Monday, September 29, 2014

MusketFire: Instant Analysis: New England Patriots Trampled By the Kansas City Chiefs in First Half

Instant Analysis: New England Patriots Trampled By the Kansas City Chiefs in First Half

The first half was all about the Patriots allowing the Chiefs to convert third downs and failing on their own offense in converting first downs. There was little pass rush, little aggressive run stopping, and no matching the Chiefs’ energy and enthusiasm in the first half of the game. The offensive line was not terrible, but hardly great as the Patriots were again out-of-sync on offense.

MusketFire.com: New England Patriots To Make Offensive Line Changes Tonight Versus Kansas City Chiefs

New England Patriots To Make Offensive Line Changes Tonight Versus Kansas City Chiefs

At long last the New England Patriots seem ready to shake up the interior offensive line!

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Cover32: Behind Enemy Lines: Is Tom Brady finally falling off? | Kansas City Chiefs

Behind Enemy Lines: Is Tom Brady finally falling off? | Kansas City Chiefs

On Monday night the Kansas City Chiefs will play the New England Patriots. To learn more about them we sent a few questions to Hal Bent of cover32 Patriots.



1) It seems like the big story with New England this season is that Tom Brady is starting to decline as a QB. Is that a fair accusation or does the blame fall on his receivers?



Brady is 37 years old and the deep passing and accuracy have been in decline slightly since 2012. He is one of 13 on passes over 20 yards in the air to date. That being said, he has looked like the same Tom Brady of the past when he has time to make his reads and step into his throws on intermediate passes. Too many times Brady is trying to get the ball out of his hands in less than two seconds due to the pressure around him as the offensive line breaks down.



Brady has had growing pains with the receivers as well as more blame falls on the line as he has been forced to lock onto a primary target (usually Rob Gronkowski or Julian Edelman) rather than find Danny Amendola, Brandon LaFell, Aaron Dobson or Kenbrell Thompkins as a second or third read on the play... http://cover32.com/chiefs/2014/09/27/behind-enemy-lines-is-tom-brady-finally-falling-off/

MusketFire: New England Patriots: Under-the-Radar Chiefs to Watch

New England Patriots: Under-the-Radar Chiefs to Watch

Under-the-Radar Performers for Kansas City Who Could Have a Huge Impact Monday Night against the New England Patriots:

Many times the game is won or lost by the unheralded players in the trenches, on special teams, and on the field alongside the stars. Let’s take a look at some of the under-the-radar players on the Kansas City roster who could have a significant impact on the final score on Monday night against the Patriots...

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Cover32: Three things to watch for when the New England Patriots take on the Chiefs | New England Patriots

Three things to watch for when the New England Patriots take on the Chiefs | New England Patriots

The New England Patriots head to Arrowhead Stadium to take on the Kansas City Chiefs on Monday Night Football in Week 4. At 2-1 the Patriots are tied for first place in the AFC East with the Buffalo Bills, but their offense has been mediocre to date. By yards per game, the Patriots are 27th, with just over 301 yards per game. However, they are dead last in yards per play with a paltry 4.3 yards per offensive play.



The stats on offense are just not good through three games: The Patriots are 27th in the league in passing yards, with 589 yards; net yards gained per passing attempt (factoring in sacks and negative yardage) finds New England 30th in the NFL; and even rushing the ball sees the Patriots in the bottom half of the statistics as they are 22nd in total yards rushing with 315 yards in three games and 26th in yards per attempt at 3.5 yards per attempt.



Beyond the statistics, the offense simply does not pass the eye test...

H4-Entertainment: New England Patriots Offensive Line Improvements Are Key To Success This Season - The Sports Journal

New England Patriots Offensive Line Improvements Are Key To Success This Season - The Sports Journal

The New England Patriots prepare for a Monday Night match-up against the Kansas City Chiefs in week four with numerous question marks three weeks into the 2014 NFL season. On defense, the Patriots have been jumping between the 3-4 and 4-3 alignment and moving pass rushers such as defensive end/outside linebacker Chandler Jones inside and out trying to show different looks and experimenting with different looks.  It is no different in the secondary as top cornerback Darrelle Revis passively vented recently about the lack of aggressive schemes as New England was anything but aggressive in coverage last week against Oakland.
On offense, however, New England is an absolute mess. 

H4-Entertainment: New England Patriots Offensive Line Improvements Are Key To Success This Season - The Sports Journal

New England Patriots Offensive Line Improvements Are Key To Success This Season - The Sports Journal

The New England Patriots prepare for a Monday Night match-up against the Kansas City Chiefs in week four with numerous question marks three weeks into the 2014 NFL season. On defense, the Patriots have been jumping between the 3-4 and 4-3 alignment and moving pass rushers such as defensive end/outside linebacker Chandler Jones inside and out trying to show different looks and experimenting with different looks.  It is no different in the secondary as top cornerback Darrelle Revis passively vented recently about the lack of aggressive schemes as New England was anything but aggressive in coverage last week against Oakland.
On offense, however, New England is an absolute mess. 

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Cover32: Grade Day: How’d the New England Patriots fare against the Oakland Raiders? | New England Patriots

Grade Day: How’d the New England Patriots fare against the Oakland Raiders? | New England Patriots

Sunday afternoon saw the New England Patriots take on the Oakland Raiders in Week 3, the home opener at Foxborough, MA. It was a game with all the finesse of a preseason game, as the Patriots looked like 46 guys who met for the first time that day and played a football game together. Fortunately, the Raiders were unable to take advantage of it, as their rookie quarterback Derek Carr was unable to get Oakland into the end zone.



With a 16-9 victory over one of the worst NFL teams in the league, both the offensive and defensive units had a weak showings: the offense was unable to generate and then finish drives all afternoon; the defense went 59-plus minutes before making a big play; the game was won by the special teams unit, as Stephen Gostkowski booted three field goals and was four for four on kickoffs generating touchbacks, and punter Ryan Allen and gunner Matthew Slater changed field position well. Slater even had a 26-yard kick return giving the Patriots great field position on a squib kickoff.



Now on to the score card:

Who do you believe graded out well for the Patriots in their win on Sunday?

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

MusketFire: Which New England Patriot Gets the MusketFire Game Ball for Week Three?

Which New England Patriot Gets the MusketFire Game Ball for Week Three?

Each week there is one player who stands out above the others on the field. In Sunday’s win over the Oakland Raiders, the Patriots had multiple players who stood out on the field and on the statsheet. Although it seemed unlikely after the unimpressive 16-9 victory, there were a few players jumping off the game film.

Who do you believe should receive the Game Ball for the Patriots' win on Sunday?

Sunday, September 21, 2014

MusketFire: Instant Analysis New England Patriots Sleepwalk to 16-9 Win Over Oakland Raiders

New England Patriots Sleepwalk to 16-9 Win Over Oakland Raiders

The Oakland Raiders came into Foxborough, MA on a stopover on their way to London to play the Dolphins next week. The New England Patriots offense seemed to have already taken the week off on a vacation of their own. The Raiders came in at 0-2 and had struggled particularly stopping the run. So, of course, the Patriots came out with three consecutive passes. Huh? Yes, it was one of those games for the Patriots again.

New England started the game with 2013 second-round draft pick and wide receiverAaron Dobson inactive for the second time in three games. That led Brandon “Offensive Pass Interference” LaFell, Danny “Invisible” Amendola, and Kenbrell Thompkins at wide receiver other than top target Julian Edelman. With Rob Gronkowski still working to full strength and Shane Vereen still not 100% healthy, the Patriots’ offense continued to look as if they were still playing preseason games as they shuffled receivers in and out.

Friday, September 19, 2014

H4TV: New England Patriots Defense Already Improved Due To Buying Into Revis Island - The Sports Journal

New England Patriots Defense Already Improved Due To Buying Into Revis Island - The Sports Journal

Two games into the 2014 NFL season and there are numerous questions about the New England Patriots on offense and defense:



Is Tom Brady still able to be an elite quarterback?

Will a receiver emerge other than Julian Edelman and Rob Gronkowski?

Can the Patriots’ front seven stop a power running team?

and can the Patriots mount a consistent pass rush?

However, one question has already been answered after just two games: Is Darrelle Revis still a shut-down cornerback and have the ability to turn the Patriots’ defense into the type of defense able to take the next step in the playoffs? So far the answer is a resounding Y-E-S.



The addition of cornerback Darrelle Revis in place of departed free agent Aqib Talib is a major upgrade at defense.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

FirstStopFantasy.com: FSF Top 100 Players – #8 Tom Brady – First Stop Fantasy

FSF Top 100 Players – #8 Tom Brady – First Stop Fantasy

At 37 years old New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has reached the point of his career where–like his long-time counterpart/rival/fellow elite quarterback Peyton Manning–every week there seems to be another milestone, another record, another step up the NFL list of records. This year Tom Brady approaches 50,000 career passing yards, currently has 360 touchdowns, is nearing 150 career regular season victories, and is known as one of the greatest clutch quarterbacks in NFL history.
A sixth-round draft pick (#199 overall) in 2000, Brady began fourth on the New England quarterback depth chart. As a rookie he completed one pass for six yards in three attempts during garbage time. Since taking over as the starter in week three, only a knee injury stealing his 2008 season has slowed Brady.

Cover32: What do the New England Patriots need to jumpstart their season? | New England Patriots

What do the New England Patriots need to jumpstart their season? | New England Patriots

The New England Patriots return home to Foxborough, MA after opening with two weeks on the road as they face the Oakland Raiders in Week 3 of the regular season this Sunday. After losing the opener at Miami in the season opener, the Patriots rebounded with a 30-7 victory last week at Minnesota. New England will attempt to get over the .500 mark this week with a win against the 0-2 Raiders.



While the Patriots talk about the matchup being challenging the facts speak for themselves:



The Raiders have given up 400 yards rushing combined in just two games;

Las Vegas has the Patriots as a 14-point favorite;

Oakland got wiped out at home last week by a team that lost 14 games last season;

and the Raiders have lost 14 consecutive games on the East Coast.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

MusketFire.com: Which New England Patriots Player is Awarded the Game Ball

Which New England Patriots Player is Awarded the Game Ball

Which New England Patriots Player is Awarded the Game Ball This Week?  Each week there is one player who stands out above the others on the field. In Sunday’s win over the Minnesota Vikings, the Patriots had multiple players who stood out on the field and on the statsheet.



Free safety and defensive captain Devin McCourty swung the momentum in the first quarter with an athletic interception and electrifying return. Wide receiver Julian Edelman hauled in six passes for 81 yards and a touchdown including a 44 yard reception, and he contributed on special teams as he had two field position changing punt returns of 34 and 28 yards. Cornerback Darrelle Revis was assigned former Packers wide receiver Greg Jennings as his assignment to shadow the entire game. Revis shut him down allowing just one reception for four yards on four targets. Add in an interception, and Revis had a signature shutdown game.



But none of these three win the game ball this week. In fact, they are not even the finalists...

Monday, September 15, 2014

Cover32: Grade Day: Who played best for the New England Patriots against the Vikings? | New England Patriots

Grade Day: Who played best for the New England Patriots against the Vikings? | New England Patriots

The New England Patriots bounced-back in week two in Minnesota as they defeated the Vikings 30 to 7. The Patriots shook off a tough first series that saw the Vikings–sans Adrian Peterson–march down the field methodically and efficiently and jumped to a 7 to 0 lead. The Patriots came right back with three running plays and a punt. However, an interception and electrifying return by Pro Bowl free safety Devin McCourty opened the floodgates for New England and put them on the path to victory.



Without further ado, here are the grades:

Sunday, September 14, 2014

MusketFire: Instant Analysis: New England Patriots defeat Minnesota Vikings 30-7

Instant Analysis: New England Patriots defeat Minnesota Vikings 30-7

Instant Analysis: New England Patriots defeat Minnesota Vikings 30-7:

In a “throw-back” victory for the Patriots, turnovers created by the defense, a strong running game, and efficient passing led to a New England win 30-7 over the Vikings. The Patriots added consistent play on special teams and a big play to swing the game their way. Rather than the New England teams of the last five or six seasons, this game showed a Patriots team that had a solid game plan, controlled the line of scrimmage, and rode a strong defense to victory.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

FirstStopFantasy: Game Preview: Denver Broncos Week Two vs Kansas City Chiefs – First Stop Fantasy

Game Preview: Denver Broncos Week Two vs Kansas City Chiefs – First Stop Fantasy

Last year the Denver Broncos had to wait until week eleven to face off with AFC West rival Kansas City. In 2014 the division rivalry starts early as the 0-1 Chiefs travel to Denver to face off against the 1-0 Broncos. The Chiefs opened the season up with a disappointing 26-10 loss to the Tennessee Titans. The Broncos took both meetings decisively last year and would like nothing better than to put the Chiefs in a 0-2 hole and grab some early breathing room in the division.



The Chiefs are just trying to hold things together after season-ending Achilles injuries to defensive end Mike Devito and linebacker Derrick Johnson. Kansas City had to sign former Broncos defensive tackle Kevin Vickerson to shore up the depth of the defensive line. Last week Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith looked shaky against the Titans defense. Smith completed just 19-of-35 passes for 202 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions and was also sacked four times throughout the ballgame...

FirstStopFantasy: Game Preview: Denver Broncos Week Two vs Kansas City Chiefs – First Stop Fantasy

Game Preview: Denver Broncos Week Two vs Kansas City Chiefs – First Stop Fantasy

Last year the Denver Broncos had to wait until week eleven to face off with AFC West rival Kansas City. In 2014 the division rivalry starts early as the 0-1 Chiefs travel to Denver to face off against the 1-0 Broncos. The Chiefs opened the season up with a disappointing 26-10 loss to the Tennessee Titans. The Broncos took both meetings decisively last year and would like nothing better than to put the Chiefs in a 0-2 hole and grab some early breathing room in the division.



The Chiefs are just trying to hold things together after season-ending Achilles injuries to defensive end Mike Devito and linebacker Derrick Johnson. Kansas City had to sign former Broncos defensive tackle Kevin Vickerson to shore up the depth of the defensive line. Last week Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith looked shaky against the Titans defense. Smith completed just 19-of-35 passes for 202 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions and was also sacked four times throughout the ballgame...

Friday, September 12, 2014

FirstStopFantasy Game Preview: Green Bay Packers Week Two vs New York Jets – First Stop Fantasy

Game Preview: Green Bay Packers Week Two vs New York Jets – First Stop Fantasy

Fresh off a disappointing season opener in Seattle in week one, the Green Bay Packers face another top defense of the NFL as the New York Jets travel to historic Lambeau Field in week two. They face a Jets squad that dominated the lowly Oakland Raiders in week one. The Jets defense beat-up Oakland’s rookie quarterback Derek Carr and only another multi-turnover performance by quarterback Geno Smith kept the Raiders in the game.
The Jets will find that Aaron Rodgers is a little more of a challenge to their aggressive defense...

Cover32: Top Three Matchups: New England Patriots vs. Minnesota Vikings

cover32.com/patriots/2014/09/12/top-three-matchups-new-england-patriots-vs-minnesota-vikings/

The New England Patriots played one strong half on defense against Miami last week and put up 20 points in the first quarter. Unfortunately, the Patriots forgot to come out and play in the second half as Miami ran away with the game and sent New England home a loser on opening day. Now the Patriots travel to TCF Bank Stadium in Minnesota to face an impressive Vikings team that lit up St. Louis last week 34-6.



As New England attempts to even-up at 1-1 and not fall into an 0-2 hole in the standings, they face a difficult challenge in the surging Vikings. Here are three keys match-ups to watch for on Sunday which will be vital in determining who comes out on top:

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Cover32: Grade Day: Were any of the New England Patriots better than average? | New England Patriots

Grade Day: Were any of the New England Patriots better than average? | New England Patriots

The 33-20 loss to the Dolphins on Sunday was a tale of two halves.
First, give credit to Miami defensive coordinator Kevin Coyle and the players on the field for the Dolphins. To say that the Patriots lost because they played poorly is a disrespect to the Dolphins defense and coaching staff. The Dolphins were playing with three backup linebackers, and both Dion Jordan, the third overall pick last year, and starting safety Reshad Jones were suspended for the game as well. What that defense did was nothing short of spectacular.
Also, give credit to Miami offensive coordinator Bill Lazor. Not because he incorporated a hurry-up offense and kick started quarterback Ryan Tannehill, but because he stuck with the game plan to run the ball against New England’s 3-4 defense despite being down 10 points at halftime. Miami running back Knowshon Moreno rushed for 68 third quarter yards and 91 overall in the second half of the game. Lamar Miller and Moreno ended up with a combined 35 rushes for 193 yards against the Patriots on Sunday.
All that said, here’s how the Patriots graded out this weekend...

Sunday, September 07, 2014

MusketFire: Instant Analysis: New England Patriots Lose to Miami Dolphins 33-20

Instant Analysis: New England Patriots Lose to Miami Dolphins 33-20

Instant Analysis on the Miami Dolphins' win over the New England Patriots on September 7, 2014. What went right for the Patriots & what went wrong.

MusketFire: New England Patriots Inactives - Quick Analysis

New England Patriots Inactives - Quick Analysis



The New England Patriots' inactive list had some surprises...but none of them were named Brady or Gronkowski. Read the quick analysis of what the inactives mean for the game today...

First Stop Fantasy Game Preview: Dallas Cowboys Week One vs San Francisco 49ers – First Stop Fantasy

Game Preview: Dallas Cowboys Week One vs San Francisco 49ers – First Stop Fantasy

The Dallas Cowboys kick-off the 2014 season at home against the San Francisco 49ers. The 49ers have made the NFC Championship game the past three seasons but have had a difficult preseason.  The Cowboys catch the 49ers short-handed on defense as defensive lineman Aldon Smith and linebacker NaVorro Bowman will miss the game. On offense, the 49ers have struggled as quarterback Colin Kaepernick was unable to move the ball consistently causing concern for the San Francisco fan base.



With a dynamic Philadelphia Eagles team and Washington looking to bounce-back, the Cowboys have a tough job to claw back into competition for the NFC East title. The Cowboys struggled on defense last year and after releasing defensive end Demarcus Ware for salary cap reasons now are again without linebacker Sean Lee. On offense, a healthy DeMarco Murray and Jason Witten, Dez Bryant, and Tony Romo keeps Dallas in the game each week as the offense–behind an improving offensive line–is in position to be one of the best in football.

Saturday, September 06, 2014

MusketFire: Darrelle Revis vs Mike Wallace Review of 2013 Hints at Patriots Strategy for Week One vs Dolphins

Darrelle Revis Mike Wallace Patriots Dolphins

Reviewing the Patriots-Dolphins matchups last year and the Darrelle Revis-Mike Wallace battle when Tampa Bay beat Miami sheds light on how the Patriots may approach their defensive strategy on Sunday.

Friday, September 05, 2014

Cover32: Radio spot on 940 WINZ in Maimi podcast

ICYMI, my spot on 940 WINZ in Miami with Defo & Goldie Morning Show can be found here:
http://www.940winz.com/media/podcast-winzam-podcast-defoshowpodcasts/090514-d-g-hr-2-jimmy-25253219/

or here:

Thursday, September 04, 2014

Cover 32: Game Preview: New England Patriots vs. Miami Dolphins | New England Patriots

Preview: New England Patriots vs. Miami Dolphins | New England Patriots

Last season the Miami Dolphins split the season series with the New England Patriots, and a large part of that was the play of quarterback Ryan Tannehill. Despite an offensive line that allowed him to be sacked 59 times last season, Tannehill took a big step forward in his development, throwing for almost 4,000 yards and 24 touchdowns. In the Dolphins’ 24-20 victory over the Patriots in Week 15, Tannehill passed for 312 yards and 3 touchdowns. Tannehill will need to continue his growth at quarterback in his third season to allow Miami to match the New England offense.

Musketfire: New England Patriots: First Look at 5 Key Matchups vs Miami Dolphins

New England Patriots: First Look at 5 Key Matchups vs Miami Dolphins

5 Key Matchups for the New England Patriots vs the Miami Dolphins on Sunday that will lead to victory or a loss.

Monday, September 01, 2014

Cover32 Grade Day: How good is the New England Patriots final roster? | New England Patriots

Grade Day: How good is the New England Patriots final roster? | New England Patriots

The New England Patriots went into game four of the preseason on Thursday night against the New York Giants with a roster still in flux. Rather than grading the players who did not make the cut, Cover32.com Grade Day will take a look at the final cut-downs.



DOWN TO 53: GRADE: B

The Patriots made their big moves cutting down to 75 as they put their faith in the young players and let veteran front-seven defenders Tommy Kelly, Will Smith and James Anderson go. The Patriots kept their young core on the defensive line around veteran Vince Wilfork with first-round draft pick Dominique Easley; last season’s young trio Sealver Siliga, Chris Jones and Joe Vellano; and sixth-round pick Zach Moore. Disappointing 2012 third-round draft pick Jake Bequette was shown the door after three disappointing training camps. Former Green Bay second-round pick Jerel Worthy did not stick on the roster after an underwhelming training camp.



The Patriots are surprisingly thin at linebacker. Impressive young players Ja’Gared Davis, Steve Beauharnais, and Chris White (after initially making the original 53) were released. Undrafted free agent James Morris was placed on injured reserve after a strong preseason. If New England is truly going back to the 3-4, then Chandler Jones and Rob Ninkovich are at linebacker, with the trio of Jerod Mayo, Jamie Collins and Dont’a Hightower. Darius Fleming becomes the depth inside and Michael Buchanan sticks as the depth outside linebacker.


FullPressCoverage.com: New England Patriots’ Top 2019 NFL Draft Picks Show Evolution on Both Sides of the Ball

The New England Patriots may have tipped their hand with their first two 2019 NFL Draft picks. Choosing a bigger, more aggressive outside-...