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The New England Patriots Will “Play to Win,” This Sunday Against the New York Jets

December 18th, 2014 at 5:28 PM
By Matthew Jardin

This Sunday the New England Patriots will face their AFC East rival, the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium. Despite the Jets 3-11 record, the Patriots will be playing to win the game in this week 16 matchup.

“The records are what they are, but we are expecting their best game,” said Patriots’ quarterback Tom Brady.

The Jets have been in a lot of close games this season and have lost six games by a single score. Their record could just as easily be 9-5 instead of 3-11. The Jets run game and defense are the vocal points of their game and kept them in those contests.

“Their running backs are excellent,” said Patriots Head Coach, Bill Belichick.

Belichick was speaking of Chris Johnson and Chris Ivory, who have lead the Jets to an average of 147.1 rushing yards a game, which is ranked second in the NFL. Ivory leads the team with 739 yards and six touchdowns. Johnson is not far behind with 613 yards but only has one touchdown. Both players average over four yards a carry.

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New England Patriots Draft Possibilities Part 2: Defense

December 16th, 2014 at 8:42 PM
By Matthew Jardin

The New England Patriots are on their way to the NFL Playoffs and while the team focuses on winning the Super Bowl, the scouts are making sure next year’s team will have just as much success.

“Defense wins championships,” is a very popular quote in almost every sport, but it especially holds true in the NFL. When the Patriots won three Super Bowls in 2001, 2003 and 2004, defense was the key. Guys like Rodney Harrison, Tedy Bruschi, and Ty Law lead a group of guys that put fear in the hearts of receivers and running backs.

The Patriots staff will surely be hard at work looking for the next generation of defenders to do the same. Some pieces have already started to take shape. Guys like Chandler Jones, Jamie Collins, Dont’a Hightower and Rob Ninkovich have established themselves as leaders and playmakers.

There are some unknown variables on the team right now and the 2015 NFL Draft could help the Patriots put the puzzle together. Notable team needs include linebackers, cornerbacks, and defensive tackles.

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The New England Patriots Defeat the Miami Dolphins, Win AFC East Title

December 14th, 2014 at 6:43 PM
By Matthew Jardin

The New England Patriots have clinched the AFC East title for the sixth straight year beating the Miami Dolphins today 41-13.

The Patriots had a slow start in the first half but defense and special teams kept them ahead of the Dolphins.

“Our guys finished the game strong. We didn’t play well in the first half but we were able to get some turnovers,” said Patriots Head Coach Bill Belichick.

Turnovers played a big part in today’s game for the Patriots. They had a blocked field goal that was returned for a touchdown by Kyle Arrington. They also had two interceptions in the game, one by Daron Harmon, and the other by Pat Chung.

Both interceptions lead to points for the Patriots. Harmon returned his interception for 60 yards which led to a three yard rushing touchdown by Shane Vereen. The play following Chung’s interception was a 27 yard touchdown pass from Tom Brady to Rob Gronkowski.

The touchdown was a milestone for Gronkowski as he became the first tight end in NFL history to have four seasons with 10 or more receiving touchdowns. Gronkowski had 3 receptions for 96 yards to go along with the touchdown.

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New England Patriots Vs Miami Dolphins Preview

December 13th, 2014 at 7:36 PM
By Matthew Jardin

The New England Patriots will be looking for revenge when they meet the Miami Dolphins this Sunday at Gillette Stadium at 1 pm.

The Patriots will look to improve their record to 11-3 and increase their chances of securing home field advantage throughout the playoffs. The Miami Dolphins are fighting for a wild card spot and, at 7-6, must win the three games they have left.

The Dolphins won the first game between these two AFC East rivals this season back in week one. Their 33-20 victory over the Patriots is their most notable win of the season. The only other noteworthy Miami win this season was their 37-0 shutout of the San Diego Chargers.

The Dolphins' defense has been impressive this year. They are ranked sixth in the league in yards allowed at 326.8 per game. They are only allowing 203.2 passing yards per game, which is third best in the NFL. They are, however, vulnerable when facing the run. They are 22nd in the league in rush defense, allowing 123.5 yards a game.

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New England Patriots Draft Possiblities Part 1: Offense

December 11th, 2014 at 8:28 PM
By Matthew Jardin

The New England Patriots still have a lot of football to play in 2014, but it’s never too early to start talking about their options in the 2015 NFL Draft.

The Patriots are currently 10-3 and on their way to the playoffs. Even though they have had a lot of success, they will be looking to get better for next year.

Currently the Patriots are third in the league in points scored. They are averaging 30.8 points per game, and are ranked seventh in total yards with 381.7 yards per game. They average 272.6 passing yards per game which is also seventh best. The problem area is the Patriots run game. They are averaging 109.1 yards a game which has them ranked 20th in the league.

The Patriots have some depth at running back, but with their go to back Stevan Ridley injured, they have struggled to produce on the ground. Jonas Gray showed that he can be a stand out runner when he put up 201 yards and four touchdowns against the Indianapolis Colts. After showing up late to practice that following Friday He sat out the next game and has not had a stand out performance since.

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