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We’re only in the third quarter and there’s still a lot of football to play, but the final ride for the Rams will be tough to recover from. Let’s start with the fact that the entire sequence lasted almost 10 minutes and included a floor game that just knocked New England to dust. The Rams’ offense made the games when it was necessary to make them, including a healthy dose of Cam Akers and a fourth pickup on a Goff QB sneak to keep the chains moving. After breaking the neutral zone against New England in fourth place on the Patriots’ 4-yard line, Goff found Cooper Kupp for a 2-yard touchdown pass. If the Patriots had stopped there at some point, it would have been a long way to keep them in this game. But a 21 point deficit on those defenses at this point is probably too great an order to break the New England offensive.
It’s two-fourths on the books in Southern California and the Rams got up 17: 3. Here are new takeaways:
• For New England, as tough as the first 29 minutes were, it really could be classed as a half full of missed opportunities. The patriots were turned away at a fourth gate and contented themselves with a field gate while they were in the L.. ONE. 5-yard line, and spun the ball for a nice snack at the end of Los Angeles, all of which came in the second quarter. These problems were compounded by the fact that the Rams made them pay with 17 early points to build their lead.
• Honestly, the Patriots were mostly flat for most of the first quarter plus a little flat, with Los Angeles quickly taking the lead in the second quarter’s first game thanks to a strong opening quarter and Kenny Young’s pick-6 in the first quarter, around 17 -0 to do. Harris was probably New England’s most consistent offensive presence for the first two quarters, but Byrd and Jakobi Meyers had some good moments to themselves.
• For New England, the best first-half moment came at the end of the first quarter, when rookie defenseman Myles Bryant got away with his first interception of the season, a game the Patriots owned deep in Los Angeles. As he went down, Bryant simply wiped the ball off veteran receiver Robert Woods, who was struggling with possession. The Patriots returned the ball on Newton’s pick-6, but that was a nice highlight for the New England rookie.
Defensively, the Patriots had the most problems with Akers, who was 99 meters from the brink by the end of the first quarter. It slowed a bit in the second quarter, but it’s still worth noting that O. . J. . Simpson set the record for fastest court in a game against the Patriots with 250 in 1973. Could Akers threaten the brand tonight? We will see.
• The Patriots put together a nice run in the second quarter – Newton took the offensive 17-0 into the 5-yard line in Los Angeles, a sequence that included a really sharp 25-yard line Passing game to Damiere Byrd. But the quarterback was stopped in fourth place in a sequence that looked very much like their last offensive game in the loss to the Seahawks, leaving it 17-0 in the middle of the second quarter.
• Two special team notes from the first half: Folk kept his streak alive with a 29-yarder at the end of the first half, and Gunner Olszewski appeared to be on the verge of breaking a punt return by the end of the second quarter.
• The Patriots receive the ball to begin the second half. Time for a statement possession to return to.
The Patriots eventually hit a 29-yarder from Folk with 1:04 in the half to make it 17-3. Interesting decision to kick the field goal instead of it on the 4th. and 2. in the red zone – we’ll see if this affects this one on the road. But in this offensive streak there were signs of life from the New England Offensive. It started with a 31-yard passing game for Meyers, and a few games later a 13-yard connection with N’Keal Harry on a third down was added to keep the chains moving. It wasn’t perfect, but if you’re a New England fan the Patriots’ offense reaction to this sequence was at least a little encouraging. It is 17: 3 with just over a minute in the first half.
The end of this offensive streak was very similar to what happened at the end of the game against Seattle – a nice, steady ride that ended when the quarterback stopped on the goal line. Up until that point, it was the kind of response New England was looking for – a nice, sustained drive that would have reduced the lead to 10 by mid-second quarter. But they got away with nothing. Now it’s back to defense to get the ball back. It is 17-0 with 6:48 in the first half.
Well, that was perhaps the worst sequence for the Patriots. Kenny Young made a great pick for Newton and took them back for a touchdown. Just a pullback of sales for a New England team that was about to come back into the game. Now it is 17-0 with 14:46 in the half. This has the potential to get out of hand very quickly.
The Patriots fell 10-0 after one, but they got the ball on Rams 19. Great chance to get back into the game here.
Big game there and a possible swing in favor of New England. Myles Bryant just stole the ball from Woods in this sequence. Just a really nice choice – the definition of a takeaway. It’s the first part of the season for the young defender. It brings the patriots to the board and is a great way to shake Goff’s trust. Either way, New England got the ball on LA 32 with 57 seconds in the first quarter.
Most of the rush gardens against the patriots in one game? Ö. J. . Simpson, at 250 yards on Jan.. 9. 73. Cam Akers has 83 with four minutes in the first quarter. The Rams will get the ball back here after Jake Bailey’s second punt of the night. Needless to say, this is not a good start for the Patriots tonight.
With just over five minutes in the first quarter, Cam Akers has 99 yards to go. A 35 yard field goal by Gay puts the Rams 5:16 ahead.
Bad start to New England defense. A 25-yarder from Goff to Higbee – on a bootleg – made the Rams stare quickly. This was followed by a 35-yard running game for Cam Akers that put LA in the red zone. A few games later, Goff scored a 1-yard fall on Jan.. and at the gate – it is 7-0 with 11:21 in the first quarter. (One guy who got a thumb right out of the gate was John Simon. He missed a tackle against the 35 yard win at Akers and was hit by a neutral zone violation. )
We discussed a number of reasons in our gambling preview to include the Patriots in this one, and I will not repeat those reasons again here. (Scroll down for an explanation. ) But I feel the patriots tonight. This is a good matchup for a New England team playing their best football of the season. It won’t be easy, but I think the Patriots have enough in all three areas (including special teams) to get this out of it. I’ll say New England wins, 24-20.
• The Patriots franchise record for the most rushing yards by a quarterback is 539 by Steve Grogan in 1978. Cam Newton is currently at 435 rushing yards. Grogan also set the franchise for quick touchdowns from a quarterback at 12 in 1976 – Newton currently has 11.
• Damien Harris is now ready to take the 10th. Difference that runs backwards to lead the Patriots in a rush for the past 15 seasons. He also has a chance to be New England’s first 1000-yard rusher since LeGarrette Blount in 2016. Harris would have to walk an average of 90 rushing yards per game the rest of the way to reach 1st. Reaching the 000 yard mark. (For what it’s worth, Bill Belichick has never had a return of 1 in consecutive seasons. 000 meters. Antowain Smith came with 1. 157 yards in 2001 and 982 yards closest in 2002. )
• It’s fair to compare the 2020 Team to the 2008 edition for a few reasons other than the fact that it doesn’t focus on Tom Brady. The structure of both running games is similar. The 2008 team had five people – Sammy Morris, Kevin Faulk, LaMont Jordan, Ben Jarvus Green-Ellis, and Matt Cassel – running 250 yards or more. If Sony Michel can hit 250 (he’s currently at 208), the 2020 Patriots would have four with Michel, Damien Harris, Cam Newton and Rex Burkhead. (The 2008 team will be the last New England roster with five different players reaching 250 yards or more in a season. )
Pats may need another special team touchdown tonight to score points against the stingy D of the Rams.
The line for this started with L. . ONE. than 6. 5 point favorite and has dropped to 4. 5 points over the course of the week before getting into 5 points on the last day. Still a lot of points for a New England team – Odds Shark notes that the Patriots are 10-5 against the spread under Belichick when they spotted six points, including six wins. Also keep in mind that New England are a good Thursday team – the Pats are 10-1 against the spread in their last 11 games on Thursday night. Throw in the fact that New England have been 6-0 and 5-1 against the spread for their last six games. Los Angeles, and I feel a Pats win here. We’ll get a forecast shortly before kick-off.
The Patriots have just announced their inactivity for today’s game. Here they are, and here’s what it all means:
Strong security Terrence Brooks: A healthy scratch. I would say it’s not something he’s necessarily going to do wrong, but a case where both Kyle Dugger and Adrian Phillips are playing very well, especially in the past few weeks.
Run back J. . J. . Taylor: The undersized back was up and down year round – when it was healthy it was a nice spark for an occasional sluggish offense. Tonight he’ll be sitting – New England must be feeling pretty good about running back.
Quarterback Brian Hoyer: The least surprising decision of all – the veteran was the third quarterback behind Cam Newton and Jarrett Stidham for most of the season, and that’s the case again tonight.
Tight End Jordan Thomas: The strange man out / healthy scratches in the tight end shuffle. New England brought Asiasi back and moved Izzo to IR. So tonight it will be Asiasi and Keene in position for the Patriots.
It should also be noted that cornerbacks J. . C.. . Jackson and Jonathan Jones are active after being hit against the chargers last week.
Derek Rivers hugs some #Patriots on the sidelines. He will wear no. 49 for the Rams. image. Twitter. com / s3A6aXZ7zK
It will be interesting to see how the Patriots act in the tight end position tonight. New England activated Devin Asiasi and put Ryan Izzo on IR earlier in the day, which could mean Asiasi will be paired with Dalton Keene, with Jakob Johnson working in an H-back role. Without saying we will see a major overhaul of the position and Asiasi will catch a number of passports. I’ll just be curious to see how they work and who may have the majority of the reps on the lineup without Izzo (who was TE1 by default this year).
The Patriots must keep winning if they want a shot in the postseason, but they could also benefit from the help of other teams in the league. If you’re a New England fan, who should you root for this weekend? Here’s a look at some of the key games from the Patriot’s point of view (all games on Sunday unless otherwise stated):
Broncos (4-8) at Panthers (4-8): The playoff chances are lower in Denver and a Carolina win over the Broncos would pretty much finish them off. Fewer New England distractions to worry about, especially one like Denver, who would hold the head-to-head tiebreaker against the Patriots. Verdict: panthers.
Texans (4-8) at Bears (5-7): Same goes for this one – the Texans are pretty cooked. If you’re a New England fan, you want to have as few potential enemies alive as possible. Verdict: bears.
Titans (8-4) at Jaguars (1-11): Not to say this is doable, but New England could certainly benefit if Jacksonville found a way to knock out Tennessee. Verdict: jaguars.
Chiefs (11-1) at Dolphins (8-4): It could go against every fiber of your football, Patriots’ fans, but you have to move to Kansas City here. If the Chiefs beat Miami and the Patriots find a way to beat the Rams on Thursday night, New England will be just a game behind the Dolphins. Verdict: Chiefs.
Steelers (11-1) at Bills (9-3): Another case of strange bedfellows. The Patriots would benefit if Pittsburgh could travel to Buffalo and hit the bills. If New England can beat the Rams, those two results would be a sizeable step in making New England v Buffalo final a big game at Foxborough. Verdict: Steelers.
Colts (8-4) at Raiders (7-5): A problem as these are two teams that are slightly ahead of New England in the playoff race. Aside from a tie, the best possible scenario for New England is for the Raiders to find a way to win and bring Indy back into the pack a bit – Vegas is so wildly inconsistent that we’ve been betting on relapse in the last three games would eventually let her out of the playoffs. Verdict: Raiders.
Ravens (7-5) at Browns (9-3): When it comes to Monday, the Patriots are best served when Cleveland can get Baltimore out of the way. Combined with a win in New England, the Patriots would be in the middle of the race for last place in the playoffs. Verdict: Browns.
Welcome back to football, everyone! Tonight we have the Patriots and Rams in a Super Bowl LIII (and XXXVI) rematch live from Southern California. New England (6-6), which has won four of their last five, will try to stay hot as they resume a playoff push. Los Angeles (8: 4) will fight for their fifth win in the last seven games while keeping up with NFC West. We have everything you need to get you started on your 20th. 8 p.m. to prepare. m. (EST) Kickoff, including news from SoFi Stadium, inactive analysis, betting news, a look at the league at this week’s other games that will affect the Patriots’ playoff chances, and much more. But first it’s the pre-game reading list:
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