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Stephon Gilmore Is A Buffalo Bills Player At Heart



The New England Patriots lost to the Carolina Panthers 33-30 on Sunday. With the loss, their record moves to 2-2 on the season with both of their losses coming at home. To put that into perspective. The New England Revolution have lost two home games all season.

So what exactly is the issue here? I don’t think you can point to one thing and say that is the main factor. There are two things that stand out from afar. The Patriots defense is really really really bad. The other is the loss of Julian Edelman which has slowed the time between snap and throw for Tom Brady.

The defensive factor is the primary reason for their early-season struggles though. Defensively the Patriots are historically bad. They have allowed more points through 4 games than any other Patriots team in the history of the franchise. With Graham Gano’s game-winning field goal, the 3 points pushed the Patriots to that historic low past the 1969 Patriots team.

Despite allowing 33 points the defense as a unit made a number of key stops throughout the game. The issue was that every time they made a key play to force a 4th down Stephon Gilmore would commit a penalty extending the Carolina drive. The other primary culprit was Eric Rowe who got torched on a number of occasions and seemed to have no idea what plays the Patriots were calling.

Rowe’s struggles are understandable because everyone knew he blew and is a third cornerback at best on a bad football team. Gilmore, on the other hand, was a high-priced free agent with lofty expectations of being one of the leagues best corners. Gilmore’s penalties made him the Panthers MVP of the game with the Patriots corner committing penalty after penalty.

What makes his performance worse is his lack of ownership after the game. Instead of showing remorse he instead said he would continue his antics hoping referees stop calling his penalty. He admittedly said he needs to communicate better on the field, but that had nothing to do with his facemask penalties.Gilmore and the signing of him is looking like a bust. But there is still plenty of time for him and the Patriots to turn this all around.

With a short week with a game on Thursday, the Patriots are going to have to bounce back quickly. But as of right now this season’s failures are on the defensive unit and the coaching staff.

Tanner founded Trifecta Network in Spring of 2016 and has been the Chief of Content for the Network since that time. Currently Tanner covers all the sports teams in Boston and has contacts in many of the teams in the city. Before starting Trifecta, Tanner was a Site Expert for the FanSided site Chowder and Champions before leaving to cover Boston teams on the ground as a member of the media for Trifecta.

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  1. Jeff David Cook

    October 2, 2017 at 11:32 am

    Well he finally got to be seen on TV…

    • Guido Sarducci

      October 2, 2017 at 4:35 pm

      They are finding out what Bills fans knew

  2. Robert

    October 3, 2017 at 3:15 am

    No. Buffalo Bill players are guys like Fred Jackson,Kyle Williams, Thurman Thomas, Bruce Smith. Or the current cast of Bills players under Sean McDermott. Stephon Gilmore is not a bulls player at heart. Hes a Wrex Ryan player at heart.

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Pat’s Back on Track, Sale Lets us Down, Cam’s Big Mouth




There comes a time, but once a year, when the respective schedules of 3 decorated Boston Sports teams overlap. It is the most sanctified of trifectas. One could call it the sports equivalent of a three-way eclipse. When such a thing happens, the real-world is opaqued and overshadowed by it’s importance.

Okay, ditching the bombast now.

On this past Thursday, the Red Sox, the Bruins and the Patriots all participated in very important games. This smorgasbord of sports was served at a most opportune time for New Englanders. We were all starting to get a tad depressed, considering the most recent downward trend of our beloved franchises.

I mean going into Thursday night, the Patriots were tied with the New York Jets in the AFC East. That sentence alone encapsulates just how poorly things have been going here in Boston, as of late.

How will we ever get through this densely entangled mess of Boston Sports? You already know: It’s time for another highly anticipated edition of The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.

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The Patriots Escape with a Win Thursday Night Against the Bucs [19-14]



There was 5 minutes left on the clock and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were marching down the field.  Oh no, not this again!  Yep you guessed it the Patriots were in another game ending scenario. Something we have seen the last three games.  Luckily they were better prepared this time around.  They choose to Ice the Clock after kicking a Field Goal.  It was a smart move.

Listen the Pats were with out Rob Gronkowski, their All Pro Tight End.  They didn’t have the type of offense that they usually have.  So going for the 1st Down instead of Icing the Clock would not have been a great move.  They had to trust in their Defense to make a good stop.  They Scored their 4th Field Goal of the game with less than 8 minutes on the Clock.  Making it a one score TD game [19-14].

But how exactly did they get there.  Well they started out getting the first possession of the game.  It was a slow first drive and you could just tell that this would be a real grindy game.  They didn’t score and went on to punt the ball.  Oh boy, here we go again!  Yep you guessed it they punted the ball, after going 3 and out, at least 3 times.  They would finally score with a Field Goal and a Touchdown late in the 1st Quarter.  They played their best Football before the end of the half.

There were dazzling catches by Danny Amendola and Chris Hogan.  Hogan scored the only TD by the Patriots.  Amendola played the slot well and had some huge yards.  Then there was Dieon Lewis who had one heck of a game.  He was all over the field making plays!  You could tell it was something that Tampa Bay didn’t anticipate.  Brandin Cooks also played well, though there was at least one drop that I shook me head about.

Even with all these guys on Offense they couldn’t convert 3rd Downs.  It was disheartening to say the least!  I mean every time that they got a drive going they would stall out on 3rd Down.  And the penalties didn’t help either.  There were several drive ending penalties that I’m sure Bill Belichick would like to have back.

There was also another huge component to this.  They got to make hits on Tom Brady.  TB12 got sacked several times.  He even lost the ball on a strip sack fumble.  It was just not what you wanted to see.  Brady took several hits and that lack of Offensive Line Protection, could have cost them the game.  You know when you see Brady run for it out of the pocket, that things are going south on a play.  Yeah, there were a couple of plays like that!

Luckily the Buccaneers’ Kicker couldn’t kick the ball.  No seriously, he missed 3 makeable Field Goals.  One of them was just inside the 30.  Man, did he miss that one bad!  So with that, the pressure wasn’t as bad as it could have been on the Patriots.  They took advantage of the situation and just ran out the clock.  They played “bend don’t break” Defense the rest of the 4th Quarter.  And hey look at that, it worked this time!

Overall I’d have to say that they coming off of a 3 Day rest with no Gronk.  It wasn’t too pretty but they got the job done.  The Patriots next game is Sunday October 15th at MetLife Stadium against the New York Jets, at 1pm on CBS.  Get your popcorn ready, ’cause they will have Gronk back, as they play against their bitter Rivals!  Me, I’m looking to go with a 5 Layer Dip for the Game or maybe some Ripple Chips and Onion Dip!  Either way, it’ll be an excellent one to watch.

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Patriots Talk: Patriots Win Over Buccaneers 19-14



Patriots Talk: Patriots Win Over Buccaneers 19-14



The team came into Tampa Bay with the expectations of a blowout game, but instead the team kept the Tampa Bay offense to only 14 points in their 19-14 win. It was a rather odd game to see as many saw both offenses likely to play strong tonight. Instead, Tom Brady had 2 turnovers with his first interception of the year and a fumble late in the game. Regardless though, with their win tonight, Brady is now tied with Peyton Manning for the most regular season wins in NFL history (186).


I have to say though the offense tonight was not what most expected. They had a strong showing during the first half of the game, beating out Tampa Bay Buccaneers by less than a TD(13-7 by the first half). However there were several takeaways from this game that much is certain.


Tom Brady Played Bad Tonight



I know its not like he lost the game for the team, but 2 turnovers nearly cost the team their win tonight. Despite Brady having a show showing early on, he also started the game with an INT that was targeted for Brandin Cooks. Tom Brady doesn’t play terrible football unless he isn’t comfortable and it was clear tonight. He was sacked at least 2 times tonight (Nate Solder was obviously not healthy to start at Left Tackle tonight). Brady had 30 completions for 40 passing attempts tonight, with 303 yards, a TD and INT. Not the most impressive stat line for Tom Brady but the same could be said for Buccaneers QB, Jameis Winston who was 26-for-46 tonight and a TD.


Bottom line: Brady played good football, but not Tom Brady good football.


Patriots Defense Stepped Up Tonight



The Pats defense was better than usual tonight. However, that can be attributed to the Buccaneers offense playing terrible. The Bucs offense was playing DeSean Jackson on slants and inside cuts and not vertical routes which is where he is the most strongest at. (Deion Sanders pointed this out during the post game show last night) The Bucs still point up yards on the defense which was expected, but they still kept the Tampa Bay offense to a stand still.


In terms of overall play, the Bucs played bad offensively and the Pats defense capitalized on it. The pass rush was barely there, but they still kept the receivers covered. However, I could see several chances the Pats defense could have had turnovers on three different accusations in this game. Its ironic but they could have done better than what they had tonight.


If anything, the Pats nearly gave the game away to Tampa Bay on offense and the defense was trying it best to keep them out of the endzone. Of course that didn’t stop either team from receiving penalties.


Penalties Everywhere



Oh my goodness. this team had so many penalties on all three phases of the game: offense, defense or special teams got flagged hard. In fact, they got back-to-back penalties during the second quarter that nearly cost the team 30 yards downfield and could have made The Bucs be in a good position if Nick Folks  didn’t completely mess up his field goal early on. That ultimately lingered into the second half and ruined the Buccaneers chances of winning this game.


The Patriots had two penalties on special teams, one came on Brandon Bolden who was off sides cost the Patriots the chance of getting the ball back on 4th downfield. It’s unbelievable how bad the flags cost the Pats defense, and the offense was equally as bad if not worse because it cost them on several drives.


At the end of the day, it’s all about winning. The Patriots won in an UGLY way. The Pats offense should get better once Rob Gronkowski gets better (especially with more than a week to recover). As of now, the team has plenty of time till their next game against the New York Jets for Sunday, Oct. 15th.

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