Patriots kick off 2018 with a win over the Texans

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By Traci McCartney //@traciamc

Patriots 27 – Texans 20

 

The New England Patriots started off the 2018 season with an exciting and sometimes nail-biting win over the Houston Texans, who were led by quarterback Deshaun Watson, 27-20. QB Tom Brady did Tom Brady things and completed 26 passes of 39 attempts for 277 yards with 3 TDs and 1 INT (a tipped ball at the line of scrimmage),  spreading the ball around to 8 different receivers.  

As with every game, there was good, bad, and definitely room for improvement. But, here are some of my thoughts on the game:

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Do NFL Rookies Get the Gravity of Money?

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By Wanda Wiedman / August 16, 2018

He gets it. Cleveland Browns defensive lineman Carl Nassib shares his thoughts on investment with teammates on HBO’s Hard Knocks.

“We got a lot of money right now, right? This is the easiest equation to make you rich. You have a million dollars and after seven years getting 10% of the money every single year, you are making money off of it, you’re going to double it after seven years. You’re gonna double it every seven years for 42 (expletive) years, you get 64 times your original (expletive) money. So if you got a million dollars you’re gonna end up with 64 million dollars by the time you retire.”

Drafted by the Browns in 2016, Nassib signed a 4-year contract worth $3.2 million, with a signing bonus of $890,000 dollars. Now, let’s assume he lives off of just the signing bonus, which is $222K, and invests the rest, he can have a very nice financial cushion upon retirement.

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Patriots Get Pummeled in Miami

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By Traci McCartney //@traciamc

Patriots 20 – Dolphins 27

 

Once again, the Patriots walked into Miami the odds-on favorite and came out losers. Although the score doesn’t adequately reflect it, it was an ugly Monday Night Football game. One the Patriots lost to the division rival Miami Dolphins 20-27.

It was a game where quarterback Tom Brady didn’t look like Tom Brady. It took 2 1/2 quarters of football before a Patriots wide receiver (Danny Amendola) caught a pass. And New England went 0 for 11 on 3rd down conversions.

Let that sink in, folks…the Patriots could not convert a single third down. The last time the Patriots were that inept at converting on third downs was in 1991. I remember those days – back when the Patriots were really bad – they hadn’t won more than 10 games since 1986 and this particular season, they went 6-10. Does anyone remember head coach Dick MacPherson? Nah…me either.

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Patriots Roll Over Dolphins

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By Traci McCartney //@traciamc

Patriots 35 – Dolphins 17

 

Division rival Miami Dolphins came to Foxborough Sunday to take on the Patriots.  The Patriots, who had won six in a row, were returning from their win over the Raiders in Mexico City.   Division games are always difficult.   They’re heated and emotional. Even though the Dolphins were without their starting quarterback Jay CutlerMatt Moore is one of the better back up QBs in the league.   All week I heard about Moore’s great connection with wide receiver Kenny Stills.  It still wasn’t enough to beat the Patriots.

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Introducing: Traci McCartney, New England Patriots Reporter // @Traciamc 

Traci McCartney is a mother, grandmother, wife, full-time professional and a sports addict.

She is a New Englander transplanted to the California desert, obsessed with the Boston Red Sox and the New England Patriots.

Growing up, Traci’s father shared his love of sports with her, and through that they forged an unbreakable bond watching basketball, hockey, football and baseball on TV and in person.
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Patriots Dominate Falcons and Fog in Super Bowl Rematch

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By Traci McCartney // @traciamc

New England 23 – Atlanta 7

Sunday’s game was the highly anticipated rematch of Super Bowl LI’s Atlanta Falcons and New England Patriots, to be held at Gillette Stadium.

Everyone has always assumed that the lighthouse and fog horn were just there for ambiance, but on Sunday night they might have actually proved helpful. The fog rolled into Foxborough and clouded visibility from the NBC cameras and coaches up in the booth as well as some fans, but it didn’t seem to bother the Patriots. They scored another win bringing their record to 5-2 and finally dominated their visiting opponent the way they’ve been expected to all season.

With a final score of 23-7, the Patriots sent the Falcons home without the win they had been vying for after losing the Super Bowl to New England in overtime last February.

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Patriots Win Ugly In New York

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By Traci McCartney // @traciamc

Patriots 24 -17 Jets

The Patriots went into the Meadowlands Sunday with a record identical to their opponents’, something no one could have predicted at the start of the season. The media had been talking about an 0-16 season for the Jets, but coach Todd Bowles, quarterback Josh McCown and the rest of the team have proved the media wrong.  Whoever came out on top in this game would lead the AFC East, but this didn’t look like 2 good teams fighting it out for the division.

Let’s get the bad out of the way first – the defense, especially in passing, looked awful. I would have never predicted that the Super Bowl Champions would return and deliver the 32nd ranked defense in the National Football League, but here we are. They have given up an average, an AVERAGE of 440 yards of offense per game.  Most of that, of course, through the air.

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Patriots Squeak Out a Win: The Good, the Bad & the Ugly

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By Traci McCartney // @traciamc

Patriots 19 – Buccaneers 14

Thursday Night Football has historically not provided us with entertaining games. Two teams, both usually on a short week, duke it out on the nationally televised stage. After a heartbreaking loss at home to the Carolina Panthers last week, mainly credited to the poor performance of the offensive line and communication issues on the defense, the New England Patriots headed to Tampa Bay to take on Jameis Winston and the Buccaneers.

The Patriots emerged the victors, and there were definitely some good elements to the game, but there is still a lot of work to do to make this team better. The Patriots, who are used to being at the top looking down in the AFC East division standings, are in a 3 way tie for first place with the Buffalo Bills, who have been playing good football, and the New York Jets. Some thoughts from the Patriots’ win over the Buccaneers:

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Patriots Mount Comeback…But it’s Not Enough

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By Traci McCartney // @Traciamc

 

There was a time when a victory at Gillette Stadium for quarterback Tom Brady was almost guaranteed.  That time has passed.  Brady’s record at home before this season for regular season games was 101-16. So far this season, the Patriots have played at home 3 times – and lost twice. They lost their second home game of the season to quarterback Cam Newton and his Carolina Panthers doing what Brady normally does: running out the clock and putting his time in a position to win the game in the final seconds of the fourth quarter.

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Brady Engineers Another Game Winning Drive as Patriots Top Texans

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By Traci McCartney //  @traciamc

Patriots 36-Texans 33

In a game where both the offense and defense seemed to struggle, the Patriots pulled out a win on yet another quarterback Tom Brady game winning, game ending drive (the 50th in his career). Brady connected on a 25 yd pass to speedster wide reciever Brandin Cooks, who made a spectacular catch to put the Patriots ahead 36-33 after the successful 2 point conversion attempt, leaving the Texans with 23 seconds left for Houston Texans’ rookie quarterback Deshaun Watson to make something happen. It wasn’t meant to be.

This wasn’t one of the Patriots’ best games, and as I mentioned last week, the Texans’ defense is tough – they’re big and they’re fast, and even with their starting secondary depleted, they managed to give Patriots receivers a difficult time. Thoughts on this game….

  • The Offensive Line needs to do a LOT better than they did this week. Brady was sacked 5 times in the game on Sunday for a loss of 41 yds, and honestly, every time Brady caught the snap, I was afraid for him. Tackle Nate Solder especially seemed unable to block the quick Texan defense. Not only was Brady sacked, but he was hit 8 times, including a hit taken when guard Joe Thuney was run over on the pass to Cooks for the touchdown.
  • Running game was virtually shut down by the Texans’ defense. Only 59 yds rushing and no rushing touchdowns. Offensive line play definitely contributed to the problem here.

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