Vince Wilfork after signing a long term deal with the New England Patriots is relieved to be able to focus his attention on training for the upcoming season over further business negotiations. The five-year deal is worth $40 million that includes an $18 million signing bonus, making him the highest paid nose tackle in the NFL.
“My family, my kids, are happier than I am. Not because of the long-term deal, just because we don’t have to move anywhere,” said Wilfork. “I’m excited. We’re all excited. We definitely got done what we wanted to get done out of the deal, both sides. We both agreed on the deal. From the Wilfork camp, we’re happy. The organization is happy. Now, it’s all about football once again.”
The Pats have also been able to finalize contract negotiations with offensive lineman Stephen Neal, cornerback Leigh Bodden, and linebacker Tully Banta-Cain. “We’re in the business of quality depth management,” said Patriots owner Robert Kraft. “If you lose someone you have to have depth. And if you don’t have depth, you’re in trouble.” More New England Patriots updates to come!
Stand-out RB Ray Rice gained 83 of 159 total game yards just seconds into the contest to lead his Baltimore Ravens past the New England Patriots 33-14 yesterday in Foxboro, MA. The Pats were confident heading into the matchup with 11 consecutive home playoff victories, that is until the Ravens came in and posted 24 first quarter points to their zero.
Rice shared a lot of respect for the former 3X Super Bowl champions, saying “their era is not over, they know how to win. But for the Ravens, to beat the New England Patriots set a precedent. We’ll always remember this win.” Baltimore will try to continue their post-season quest against the Indianapolis Colts this coming Saturday. NFL Playoff tickets are now available!
The New England Patriots have officially put their regular season to a close following Sunday’s 34-27 loss to the Houston Texans. The AFC East Division champions are now set to matchup with the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday, January 10th at Gillette Stadium. The other AFC contest next weekend will feature the Cincinnati Bengals and New York Jets.
The Patriots unfortunately will have to continue on without their go-to receiver Wes Welker, who suffered a devastating knee injury early in the first quarter in Houston. The league leader in receptions was later confirmed to have torn his ACL, giving great indication that he’ll be missing in action for quite some time. Quarterback Tom Brady is upset along with the rest of his teammates heading into their 2010 playoff campaign, but still believes in New England’s abilities to step up and compete.
“There’s nobody that can substitute in for Wes and think that they’re going to be Wes. He is everything you ask for,” said Brady. “We’ve got to move on and we’ve got to go out there and play and everyone I think in different areas has to pick it up. I have to play better, Julian (Edelman) has to play better, Randy (Moss) has to play better, the offensive line, running backs, tight ends, we all have to do more. I think that’s the commitment we have to make to one another.”
Brady also took the time to address the recent reports in regards to his broken ribs and finger on his throwing hand. “What’s the injury report say?,” he said. “I’m feeling really good. Everyone breaks bones over the course of the year. I’m feeling pretty good. It’s the best I’ve felt in a while.” The Pats are 5-0 all-time against the Baltimore. Their last game showcased New England edging the Ravens 27-21 in Foxboro back in October.
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The Associated Press selected New England Patriots Quarterback Tom Brady as the 2009 NFL Comeback Player of the Year. The 3-time Super Bowl champ went from collecting MVP rights in 2007 following his record breaking campaign to suffering a season ending injury in New England’s 2008 opening contest. Brady then came back to lead his Pats to the top of the AFC East Division with a 10-6 record.
“I think missing all of last season was a very challenging experience because I love to play the game,” said Brady back in September. “I love to play the sport, and to not have the opportunity to be out there with my teammates in a season where we had some great opportunities to repeat what we had done in the 2007 season…things happen.”
Brady received 19 votes from a nationwide panel that includes 50 NFL sportswriters and broadcasters. Other players up for consideration were Carnell Williams from Tampa Bay, Vince Young from Tennessee, Cedric Benson from Cincinnati, Brett Favre from Minnesota, and Anthony Hargrove from New Orleans. In total this season Brady threw for over 4,300 yards with 28 touchdowns to just 13 interceptions. The Patriots will have their first playoff test against the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday, January 10th at Gillette Stadium.
Quarterback Tom Brady will represent the New England Patriots in the NFL Pro Bowl next month with teammates Wes Welker, Logan Mankis and Vince Wilfork. The contest will take place on Sunday, January 31st at Land Shark Stadium in Miami, exactly one week before Super Bowl XLIV. Despite showing his appreciation for being selected, Wilfork is currently turning his attention to more important things.
“Congrats to my teammates Brady, Welker and big Logan. Need the rest of these guys next year – Moss, Mayo, Meriweather, Warren and others,” said Wilfork. “Don’t get it twisted, I love the Pro Bowl but hope I can’t go because I will be at the Super Bowl the next week.”
Wes Welker ranks second to Andre Johnson in total receptions with 1336. Fellow Patriots receiver Randy Moss leads the league in touchdown catches while racking up 1,189 yards in 2009. Many have questioned the NFL’s decisions to leave Moss out of the loop. Wilfork was one of the more obvious choices this year as the main leader of New England’s defense. Mankis is known throughout the league for his toughness. Since joining the Patriots in 2005 he has yet to miss a single game. The AFC East champs are now preparing for their matchup against the Houston Texans this Sunday at Reliant Stadium.
New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick was focused on his football team more so instead of media responses following their successful 35-7 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars last Sunday. When asked about the potential options to rest the starters he kept it simple as always, saying “we’ll kind of have to figure all that out here in the next couple of days. Right now, our focus this morning was to come in and watch the Jacksonville game, make some corrections on that, talk about the things that we need to do and then get ready for Houston.”
Despite his routine mannerisms in Monday’s press conference, people couldn’t help but notice a slight difference in his tone when the simple question of how he’s doing was asked. “I’m doing good. Doing real good. It was a good day for us yesterday,” he said. “We’ll try to hopefully stay on that track. Good preparation, good practice and play well.”
The Patriots will next be tested against the Houston Texans, a squad still fighting to gain a wild-card playoff spot. If one scenario plays out New England will find themselves battling the Texans again in the first round. For now they’ll put the regular season to a close on Sunday, January 3rd at Reliant Stadium. New England Patriots tickets are available now with us at AceTicket.com!
After struggling two weeks ago in Foxboro against the Carolina Panthers, Randy Moss caught four touchdown passes in yesterday’s 35-7 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars back at Gillette to keep the New England Patriots atop the AFC East Division. The 10-5 Patriots are certainly playing with confidence looking ahead to their upcoming post-season campaign.
“It’s the time of year where we really need to start playing good football,” said QB Tom Brady, “and I think today was one of our best 60 minutes that we played all year.” Brady was able to complete 26 of 28 passes for 267 yards and four touchdowns.
Wes Welker pulled in 13 receptions for 138 yards. He has now caught over 10 passes for at least 100 yards in his last seven games. He is the NFL leader in receptions with 122. “I knew my numbers would probably go up just having Tom and the type of offense we’re in,” said Welker, “but I never knew it would be like this.”
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The New England Patriots are closing in on their first goal of the 2009-2010 season. After earning their first true road victory against the Buffalo Bills while the New York Jets and Miami Dolphins fell to their respective opponents, the Pats find themselves just one win away from wrapping up the AFC East Division.
Quarterback Tom Brady was relieved to finally prove successful away from his own stomping grounds, saying “It’s pretty embarrassing to not have a road win into the middle of December. That’s something that I think has been really bothering all of us. It was definitely good to get that (Sunday in Buffalo).”
Sunday’s matchup certainly wasn’t the prettiest of contests, but it showcased the Patriots as a team that can in fact close out games in the fourth quarter. Brady and Wes Welker connected on a crucial third down play with two minutes left to finally put the game to rest. Randy Moss was able to find a rhythm following his dismal performance against the Carolina Panthers last week. Laurence Maroney has also been improving week by week through the most important stretch of the year.
“In the running game, being a downhill runner, when you make your read, you make your cut you go with it,” said Brady. “You run with explosion through the hole. And Laurence certainly has been doing a better job of that, as evidenced by the number of carries that he had and the amount of yards he’s gaining. He has done a good job these last few weeks and I think that was something we definitely needed. That is a big part of controlling the game also.”
New England is scheduled to meet up with the Jacksonville Jaguars this Sunday at Gillette. Their last game of the season will take place at Reliant Stadium against the Houston Texans January 3rd. New England Patriots tickets are now available right here at AceTicket.com!
Following the disappointing 22-21 loss against the Miami Dolphins yesterday at Land Shark Stadium, Patriots QB Tom Brady didn’t wish to draw attention to any injuries. When asked how his finger problem was affecting his grip he said “A lot of guys are banged up at this time of year. You have to get the job done if you’re out there on the field and play great. At times we did that. Other times we didn’t.” He continued saying “It’s late in the year, it’s a physical game, you still have to go out and get the job done. I needed to come in and get some stuff taken care of; I’m not going to tell you guys.”
Brady produced solid week 13 numbers, completing 19 passes for 352 yards and two touchdowns. Despite his efforts Miami found ways to snatch two INT’s. The crucial pick came with 10 minutes remaining on first down when the Pats were up two and in the redzone. Brady looked to WR Randy Moss but rookie Vontae Davis stepped in front to give Miami the extra opportunity from there. With 1:02 left in the game, Dan Carpenter sent a 41 yard kick through the uprights for the Dolphins to claim victory.
New England is now just one game ahead of the New York Jets in the AFC East Division standings. Their only W away was in London’s neutral site against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Coach Bill Belichick kept it simple to the press Sunday afternoon, saying “I have to coach better. We have to play better, just do a better job.” The Pats will try to regain their confidence next Sunday when they play host to the Carolina Panthers.
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The New Orleans Saints controlled the second quarter with 21 points, eventually defeating the AFC East leading New England Patriots 38-27 Monday night at the Superdome. Drew Brees took advantage of the Pats young secondary, throwing for five TD’s and 371 yards from 18 total completions. New Orleans franchise QB was certainly excited to win over Bill Belichick and the historically dominant New England organization, saying “It only counts for one win on the stat sheet, but emotionally, those types of wins can mean a little more. Anytime you can win, and win that way, it builds confidence for you.”
The Patriots in their last three contests have suffered two losses to the two remaining undefeated teams this season. Many believed the Patriots outplayed the Colts at Indy two weeks ago despite walking away without a victory. It was clear who the better team was yesterday by the start of the fourth quarter when fans were yelling “Who dat say they gonna beat them Saints?”
“There’s obviously a big gap between us. It wasn’t nearly as competitive as we all were expecting,” said QB Tom Brady. “There’s a reason why they are 11-0. They played really well and we didn’t play up to their level.” New England will now move on to prepare for their next game against the Miami Dolphins on Sunday, December 6th at Land Shark Stadium. The Pats are currently in good shape to claim a playoff spot, but it looks as though they’ll have to take their campaign on the road come January.
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