What Is Wrong With The Patriots?

October 5th, 2017

NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken

I think we all can agree that the Patriots have been dominant for almost two decades. That is an impressive feat to say the least. I have lived as a Patriots fan in the Midwest all my life, so needless to say, seeing the Patriots in person or on TV was rarely an option. Now that I am older and have moved closer to an NFL city, the opportunity to see them, while still rare, has become more of a possibility. The first time I saw the Patriots live was here in Kansas City when the Chiefs destroyed the Patriots and there was talk that the team was finished. The second time was this past weekend. My wife surprised me for my birthday with a trip to Boston and tickets to see the team I love play a home game for the first and probably the only time in my life. Once again, in this window of dominance, I happen to witness one of the teams worst performances and a rare home loss. My only hope now is that the season will take on a similar fate to the one that I witnessed my first live game.

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Scouting Report: Akrum Wadley, RB

September 21st, 2017

 

Wadley has an interesting skillset, but is he an every down back in the NFL?

NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken

In what has become a weird tradition, I begin my scouting report series with a player from a team I hate, the Iowa Hawkeyes. I am not sure why or how this happened, but I figure why stop now. Before we get to the report, lets talk a little about the week that was in football. As a fan, it was nice to see the Patriots play better and get a good road win. By no means do I think everything is fixed and the Patriots will now just role through the rest of the season, but we did see a team play much better in all facets of the game. Injuries are an area of concern and seeing Marcus Cannon on the injury report is a bit scary considering the defense the Patriots will go up against on Sunday. That being said, I don’t think Houston has the offense to put up enough scores to win the game and the Patriots should come away with the victory.

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College Football: Week Two Musings

September 11th, 2017

NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken

Were on to New Orleans.

Look, it was a tough weekend all around from a sports perspective for me. After the Cyclones lost a year breaker to the evil Iowa Hawkeyes on Saturday, I had a Chiefs fan (remember, I am in the KC area) text me and tell me he wanted to buy me a beer. I texted him back and told him although it was not how I had hoped the weekend would have gone, there are people in Texas and Florida who are dealing with a lot worse than their favorite sports teams losing. He quickly responded that he now wanted to buy me two beers, and I happily obliged. As a Cyclone fan, I am used to heartache and pain, but the weekend usually ends on a high note with the Patriots. I have to tell myself that hopefully this weekend will be the exception and not the norm.

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Let’s Get Ready For The Season!!!

September 6th, 2017

NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken

What an exciting time of year! College football has kicked off and the NFL season is so close we can taste it. The next 24 plus hours are going to be excruciating. Living in the Kansas City area, I have had to put up with a lot of Chiefs talk this week. Of course, every team has optimism going into week one, but Chiefs fans have taken it to another level. As always, I go into this game with quiet optimism. The first game of the season is always hard to predict, but from a talent standpoint, I think we all know who the better team is. Maybe it is funny, or sad, depending on your perspective, but the nerves have already started to set in and I just want the game to get here so I can get into my routine and get my first glimpse of the 2017 New England Patriots. LET”S GO!!!!!!!

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53 Man Roster Projection, Vol. 1

August 27th, 2017

NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken

 

I am bummed. I know injuries are a part of the game and I know that if any team can handle losing a guy like Julian Edelman, it is the Patriots. That being said, this injury hurts on so many levels. First off, despite not being the most physically or athletically gifted player, Edelman is what makes this offense go. He has been Brady’s favorite target for several years now and was the player he looked to whenever the team needed to make a play. Despite the talent this team has on offense, I think they will have struggles that they have not had before. The first point is the most import, two and three are more personal and may border on crazy. That being said, Edelman has become one of my favorite players. It is not solely based on his play on the field, but his personality and work ethic off the field. I try not to put too much stock into pro athletes, because we don’t really know who they are, but Edelman is a guy you can point to and tell your kids “see how this guy has done it and what he has had to overcome. If you put in the work, you can accomplish anything, just like he has.” Finally, Edelman has been a key piece in my ppr dynasty football league that has brought me championships two years in a row. Losing him on my fictional team really hurts you know. This is petty I know, but I own up to it. I am hoping Hogan can fill his shoes both on the field and in my fantasy lineup.

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New England Patriots vs Detroit Lions Game Thread

August 25th, 2017

NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken

I am hoping to find a way to watch the game live, but I thought it might be nice to have a place to talk about what everyone who does watch the game sees. If I cannot find a live stream, I will be using you to paint me a picture tonight. Read the rest of this entry »


In Depth Look At The Linebackers: Past, Present and Future

August 24th, 2017

NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken

Sorry I am getting to this next breakdown so late. The last couple of weeks have been insane for so many reasons. I am glad to be back in my happy place writing about the Patriots though. This weeks article focuses on the Linebacker position. More specifically, this will be looking at guys who traditionally play at Inside Linebacker. In my previous article, I grouped the Outside Linebacker, Edge and Defensive Ends together because the Patriots traditionally mix and match those players and look for similar physical and athletic attributes for those players. With that said, lets see if they look for anything specific from their Inside Linebackers.

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