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The pessimist's view to this sunday

So, I usually am Mr. Homer and come here to assuage your apprehensions. BUT, not today. I think some people already have the Pats down as chalking this one out easily, most notably the biggest hater of all (well, besides Ron Borges) Dan "Shank" Shaughnessy (who has been high on this particular Pats team, I will give him that). In his column today, he write about how "...
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January 07, 2013  |  Discuss

Arian Foster uses Dan Shaugnessy's column as his avatar

After the Patriots demolished the Texans 42-14 in a Monday Night win back on December 10th, some Patriots fans feel good about their matchup with that same team in the Divisional round of the playoffs.Some esteemed Boston Globe columnists feel EXTREMELY good about it..Dan Shaugnessy wrote a column today absolutely blasting the Texans and calling them frauds.For what it's worth...
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January 07, 2013  |  Discuss

The Difference Between the Texans; Then and Now

In December the Patriots hosted the number one seeded Houston Texans on a Monday night showdown in a game that was quoted by Texans players as being “the most important game in franchise history.” The Patriots man-handled the Texans on December 10th proving once again that they are the dominant franchise in the AFC yet again. There is one major difference between the Houston...
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January 07, 2013  |  Discuss

Texans players quotes ahead of playoff rematch

ESPN Boston have gathered quotes from a bunch of the Houston Texans ahead of the divisional round game with the New England Patriots. And... There's a very interesting mix of views here. There's talk of embarrassment, lack of swagger, an ultimate challenge and - pregnancy. Yes, pregnancy... Lets delve in."New England’s intensity was higher than ours [on Dec. 10]...
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January 07, 2013  |  Discuss

Talib Could Prove To Be Difference Maker Against The Texans

When the Patriots signed Aqib Talib initially no one knew how much he would change the face of this defense, but sometimes seeing is believing. Talib came over from the Bucs in a trade made by Bill Belichick with his long time friend and coach of the Bucs Greg Schiano. When Schiano was being considered by the Buccaneers organization for the head coaching vacancy at the beginning...
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January 06, 2013  |  Discuss

Richard Sherman gets hit in the face for being a prick

The Seattle Seahawks came back to defeat the Washington Redskins 24-14 tonight. Every Patriots fans' favorite Seahwaks player, Richard Sherman, had an awful lot to say about it, of course.What he got was a punch in the face from offensive tackle, Trent Williams.Patriots fans might remember Sherman running his mouth after beating the Patriots. Tom Brady didn't have much of...
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January 06, 2013  |  Discuss

Jets QB competition or controversy?

Not talking about the New York Jets in recent weeks has been bittersweet. On one hand, we haven't had to deal with constant SportsCenter coverage of Jets practice or Tim Tebow running with his shirt off. On the other hand, I personally had a blast laughing at Mark Sanchez and the now infamous "ButtFumble". The Jets had an absolute train-wreck of a season. I know...
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January 06, 2013  |  Discuss

Texan's Antonio Smith: "It's gotta be personal"

The Houston Texans have the Patriots right where they want them. Well, not really. They were on their way to a first round bye when they **** the bed and played their way out of the bye.Houston probably regret hyping up the week 14 matchup against the Patriots. They wore letterman jackets on the way to Gillette Stadium.The game didn't start out great for the Texans going down...
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January 06, 2013  |  Discuss

Buffalo Bills hire Doug Marrone as new head coach

The Buffalo Bills have just hired Doug Marrone to be their new head coach after firing the former head coach, Chan Gailey. Filed to ESPN: Doug Marrone has agreed to leave Syracuse and become the next head coach of the Buffalo Bills.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 6, 2013 Marrone was the coach for Syracuse and really turned their program around. He has coached pro football...
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January 06, 2013  |  Discuss

Arian Foster starts some minor trash talk, "We owe them one"

The Houston Texans defeated the Cincinnati Bengals today, earning them a trip to Gillette Stadium to take on the Patriots in the divisional round.The last time the Texans came to foxborough, they arrived in letterman jackets and left with a 42-14 loss that eventually cost them the first seed in the AFC.So, maybe the Texans have some hard feelings about all that.Arian Foster on a...
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January 05, 2013  |  Discuss

Patriots will face Texans in Divisional Round

The first playoff game has been played, and it kind of sucked. But it was important for us New England Patriots fans, as it decided who we will face in the playoffs.And our fate was decided, as the Houston Texans held on to beat the Cincinnati Bengals by 19-13. So on Sunday 13th January, at around 4pm ET, the Patriots postseason will get underway, in a rematch of our week 14 game...
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January 05, 2013  |  Discuss

Aaron Hernandez & Chandler Jones need to step up for post-season

Two key players for the Patriots, Aaron Hernandez and Chandler Jones, have not been playing as well as they usually do.The Patriots have never have had a problem with their tight ends, but recently with Aaron Hernandez (who usually plays superbly) they might have to worry. Hernandez dropped 6 passes in the last three games of the regular season. Hernandez usually performs extremely...
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January 05, 2013  |  Discuss

Key Patriots prepare for first postseason

The New England Patriots are gearing up for what will hopefully be another deep playoff run. This team has always been viewed as the crew that's been there before. However, breakout players including Aqib Talib, Alfonzo Dennard, Dont'a Hightower, and Chandler Jones are new to the most important part of the NFL season. Now, the question is whether this inexperience will have...
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January 05, 2013  |  Discuss

No! They're going to get rid of the tuck rule!

As a Patriots fan, I will forever be grateful for the tuck rule. Everyone remembers the call in the snow bowl against the Raiders in 2002. Brady had a game ending fumble, or so everyone thought, but alas - the tuck rule! The Patriots never would've gotten to that Super Bowl and beat the Rams without that call.It's the call that sparked a New England dynasty and a decade of...
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January 04, 2013  |  Discuss

The NFL's leader in playing time

Nate Solder and Logan Mankins are two Patriots offensive linemen that you often hear about. The Patriots line has been a topic of discussion the entire season because of the carousel of players going in and out of the starting lineup. One player you don't normally hear about is the center, Ryan Wendell. Wendell lead not only the Patriots, but the entire NFL in the most snaps...
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January 04, 2013  |  Discuss

Do the Patriots have the pass rush to win the Super Bowl?

In short? The answer is no.A great article on WEEI looks at one particular trend in Super bowl teams, that trend being sacks.Looking at the last 10 teams to win the Superbowl, eight of them were in the top eight in sacks. This year, the Patriots are tied for 15th with 37 sacks - a number greatly helped out by last week's seven sack performance.WEEI:2011, Giants: 48 sacks, tied...
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January 04, 2013  |  Discuss

Rex Ryan has tattoo of his wife Tebowing in Sanchez jersey...

Maybe it's real, maybe it's not. Either way it's hilarious. Here are some of the best reactions from twitter. Send us any others you find funny!@loewenonline are you going to get a tattoo of Rex Ryan that has his tattoo of his wife in a Sanchez jersey?— Kyle Kehler (@kylekehler) January 4, 2013Under it says "worst QB in the NFL"“@deadspin: Rex Ryan has a...
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January 04, 2013  |  Discuss

NFC Playoff team overview

So, the other day, we went back and looked at a piece I wrote from the middle of the year (after Week 9 win against Buffalo) about how there are not a lot of teams to fear. Well, Monday we looked over the AFC teams from that, now we are going to go NFC.Atlanta? Fakest of all the NFC fake teams. They haven't won ****. Their defense is suspect. Their run game is horrific. Matt...
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January 03, 2013  |  Discuss

Tom Brady: 'I always enjoy beating the Ravens'

Since Ray Lewis announced his pending retirement yesterday, the Ravens have been all over the news. Bill Belichick hurled praise at the 17-year linebacker yesterday and today was Tom Brady's turn.CSNNE:"He was -- he still is an incredible player and a competitor," said the Patriots' quarterback before Thursday's practice. "Like I said, I know so many people...
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January 03, 2013  |  Discuss

What if... Gronkowski didn't break his arm?

It says a lot about Rob Gronkowski's season that he made the Pro Bowl despite not playing since week 11. The New England Patriots tight end set NFL history last season with a staggering stat line, and looking at the 1st 10 games of the year, he was set to do the same.According to ESPN, Gronk would still have been a man among boys in the tight end standings, even if he wasn...
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January 03, 2013  |  Discuss

Does strength of schedule matter in the post-season?

So many Patriots fans have been dogging the Denver Broncos for their extremely easy schedule. Include me in that bunch. However, when you take a closer look you'll find that the Patriots and Broncos really weren't all that different. And really, that it doesn't matter.The average record of the Patriots' opponents was about 8-7-1. They were an even .500 (3-3) against...
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January 03, 2013  |  Discuss

Selective Aggression Is The Motto

This week, I have done a lot of film study in place of my usual blogging routine. I am currently breaking down all 8 QB hits (7 sacks) from the Miami game. I really wanted to develop some ideas about who/what was responsible for such a great defensive showing, and the things that really stick out to me are the scenarios where the sacks occurred. 4 of the 7 sacks came on 3rd down...
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January 03, 2013  |  Discuss

Ray Lewis is retiring, thank god...or not?

So, as I am sure you are all aware by now (or maybe you aren't) Ray Lewis told the Ravens he is going to retire after this season. Yes, surprise surprise, Ray Lewis is trying to sneak his way back into the ESPN cycle he has been out of since becoming injured and irrelevant. Just couldn't wait till the end of the season Ray Ray could ya? Nope. Now, I know what you were all...
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January 02, 2013  |  Discuss

Rob Ninkovich could play in Patriots next game

Boston Herald:Tests concluded the defensive end has avoided a serious injury, and there's a good chance he can play when the Patriots open the postseason Jan. 13, according to a source. He suffered some strained muscles in his hip, which is a positive development after there was some legitimate, initial fear the injury could cost him the postseason.The Patriots return to practice...
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December 31, 2012  |  Discuss

Josh McDaniels wants to stay in New England, not interviewing for jobs

Though he'd like to be an HC again one day, Pats OC Josh McDaniels notified teams Monday he will remain in NE, not interview for HC jobs now— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) December 31, 2012I personally thought the whole Bill O'Brien becoming Penn State head coach amid a huge scandal all while the Patriots make a Super Bowl run, was probably a little distracting. So, in...
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December 31, 2012  |  Discuss
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