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Three Things to Watch This Week - Week 7

The defending Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots play Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons at Gillette Stadium on Sunday October 22nd at 8:30 PM.

Not a touchdown
Quinn Power Rankings:

1) Mighty

2) Anthony

3) Colin

4) Doctor

5) Harley

...

39) Dan

An 8:30 PM game?  Yikes.  I'm not going to be able to watch this ones with my sons Macallan and Lagavulin.

I know the Patriots are 4 - 2 but... eh?  I just don't know.

I think at this time last week I would have picked the Falcons over the Patriots.  With the revenge factor and whatnot.  But then... the Falcons blew a 17 point lead and lost to the Dolphins?! For real?  That can't be right.

1) Dont’a Hightower - He doesn't get a ton of them, but Hightower has this strange ability to just go out and get a sack in a really big moment.

2) Dion Lewis - Lewis got some extra work after Mike Gillislee put one on the ground last week.  He deserves more touches.

(Just two things this week.)

My prediction: Pats 24, Falcons 24

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Three Things to Watch This Week - Week 6

The defending Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots play Josh McCown and the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium on Sunday October 15th at 1:00 PM.


Martin Power Rankings:

1) Chief Brody

2) Scorsese

3) Steve (defensive tackle)

3a) Steve (actor comedian)

4) Short

5) Lawrence

6) George R.R.

7) Starr

8) Freeman

9) Sheen

10) Dean

11) Mull


The Patriots won ugly last week.  The good news is... that still counts as a win.  The bad news is that it took 3 missed FGs by the Bucs to seal the deal.

I've got to be honest with you.  I felt a little bad for Nick Folk.  Going out there and yakking 3 kicks in front of the home crowd has got to be a horrible feeling.

Moving forward.  I'm going to try to be as positive as possible this week.


1) Malcolm Butler - I still feel like he's our best corner.  He's a great tackler.  And he helps out in the run game.  (UPDATE: Stephon Gilmore is out this week.)

2) Brandin Cooks - I wish they would work him in a bit more.  The dude is fast.

3) Mike …

Three Things to Watch This Week - Week 5

The defending Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots play Jameis Winston and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium on Thursday October 5th at 8:25 PM.


What do we think of the defense so far?

Marvin Rankings:

1) Suggs

2) Berry (Your cousin! Marvin Berry!)

3) Marvin from Pulp Fiction (1994)

4) Gaye

5) Lee

6) Hamlisch

7) Windows and Doors

8) Hagler


Ooooh boy, that was poor last week.  Not just the last second field goal.  I mean sure, that was rough, too.  But everything leading up to that was ugly.  Can we get one stop on defense? Just one?  Please?

Here are three things I'm worried about for Thursday (in addition to the baggage retrieval system they've got at Heathrow):

1) Stephon Gilmore - Did they sign Gilmore to that huge contract just because he's tall?  So far that looks like his only skill.

2) Rob Gronkowski - Every time I see three guys take Gronk down, I'm afraid he's not going to get up again.  (And now he's listed as questionable for Thurs…

Three Things to Watch This Week - Week 4

The defending Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots play Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers at Gillette Stadium on Sunday October 1st at 1:00 PM.



"See ya later, Navigator!"
Turkey power rankings:

1) Sandwich

2) Jive

3) Wild

4) Roast

5) Cold

6) Vulture

7) (the country)


The defense still looks like poo.  Here are three guys I'm excited about watching this week:

1) James White - Please keep working him into the passing game.

2) Deatrich Wise - Whoa.  Where'd that guy come from?  He has been all over the place last few weeks.  He's been one of the few bright spots on defensive line so far this season.

3) Tom Brady - Tom won AFC Player of the Week for weeks 2 and 3.  An honor he's now received 29 times.  But if he's so good, how come he never won NFC Player of the Week, huh?


Just want to let it be known that I'm available to go in at WR if necessary.  Thank you.


My prediction: Pats 30, Panthers 24

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This week we have Fake Matt Patricia filling for F…

Three Things to Watch This Week - Week 2

The defending Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots play Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Sunday September 17th at 1:00 PM.


Frank Silva, Harbormaster
Not a great start to the season, you guys.  I'm hoping to have more of a read on this team after this week.  Signs point to no Dont'a Hightower or Danny Amendola this week.  BUT... New Orleans was even worse in week 1.  We should still be able to pull this one out.  I'm not panicking yet.  BUT ALSO... let's not lose this week and start the season 0 - 2.

Gilmore Power Rankings:

1) Lorelai

2) Artis

3) Rory

4) Stephon


Here are three players that play for the Patriots that aren't injured yet as of press time:

1) Malcolm Butler - Butler didn't have a great pre-season, but I thought he looked better than Stephon Gilmore out there week 1.

2) Chris Hogan - One catch for 8 yards isn't going to cut it.  I need to see a Big Hogan week this week (Is "Big Hogan" a saying?  It…

Three Things to Watch This Week - Week 1

The defending Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots play Alex Smith (ugh, still?) and the Kansas City Chiefs at Gillette Stadium on Thursday September 7th at 8:30 PM.

Marsh Power Rankings:

1) Randy

2) Beverly

3) Mallow

4) Blooming

5) Salt

6) Cassius

7) -all Crenshaw



Get well soon, Julian Edelman
With Edelman on the shelf for the season, here are three guys I'm hoping can help pick up the slack:

1) Brandin Cooks - Feels like they've been keeping him under wraps for the preseason.  They might have something special here.  I'm expecting big things.

2) Danny Amendola - It would be nice if Danny could stay healthy for 16 games, but I'm not holding my breath.  (Wouldn't you go by "Daniel" as a grown man?)

3) James White -  Obviously, he had himself a heck of a game in the Super Bowl.  But did you know he also had 60 receptions last year?  Well he did!


New Business:

The Patriots acquired a number of new players this year including Dwayne Allen (TE), Brandin Co…

Three Things to Watch This Week - Super Bowl LI

The AFC Champion New England Patriots play Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons at NRG Stadium on Sunday February 5th at 6:30 PM.

I'm cautiously optimistic about our chances on Sunday.

Again... Thanks for coming along for the ride.  It's been an entertaining season.



Who's got 15?  Anyone?

Super Power Rankings:

1) flight

2) invisibility

3) being able to find a parking space when you really need one

4) indestructibility

5) telekinesis, Kyle


Here's three things I'm looking forward to watching Sunday night:


1) Malcolm Butler / Devin McCourty / Patrick Chung - I'm putting a lot of responsibility on the secondary this week (note - not actually my decision).  The defense doesn't have to be GREAT.  Just be VERY GOOD and get a few big stops.

2) LeGarrette Blount / Dion Lewis - Whenever I think we're going to get one of these guys as the feature back in the game plan that week, we end up getting the other guy.  So I'm just going to list them together and hope we…

Three Things to Watch This Week - AFC Conference Championship

The AFC #1 seed New England Patriots play Ben Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers at Gillette on Sunday January 22nd at 6:40 PM.


That kick return (makes Italian chef kissing fingers gesture).
First half of divisional round game against the Texans was ugly.  Sloppy!  Patriots rusty from the bye week?  Were the Texans just playing out of their mind?  Eh.  Maybe a little bit of both.

This is a very good Steelers team the Patriots are playing this week.  But it doesn't feel like a very deep Steelers team.  The Patriots defense should be able to take away Pittsburgh's main offensive weapons.

Supposedly half the Steelers have the flu.  Genius Bill Belichick strikes again!  Diabolical.

Ben Power Rankings:

1) Franklin

2) & Jerry’s

3) Dover

4) edict Cumberbatch

5) Roethlisberger

6) Folds

7) Gazzara

8) icio Del Toro


Here's three things I'm looking forward to watching Sunday night:

1) Malcolm Butler - It's Butler vs. Antonio Brown!  Probably!  With safety help over …

Three Things to Watch This Week - Divisional Playoff Round

The AFC #1 seed New England Patriots play Brock OsweilerTom Savage Brock Osweiler and the Houston Texans at Gillette on Saturday January 14th at 8:15 PM.


This could be Vince's last game.  Shout out to the Big Man.
Are you excited for this game?  I'm excited for this game.

O'Brien Power Rankings

1) Miles

2) Richard

3) Conan

4) Bill

5) Chloe

Here's three things I'm looking forward to watching Saturday night:

1) LeGarrette Blount - Feels like a Blount force trauma game.  (Late editorial note: LeGarrette Blount (Illness) Misses Practice For Second Straight Day.  Yikes.  Scratch that.)

2) Offensive Line - The line had a heck of a good year.  Brady stayed clean.  The running backs had plenty of room.  Shout out to Dante Scarnecchia for coming out of retirement.

3) Dont'a Hightower - I think he's healthy again.  They've been moving him around more lately.  Watch where they have him line up before the play starts.  On the edge.  Off the line.  In the middle.


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