Patriots - Bengals Ticket Giveaway Five Finalists!!

Here are my five favorite tweets of Pats fans in their gear, doing what they do best!

Vote for your favorite below. The poll closes at 8pm EST at which point I will announce the winner who gets two tickets to this Sunday’s Patriots-Bengals game courtesy of @nrgenergy!

Thanks as well to all who entered. More ticket giveaways coming later this season, so stay tuned!

Three GIFs that Defined Patriots Loss to Chiefs

Well, there were some hard choices this week as to which stinker plays I chose to represent the atrocity that went down in Kansas City. Here they are in all their non-glory.

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This first one set the tone for the night to an extent. Close ball game early in the second quarter with a manageable third-and-two on the edge of field goal range. They try to run a sweep that gets BLOWN UP, especially my boy Stork in a “welcome to the NFL” moment. No sustained blocks, no push, and the Pats are punting.

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This second one comes on third down of the Pats first possession of the second half. A critical situation where they could’ve gotten off on the right foot to actually make it a game. What do they do? Take a sack and a fumble. Luckily Solder somehow recovers it, not that it really mattered.

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Finally comes a running play that was pretty much how it went this night. Dont’a Hightower looks like he should’ve blown his knee out and Chandler Jones gets completely sealed off, which happened a lot this game. Not to mention a missed tackle by Wilfork. This play sums it up — defense is right there to make the plays, they just don’t make them and the result is a big gain.

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Patriots-Bengals Ticket Giveaway!

I’m giving away another pair of tickets to this weekend’s game! Today’s contest will be all about you and your Patriots swag. I want to send the biggest Pats freak out there to cheer on our team when they need it most!

The rules are tweet or make Tumblr post with a picture of yourself in full Patriots gear - the more the better - with this caption:

"Trying to win #PatriotsNRG tickets courtesy of @PatsPropaganda & @nrgenergy”

If you don’t use this caption I won’t see it and you won’t be eligible. So get your copy and paste on!

At 6pm EST I will pick three (or so) finalists and then post them on so everyone can vote on the best one.

At 8pm EST the winner will be announced.

Winner gets two tickets to the game to cheer on the Pats! 

And you might have to confirm it is in fact you in the picture so don’t go googling some outrageous Pats zealot that’s not you. Real super fans only!

The problem with bad pass protection is the quarterback knows it’s bad and, human nature being what it is, starts to speed up his play. Tom Brady has done that. He even did it against Miami which, considering it was Week 1, tells you there had been protection problems in practice. The Patriots mostly use a short-drop passing attack, so it seems intuitive that it’s not exactly bad for a quarterback to speed up. But it doesn’t work that way. Speeding up means distorting the synchronization of route concepts. The Patriots’ passing game hinges on that synchronization.

New England Patriots’ issues on offense can be fixed by Bill Belichick | The MMQB with Peter King

Must read for actual football analysis and really, everything I’ve been talking about the last couple days.

Patriots-Bengals Ticket Giveaway!!
Here are my three favorite captions to the above photo. Vote for your favorite below. Winner gets two tickets to this Sunday’s Patriots-Bengals game and thanks to nrgenergy for sponsoring the giveaway!
Another ticket giveaway coming tomorrow! Thanks to everyone who had a funny caption, wish I could pick more!

@PatsPropaganda “I wish I could grow a beard like Logan… I really miss Logan…”
— Jon Bruce (@thejonbruce)
September 30, 2014

@PatsPropaganda #PatriotsNRG ” - This sucks…Jules won’t even avoid my high fives anymore.
— Michael MacKinnon (@mikeisthebest)
September 30, 2014

@PatsPropaganda we’ll see how much they’re laughing when I win the Super Bowl this year..
— Louuuuuuuuuuuuu (@louman1784)
September 30, 2014

Patriots-Bengals Ticket Giveaway!!

Here are my three favorite captions to the above photo. Vote for your favorite below. Winner gets two tickets to this Sunday’s Patriots-Bengals game and thanks to nrgenergy for sponsoring the giveaway!

Another ticket giveaway coming tomorrow! Thanks to everyone who had a funny caption, wish I could pick more!

I’ve got a pair of tickets to the Pats-Bengals game to give away thanks to nrgenergy. Retweet the linked tweet (also here) with a funny (or sad) caption. The three that make me laugh the most get posted here on the blog at 6pm EST and then everyone can vote for the winner!!

Poll closes at 8pm EST. And I’ve got another pair to giveaway tomorrow!

Pats Posits: Big picture problems

It’s going to be a rough week Patriots fans. Everyone will have their theory about what the root of the Pats problems are. 

Tom Brady doesn’t have enough weapons. There’s no deep threat. Belichick the GM isn’t helping Belichick the coach. They shouldn’t have traded Logan Mankins. The play calling. You’ve heard them all by now and it didn’t take a blow out to make any of them definitively true.

On defense it was pretty simple, they weren’t ready to play. They were out-coached. Blown tackles started them off on the wrong foot, over compensating with over-aggressiveness just made it worse, and things snowballed from there.

Offensively the protection was a bit better but the blocking still looks messy and out-of-sync. The running game is all but ignored. And in a recurring theme, teams are just stacking the line of scrimmage because they don’t think the Pats offense can beat them beyond seven yards. 

Thus the box is stacked for the running game, and any receiver who catches a short pass is immediately killed if he doesn’t get immediately to the ground.

The defense still has potential. They were way to sloppy last night and that is a concern — not that they don’t have the talent, but it seems almost as if they think they don’t have to earn it every game. Once they start playing like they have to earn it every down, they’ll be pretty good. There’s too much talent for them to be as bad as they were last night.

Offensively, the concerns are real and have been for a while. It’s as if they just can’t get our of their own way to get this offense to where it needs to be. Everything seems overthought on offense. They can’t put two good plays together at this point.

The hard part is that after a quarter of the season you should know to an extent what you have and I can’t say for sure what the Patriots have on either side of the ball. 

I tend to think the defense can and will be okay, but I have real concerns about the offense that run deep and have for a while now. Pointing out individual players seems like a waste because everyone is at fault.

My only prescription? Find the best OL combo and stick with it. Establish a level of trust from Brady because he doesn’t have that now. Lean on the running game more. Get Dobson in there and do whatever they can to pull some coverage away from the line of scrimmage.

Ignore the noise this week. There’s plenty to be excited about this weekend with an undefeated team coming to town on national TV. Things look bad right now, but one thing I’ve learned is to never count the Patriots out until their season is over.

The season isn’t even close to over.

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