Archive for the ‘New England Patriots’ Category

Belichick: Don’t compare Bears’ Mack to LT just yet

Wednesday, October 17th, 2018

No matter how dominant Chicago Bears star pass rusher Khalil Mack is, New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick wanted to make one thing clear. ''Wait a minute, we're talking about Lawrence Taylor now,'' Belichick said Wednesday. The Patriots visit the Bears this week and that means Belichick will get an up-close look at one of the game's top outside linebackers, assuming Mack is ready to play after injuring his ankle last week.

Bill Belichick and Lawrence Taylor agree: Khalil Mack’s not as good as LT

Wednesday, October 17th, 2018

There’s a high-profile Super Bowl-winning coach who thinks we all need to slow down on the Khalil Mack hype. With the New England Patriots preparing to play the Chicago Bears on Sunday, Bill Belichick was asked if Mack ranks up there with Lawrence Taylor as “one of the better” pass rushers he’s seen. Belichick, the defensive coordinator for the New York Giants through Taylor’s ’80s prime, took the question as a personal affront.

Week 7 Power Rankings

Wednesday, October 17th, 2018

Maybe it’s antiquated—especially after seeing last year’s Super Bowl combatants combine for a record point total—but in my eyes, the phrase “defense wins championships” still carries weight. Defense truthering has been the talk of fantasy football the past few weeks. Benching Patrick Mahomes against Jacksonville, for instance, is textbook overthinking.

Chiefs’ Mahomes-to-Hill connection setting NFL ablaze

Wednesday, October 17th, 2018

Patrick Mahomes and Tyreek Hill have already developed such a strong rapport six games into their partnership that the Chiefs' quarterback has delivered passes to him just about every way possible. Then there was last Sunday night in New England, when Mahomes rolled to his left and appeared to be trying to find Kareem Hunt, only for Hill to swoop in and snare another touchdown reception. Well, Mahomes wasn't going to admit who his target actually was.

Patriots complete Edelman/Irving jersey swap

Wednesday, October 17th, 2018

On the heels of the Boston Celtics' season-opening victory, the New England Patriots helped stars Julian Edelman and Kyrie Irving complete their jersey swap. Edelman created a buzz after wearing a personalized No. 11 Celtics jersey to his postgame press conference after his own season debut against the Colts earlier this month. Irving said he gave his blessing to the Celtics to craft a personalized Edelman jersey after the wide receiver spent time working out at the Celtics' practice facility.

Bears pass rusher Khalil Mack day to day with ankle injury

Wednesday, October 17th, 2018

Chicago Bears star pass rusher Khalil Mack is day to day because of an ankle injury, coach Matt Nagy said on Wednesday. Mack was hurt early in last week's overtime loss at Miami and his 2018 streak of at least one sack and one forced fumble in each game ended. Playing without the two-time All-Pro would be a huge blow, particularly with Tom Brady and the New England Patriots visiting on Sunday.

Patriots kickoff coverage has gone from great to bleccchhh

Wednesday, October 17th, 2018

There was the 97-yard kickoff return the coverage team allowed early in the fourth quarter which led to a 3-yard touchdown and the Chiefs only lead of the night (33-30). After the game, I asked Gostkowski what the plan was on the semi-squib since it didn't appear the Patriots were trying to recover the thing. "It was a bad kick," said Gostkowski.

Brady to Gronkowski: ‘We could play forever’

Wednesday, October 17th, 2018

Tom Brady is 41 years old. He's in his 19th professional season. Rob Gronkowski is 29 and in his ninth season. But he's already suffered enough injuries for a lifetime. There has been speculation for years about how long Brady is going to continue playing

Beer-tossing Patriots fan charged with disorderly conduct

Wednesday, October 17th, 2018

According to NBC 10 in Boston, Foxboro police have identified the man who threw beer on the Chiefs wide receiver, and have charged him with multiple counts. “It doesn’t happen often, you know, fortunately,” Foxboro Police Chief William Baker said. The Patriots had already sent the fan — identified from video — a letter of disinvite from all future events at Gillette Stadium.

NFL notebook: Giants owner Mara calls out OBJ

Tuesday, October 16th, 2018

New York Giants owner John Mara is ready for Odell Beckham Jr. to start making headlines on the field and cease fire behind the microphone. "I think he needs to do a little more playing and a little less talking," Mara said at the NFL fall owners meetings on Tuesday. Mara said he did not confront Beckham about critical comments regarding the team made to ESPN, but Fox Sports reported the wide receiver was fined.