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2013 Patriots Schedule Announced

Ian Logue
April 18, 2013 at 8:17 pm ET

The NFL held their annual schedule release show on Thursday night, with the entire season now in place as fans finally get to see how the 2013 campaign will play out.

For the Patriots, they’ll open up with a 1:00pm game on the road against the Buffalo Bills before returning to Foxboro for a nationally televised Thursday night game at Gillette Stadium.

Here’s a look at the entire schedule (Home games in Bold, Nationally Televised Games in Red):

Week 1: Sun Sept 8th at Buffalo Bills 1:00pm on CBS
Week 2: Thurs Sept 12nd vs NY Jets 8:25pm NFL Network
Week 3: Sun Sept 22nd vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1:00pm FOX
Week 4: Sun Sept 29th at Atlanta Falcons 8:30pm NBC
Week 5: Sun Oct 6th at Cincinnati Bengals 1:00pm CBS
Week 6: Sun Oct 13th vs New Orleans Saints 4:25pm FOX
Week 7: Sun Oct 20th at NY Jets 1:00pm CBS
Week 8: Sun Oct 27th vs Miami Dolphins 1:00pm CBS
Week 9: Sun Nov 3rd vs Pittsburgh Steelers 4:25pm CBS

Week 10: BYE WEEK
Week 11: Mon Nov 18th at Carolina Panthers 8:40pm ESPN
Week 12: Sun Nov 24th vs Denver Broncos 8:30pm NBC
Week 13: Sun Dec 1st at Houston Texans 4:25pm CBS
Week 14: Sun Dec 8th vs Cleveland Browns 1:00pm CBS
Week 15: Sun Dec 15th at Miami Dolphins 1:00pm CBS
Week 16: Sun Dec 22nd at Baltimore Ravens 8:30pm NBC
Week 17: Sun Dec 29th vs Buffalo Bills 1:00pm CBS

For those wondering about the Pre Season, here’s a look at that as well:

Friday Aug 9th at Philadelphia Eagles 7:30pm
Friday Aug 16th vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers 8:00pm
Thurs Aug 22nd at Detroit Lions 7:30pm
Thurs Aug 29th vs New York Giants

FILM REVIEW: Spotlight on a Creative Third Down Pressure by 49ers

Ian Logue
December 17, 2012 at 10:00 pm ET

As mentioned in this other film review entry, third down was a big problem in the first half last night and the fact the 49ers were able to create pressure using just four guys up front was obviously an issue.

While the other one pointed out a match-up where Dan Connolly just got beat by Ray McDonald, San Francisco was creative with some of the things they did with moving around Aldon Smith, which is highlighted on this 3rd and 8 play early in the first quarter at midfield.


On this play you can see Aldon Smith (circled) lining up on the end. They’re going to have him wait for half a second for Justin Smith to tie up Nate Solder and Logan Mankins, and then Smith is going to slide down and come in past Mankins spot at left guard.


In this frame you can see Aldon Smith come in behind Justin Smith, who is now engaged with Mankins and Solder. He’s going to slip in behind Mankins and make a bee-line for Brady.


In this frame Mankins obviously spots what they’re up to and tries to reach back to slow him down but Smith is already past him and has Brady in his sights. At this point Brady has no time to get the ball off to Danny Woodhead (breaking on the right hand side), or Wes Welker who is actually open outside this frame and would have been the guy Brady would have likely hit for a first down.


In this frame Smith grabs Brady and he’s forced to just throw it away. It’s one of many creative things San Francsico did Sunday night, and there were quite a few instances for much of the evening where they were able to do similar things which gave them problems.

FILM REVIEW: Spotlight on 3rd Down Sack – Connolly vs McDonald

Ian Logue
at 9:16 pm ET

After sitting back down and going back over last night’s game, one of the biggest problems during the game was the fact San Francisco was able to create pressure using just a four man front in passing situations.

One guy who struggled last night was Dan Connolly, who had quite the battle with San Francisco’s Ray McDonald.  That ended up being a problematic match-up, and here’s a quick look at a sack he made last night.


In this first frame above you’ll see McDonald (circled) lined up against Connolly on a 3rd and 7 from the 49ers 7-yard line.  He’s going to bull right past him and kill the drive and force the field goal attempt.


You can see in the above frame that McDonald starts working his way inside, although Danny Woodhead is still in the backfield, but he ends up chipping Aldon Smith before slipping out.  Unfortunately by then Brady’s already down.


The worst part about this play is Brady should have a throwing lane to Aaron Hernandez, who is coming across right in Brady’s view and he’s got space right now to let go of the ball.  The problem is McDonald has already slipped past Connolly inside and as a result he’s standing right in the way – so Brady can’t throw it.


Now it’s breaking down and you can see Brady starts to try to slide to his left to get away, but McDonald starts to accelerate and he’s going to get away.  The window to throw the ball has already closed because you can see Hernandez was more or less his only option.  Wes Welker (who was in the right slot) and Deion Branch (split out right) – as you can see at the top of the screen – are both covered.


McDonald takes him down, which is too bad because the protection with everyone else on this play was actually pretty good.  But it’s another example of some of the issues they had last night, and the fact San Francisco was able to be so effective rushing just four guys hurt because looking at these numbers Brady historically is pretty lethal when teams commit extra blitzers against them.

It’s just one look at a myriad of issues, but it was one key play in a first half that saw them go 0-for-7 on third down, which allowed San Francisco to grab control of the game early. They could have used a touchdown on that play, which would have tied the game. Unfortunately at the time that sack helped give the 49ers some additional confidence and momentum, and they were able to hold New England to a field goal on that drive.