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Brees is perfect against New England

Photo Credit: Chris Graythen/Getty Images There are some teams that some players just excel against, Drew Brees and the Patriots fall into that category. Brees has never lost in a match-up against the Patriots and in fact in their last meeting, he had a perfect 158.3 passer rating. While he has only beaten the Patriots once in a Saints uniform, Brees is no stranger to Tom Brady...
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October 10, 2013  |  Discuss

3 Problems a Gronk Return Won't Fix

1: Rookie Mistakes The growing pains of Kenbrell Thompkins and Aaron Dobson have been well documented. The two rookie receivers have made some plays so far this season, but also driven Tom Brady b-a-n-a-n-a-s at times with drops and misreads. Gronk's return will help in the sense that Brady will be less reliant on these unreliable (for now) players, but it won't make Thompkins...
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October 10, 2013  |  Discuss

Week 6 Scouting Report: New Orleans Saints

After suffering their first defeat of the season at the hands of the Bengals Sunday, the Pats will try to stop the bleeding against the surging 5-0 Saints. Here's a look at the matchups that could determine this showdown. When the Saints have the ball: Sheesh. The Patriots defense continued to look good against Cincinnati, giving up only 13 points in the loss, but they'...
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October 10, 2013  |  Discuss

The Patriots Road to MetLife Stadium MVP of Week 5 is....

As we announced after Week 1, we're looking to chronicle the Patriots quest on the Road to MetLife Stadium for the Super Bowl. To do this, we're highlighting heroes from each and every game. A weekly Patriots MVP voted by you! Over the past week, we've asked you guys to weigh in on who you believed was the hero of the Week 5 loss against the Cincinnati Bengals So, your...
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October 10, 2013  |  Discuss

Fantasy Fix: Waiver wire blues - Calling in the cavalry

As a fan of those movie westerns like The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, The Magnificent Seven and Tombstone, I’ve learned that just when all seems lost the cavalry will show up and save the day. *Spoiler Alert* The cavalry is not on its way to save your fantasy season – you are going down to your last bullet. If you’re a Julio Jones, Michael Vick or Owen Daniels owner, you...
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October 09, 2013  |  Discuss

Aaron Hernandez takes stand in pretrial hearing

(BRIAN SNYDER/REUTERS) Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez took the stand Wednesday afternoon in a pre-trial hearing in his murder case. Wearing a suit and tie and speaking in a quiet tone, Hernandez responded to the judges questions about his mental state, his understanding of proceedings and about a potential conflict of interest involving one of his attorneys...
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October 09, 2013  |  Discuss

Is Brady to blame for the offense's struggles?

The 4-1 record that the Patriots own does not really reflect the amount of headaches that this team's offense has caused for fans. Though the defense has made some serious improvement, it has been the offense that is lacking. After leading the NFL is various offensive statistics last year, the offense has been nothing more than mediocre. With Tom Brady at the helm, one would...
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October 09, 2013  |  Discuss

3 Problems a Gronk Return Will Fix

1. Red Zone Woes After leading the league last year with a 70% touchdown rate in the Red Zone, the Patriots have so far managed a dismal 35% rate. The only thing separating them from last in the NFL is Blaine Gabbert and the Jaguars. Enter Gronk, whose numbers do the talking. The big tight end has caught 38 touchdowns in only 43 career games. He has the most red zone TDs (29) of...
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October 09, 2013  |  Discuss

Tom Brady blames himself for team's offensive struggles

Speaking in his weekly press conference today, Patriots quarterback obviously had to touch on the struggles of his offense. The blame, he says, is all on him. Brady: "We've been inconsistent." Points finger at self. "The better I play, the more points we're going to score." — Mary Paoletti (@Mary_Paoletti) October 9, 2013 That blame has been tossed...
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October 09, 2013  |  Discuss

Injury update: Stevan Ridley returns to practice, Tommy Kelly missing

The two biggest injuries to watch are runningback Stevan Ridley and defensive tackle Tommy Kelly. Ridley missed all of last week's practice and the game with a knee injury, meanwhile Tommy Kelly left Sunday's game with a knee injury of his own. Apparently the news is good on Ridley, but bad on Kelly. CB Alfonzo Dennard, who hobbled off in fourth quarter of Sunday's...
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October 09, 2013  |  Discuss

Will the Patriots put Aqib Talib on Jimmy Graham?

(AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast) Speaking at his morning press conference today, Bill Belichick talked the upcoming matchup with the Saints. Obviously, the topic of Saints tight end Jimmy Graham came up. While Rob Gronkowski has received many accolades over his short career, Jimmy Graham has maybe been deserving of just as many. Graham is more of the role Aaron Hernandez played...
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October 09, 2013  |  Discuss

Spikes stepping up

Prior to Sunday's loss in Cincinnati, one of the more notable changes in the Patriot's defense from recent years (aside from the fact they were actually playing well) was the decreased role of thumping linebacker Brandon Spikes. While some speculated this could be due to what was perceived as a bad attitude in the off-season, it was mostly due to an overarching change in...
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October 08, 2013  |  Discuss

Joe Vellano post's -6.1 rating against the run

photo by the Associated Press  With Wilfork out, it is time for the rookies to step it up, and that is what they are trying to do. But on Sunday, the best wasn't good enough, not by a long shot. Rookie Defensive tackle Joe Vellano is a prime example. He posted a -6.1 grade against the run, a grade that proved costly to the Patriots in their 13-6 loss against the Bengals. One...
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October 08, 2013  |  Discuss

Troy Brown: Pats offense was confused

This week's offense performance by Tom Brady and the Patriots offense was one that we would all like to forget. However, with the week after a loss always feeling a lot longer, there is plenty of time for team to feel the heat. Former Patriot and fan-favorite Troy Brown gave his take on the loss during a CSNNE broadcast: “You can’t really look at the past few weeks because...
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October 08, 2013  |  Discuss

Aaron Dobson "I Feel Like We Beat Ourselves"

John Grieshop/ Getty Images Rookie receiver Aaron Dobson had a few comments after the Patriots loss Sunday that seemed to sum up the mood in the locker room. "I feel like we beat ourselves. I feel like it's stuff that we can improve on. It's nothing they did. We just have to improve. You can look around and tell. It's upsetting. We don't want to lose."...
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October 08, 2013  |  Discuss

Report: Rob Gronkowski to return Sunday to rescue Patriots

Tom Brady might finally have a receiver he was actually throwing to fairly often last year. Star tight end and all around party animal Rob Gronkowski is expected to finally return to the field after sitting out the first five weeks recovering from back and multiple forearm surgeries. Per league source, Rob Gronkowski is expected to be cleared this week and it is likely he will...
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October 08, 2013  |  Discuss

Miles Austin to Patriots?

Photo Credit: Ronald Martinez/Getty Images While this isn't even a discussion or even a rumor yet, the Patriots are in some need of some new receivers. With that being said, the Cowboys offense seems to be clicking without Miles Austin as he's been out since September 23rd after suffering a hamstring injury. Miles Austin was considered to go to New England if you recall...
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October 08, 2013  |  Discuss

Fantasy Fix: Week Five - 5 Up/5 Down

Week 5 in Fantasy Football was approaching NFL overdose levels with about 700 hours of games to watch. After waking up on the bathroom floor following the Sunday night/Monday morning Raiders/Chargers game wearing only a Ken Stabler throwback and wondering where my pants went, it may be time for a fantasy 12-step program. There were record breakers and big-time chokers, and...
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October 08, 2013  |  Discuss

Logan Mankins says the offense let the team down

The Patriots offense had a terrible outing against the Cincinnatti Bengals. Their defense picked up their end, and gave the Patriots several great opportunities late to take the game. However, the Pats couldn't muster anything - failing to get in the endzone. Yesterday, Pro Bowl guard Logan Mankins acknowledged that the offense bears the blame for the team's first loss....
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October 07, 2013  |  Discuss

Patriots Paid the Price for Abandoning the Run

Jamie Sabau/ Getty Images With 8 minutes left in the second quarter yesterday, Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount had the ball ripped out of his hands by Carlos Dunlap. The Bengals Reggie Nelson recovered, setting Cincinnati up with field position that they would turn into a Mike Nugent field goal and a 3-0 lead. At that point in the game, Blount had ran nine times for 42...
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October 07, 2013  |  Discuss

3 Up, 3 Down from Sunday's Loss

AP Photo/ Tom Uhlman Here's a look at who played well and who struggled in yesterday's 13-6 loss the Bengals. It will be no surprise to see the "Up" list full of defenders while the "Down" list is populated by pretty much the entire offense. Up: Devin McCourty McCourty was part of a secondary that did a very solid job on superstar receiver AJ Green...
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October 07, 2013  |  Discuss

Win a Patriots jersey, Vote for the Road to MetLife Stadium Patriots MVP - Week 5

As the Patriots begin their quest to MetLife Stadium for the Super Bowl, we've decided to chronicle that journey by highlighting the heroes from each game. The Patriots game against the Bengals was a tough one to watch for Pats fans. It was the first loss of the season, so it will be especially hard to determine the hero of this game. No offensive players are being given consideration...
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October 07, 2013  |  Discuss

Tom Brady talks watching Cowboys-Broncos after scoring just 6 points

(AP Photo/Tom Uhlman) That must've made him feel just great watching his rival Peyton Manning and his former best receiver, Wes Welker, put up 51 points in a shootout victory. All the while, Brady was on the plane back from Cincinnati where he was held out of the endzone for the first time in 52 games. The team also scored the fewest points they scored since 2003. Tom Brady...
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October 07, 2013  |  Discuss

This image of Tommy Kelly sums up the game pretty well

Yeah, that just about sums it up. I'm not sure if this is the most hilarious or the saddest image that's ever been captured in football. Kelly put on the stationary bike after leaving the game with a knee injury. Cameras caught him in a classic "**** it" moment. With the game slipping away, and Kelly unable to help his teammates, he just sat on the bike in shame...
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October 07, 2013  |  Discuss

Bill Belichick says 121 words to media, leaves

Bill Belichick not feeling chatty after a loss? What a surprise! Apparently the Patriots head coach did not have much to say to the media in his post-game press conference. He was his usual curt self, he just did it for far shorter of a time than usual. Here's Belichick's press conference pic.twitter.com/2fnM9TZkua— Nick Underhill (@Nick_Underhill) October 6, 2013 It...
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October 06, 2013  |  Discuss
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