After coming out of Sunday’s game with a 23-16 win over the Dolphins, the Patriots are AFC East Champs again. The top performers for the Patriots were Tom Brady with 238 Yards, 24/40 catch to attempts, 1 TD, I INT. Brady’s first interspersion in 203 attempts. Steven Ridley with 19 carries for 71 yards, and 1 TD. Wes Welker with 12 Receptions for 103 yards, and 1 TD. Steven Gostkowski had 3 field goals from around 20 yards to 43 yards. Other notable players Aaron Hernandez with having to step in as the number one tight end with Rob Gronkowski being injured, he had 8 Receptions for 97 yards and 0 TD. Over all it was a good day for the Patriots except the one INT. After the game Brady commented ” It’s not supposed to be easy, and it wasn’t easy today.” After the day was over the Patriots were wearing the AFC East champs shirts with the win over Miami. Next week they Battle The 11-1 Texans. This would be a big win for them. For the Patriots to win the division and get a by in the play-offs, the Ravens would have to lose another game. And they would have to beat the Texans. The Pats wouldn’t have to mind about the Broncos, even though they have the same record the Pats have the head-to-head win over them. This have been a post game summary report.
November 30, 2012 in 360 News
If you are a New England Patriots fan, then you will want to support them whenever you can. However, if you happen to live somewhere far away from your team, like France, you may find it difficult to do this. One way in which you can show your support for your team is to purchase related memorabilia and to display it proudly in your home. One particular type of memorabilia that you can make use of, is that which is related to the game of poker. If you are a poker player, then you can actually purchase card guards that are branded with the team’s logo, or even the players themselves. For example, here you can find card guards which display the team logo on one side, and on the other you can see the helmet design. So even if you have relocated to France and are enjoying the beautiful scenery of the French countryside, you can still have that little piece of America with you, and that little piece of your favorite sports team as well. These card guards will look very classy if you use them while you are playing poker, perhaps having invited your local friends around to your house for the evening, as well as showing that you are serious about your game. Read the rest of this entry →
Dating back to last season, most notably their Super Bowl loss to the New York Giants, the Patriots have been known for their inability to stop the big play down field. Opposing quarterbacks have had little to no trouble executing on long passing plays and beating the New England secondary. The Patriots are going to attempt to fix that problem with a recent trade for Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Aqib Talib.
In addition to Talib, New England will also receive a seventh-round draft pick in exchange for a fourth-round pick. Talib will have to wait a game before his Patriots debut as he is still serving a suspension for performance-enhancing substances. There is no hiding his past on and off the field issues, but the Patriots are in a situation where a risk of his talent is something they are willing to gamble on.
When your secondary is as inconsistent as New England’s there is an urgency to jump at a chance to grab a former overall number 20 pick in the draft. He is not your prototypical corner, standing at 6-1 and 205 pounds, but that may be exactly what this Patriots defense needs. Although he may be a larger than normal corner, Talib is still known for his excellent coverage and ball skills. His 18 career interceptions are a good example of what he can do when on the field.
The question now will be is Talib a Patriots-type player? Will he fit into the Bill Belichick system of play? We all know the examples of success with players like Corey Dillon and Randy Moss (for the most part), so there is no reason the 5th-year corner can’t adapt to the business of being a New England Patriot with success.
Things did not look good for the Patriots at the halfway point of Sunday’s game against the Buffalo Bills. They only managed one touchdown and surely looked like they were on their way to their second loss of the season. Something happened in the locker room during halftime, though, because they came out and had one of the best second halts in NFL history, managing a whopping 45 points. If they can have this kind of play going forward, the Buffalo Bills will surely be a lock for your NFL picks from week to week.
Tom Brady looked absolutely marvelous in the second half of the game this Sunday in Buffalo. Coming off two disappointing losses in a row, both of which that saw him only manage one touchdown each, he was clearly out to make a statement in week 5. He did just that, too, as he threw for three touchdowns and had 340 passing yards at games end. Things looked great for him late in theme, as he was able to get yards from both Rob Gronkowski and Wes Welker.
What really helped the Patriots stay strong and hold out for a victory in week 5 was their defense, however. They held strong after a rough start to the game and managed to allow only one touchdown in the second half as opposed to three in the first. This was all while the Pats were getting touchdown after touchdown at the Bills expense. They looked insane in the 3rd and 4th quarter and were clearly looking to send a message to the rest of the league.
The Patriots, despite such a decisive victory this past week, have a rough game ahead of them at home this Sunday against the Denver Broncos. With a -7 points spread for the game, too, they are an incredibly risky choice on your parlay bets for the week. Pick them if you wish, but know that Peyton Manning can still score points when he needs to.
September 30, 2012 in Patriots Game Previews
Following a 30-31 loss to the Baltimore Ravens, one which the Patriots thought was gifted to the Ravens by the replacement refs after a field goal call that could have gone either way, expect to see the Patriots start off with their foot on the gas and trying to light up the scoreboard early. The Patriots are currently 1-2 and are riding a two game losing streak, which in recent years is not a common occurrence. One thing is clear, and that is the Patriots have no expectations of seeing the losing streak go to three games. During the week, the Patriots ended their experiment with Kellen Winslow Jr. after just one game, and with Hernandez out for a second week, they will likely have Welker heavily involved in this weeks passing attack, along with the best TE in football, Rob Gronkowski. Both Spiller and Jackson for the Bills are questionable, so we won’t know if they will be dressed for the game until shortly before kickoff, but if they dress, the Patriots defense needs to be ready to stop what may develop into one of the best backfields in the NFL.
Time: 1:00pm EST
Stadium: Ralph Wilson Stadium
TV Broadcast: CBS
Few thought the New England Patriots would have one loss this early in the season, let alone two. They are at a 1-2 record on the season, however, and need a win big time in week 4 against division rivals the Buffalo Bills. This will be a big signifier for whether the Patriots will be able to reach the playoffs this year. If they cannot start racking up wins within their division, it could be a rough rest of the year for Tom Brady and company.
One aspect of the game this week that should leave Patriots fans with relief is the fact that break out running back CJ Spiller is out on injury. That takes away one of Buffalo’s biggest threats against a Patriots team that is subpar at best. With him out and the ball in the hands of Tashard Choice, New England will be able to pressure quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick more often and fluster him. If they can do this, they will surely cover the -4 points they need to cover the NFL odds for the week 4.
They, however, need a big game for the Patriots offense as well. Led by Tom Brady, this team has not looked as polished as in previous seasons, which could prove to be a problem in week 4 against a Bills team that loves to score. Add to that the fact that tight end Aaron Hernandez is out with an injured ankle and things do not look so great for the Patriots. They will need big games from both Rob Gronkowski and Wes Welker to keep up with the Bills offense this coming week. If not, they could be looking at yet another loss.
Getting the ball moving as well as pressuring Ryan Fitzpatrick is the key to a decisive win for the New England Patriots in week 4. They need this a great deal, too, so they do not fall behind in both the conference and their division.
September 25, 2012 in Patriots News
The New England Patriots were vanquished by the Baltimore Rams in a game featuring a pair of NFL heavyweights Sunday night. For the Ravens, it was a bit of sweet revenge following their loss last year to the Patriots in the AFC championship.
New England now stands 1-2 on the year and will next travel to Buffalo to take on the AFC East division rival Bills. Buffalo is coming off a solid 24-14 home win against the Cleveland Browns Sunday in which they lost running back C.J. Spiller to an injury. Immediate word out of Buffalo was Spiller could miss a significant amount of time because of the injury.
The Patriots played good enough to beat the Ravens. Quarterback Tom Brady was sharp, completing 28 of 41 passes for 335 yards and a touchdown. Perhaps even more important for the Patriots was the fact Brady and wide receiver Wes Welker regained their connection from a year ago. Welker, who had little impact in the Patriots first two games, finished with eight catches for 142 yards to lead all receivers.
The game was marred by a ton of penalties to both teams and several questionable calls by the NFL’s replacement referees. Patriots head coach Bill Belichik was so incensed by the officiating that he made contact with a referee while leaving the field. Belichik figures to be fined for the incident and will also need to deal with the accompanying media scrutiny this week.
The Patriots surely didn’t envision themselves being 1-2 through the first three weeks of the season, but they seem close to being the New England team that has perennially been among the top NFL picks during the Brady-Bellichik era. They catch a huge break this week with the injury to Spiller, an emerging star in the NFL. Look for the Patriots to regroup this week and come back with a big effort against the Bills.
In a rematch of last year’s AFC Championship game, the New England Patriots and Baltimore Ravens knock heads Sunday in one of the marquee matchups of Week Three of the NFL season. With both teams 1-1 and coming off losses, oddsmakers have made the Ravens 3-point home favorites to avenge last year’s gut-wrenching playoff loss.
As many remember, the Patriots outlasted the Ravens 23-20 in last year’s AFC title game to make another Super Bowl in the regime of head coach Bill Belichik. Though New England was ultimately defeated in Super Bowl XLVI, the Ravens absolutely must have a chip on their shoulder following last week’s one-point loss to the Philadelphia Eagles and their playoff nemesis now heading to town.
New England suffered a huge blow this week when it was announced tight end Aaron Hernandez has an ankle injury that could keep him out a significant period of the season. Hernandez was a major piece on quarterback Tom Brady’s chess board and what effect it has will be felt Sunday.
The Patriots are coming off one of its worse losses in recent memory one week ago. Perhaps the Arizona Cardinals will wind up a playoff team, but it was still shocking to see them go into New England and come away straight-up winners as 13-point underdogs.
The Ravens defense may not be what it once when you consider all-time greats Ray Lewis and Ed Reed are getting long in the tooth. Also remember, last year’s NFL Defensive Player of the Year, Baltimore’s Terrell Suggs, is on Injured Reserve and won’t play this season. Despite that, the Patriots’ offense has showed mixed signals and this is the matchup is where the game could be decided.
This seems to be among the bigger puzzles of our NFL picks in Week Three. As good as New England looked in their opening-week victory, the loss to Arizona is hard to excuse. Baltimore seems like they have plenty to play for and look ready to cover the three-point line.
One thing many were not expecting this past Sunday was the fact that the New England Patriots would look as shoddy as they did. Playing at home, many thought they would manhandle a weak Arizona Cardinals team that has been clouded in quarterback controversy, This was not the case, however, and Arizona was able to squeak out a victory. The Patriots look to bounce back from it this Sunday night, but they will have to go through a strong Baltimore Ravens team that is angry about their loss in the AFC Championship game they lost to the Patriots last year.
Where the Patriots misstepped the most this past Sunday was at the quarterback position. Tom Brady, while having an overall good game, did not get his gears rolling until late into the game. He was able to get 316 yards in total and a touchdown, but that was too little too late, and the Cardinals were able to take home the victory. A lot of Brady’s problems came from the fact that one of his lead targets, Aaron Hernandez, went out with an ankle injury. This limited the options of a quarterback that loves o osprey the ball around. He eventually was able to hook up with Gronkowski in the end zone, but after a lot of struggle.
Speaking of struggle, the Ravens struggled all game this past Sunday in a loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. They kept it tight, but just could not pull out the victory in a rough and fight ridden game. Ray Rice was consistent but could not pull the entire weight of the team. Joe Flacco looked awful and needs to tighten up his game if they want to win in Primetime this Sunday night.
In rematch of the AFC Championship game last year, the winner is anyone’s call, especially with how odd the games have been going this season. SBRForums has all the information you need to make your NFL picks in week 3, especially for the Patriots VS Ravens.
There has been one consistent in an ever changing NFL over the past decade, that being the consistency of the New England Patriots. With five Super Bowl appearances and three championships, this team is the current dynasty in the league. That trend looks to be continuing these years as they have more weapons than ever. While the NFL odds do not look to be in the Patriots favor this week, a confused Arizona offense should be enough to help New England cover.
The biggest reason the Patriots are always so heavily favored is sitting at quarterback. Tom Brady, who has been the leader of this team for over a decade, is always playing at the highest level. He is constantly throwing for over 300 yards with three touchdowns in games and does not look to be slowing down anytime soon. With a newer, wider pool of receivers at his disposal as well, he looks like he will be having another standout year.
These receivers are a wide variety but will almost always get the job done. First and foremost, you have the tight end duo of Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez. They technically are TEs, but they play like wide outs. They are always way down the field and ready to make a game changing play. This is also true of receivers Wes Welker and Brandon Lloyd. While not targeted quite as much as the tight ends, they are always a deep threat and can eat up yardage with short passes. When it comes down to it, the Patriots just have way too many weapons in their offense.
This will certainly not be good for an Arizona team that has a shoddy defense and confusion at the quarterback position. They will get eaten alive by the Patriots and little chance of covering the +13.5 they need to be a good bet this week.