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Browner not changing his physical style of play

At 6'4" and 220 pounds, Brandon Browner is not your typical cornerback. He is physical, strong, and not afraid to hit someone. Sunday's game against the Bears provided a glimpse of Browner's physicality. Although his performance on Sunday was encouraging, it continues to be plagued by unnecessary penalties. In two weeks, Browner has been penalized four times. BostonGlobe:I’m...
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October 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Akeem Ayers shines in his debut as a Patriot

AP / Elise Amendola There are a lot of great things we can say about the Patriots in the aftermath of their drubbing of the monsters of the midway (more like litte monsters). An interesting side note was the newly acquired linebacker Akeem Ayers. Ben Volin of the Boston Globe broke down the defensive snaps for the Patriots on Twitter and showed that Ayers played 46% of the snaps...
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October 27, 2014  |  Discuss

With questions on defense, can the Patriots keep this up?

The Patriots continued to prove many doubters wrong with a gigantic 51-23 win over a Chicago Bears team that is very talented on offense, but dysfunctional on the whole. The effort from the Patriots capped off a brilliant month of October in which they went 4-0 and looked like the team many believed had a legitimate shot at winning the Super Bowl. It was vintage New England Patriots...
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October 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Down 28 points, Lamarr Houston tears ACL celebrating sack of Jimmy Garappolo

Back up quarterback Jimmy Garrappolo was put in the game towards the end of the fourth quarter.That's usually a pretty clear sign that a team up 28 points feels pretty confident they are going to win. Most of the time, players on the losing end of a blow out don't have much to celebrate at that point. That wasn't the case with Bears' defensive end Lamarr Houston, who earned himself...
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October 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Josh McDaniels wins coach of the week award from Peter King

Peter King, MMQB:The Patriots looked to be down for the count after getting swamped in the Week 4 Monday-nighter at Kansas City 41-14. Alarm bells all over New England, from Kennebunkport to New London. In the four weeks since, juggling an offensive line with three combinations in four games and getting a new tight end (Tim Wright) ready to contribute, McDaniels has the offense purring...
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October 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Report: Patriots among teams interested in Vincent Jackson

We have known for a little while now that the Buccaneers are shopping their number one receiver Vincent Jackson. However, sources around the NFL are reporting that the Patriots are one of four or more teams with their hat in the ring for a trade deadline move: Vincent Jackson still generating trade interest. Among the more than 4 teams calling around: Eagles, Pats, Seahawks. Bucs...
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October 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Darrelle Revis pitches shutout during Sunday's game

Jim Davis/Globe StaffDarrelle Revis had his best game as a Patriot and it came against one of the best wide receiver tandems in the league.Darrelle Revis had his best grade as a member of the #Patriots with a +3.6. Browner did as well with a +1.0.— MattyWin (6-2) (@MattyWinPats) October 27, 2014During Sundays big win against the Bears, Revis was targeted 5 times. On those five...
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October 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Patriots trade rumors: Marshawn Lynch, Doug Martin

Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images The Patriots lost Stevan Ridley for the season, and according to Adam Schefter and Pro Football Talk, the Patriots could be in the market for a running back. One name that Schefter threw out there was Tampa Buccaneers running back Doug Martin. According to Schefter, teams are calling about Martin.While WR Vincent Jackson’s name has been focus of trade...
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October 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Is Tom Brady a legitimate MVP candidate?

Tom Brady and the Patriots offense started out the season in completely unspectacular fashion. Up until the offensive explosion when Cincinnati came to town in Week 5, Tom Brady had thrown for a mere 791 yards and four touchdowns with two interceptions, which included the shock blowout at the hands of the Chiefs. Fast forward to Week 8, and the Patriots have dusted off a 51-23 win...
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October 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Patriots Matchmaking

It was a one-sided blowout today. (Jim Rogash - Getty Images)The Patriots built their defense around playing offensive powerhouses like the Bears. They built their offense around around taking advantage of mismatches. They allowed these match ups to play out, and their planning was executed to a T.On defense, the Patriots manned their corners up against the WRs they were built to...
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October 26, 2014  |  Discuss

RECAP: Patriots blow out Bears 51-23 at home

Jim Rogash/Getty ImagesRejoice, Patriots fans: The Patriots are back in full force, and that's cause for optimism. The Patriots offense moved the ball up and down the field at will as they blew out the Chicago Bears at home. Tom Brady threw 5 touchdowns, 3 of which went to tight end Rob Gronkowski, and the Patriots never really looked like losing control, despite a late push from...
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October 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Predicting Patriots vs Bears Week 8 - PatriotsLife roundtable

It's pretty obvious that when you poll a couple Patriots bloggers, they are probably going to pick their team to win. So, instead we look at where we do differ- the final score.Here's a roundup of some of our writers predictions for the team's upcoming game - Chicago vs New England. -------- Mike Saver (@MikeASaver)Patriots by 3The Bears are stacked on offense, going against a banged...
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October 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Week 8 scouting report: Chicago Bears

Each week, PatriotsLife will be posting a scouting report of the Patriots upcoming opponent, going over their playmakers, tendencies, and how the Pats might match up. This week, it's the 3-4 Chicago Bears, who come into the game on a 1-3 skid that reportedly prompted a locker room outburst from star receiver Brandon Marshall last Sunday. Despite the locker room turmoil, the Bears...
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October 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Are the Denver Broncos the best team in the NFL?

Peyton Manning celebrates TD pass 509, via espn.comI didn't want to buy into the Denver Broncos. I don't like buying into teams that go all in for one season like they're doing this year. They're a tough team to deny this year. Denver's defense is very good, ranking seventh in the league based on points against. The scariest part of Denver is obviously the offense. Peyton Manning...
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October 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Top 5 Chicago Bears games are a reminder of greatness

5. December 8, 1940 Chicago 73 Washington 0 NFL Championship Game The Chicago Bears lost a regular game encounter with Washington on November 17, 1940 by the score of 7-3. Wikipedia: After the contest, Redskins owner George Preston Marshall told reporters that the Bears were crybabies and quitters when the going got tough. As the Bears prepared for the rematch, Chicago head coach...
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October 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Will old college rivalry spring up in Pats/Bears game?

In the NFL we constantly see college back stories emerge whether it is old teammates facing off or former college rivals playing on the same team. This weekend we have Alshon Jeffrey and Alfonzo Dennard facing each other after a very memorable moment in the Capital One Bowl in 2012. In the third quarter of the post season bowl game the score was 13-16 with the Gamecocks leading the...
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October 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Wilfork Praises Revis both on and off the field

Vince Wilfork had some kind words to say about Darrelle Revis after he missed practice and was sent home on Tuesday. Wilfork, who is a leader on this Patriots team, focused on his character and playing ability."He's a great guy," Wilfork said. "On the field, and off the field. He's just a great guy to be around. Football IQ is just outstanding. He's at an all-time high. A guy at...
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October 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Can the Pats stop Matt Forte?

AP Photo/Charles Rex ArbogastThe Patriots have quite a challenge on their hands with Matt Forte of the Chicago Bears on Sunday. You could make a case that Matt Forte is the best running back talent-wise that the Patriots have faced so far next to Jamaal Charles and possibly Knowshon Moreno. And with the struggling Patriots run defense (ranked 24th in the league at 126.3 YPG - ESPN...
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October 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Goldilocks and the three things about the Bears

AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast When it comes to the Bears, there are few teams that hold a more incorrect stigma around them. People still like to imagine this team is the bulldog defense and smash mouth offense of the Mike Ditka days. Truth is, this team is a nice primer for the Denver Broncos game next Sunday, because they're like a triple A version of that team. Defense that tries...
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October 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Former QB Kevin Kolb still feels the pain in retirement

Frank Schwab, Yahoo:Players like Kevin Kolb leave our consciousness pretty fast. One year they're playing, the next they're not, and we rarely think about them again.But Kolb still thinks about football. He has no choice. The lingering symptoms from concussions are with him every waking moment, he said.Kevin Kolb was the 36th pick of the second round in the 2007 NFL Draft by the...
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October 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Peyton Manning has no idea what it takes to be a scoreboard operator

AP PhotoThe Denver Broncos had the ball with under two minutes to go and leading the San Diego Chargers 35-21. Sounds like a time to run out the clock and be happy with another hard earned victory. Not if you're Peyton Manning though.Manning was furious with the crowd noise as he and the offense tried to close out the game. As the Broncos took a timeout with 1:14 remaining he threw...
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October 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Goodell forced to testify in Ray Rice hearing

It was reported yesterday by Adam Schefter that Roger Goodell will be coerced into testifying in the Ray Rice hearing. Roger Goodell is being forced to testify at the Ray Rice hearing by judge's ruling, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 23, 2014So what does this mean? Ray Rice is appealing his indefinite suspension and the hearing has two main purposes. First...
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October 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Is Jay Cutler elite? In a nutshell: No.

AP Photo/Nam Y. HuhLet me be clear for you Bears fans: Jay Cutler is a good quarterback. This isn't to He's not an elite quarterback - elite QB's in the league include Peyton Manning and Tom Brady., to name a couple And while I do think Cutler is a good quarterback, he's not at that level. Why do I think that? In part because of his TD-INT ratio - he's got 169 TD's to 119 interceptions...
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October 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Bill Belichick must see something in newly acquired LB Akeem Ayers

Phil Perry, CSNNE: The Patriots think they have something in linebacker Akeem Ayers, but it sounds like they're not sure how exactly he'll fit in with their defense until he's spent more time with the team."We'll see," Patriots coach Bill Belichick said when asked about Ayers' strengths. "Start working with him today. He's played linebacker. He's played defensive end in sub situations...
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October 23, 2014  |  Discuss

ESPN on potential Tom Brady trade

Photo courtesy of ESPN.comDid the headline give you a heart attack? Now that I have your attention, take a few deep breaths Patriot fans. R-E-L-A-X. Tom Brady has not been traded... FOR NOW.It makes you wonder how much longer we can expect to see Brady in a Patriots uniform? As an organization, the Patriots are always evaluating "value". Many Brady haters would say that his...
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October 23, 2014  |  Discuss
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