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13 Sep 2017 at 15:36
There’s not much new to say about a New England Patriots team in the Divisional Round of the playoffs. Bill Belichick’s squad has made it this far in the playoffs at least, the past four years and nine of the past 11 seasons. It’ll be a familiar looking squad as well, as a lot of the featured players will be in their fourth go ‘round come Saturday. Rob Gronkowski, Julian Edelman, Dont’a Hightower, a good chunk of both the offensive and defensive lines, and of course Tom Brady have been around for all or most of the past four years. So what makes this team better? Why are they the favourites in the AFC, better than any of the four previous editions of the team? On offence, a lot of it starts with Gronk. The 25-year-old freak of nature has reclaimed his crown amongst tight ends after injuries derailed his last two seasons and opened the door for Jimmy Graham and Julius Thomas to receive all the accolades. While it wasn’t quite the all-time season he put up as a sophomore, Gronkowski finished first in just about every pass catching category for tight ends with 82 receptions for 1,124 yards and 12 Gronk-smashes. The emergence of Edelman has helped the Patriots offence the past couple years as well. Edelman went from an intriguing option the first four years of his career to pretty much Wes Welker the past two. Like Gronkowski, Edelman didn’t quite hit his career peaks this season, but finished with a very impressive 92 receptions for 972 yards. And then of course there’s Brady. While other sure-fire Hall of Famers of a certain age are having questions about their game deteriorating asked, Brady keeps humming along to the tune of, again, MVP consideration. Maybe it’s just a case of Brady getting his 2014 slump out of the way early. After struggling through a mediocre September, Brady silenced critics with a massive year the rest of the way. Brady finished with 4,109 passing yards and 33 touchdowns to just nine interceptions. It’s not his best season statistically but Brady led New England to home field advantage throughout the playoffs and is widely considered a top MVP candidate alongside Aaron Rodgers and JJ Watt. All told the Patriots finished 11th in the league in offensive yards with 365 per game but fourth in points scored with more than 29 per game. Another point for the “some things never change with the Patriots” department is the team’s shaky run game. New England finished 18th in the league running the ball and will rely on some combination of Jonas Gray, Shane Vereen, and Brandon Bolden to help take pressure off Brady and the passing game. The defence is a cast of familiar faces as well, save for a big addition in the secondary. Richard Sherman has taken any and all headlines given to cornerbacks in today’s NFL, but Darrelle Revis is still, say, Top Two in the league at his position. But even with Revis the team only finished middle of the pack against the pass, giving up more than 239 yards per game. New England has been better against the run and finished with the 13th ranked defence in terms of yards allowed but eighth in points given up. Making the Divisional Round is nothing new for the Patriots and past teams have advanced even farther into the playoffs more often than not in recent years. This team is generally considered to be even better than previous editions, so it would be an upset indeed if New England fell flat against the Baltimore Ravens – in Foxborough no less – come Saturday. Navy/Fluorescent Green Adidas Outdoor Climacool Boat SL-Unisex Shoes.ca. In addition to the game being aired in its entirety on CTV Two Vancouver Island and TSN.ca, TSN2 will also have coverage of Whitecaps FC immediately following NASCAR Sprint Cup Series: Toyota Owners 400. Pink Adidas Superstar Pink. After a tight first half, the Croatians took command in Reykjavik after Skulason was dismissed for a professional foul in the 51st minute, but couldnt find a way past Iceland goalkeeper Hannes Halldorsson and his packed defence. Eduardo had a weak shot cleared away from near the goalline after barely a minute for Croatia, whose substitute Ivica Olic forced a fine reaction save from Halldorsson in the 55th. www.superstarshoesie.com/outdoor-climacool-boat-lace-mens-womens-shoes-oil-green-white-g60606.html. Ireland was the last unbeaten side in the championship after France fell to Wales on Friday, and was favoured to end a three-match losing run to England with a side with more than twice as many caps, rampant momentum, and added incentive to celebrate Brian ODriscolls world record-tying 139th test cap. Adidas Zx 700 Black. Here is a look at all the moves through the first week of NHL Free Agency. The most significant deals will get the full Numbers Game column treatment, like these:Briere-for-Parenteau trade. Adidas Superstar Trainers Ireland. Kerber will next play Estonias Kaia Kanepi, who beat American qualifier Victoria Duval 6-1, 6-3. In other first-round matches, Lucie Safarova beat 2010 French Open champion Francesca Schiavone 6-4, 6-4 and American Bethanie Mattek-Sands had a 6-4, 6-3 win over Canadas Eugenie Bouchard.EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. - Teddy Bridgewater wants to win, of course, a given when it comes to any NFL players public commentary.The other stated goal this week? To make that absence from the field a one-game blip.Bridgewater said Wednesday he feels 100 per cent healthy after spraining his left ankle in the fourth quarter of his first NFL start, Sept. 28 against Atlanta. The Minnesota Vikings held their rookie quarterback out last week at Green Bay with only three days for him to heal.Now, with nine more days to get ready for the game against Detroit, theres little doubt who will be taking the snaps Sunday.The ankles feeling good. Im excited to get back out there, Bridgewater said.The Vikings sure missed him in that 42-10 loss to the Packers, when Christian Ponder filled in and threw 22 incompletions, including two interceptions. One was returned for a touchdown, and the other set one up.It was very hard, Bridgewater said of having to watch instead of play. Especially being a competitor, you always want to be out there with the guys.Bridgewater didnt directly answer questions about whether he lobbied coach Mike Zimmer to play in the shortened week, but he didnt hint of any discontent with the decision. Bridgewater, fast becoming a polished, poised guy at the podium whos as quick with the company line and he is moving around in the pocket, repeatedly praised the rehabilitation work hes done with athletic trainer Eric Sugarman and his staff. He said he wont wear a brace on the ankle and isnt worried about being able to cut and plant.Bridgewater said he doessnt think he has to prove anything about his durability, but he acknowledged a desire for career longevity.dddddddddddd want to be the guy, for 10-plus years, he said.Zimmer said he had no concern about Bridgewaters availability this week. Even against a Lions defence that has allowed the fewest yards per game in the NFL and the second-fewest points per game, the expectations will be there for him to play as productively and capably as he did in that dazzling debut against the Falcons.My expectations are probably as high as everybody elses. I understand that there will be some bumps and bruises along the way with all the young guys and young quarterbacks, Zimmer said. But Teddy is a super competitor. Hes got a lot of poise, and hes got a lot of talent. I hope his expectations are high.NOTES: Zimmer said he expects strong safety Harrison Smith to play against the Lions. Smith has shed the walking boot on his sprained left ankle and was doing some running on the side at the beginning of practice along with linebacker Chad Greenway, whose availability is again in doubt because of broken ribs. ... Adrian Petersons trial in Texas on a charge of child abuse has been tentatively set for Dec. 1, but Zimmer said that didnt change his outlook on whether or not the running back could rejoin the team this season. I believe in him, that hes a good guy. 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