In the second preseason game against New Orleans he was targeted nine times and caught eight for 68 yards. Then came the injury.
Tennessee just gave up 183 rushing yards (while gaining just 24 yards on the ground themselves), so normally you would think that New England’s game plan would be to just run, run and run some more. Problem for the Patriots is that they are running out of running backs, so that may not be feasible.
The 10-2 New England Patriots seek to avoid their first three-game losing streak since 2002 when they travel to Houston to face the 6-6 Texans on Sunday. The Patriots need a win to keep even with Denver and Cincinnati in the race for a first round bye in the AFC, while Houston looks to overtake Indianapolis for the lead in the AFC South.
In NFL Week 14 Early Advanced betting lines, the Westgate in Las Vegas has initially installed the New England Patriots as 3.5 point road favorites over the Houston Texans. Jacksonville is a 1-point favorite over Indy, the Broncos are favored by 6.5 over Oakland, and Carolina is an 8-point favorite over Atlanta.
Unbeaten Carolina is just a 3½ point favorite against a struggling Saints defense in New Orleans; Miami is favored by 6½ (granted, it is against the Ravens); Minnesota is a 1½ point home underdog against Seattle; and Dallas was listed as a three-point road favorite at Washington – though to be fair, this was prior to Tony Romo’s injury on Thanksgiving Day. It is also interesting to note that there are more favorites playing on the road (nine) than home favorites (just six).
While Rex Ryan is proving he can dish out but can’t take it in anticipation for Monday night’s game between the Buffalo Bills and New England Patriots, Vegas has published their early advanced ‘look ahead’ lines for NFL week 12. On Thursday the Westgate in Las Vegas listed the Pats as 5½ point road favorites for next Sunday night’s game against the Broncos at Mile High in Denver. This week the Broncos are in Chicago to face the 4-5 Bears.
For the second straight week a game involving the Patriots shapes up to be one of, if not the most compelling matchup of the week. This is one of only three week 11 games (Packers-Vikings, Bengals-Cardinals) between two teams with winning records. It will also be a time where New England fans can “welcome” ESPN to Gillette Stadium and let them know how they feel about their integrity and unbiased reporting
The Giants defense ranks 30th or worse in total yardage, passing yardage, third downs converted, first downs, yards per play, yards per drive, passes completed, sacks and sack yardage.
The Patriots used not two, nor three but four TEs in certain packages against the Steelers. With Gronkowski and Chandler, it will be a formation to watch
Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski set the tone early in the Patriots opening night 28-21 win over the Steelers. Brady threw 4 TDs and Gronk caught 3 of them
The Steelers have already publicly stated their defensive gameplan on Thursday night was to jam Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski. It may be easier said than done
Dion Lewis and Trey Flowers won’t be the biggest names on the Patriots in 2015, but they have the ability to become key cogs in the team’s success this year
Now that his suspension is behind him, Tom Brady is glad to be able start preparing for a football game.
The Brady case showed a fatal flaw in the NFL’s “independent” investigative process. Too much power rests with the commissioner who abused it in this case
The Patriots released 11 players plus placed WR Brandon LaFell on PUP which brings them to their initial 53-man roster. Expect plenty of changes to come
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