detroit Lions Sunday. It was fellow tight end Tim Wright, however, who celebrating in the end zone.Gronk hauled in five catches for 76 yards and was targeted 10 times by Tom Brady. But it was Wright who connected with Brady in the red zone, tallying...
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Tom Brady: ‘It’s fun going to Lambeau’

            Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports New England Patriots will travel to Green Bay on Sunday, a matchup that is already being billed a possible Super Bowl preview.  But Patriots quarterback Tom Brady isn’t buying in to the hype. “We’re so far from that,” Brady said Monday morning on WEEI’s “Dennis & Callahan.” “We’ve...
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Bill Belichick On Rob Gronkowski’s Mental Toughness: ‘You Can’t Break Him’

It’s impossible not to notice Rob Gronkowski’s physical attributes. The New England Patriots tight end is built like a monster but also has speed and agility that surpass just about anyone with a simliar build. He’s valuable both in the passing game as an incredibly talented receiver and he’s one of the NFL’s best run-blocking tight ends. However...
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Who is the Patriots MVP So Far?

Rick: For me, the Patriots’ MVP through the first ten games is tight end Rob Gronkowski. Without a 100% Gronk, the Patriots looked like a completely different offense in the first four games. In the last six games, Gronkowski has three games of 100+ yards, four or more catches in all six games, and six touchdowns. Brady has been great as well over these last six, but how much...
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Rob Gronkowski Fined $8,268 For Throwing Sergio Brown ‘Out Of The Club’

FOXBORO, Mass. — A war of words and an extra shove emptied out Rob Gronkowski’s wallet. The New England Patriots tight end was fined $8,268, according to the NFL, for shoving Indianapolis Colts safety Sergio Brown into the sideline after a fourth-quarter play was over Sunday. Gronk was hit with a 15-yard unnecessary roughness penalty. This embed is invalid" /> ...
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Jonas Gray shows up late to practice, sent home by Patriots

            Thomas J. Russo-USA TODAY Sports New England Patriots running back Jonas Gray didn’t practice on Friday because he was late to report to the team’s facility, according to the Providence Journal. I’ve been told that Jonas Gray is “doing alright.” He was late today, that’s why he wasn’t at practice. — Mark Daniels (@MarkDanielsPJ...
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2014 Week 12: Patriots Fantasy Football Preview vs. Detroit Lions

The New England Patriots hold the top seed in the AFC. The Detroit Lions hold the number two seed in the NFL. This weekend, these teams will take the field against each other in Foxboro.The Patriots have been on a roll recently. After defeating the Indianapolis Colts last Sunday, the Patriots will be challenged by another high-powered offense in the Detroit Lions. With Calvin Johnson...
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3 things to know about Detroit

Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty ImagesThe Patriots go up against the 7-3 Detroit Lions on Sunday at 1:00 and while Detroit is coming off a loss to the Arizona Cardinals, they're still a tough match up for the Patriots. Here are the top 3 things you have to know about them.1.) Their defense is legit: The Lions are ranked in the top 5 in both run defense (1st - 68.8 YPG) and...
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Detroit Lions at New England Patriots: 2014 Week 12 NFL Pick

Detroit Lions (7-3) at New England Patriots (8-2) The Patriots have scored 243 points in the last 6 weeks since that embarrassing loss in Kansas City, more than 21 teams have scored all season. Over those past 6 weeks, they are moving the chains at an 82.74% rate, as opposed to 73.76% for their opponents. For comparison sake, in the first 4 weeks of the season, they moved the chains...
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Gronk surprised himself on TD reception vs. Colts

Rob Gronkowski surprises New England Patriots fans seemingly every week with his spectacular plays. But on Sunday, he surprised himself. Gronk capped off the Pats’ 42-20 rout of the Colts with an incredible 26-yard catch-and-run touchdown with under seven minutes remaining in the fourth quarter. The tight end ran through the Indianapolis defense on the play, powering his way to...
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Report: LeGarrette Blount to sign two-year deal with Patriots

            LeGarrette Blount is returning to New England. Blount is visiting with the Patirots on Thursday and is expected to sign with the team, reports ESPN’s Josina Anderson. Source: RB LeGarrette Blount is currently at the #Patriots facility. He is expected to sign with the team. — Josina Anderson (@JosinaAnderson) November 20, 2014 According...
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Three reasons why the New England Patriots could lose to the Detroit Lions

The New England Patriots are probably the hottest team in the NFL – at least in the AFC, if you want to make an argument for the Green Bay Packers – and picturing them losing is pretty hard to do. But this is the NFL, and the mighty seem to fall every week. And, more importantly, the Lions aren’t a pushover. For as much as Pats fans want to believe Brady and company are going...
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Watt's TD catches gains notoriety from Madden video game

We've seen J.J. Watt's two spectacular touchdown catches this season for the Houston Texans and apparently the people running EA Sports' Madden rosters have taken notice as well. Being one of the best in the league, Watt has a 99 overall rating - out of 100 - as a defensive end, as one would expect. More surprisingly, however, the Texans' star was upgraded to an 86 overall rating...
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Poll: What Is The Patriots’ Biggest Key To Success Against Lions?

The New England Patriots are certainly showing they’re the team to beat, but they can’t overlook their Week 12 opponent, the Detroit Lions. The Pats, currently riding a six-game win streak, welcome the NFC North Division-leading Lions to Gillette Stadium on Sunday, but what will be their biggest key to success against Detroit? On the defensive side of things, New England...
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Tight end power rankings: Is Rob Gronkowski of the New England Patriots #1?

The NFL is becoming a passing league more and more every year and nowhere is that more apparent than at the tight end position. Some teams still go the traditional route and use their tight ends primarily as blockers, but a growing number of contenders have tight ends that are better than even the best wide receivers at caching the ball. Former basketball stars like Jimmy Graham...
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Top tight ends use size to pile up receptions

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) Rob Gronkowski makes a twisting, leaping, one-handed catch. The super-sized tight end swats away would-be tacklers. He celebrates touchdowns with a powerful spike that, somehow, doesn't knock the air out of the ball. ''Imagine trying to cover that,'' said Tom Brady, whose defensive teammates with the Patriots only have to do it in practice...
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Tom Brady: Rob Gronkowski’s Ability ‘Surprises Me All The Time’

Is there anything Rob Gronkowski can’t do? Tom Brady certainly doesn’t think so. Although the New England Patriots tight end looked surprisingly human for the majority of Sunday’s 42-20 trouncing of the Indianapolis Colts, he turned things up a notch and went full Gronk in the fourth quarter. Before he ran through the entire Colts defense en route to an unreal 26-yard touchdown...
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Sergio Brown responds to Gronk

Andy Lyons/Getty ImagesPatriots tight end Rob Gronkowski and Colts safety Sergio Brown were jawing at each other all night on Sunday during New England's 42-20 win over Indianapolis.On the play that resulted in Jonas Gray's fourth score of the night, Gronkowski took Brown and threw him into a TV camera, prompting Gronkowski to say that he took Brown and "threw him out...
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NFL MVP Power Rankings: Rob Gronkowski Deserves To Be In MVP Discussion

Rob Gronkowski is a once-in-a-generation player. The New England Patriots tight end is an insane blend of size, talent and desire that we might have never seen before. In an era when players are bigger, faster, stronger and better, Gronkowski seems to stand out above just about everyone else. A tight end has never won the NFL MVP, but we might be looking at the season where that...
10 days ago  |  Discuss
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