Archive for the ‘New England Patriots’ Category

Patriots deemed NFL team with the most favorable schedule in 2019

Friday, April 19th, 2019

Shield your eyes, football fans, because it looks like the New England Patriots will sail smoothly into the playoffs once again this year. The experts at NFL Network have determined that New England has the "most favorable" schedule this upcoming season after each team's 2019 opponents were revealed on Wednesday night. A major factor in the Patriots' schedule being deemed so favorable is that their most difficult games, including an AFC Championship game rematch against the Kansas City Chiefs, will be held at home at Gillette Stadium.

NFL odds: Updated Patriots win total, Week 1 betting line vs. Steelers

Friday, April 19th, 2019

The New England Patriots will begin their Super Bowl defense against a bitter AFC rival. The NFL confirmed Wednesday night the Pittsburgh Steelers will visit the Patriots in Week 1. It's a tough opening draw for the Steelers, who haven't won at Gillette Stadium since 2008 and lost superstars Antonio Brown and Le'Veon Bell amid a tumultuous offseason.

NFL Draft News Update

Friday, April 19th, 2019

We are now less than a week from the time NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell steps to the podium in Nashville, Tennesee to announce the Arizona Cardinals first overall pick, along with thirty-one others, in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft. While this is not unlike other key periods on the NFL calendar, it is extremely difficult to sift through the double-talk, rumors and general attempts to “throw us off the scent” and identify what NFL decision-makers are actually thinking heading into next weekend's draft. I won't pretend I can be successful at that either, but I'm here to round up the latest reports, suggestions and ideas that are leaking out as the draft nears.

Brady, Edelman react to Gronkowski denting the Lombardi Trophy

Thursday, April 18th, 2019

New England Patriots star Tom Brady has weighed in on Rob Gronkowski's latest stunt. The Patriots revealed on Wednesday that Gronkowski dented the most recent Lombardi Trophy when the team threw out the first pitch at a Boston Red Sox game on April 9. The 29-year-old used the trophy as a bat and damaged it while attempting to bunt a warmup toss thrown by Julian Edelman.

Behind Enemy Lines: Looking at where the Bears fall in their opponents’ schedules

Thursday, April 18th, 2019

Week 3: Bears at Washington (MNF) Washington's schedule Week 1 at Eagles Week 2 vs Cowboys Week 3 vs Bears MNF Week 4 vs Giants Week 5 vs Patriots So Washington hosts the Bears in the midst of facing all three of their divisional opponents in the first four weeks of the season. I don't know what it means, I just know I found it interesting. Worst case scenario for the Bears is that Washington is (more than likely) 0-2 and needs to throw the kitchen sink at the Bears to "save" their season on Monday Night Football.

Quick Slants the Podcast: Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff lauds Bill Belichick; A deep dive into the newly-released 2019 Patriots schedule

Thursday, April 18th, 2019

Quick Slants the Podcast: Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff lauds Bill Belichick; A deep dive into the newly-released 2019 Patriots schedule originally appeared on nbcsportsboston.com 1:24 - Tom E. Curran is joined by General Manager of the Atlanta Falcons Thomas Dimitroff, who talks about his impressions of Bill Belichick following the NFL meetings in March. Before letting him go, Tom gets Dimitroff's thoughts on the batch of receivers in the upcoming draft. Tom breaks down each and every matchup of the Patriots 2019 schedule, from their Week 1 opener vs. the Steelers, to their tough Week 5-through-9 stretch (18:31), to an interesting December with games against the Texans and Chiefs (23:55).

Stephon Gilmore: New Patriots WR Demaryius Thomas ‘tough to cover, tough to bring down’

Thursday, April 18th, 2019

Stephon Gilmore: New Patriots WR Demaryius Thomas 'tough to cover, tough to bring down' originally appeared on nbcsportsboston.com The New England Patriots are still a work in progress at wide receiver, but the signing of free-agent Demaryius Thomas earlier this week did provide some much-needed depth at the position. Patriots offseason workouts are underway at Gillette Stadium, where several players are putting in long hours to prepare for the 2019 NFL season. One of those players is cornerback Stephon Gilmore, who was asked Thursday about the Patriots' newest wide receiver addition.

Prototypical Patriots: Athletes available if Belichick is looking for tackles

Thursday, April 18th, 2019

Prototypical Patriots: Athletes available if Belichick is looking for tackles originally appeared on nbcsportsboston.com Two of the Patriots' last seven first-round draft picks have been offensive tackles: Isaiah Wynn and Nate Solder. And though tackle doesn't seem to be a pressing first-round need this year, there's no doubt that New England could look to beef up that position by going back to the well at some point in this year's draft. The Patriots don't have an obvious candidate for their swing tackle spot at the moment.

Patriots could be active in draft with several needs to fill

Thursday, April 18th, 2019

The Patriots are the defending Super Bowl champions. Rob Gronkowski's decision to hang up his cleats last month didn't come as a total surprise after he hinted at it following each of the past two seasons. With holes on both sides of the ball, unlike in recent years it could mean a busier than usual three days for Bill Belichick and his staff.

NFL strength of schedule rankings 2019: Did the Patriots get a gift?

Thursday, April 18th, 2019

The NFL's full 2019 schedule came out Wednesday night, and if you use opponents' 2018 win percentage as your gauge, the Patriots actually have the second-easiest schedule in the league this year. Here's the full list, ranked from hardest (highest opponent win percentage) to easiest (lowest opponent win percentage) schedule: 1. Oakland Raiders (.