Saturday, January 23, 2016

MusketFire: W2W4: New England Patriots vs Denver Broncos

In their first matchup in Denver, the Patriots’ passing attack featured 22 targets directed to Scott Chandler, Brandon LaFell, Chris Harper and former tight end Asante Cleveland . With Edelman, Amendola, Gronkowski and left tackle Sebastian Vollmer back on the field, the offense should be back to full strength. With the offense back and the defense healthier than it has been in a while, New England should be able to  put up a better fight in the AFC Championship game on Sunday. See who has the advantage on each side of the ball heading into the game.



W2W4: New England Patriots vs Denver Broncos

Cover32: New England Patriots' three keys to victory in the AFC Championship game. | Cover32

If New England can play well in all three phases of the game they should be able to go on the road and win in Denver on Sunday. They need to convert on third down on offense, take away the short passing attack on defense and not make stupid miscues on special teams. By following these three keys, the New England Patriots should be able to book a return trip to the Super Bowl.

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New England Patriots' three keys to victory in the AFC Championship game. | Cover32

Monday, January 11, 2016

MusketFire: New England Patriots: Playoff Preparation To Do List

The New England Patriots got their regulars some well-deserved rest (the bye week for New England was way back in week four) and get their injured players some time to get healthy. With quarterback Tom Brady added to the injury list with an ankle injury, he and key offensive players tackle Sebastian Vollmer, wide receivers Julian Edelman and Danny Amendola, and tight ends Rob Gronkowski and Scott Chandler had a much needed extra week of recovery. For the defense, it was another week to get linebackers Dont’a Hightower and Jonathan Freeny, third cornerback Justin Coleman, safeties Devin McCourty and Patrick Chung, and defensive ends Chandler Jones and Rob Ninkovich up to full strength.

New England now knows they will be facing the Kansas City Chiefs on Saturday afternoon in Foxboro, MA in the Divisional Round of the playoffs. Forget September 2014 or what the Chiefs have been doing (the Chiefs have not lost since October 18th), the Patriots have three key issues of their own to resolve first and foremost. The Patriots need to fix their offensive line issues, straighten out the secondary, and get some production from the wide receiver position.

New England Patriots: Playoff Preparation To Do List

Tuesday, January 05, 2016

Patriots remain perplexing heading into playoffs. | Cover32

As the New England Patriots ready for the playoffs, they end the regular season with a two game losing streak and losers of four of their last six games. After topping 350 yards of total offense in all ten of their first ten games (all victories) the Patriots have topped 350 total yards just once since–their week 13 loss to the Eagles. Not coincidentally, the fall from grace by the New England offense coincides with the injury to Julian Edelman with a broken foot in the week ten victory over the Giants. The Patriots seemed determined on Sunday to keep everyone, still on the field, healthy. Rather than resting quarterback Tom Brady and tight end Rob Gronkowski, they instead played them and tried to keep them from harm. That, of course, backfired as Brady was unintentionally rolled-up by Ndamukong Suh on one of his five pass attempts and was limping during and after the game.

Patriots remain perplexing heading into playoffs. | Cover32

Saturday, January 02, 2016

Cover32: New England Patriots' key matchups to watch on Sunday vs Miami Dolphins | Cover32

Although Miami is likely thinking about 2016 and the Patriots are focused on winning the game to improve their playoff standing, New England will have to overcome a plethora of injuries on both sides of the ball. On offense, wide receiver Julian Edelman was wisely held out and did not make the trip south. Another two weeks of rest is a must for one of the most valuable tools in quarterback Tom Brady’s Swiss army knife of offensive options.

Wide receivers Danny Amendola and Brandon LaFell are questionable for Sunday’s matchup in Miami as Amendola has a knee injury and LaFell was recently added to the injury report with a foot injury. It is unknown if LaFell’s foot injury is related to the foot injury he had over the offseason which caused him to miss all of training camp and the preseason and not return to action until week seven.

These injuries make what appeared to be an easy road win turn into a difficult matchup to end the season. New England has some key matchups they need to win on both sides of the ball to lock up the number one seed in the AFC.

New England Patriots' key matchups to watch on Sunday vs Miami Dolphins | Cover32

MusketFire: W2W4: New England Patriots at Miami Dolphins in Week 17

The 12-3 New England Patriots face off against the disappointing 5-10 Miami Dolphins on Sunday afternoon to close out the regular season. The Patriots enter the game having long since locked up the AFC East and with a bye during Wild Card Weekend already secured. For the Patriots, if they win against the Dolphins then they lock up the number one seed in the AFC and home field advantage throughout the playoffs.

For the Dolphins, the game is a chance to potentially force their hated divisional rivals onto the road in the AFC Championship round (if the Patriots and Broncos get there). The 2013 Dolphins did the same when they knocked off an undermanned Patriots team 24-20 in week 15 as Danny Amendola dropped a game winning touchdown catch with 27 seconds to play. A final fourth down attempt to Austin Collie (yes, that team had a depleted receiving group as well) was intercepted and the Patriots had to go to Denver in January for the AFC Championship Game and lost 26-16.

Having lost three of their last five games, the Patriots need to end their season with a win. The question is whether it is win at any cost as they have a number of injuries to deal with on both sides of the ball. With a number of key players likely not to play on Sunday, the Patriots’ depth will be tested again as the regular season ends.

W2W4: New England Patriots at Miami Dolphins in Week 17

MusketFire: W2W4: New England Patriots at Miami Dolphins in Week 17

The 12-3 New England Patriots face off against the disappointing 5-10 Miami Dolphins on Sunday afternoon to close out the regular season. The Patriots enter the game having long since locked up the AFC East and with a bye during Wild Card Weekend already secured. For the Patriots, if they win against the Dolphins then they lock up the number one seed in the AFC and home field advantage throughout the playoffs.

For the Dolphins, the game is a chance to potentially force their hated divisional rivals onto the road in the AFC Championship round (if the Patriots and Broncos get there). The 2013 Dolphins did the same when they knocked off an undermanned Patriots team 24-20 in week 15 as Danny Amendola dropped a game winning touchdown catch with 27 seconds to play. A final fourth down attempt to Austin Collie (yes, that team had a depleted receiving group as well) was intercepted and the Patriots had to go to Denver in January for the AFC Championship Game and lost 26-16.

Having lost three of their last five games, the Patriots need to end their season with a win. The question is whether it is win at any cost as they have a number of injuries to deal with on both sides of the ball. With a number of key players likely not to play on Sunday, the Patriots’ depth will be tested again as the regular season ends.

W2W4: New England Patriots at Miami Dolphins in Week 17

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