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2012 Preview: New England Patriots

Usually the New England Patriots have a quiet off season.  As usual they had an impressive draft acquiring many players that will help their last place 2011 defense.  But it seems as if one of the team’s offensive weapons is having some financial issues, and not afraid to talk about it openly, which is a known Patriot no-no.  Wes Welker, coming off his best statistical year, is in a contract dispute.  It was a good sign, when the Patriots signed Welker to the franchise tender.  But when Welker told the media that negations had gotten worse, it didn’t sit well with the Pats brass. Not the usual quiet off season for the New England Patriots.  With a great draft and a relatively easy schedule, many pick the Patriots to repeat as the AFC representative in the Super Bowl.  Here is a look at the upcoming season for New England:

Fantasy Football Studs:  TE Rob Gronkowski had a MONSTER season in 2011–90 catches and 1327 yards to be specific.  TE Aaron Hernandez is not to shabby either with 79 catches and 910 yards.  Tom still loves throwing to WR Wes Welker, the recipient of 122 catches and 1359 yards.  The difference between the 2 TEs and WR? Gronkowski had a crucial 17 TDs!  None of this could happen without the Patriots leader and top weapon: Tom Brady.  I dont’ have to convince you but just incase, how does 5325 yards and 39 TDs sound? Continue reading

She Said: I’m Reading “War Room”

After watching “A Football Life: Bill Belichick” on the NFL Network, I knew I wanted to learn more about Belichick and his success.  During warmer months (maybe since there are no football games to watch), I love to relax by reading.  I came across this book, “WAR ROOM: The Legacy of Bill Belichick and the Art of Building the Perfect Team”

“War Room” chronicles the work of Bill Belichick and his way of acquiring talent to build an NFL empire.  Belichick has a skill for putting together a team of not just players, but also scouts and coaches.  Many of his former assistant coaches you know, like Charlie Weis, Romeo Crennel, Eric Mangini, and Josh McDaniels.  For everyone Belichick has lost to another team, his system is set up so the next man can step right up!  What I loved most about this book is how it shows the fine line between business relationships and personal relationships.  One example is the fall out between Mangini and Belichick before and most certainly after the Spygate scandal.  During this time, the wives and children of these guys remained close, coming over for dinners and sitting together in owner’s suites. Continue reading

Yeah We Said It (during the preseason)!

There are many reasons to love football.  It gives you action and adventure, comedy and drama, theater and live-action.  Many times it’s the things that are said about the game and the players.  Action is on the field, and off the field from fans, reporters, bloggers….sometimes from the players themselves.  Here are a few lines from us in the 2011 offseason (during the lockout).  Funny how things actually played out…

I love Chad, you love Chad…it’s the end zone that no longer welcome’s #85.

The WR core in Detroit starts and ends with Calvin ‘Megatron’ Johnson.  He’s the Lions best offensive weapon…..BAR NONE, and he’s only gonna get better.

“Take Ownership” of the offense is what Ravens GM Ozzie Newsome is expecting of QB Joe Flacco this year in Baltimore.  Joe may be Cool and he may be the best QB the Ravens have ever had, but this is a RUNNING team! Torrey Smith (University of MD: Stand Up) is the rookie WR drafted this offseason.  At 6’1, 204lbs, the Ravens will look to Smith to be the HUGE, PHYSICAL deep threat.  Continue reading

What were WE thinking?

With the post season almost done, we thought it would be funny to take a look back at our pre-season predictions:

AFC EAST- New York Jets New York Jets

AFC NORTH- Baltimore Ravens Pittsburgh Steelers

AFC SOUTH-Houston Texans Houston Texans

AFC WEST-San Diego Chargers Kansas City Chiefs

WILD CARD-Cleveland Browns New England Patriots

WILD CARD-Kansas City Chiefs Baltimore Ravens

NFC EAST-Dallas Cowboys Philadelphia Eagles

NFC NORTH-Green Bay Packers Green Bay Packers

NFC SOUTH-New Orleans Saints Atlanta Falcons

NFC WEST- St. Louis Rams Seattle Seahawks

WILD CARD-Detroit Lions New Orleans Saints

WILD CARD-Atlanta Falcons Tampa Bay Bucs

The Superbowl is all set.  Congrats to the New England Patriots and the New York Giants!  More importantly: Congrats to the fans of those teams!  As you can see, neither of us picked the correct team coming out of the NFC (sorry GMEN).  Who (besides their fans) knew they were gonna show up so hot at the end of the year?!

We Are Learning..Week 5

We all heard about the death of iconic NFL owner:  Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis.  It’s only fitting that as HUGE fans of the NFL that we show respect for a man who left a huge mark on the game.  While we personally did not agree with many of his decisions (and we weren’t the only ones), we certainly love the fact that Al Davis was brazen enough to walk to the beat of his own drum.  As African-Americans, it’s also great to see what he contributed to the game in terms of diversity.  Here’s to you Al Davis for bringing mystique and BOLDNESS to the NFL, along with that vertical passing game. This quote of Al Davis really sums up his belief in the vertical passing game: “When we came out of the huddle, we didn’t want first downs and move the chains. We wanted touchdowns-the quick strike.  We were going to take what we wanted and that was Raider’s Football”  Raiders Football was Al Davis.  R.I.P. Continue reading

The Pats

Love or hate the New England Patriots, one thing is for sure: Tom Brady = fantasy football success.  The pretty boy is arguably the best Fantasy QB (and real QB for that matter) regardless of the list.  Need reasons?  He scores TDs and he rarely has a turn over (just 4 measly INTs last season).  Last year Brady put up 3900 yards and 36 TDs (the most TDs thrown last season).  His QB rating was also a league leading 111.0–no shock there.  At 33 years old, looks like Tom will get younger, upgraded protection this season as the Patriots draft Colorado left tackle Nate Solder. The previous (Pro Bowl) left tackle Matt Light, is a free agent and not expected to return to the team. Apparently, the Pats have been eyeing Solder for a while. With their recruiting track record, I’m sure Brady will rarely get his jersey dirty. Just don’t be one of those who take him with the 1st pick of your Fantasy League Draft…

As I sit and write, I hear the tv in the background with commercials for Greenberg and Bederman; Saiontz and Kirk; Chason and Boscolo;  Benjarvus Green-Ellis??? There’s a new law firm RUNNING ALL OVER Boston.  It used to be that you could never count on a New England Patriot RB in Fantasy football.  Presenting exhibits: Lawrence Maroney, Kevin Faulk, Sammy Morris, and some veteran free agents that wore out their welcome with a previous team. But last year, that all changed, with the emergence of BGE (He plays RB, runs a law firm and a power company).  Last season Green-Ellis ran for 1008 and hit paydirt 13 times!  That’s Fantasy stud material!  He is partnered with Danny Woodhead who had a 926 total yards and 6 TDs of his own.  Both of these guys were great Fantasy performers last year, but its hard to say what Belichick will do this season.  The Patriots drafted 2 RBs in the 2nd and 3rd rounds this year:  Shane Vereen from Cal, and Stevan Ridley out of LSU.  History has proven that Bill doesn’t draft anyone that high without playing them, so I expect the rookies to get some play this season.  This could come at the expense of BGE and Woodhead (LOL, that name cracks me up).  I still think Green-Ellis should be drafted in the early rounds and Woodhead in later rounds, but do your research and pay close attention to the scouting reports.  You know Belichick is sneaky…

When “Mr. Long Hair-Don’t Care” throws 36 TDs in one season, the casual sports fan has to be thinking “Who is this stud of a WR that plays for the Patriots?”.  As a hard core Fantasy Footballers, we all know no such thing exists in New England.  Tom Brady spreads the ball all over the field. With the loss of Randy Moss last season, many thought Brady had no one to catch passes.  Ha! Shame on you all who thought that…Instead Brady has everyone catching passes!  The Pats leading receiver is Wes Welker…a dwindling fantasy football staple over recent years.  Last year Welker led all Pats receivers with 848 yards and 7 TDs. Next up in receiving yards is (almost 32 year old) Deion Branch with 706 receiving yards and 5 TDs.  The Pats did not draft a receiver in this year’s draft so I expect that Branch will remain back at his old home.  The player with the most TDs however was 2010 2nd round draft pick TE Rob Gronkowski with 10 TDs.  He will be a stud this season for Fantasy Footballers.

Last years Pats D was very young and inexperienced for the most part.  With a year of experience under their belt, I look for them to come up strong, based on how they finished the season.  Lets look back: last season, 9 of the first 11 Pats opponents put up 20 or more points.  No Patriot player had double digit sacks for the entire season.  As a matter of fact, the sack leader on the team was DT Mike Wright with 6 sacks.  But the latter part of the season, they got their mojo working:  4 of the last 5  opponents scored a combined 20 points, with seven being the most points scored against them in those games.  The Defense was led by young guns: Jerod Mayo (who led the whole league in tackles with 113) and Devin McCourty (who was second in the league in interceptions with 7).  Last year’s defense was also hampered by some injuries, but you can count on a New England team to have depth, especially on the defensive side.  They will continue to be strong, especially with other standout players like Vince Wilfork, Brandon Merriwether, Brandon Spikes, and Patrick Chung.  They also added some more depth in this years draft, particularly with CB Ras-I Dowling from UVA.  Special teams are led by WR Brandon Tate, who had 2 kick return TDs, and the strong kicking game.  Last season the Pats used two kickers, Steven Gostkowski and Shayne Graham, because of Gostkowski being out for half the season due to injury.  I expect Gostkowski to return this season and be a consistent kicker for them, having many scoring opportunities.  The NE Def/ST will be a strong Fantasy move this year.


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