Patriots hand Chiefs their first loss

Traci McCartney, New England Patriots Reporter

By Traci McCartney // @traciamc

Patriots 43 – Chiefs 40

I had a hard time watching the Patriots’ game on Sunday night. There were several reasons (Cris Collinsworth drives me nuts, for one), but I was on the edge of my seat and my blood was pumping. 

I was trying to go back and forth between the Red Sox vs. Houston in ALCS game 2, and the Patriots/Chiefs game.

I can honestly say that no matter how exciting a close game is, I’m getting too old for it!   I thought I was going to have a heart attack.

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Patriots make Dolphins feel unwelcome at Gillette Stadium

Traci McCartney New England Patriots Reporter

By Traci McCartney // @traciamc

New England Patriots 38 – Miami Dolphins 7

The Patriots looked like themselves again on Sunday. They beat the Miami Dolphins 38-7, and Miami’s seven points came in the 4th quarter.  It was almost like they were having an identity crisis earlier on.

Maybe it was like trying to live with a whole bunch of new roommates where you’re still trying to find out who everyone is and how they’re going to contribute to this new household.

Whatever it was, as the Patriots so often do, they rectified it in their game against the Dolphins, who, albeit only three games in, were at the top of the AFC East, undefeated. But Gillette has a strange mystery to it, especially for the Dolphins.

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New England Patriots fall to 1-2 for the first time since 2012

Traci McCartney New England Patriots Reporter

By Traci McCartney//@traciamc

Detroit Lions 26 – New England Patriots 10

I have a confession to make – I didn’t watch the game live. I was at a Def Leppard/Journey concert in San Diego. That made watching it today, after knowing the outcome, a LOT harder. 

As Patriots’ fans, we’ve been spoiled – we’ve seen a whole lot of winning. When the Patriots have a bad game, there’s no one better at coming back the next week and looking like a completely different team.

So the Patriots starting the season with a 1-2 record is a bitter pill to swallow for us. Most of us were sure that after the loss to the Jaguars, the Patriots would bounce back and walk out of Detroit with a win. But what we forgot is that Matt Patricia, now head coach of the Detroit Lions, knows the Patriots and he knows them well.

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Patriots kick off 2018 with a win over the Texans

Official Patriots Reporter

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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For Richard Sherman, and his fans, the time for change has come

Key Contributor, Seattle Seahawks

By Dayna O’Gorman // @DaynaOG

(One of the great things about working for Our Turf football is we don’t require writers to turn off their emotion when writing. We ask them to be objective, fair, and respectful, yet we never ask them to stop loving their team. Today I’m writing purely from a fan’s point of view. Indulge me, if you will. -DO)

In the mind, it makes sense.

Logically, one can see why the Seattle Seahawks needed to let veteran, Pro Bowl cornerback Richard Sherman test free agency. The Seahawks were desperately needing some cap space. Sherman, now 30 years old, is coming off two Achilles tendon surgeries. My mind gets it. My heart, however…

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Looking at the Patriots Salary Cap

Official Patriots Reporter

By Traci McCartney//@traciamc

 

As a fan reporter, I know and love the game of football, and especially my New England Patriots. Since I was a little girl, my dad and I would talk route running, defensive schemes and offense. For as long as I can remember, NFL football has been a passion, and I’m well-versed in the game and its rules (though some, as almost with everyone, elude me).

But what I’ve never been confident or strong in is the business side of football. I understood free agency, but the concept of a franchise tag and it’s pros and cons, as well as NFL contracts and the salary cap have always been a bit of a grey area for me.  So, I decided to find out a little bit about all the numbers involved in team building in the sport of football.

To do that, I had to find someone who really knows about the salary cap. Luckily, Miguel Benzan (@patscap on Twitter), agreed to meet with me and educate me on the salary cap and his thoughts on free agency. 

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Ushering in the 2018 NFL Honors Award Winners

Official Chicago Bears Reporter

By Wanda Wiedman // @WandaW63

Musicians have the Grammys, Actors have the Emmys and Thespians have the Tonys. But for professional NFL athletes, their recognition comes through the NFL Honors Award.

Saturday night the celebration of a year of excellence in the NFL was ushered in with rookies and veterans alike.

Here is a list of the winners from the NFL Honors:

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Brady, Amendola Lead Patriots to Super Bowl

Official Patriots Reporter

By Traci McCartney //@traciamc

Jacksonville 20-24 New England

For the 8th time in the 16 years that Tom Brady has been a healthy starting quarterback for the New England Patriots with Bill Belichick as his head coach, the New England Patriots are going to the Super Bowl.

Let that sink in. It’s amazing, astonishing, and sounds impossible, but it’s true.

The Patriots beat the #1 passing defense in the AFC Championship game, 24-20 to advance to Super Bowl LII in Minneapolis where they will take on the NFC Champion Philadelphia Eagles after their rout of the Minnesota Vikings.

All week, the media was talking about two things: Jacksonville’s defense and Brady’s injured throwing hand. Despite the 12 stitches at the base of this thumb, Brady was able to engineer his 11th game winning drive to seal the Patriots’ victory.

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Patriots Get Pummeled in Miami

Official Patriots Reporter

 

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

Official Patriots Reporter

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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