Posts Tagged ‘Marquice Cole’

Assisted Pick: Devin McCourty’s Tip to Marquice Cole Highlights Patriots Comeback Win vs. Dolphins

Monday, October 28th, 2013

Devin McCourty and Marquice Cole combined for a play to remember against Miami in Week 8. (Photo: NFL Game Rewind)

NEPD Editor: Oliver Thomas

“A tale of two halves.”

It may be an overused phrase seen across sports ledes, but it was the story of what transpired at Gillette Stadium on Sunday. The New England Patriots went into halftime down 17-3 to the Miami Dolphins in the Week 8 AFC East battle. Yet through the first 30 minutes, the on-field performance signified a larger disparity than the box score.

The Patriots were stagnant on both sides of the football; the offense had totaled just 25 pass yards while the defense had allowed 103 rush yards. And in the process, right tackle Sebastian Vollmer was lost to a gruesome leg injury, conjuring up the same season-ending reality that claimed defensive tackle Vince Wilfork and linebacker Jerod Mayo.

Just when things hit rock bottom for head coach Bill Belichick and Co. – a booed three-and-out on New England’s opening third-quarter series – fortune switched sides. A sack by New England linebacker Dont’a Hightower snowballed into a missed field goal by Dolphins kicker Caleb Sturgis, and the Patriots responded with a 14-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Tom Brady wide receiver Aaron Dobson. Then, after Miami quarterback Ryan Tannehill was strip-sacked by cornerback Logan Ryan, a two-yard score from running back Brandon Bolden tied the game.

Before the third quarter was over, the Patriots had propelled to a 20-17 advantage by way of a 48-yard field goal by kicker Stephen Gostkowski. The lead would not be relinquished, as New England went on to win, 27-17.

But if there was one play that defined the contrast between the first and second half of the Oct. 27 contest, it took place five snaps into the fourth: the assisted interception. (more…)


Patriots vs Giants: 10 Keys to Week Four of the Preseason

Wednesday, August 29th, 2012

If Brandon Bolden hopes to make the final cuts, he’ll have to avoid costly mistakes. (Photo: US Presswire)

NEPD Staff Writer: Matthew Jones

Tonight marks the fourth and final preseason game for the 2012 Patriots. There’s still plenty of storylines to solve before the final cutdowns on Friday night and those roster bubble players will be who we’re watching the closest.

For the casual fan, the biggest question may be, will Tom Brady be playing? Here are ten things we’re looking for tonight.

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2012 Patriots Roster Prediction: Doug Kyed 5.0

Sunday, August 26th, 2012

Did Marquice Cole play his way onto the roster in Tampa Bay? (Photo: US Presswire)

NEPD Roster: Doug Kyed

With the 75 and 53 man roster cut downs just four days away, this will be a busy week for The Turk.

The staffer in charge of cutting players will be busy handing paperwork to undrafted free agents and veteran journeymen.

With cuts coming in left and right, this will likely be my final roster prediction for the 2012 season.

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Patriots vs. Buccaneers: Six Keys to Defeat

Sunday, August 26th, 2012

Stevan Ridley was running like a man possessed on Friday night. (Photo: US Presswire)

The Patriots currently stand at 1-2 in the preseason after losing to the Bucs following a few days of joint practices.

There isn’t a lot of time to stew about the game, since the Pats have their final game against the Giants on Wednesday.

Bill Belichick said there was nothing good to take away from their offensive performance, but I disagree, like all preseason games, there was some good and some bad. Here are my six keys.

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