Friday, August 28, 2015

Cover32: Five important battles for the New England Patriots against the Carolina Panthers

Get ready for preseason game three as the New England Patriots travel to Charlotte, North Carolina to take on Cam Newton and the Panthers. Here are five match-ups to watch for in the third preseason game Friday night as the New England Patriots face the Carolina Panthers.



Tuesday, August 25, 2015

MusketFire: Digging Deeper: New England Patriots Preseason Game Two Analysis of the Offense

Game two of the preseason did little to resolve the position battles raging on both sides of the ball for the New England Patriots. However, analysis reveals some clues as to who was in the lead for playing time with so many injuries. Starting off with the offense, here is a look into the performance and status of the running backs, the tight ends, offensive line, and wide receivers against the New Orleans Saints.

For much more click here: http://musketfire.com/2015/08/24/digging-deeper-new-england-patriots-preseason-game-two-analysis-of-the-offense/

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Cover32: Grade Day: Who performed best in the New England Patriots first preseason game?

The Patriots struggled on offense in the second half as quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo was out of sync with the backup receivers and under pressure with a backups on the offensive line. The defense battled in the second half and there were several players who made a strong case for earning a role on defense. However, most of the players who earned a majority of the snaps during the Thursday night loss will not be depended on in 2015.
The Patriots’ preseason opener revealed several issues on both sides of the ball that will need to be addressed before the start of the season, but there were also a number of positive impressions picked up from the loss. With so many fringe roster players, the grades do tend to skew lower. Here are the grades for the Patriots for each position group:
Read more at http://cover32.com/patriots/2015/08/18/grade-day-who-performed-best-in-the-new-england-patriots-first-preseason-game/

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Musketfire: Digging Deeper: Analyzing Preseason Game One --New England Patriots vs Green Bay Packers

The New England Patriots opened the 2015 NFL Preseason with a 22 to 11 loss to the Green Bay Packers. With four of the five expected starting offensive linemen out, the offense was going to be limited. However, with Green Bay playing a number of starters on both sides of the ball, it was an impressive showing for the New England defense and backup offensive players to lead 11-9 at halftime.
Digging deeper into the game tape and following up with other sources, it was clear that the New England coaches were going to have their work cut out for them getting the team improving on both sides. Here is a deeper examination of preseason game one looking at all aspects of defense and offense breaking down pass coverage, pass rush, run defense, passing offense and rushing offense:

Read much more at: http://musketfire.com/2015/08/16/digging-deeper-analyzing-preseason-game-one-new-england-patriots-vs-green-bay-packers/

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Cover32: Five things to watch for during the New England Patriots first preseason game

With the Green Bay Packers and quarterback Aaron Rodgers coming to Gillette Stadium Thursday night, the Patriots will finally get a chance to step on the field for the first time since defeating the Seattle Seahawks in the Super Bowl. with so much attention on Brady and the NFL Commissioner battling in court this week, it has been easy to forget that the preseason is gearing up and the Thursday Night Football regular season kick-off game against Pittsburgh is less than a month away.

To catch-up on all things non-deflategate with the Patriots, here are five key areas to watch on Thursday night as the defending champions take on the team they should have faced in the Super Bowl.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Cover32: The New England Patriots receiving corps is facing an early test

Do the New England Patriots have enough depth at wide receiver? The group, which got scant attention in the offseason, is suddenly running thin.

Read more at http://cover32.com/patriots/2015/08/10/the-new-england-patriots-receiving-corps-is-facing-an-early-test/#1d2zHUMoRrTURUtx.99

MusketFire: New England Patriots Back-end of Roster Moves Highlight Their Weaknesses

As Bill Belichick makes moves at the end of the roster, they are not random. Every player he picks up is intended to be a potential contributor in 2015. The moves also serve a dual role to motivate the existing players at the position and send the message that everyone’s job is in jeopardy. Investigating the moves made by Belichick at the backend of the roster shows where he thinks the team needs improvement heading into the first preseason game. Here are four positions where the recent moves show Belichick is not happy with the results to date.


Monday, August 10, 2015

MusketFire: Three Reasons the New England Patriots Will NOT make the Super Bowl in 2015

Injuries are just one aspect of the game that can derail a season. Suspensions, ineffectiveness, slow learning curves and poor offseason decisions can hurt a team as well. For the Patriots, they have persevered through all of these in the Bill Belichick era and yet seem to constantly be in the hunt for the Super Bowl. However, there are three key reasons why although the New England Patriots are a favorite to return to the Super Bowl after the 2015 season, they will NOT return to the big game after this season. Whether it is due to deflategate (Tom Brady), an injury to a key player (Rob Gronkowski), or a defense dependent upon a number of young players to step-up and make up for key losses, the Patriots may not make the Super Bowl this season.

For much more, click here: http://musketfire.com/2015/08/10/three-reasons-the-new-england-patriots-will-not-make-the-super-bowl-in-2015/

Wednesday, August 05, 2015

Cover32: 4 under-the-radar New England Patriots players you need to be watching in camp

Last year undrafted free agent guard Josh Kline was starting and dominating in the running game in the AFC Championship game. Another undrafted free agent (and rookie) cornerback Malcolm Butler came off the bench in the Super Bowl to make a dramatic, game-changing play. A player often overlooked can make a big impact during the season. Here are four "under-the-radar" Patriots you need to watch this summer.

Read much more at: http://cover32.com/patriots/2015/08/05/4-under-the-radar-new-england-patriots-players-you-need-to-be-watching-in-camp/

MusketFire: Three Reasons Why the New England Patriots Will Return to the Super Bowl

Injuries are just one aspect of the game that can derail a season. Suspensions, ineffectiveness, slow learning curves and poor offseason decisions can hurt a team as well. For the Patriots, they have persevered through all of these in the Bill Belichick era and yet seem to constantly be in the hunt for the Super Bowl. Read on for three reasons why the New England Patriots are a favorite to return to the Super Bowl after the 2015 season including the "Gronk Factor" and more.

Read much more here:
http://musketfire.com/2015/08/05/three-reasons-why-the-new-england-patriots-will-return-to-the-super-bowl/

Week Six What to Watch for (W2W4): New England Patriots vs New York Jets -- Scout.com

Get everything you need to know before the 3-2 New England Patriots take on the 3-2 New York Jets in a battle for first place in the AFC Eas...