Patriots season prediction

Who Will the Patriots Beat on the Chase for the #1 Seed

        Ah yes, October is finally here. It has to be the best month of the year for us Patriots fans. We are able to get out of the September slump and on with the rest of the season. After going 2-2 to start the season after losing to the best pass defense in football in Jacksonville and a coach that knew every play the Patriots were going to run in Detroit. 

        I have the Patriots beating the Colts this Thursday, I like Belichick’s ability to out gameplan a rookie head coach in Frank Reich on a short week. Tom Brady will be more in-sync with his receiving corps as Julian Edelman is returning from suspension and there is more time to practice with Josh Gordon. My final score prediction is 31-20.

        The following week we play the Chiefs on Sunday Night Football. I have the Patriots winning this game in a shootout. If he has one this season, this will be the breakout game for Josh Gordon. The Chiefs have been winning though the gunslinging of Patrick Mahomes and that high powered Chiefs offense. I feel like with the extra few days coming off a short week the Patriots offense with explode and be able to match the Chiefs blow for blow and eventually winning the game 42-38.

        October 21st, the Patriots play the Bears in Chicago. I have the Patriots winning this Game in an ugly defensive battle. Belichick will do his part in stopping Trubisky and the gimicky Chicago offense designed by Matt Nagy. The Patriots offensive line will have a hard time keeping Brady upright and it will eventually come down to Brady leading a game winning drive with the Patriots edging out the Bears 17-14.

        October 29th, the Patriots face off against the Bills in Buffalo on Monday night football. Belichick is going to take away the run game and force Bills quarterback Josh Allen to throw the football in tight windows like he did with Ryan Tannehill last Sunday. Allen is going to struggle tremendously and Tom Brady is going to pick apart the Buffalo defense. The Patriots are going to win this one comfortably, 35-10.

        November 4th, the Packers come to town on Sunday Night Football. This is the game both teams have circled on the calendar. Rodgers versus Brady, the main debate since Peyton Manning has retired of who is the best quarterback in pro football. It will be back and forth game as both defenses play well. Brady will lead a game winning drive in the fourth quarter and Rodgers will not be able to complete the hail mary. Patriots win 24-20 securing Brady as the best quarterback in the NFL.

        November 11th, the Patriots travel down to Nashville and the Patriots dominate this game. The Titans offense will not be able to stay on the field with Mariota at quarterback and their defense will not be able to keep Tom Brady off of it. The Patriots win this one in a blowout fashion 31-14.

        Coming off of a bye week the Patriots will face the Jets on November 25th. The Jets are going to try to put up a fight with rookie quarterback Sam Darnold leading the charge. Belichick is 17-5 versus rookie quarterbacks although I believe this rookie is a different breed. This game is going to be closer than most people will predict, but the Patriots will edge out the Jets 27-21. 

        December 2nd the Patriots play the loaded Minnesota Vikings at Gillette. This is the game where the Patriots win streak comes to a screeching halt.  Brady will make a few mistakes early throwing into that secondary and the Patriots don’t find a way to get back. Vikings win 30-17.

December 9th, the Patriots go down to hot Miami where they always seem to struggle late in the season. This game will be different though, the Patriots seem to have this team all figured out and if the defense remains healthy the Patriots are going to have a field day and beat Miami 31-10.

December 16th, the Pats battle Pittsburg in a meaningless game due to the dysfunction around the Steelers organization. Big Ben will play a subpar game while Brady and Dorsett link up for 2 touchdowns. The Patriots will win this one easily 35-14.

For the last two games of the season the Patriots face the Bills and Jets. I feel like these games the Patriots will coast and win both of them with a mixture of starters and backups as they prepare for the playoffs.

These are my own predictions if you want to make a comment or suggestion message me on Instagram @hrl_2003

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Is Josh Gordon the Patriots answer at Wr? Or not…

When most people think Josh Gordon they think one thing, Steven A. Smith saying stay off the weeeeeed.

Josh Gordon like many people has faced the woes of addiction head on with multiple suspensions for substance abuse violations. This is an all time talent willing to sacrifice everything for alcohol or pot.

Bill Belichick is a no nonsense head coach that expects the very best out of all of his players. James Harrison the future hall of fame defensive end has even stated in the past he has seen Tom Brady sprint to meetings in fear of being late. This level of excellence has resulted in five super bowl rings for Belichick and the Patriots organization.

Gordon does not appear to be your prototypical Patriots player, the whole reason he got traded is because he came in late with a hurt hamstring from shooting an advertisement. One of the things that separate the Patriots from other teams is their willingness to test out players that have a history of issues. For example, they claimed Mike Floyd off of waivers two years ago after a DUI bust cost him his spot in Arizona. He did not stick around long but he was a key contributor in the week 17 win over the Miami Dolphins that year.

Gordon is much better Mike Floyd though, he is one of the most talented players in the entire league. In 2014 in only his second season Gordon in 14 games led the league in yards at over 1600, WITH THE BROWNS! This is a player with much more upside than any 5th round pick the Patriots could have gotten. He is probably the most talented receiver the patriots have had since Randy Moss in 2007. Randy at that point was getting past his prime, Gordon is only 27 and he has really only played  2 good seasons of NFL football.

The Patriots had only 3 receivers active in the last game and it limited our production versus the Jaguars. If Gordon can come and produce what he produced for the Browns once he was out of suspension around 70 yards a game and the ability to make tough contested catches, that will bring the Patriots offense to a whole new level especially once we get Edelman back. He could be the piece that puts us over the top by being able to take the top off of opposing defenses. Think like a six foot three inch Brandin Cooks that can highpoint the ball.

The very real downside is this, Gordon has a history of being an unreliable person off the field. If he is not sober and shows up the meetings late than I guarantee that the Patriots will cut him. The Patriots have no problems with taking risks on the players and failing. I am sure Belichick would rather trade for a problemed known quality player with high upside than draft Chad Jackson.

Gordon is a hell of a football player. If he can come through and produce in the Patriots system long term than he can be one of the greatest of all time. If he flakes out like he has in the past than that is still a 5th round pick worth losing.

Stay tuned for more weekly posts by senior writer Hunter Langley.

The Edelman Witch Hunt

The verdict arrived; Julian Edelman was found guilty and his suspension was final. The crime? No one actually knows the test results were inconclusive but the suspension was still put forth. Now as Patriots fans, we are used to dealing with some shitty, unclear and pretty ambiguous suspensions;

Ref: ‘Umm.. these balls seem a little deflated’

Goodell: ‘Suspend Brady, it was him, I saw him do it. SUSPEND HIM’

Science: ‘The cold air was 100% a factor for the deflation’

Goodell: ‘Nope. Fake news. It was Brady. SUSPEND HIM.

Sound Familiar? Well, its happened again.

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Here at The Hudson Halftime Report, we aren’t scientists – hell the closest we get to science is watching the Big Bang theory after too many Bud Lights – however, we are pretty freaking good at calling out bull crap; so below is a list of crimes that received a lesser suspension that Edelman, we will let you decide whether they are worse than ‘unidentified substances’ and are worth a larger suspension than they received.

 

Ben_Roethlisberger_2016First, on the list, we have Pittsburgh QB, Ben Roethlisberger, a bitter rival of the New England Patriots. In 2010 Big Ben received a 6-game suspension for ‘accused sexual assault’ which was then reduced by Goodell to a 4-game break.

Remember kids – accidentally taking an unidentified substance is the same a beating up women kids. Crazy.

 

 

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Next, on our list, we have the world worst bell-boy Ray Rice who was suspended in 2014 after a video emerged of him knocking his fiancee out, and dragging her unconscious body from the elevator back to his room. Damn, son.

Rice was suspended two games for this act and was back on the field in no time – not so sure about his fiancee’s recovery time, however.

 
nfl_a_hardy_mb_600x600Last, on our list, is everyone’s favourite psychopath Greg Hardy who was suspended for 10 games in 2014 after hospitalising his girlfriend Nicole Holder. Although we believe that players should be banned from football for acts like this, a 10 game suspension seemed to fit with league protocol at the time and we were reasonably content with the sentence. However, after a couple of weeks, Hardy got bored sitting on the sidelines and asked good old Goodell if he could be reinstated, to which Goodell agreed meaning Hardy only served a 4-week suspension for his crimes.

 

Honestly, the retirement of Goodell may be one of the happiest days of my life and I think I’ll throw a party to which all are invited. We’d love to hear your thoughts on the Edelman suspension and if there are any other ridiculous suspensions you can remember.

 

Kenny Britt: The Breakout WR?

There is still SO much time between now and the start of the Patriots season (we haven’t even hit training camp yet) but Patriots nation is already scrambling trying to figure out who will be the next man up at wide receiver (nothing new, we do the same thing every year at the running back position). However, this offseason, in particular, hasn’t been great for the WR position; the Pats lost Dola to Miami, Cooks to the Rams, and Edelman has been suspended 4 games for ‘PEDs’ (F*ck Goodell).  So the big question on everyone’s mind is, who will be the man to step up? The Spike Kings pick? Kenny Britt.

I’ll admit, this isn’t just me pulling something out of thin air, this thought came to me at the end of May when I attended the ‘Tedy’s Team’ Football game. Brian Hoyer was the QB for both teams and threw a nice dime down the sidelines, to which someone said to him,

“Wow, that was a great catch, just like Chris Hogan!”

Hoyer’s reply go me thinking as he looked back at the guy and said,

“Yeah that was nice, but I’m a big fan of Britt from Cleveland. He’s fast. Reminded me more of him.”

This had me intrigued as Hoyer has been working with Britt last season during practice. I had to rush home and gather some stats to see how he compares to the rest of the crew.

I think we can all pretty much agree that Chris Hogan becomes the major player to step up with Jules out the first 4 games. Last year he had 34 Rec, 439 yards and 5 touchdowns and has been pretty consistent in crucial moments. It’s a no-brainer that he will start, but will he become the ‘Edelman’ the team needs during the first four games? I’m not sold.

Kenny Britt is the tallest WR on the depth chart standing in at 6ft3 and weighs in around 223lbs making him two inches taller and 10lbs heavier than Hogan for a start. In addition, Britt has the same explosive speed as Hogan, (both logging 4.5 in the 45-yard dash) so on paper, Britt seems the better option.

However here is my take. Brandin Cooks last season had 1082 yards and 7 Touchdowns, which led the Patriots receiving core (Gronk is a TE for you sticklers). In comparison two seasons ago with the Rams, (with Goff/Keenum as QB) Britt had 1002 yards and 5 Touchdowns making him only 80 yards and 2 touchdowns short of Cooks production but without having the GOAT Brady to throw at him. His quiet year last year could easily be a ‘warming up’ period as he gets used to the new playbook.

Also, one thing not to forget out of all this, Britt is a Rutgers Alumn & a former first-round pick. Both traits that make Belichick salivate.


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What about Malcolm Mitchell? Isn’t he meant to be our WR prodigy?

Everybody fell in love with Malcolm two years ago due to his shown potential in such a short amount of time (Mitchell started 6 games, with 401 yards at 4 touchdowns). However, the big question is, can he stay healthy? He seems to be battling a hamstring problem already this year. I believe that the longer he has a nagging injury, the likely it is that Britt takes over the starting role. Hogan is already locked in due to the Edelman suspension so Patriots fans can expect a battle between Britt and Mitchell for the other starting position.

With one year left on his contract before becoming UFA, Britt has to shine in order to earn an extra payday. I believe that the talent is there and Britt can execute however it is still too early to tell what will happenn. My advice though, keep a close eye on Britt. #TrustHoyer

The Spike King – The Road to the Crown.

 

Fans of ‘The Hudson Halftime Report’ will remember an interview we held with Patriots loyal ‘Young Gronk‘ at the beginning of our blog. ‘Young Gronk’ has become a common name amongst the Patriots nation, making local and national news when he spiked a Philly cheese-steak before Superbowl 52 (and then again, when he admitted his loss following the New England defeat). The man behind ‘Young Gronk’ has decided that it is time for his brand to develop and we have the deep pleasure of welcoming our new guest writer for the 2018 season – the newly rebranded ‘Spike King.’

Here is a little more on why ‘Young Gronk’ decided it was time to become ‘The Spike King,’

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The Spike King

Firstly, I would like to thank the ‘Hudson Halftime Report’ for having me team up with them for the 2018 Patriots season, I love writing recaps and getting my thoughts out there for public viewing. It is going to be a really fun year and I’m grateful to have another platform to bring my passion, excitement, and entertainment to you, the fans.

So, we are here to talk about the end of ‘Young Gronk, ‘let’s start at the beginning…

The History of Young Gronk

Nearly five years ago I was going through a transformation in my personal life. I dropped a serious amount of weight, (300lbs to 19lb5) I felt like a completely new person, and during this process, a few of my close friends mentioned I had a look similar toyg2 Gronk. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t see it, but seemed too. One night before a Boston Bruins game, a NESN reporter came up to me for an interview and called me ‘Young Gronk‘. After that night, I ran with the name.

As many of you know, my platform is social media however prior to the 2017 season I wasn’t pushing myself at all. Although my Instagram and Twitter had the ‘Young Gronk’ username, I was never active and used most of my energy on Snapchat; which meant that only those close to me saw my antics, (although my content was featured on the ‘national’ Snapchat story multiple times. I saw Snapchat as my way to work on my style, my confidence and a way to figure out what works and what doesn’t. I was running with the ‘Young Gronk’ persona but I wasn’t pushing it to its full potential; that all changed on December 17th, 2017 during a New England vs Pittsburgh game.

The Instagram Conversion

The Bud lights were flowing and I was feeling it. I’d posted myself on Snapchat multiple times during the game and had been featured on the NFL Story twice when I was shushing the Pittsburgh crowd after the final score; that night ‘Young Gronk’ was viewed by over 1.5million Snapchat users. This moment started a reaction. When the Patriots got the ‘W’ in Pittsburgh I decided to make a quick reaction video on Instagram, which got 65k views overnight despite my account only having 300 followers at the time.

I knew then I was onto something and that it was time to push forward. Fast forward to the NFL Playoffs, I was ready to make some videos. I started by calling out the Titans in a quick video; we got an easy win and moved onto Jacksonville. This time I decided to call out the fan base and get some excitement going, which brought in a ton of buzz and chatter, however when the Eagles won the NFC title match I was ready to go one step bigger.

I drove down to Philly, filmed a ton of videos, and released them one-by-one during the week leading up to the Super Bowl, culminating in my famous ‘Cheesesteak Spike’ video. FullSizeRenderIt was a fun week and win or lose, I knew I had something that could be built on in seasons to come. It was also a pretty amazing feeling when the ‘Cheesesteak Spike’ went viral (Barstool/NBC Sports Philly) and it gave me the confidence to keep pushing myself even further. To entertain you, the fans. Actually, through the entire playoffs, I gained a whole new wave of support. Meeting all sorts of new people to talk with is the best part of my journey and it makes me so thankful for all the support you all have given me, which is why I take the time to write back to anyone out there that gets in touch.

I then went on to start the #GronkSpikeChallenge which I mentioned in my first interview with the Hudson Halftime Report, that can be read here.

The End of Young Gronk

Behind the scenes, I kept pushing for something bigger and better (and still to this day, however, I can’t officially announce anything just yet because its still being finalized). but I came to the realization that if I wanted to keep on moving forward I would have to drop the ‘Young Gronk’ name. ‘Young Gronk’ has gotten me this far, it fits a character, it fits me personally but unfortunately, we live in a world of business, trademarks and copyrights. Brian Babs, the face behind ‘Young Gronk’ has new opportunities on the horizon and it’s something I would never want to give up on in order to continue using a name. The Gronkowski family built their name through hard work and dedication, and is it fair for some jabroni from Boston to use the ‘Gronk’ name to possibly profit of it? No, it’s just not right. Although it’s not easy to let go. I’ve been building this brand for a few years now and to be told its time to end it is a tough thing to hear. However, through talking with some of my closest supporters and asking their thoughts, I realised that everyone is 100% on board with me as a person, not just as the ‘Young Gronk’ brand.

The Spike King is Born

If you look back through this history, spiking has been as integral to my success as the Gronk similarities. I spiked a cheesesteak in Philly, it went viral. I spiked a football to help raise awareness for Best Buddies, it went viral. I even spiked Clam Chowder, Baked Beans, and a Cooked Lobster to atone for my sins in Philly. Spiking is what I seem to do best!

Do I hope the ‘Young Gronk’ name makes a return? Absolutely. I hope that respecting the Gronkowski Family name can possibly open the door up to talk with them about a future collaboration but for the now, its time to continue pushing on with the ideas and plans at hand. A few things are brewing and I absolutely cannot wait for them to finally go out there for the world to see.

Again, I thank you, the fan, for supporting me through the process. Lets make 2018 the best season ever!

Young Gronk The Spike King.

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Performance Enhancing Edelman…?

Patriots fans had the excitement of seeing Edelman tearing up OTAs last week – a promising sign of his recovery and the return of Bradys go-to receiver. However, that excitement may be short-lived as reports surfaced today that Edelman will be facing a 4-game ban as a result of ‘supposedly testing positive for PEDs’

If this report is true and Edelman does not win his appeal he will miss the first four games of the Patriots 2018 season. The Patriots schedule shows that they will host the Texans in the season opener before going on the road to Jacksonville in a rematch of last season’s AFC Championship. In Week 3 the Patriots will once again be on the road against their former coach’s Lions and in Week 4 will return home to Gilette to host the Dolphins.

Edelman has already been reported as appealing this suspension and Patriots fans can only hope that this situation is similar to when Adrian Peterson tore his ACL and was wrongfully accused on PEDs. During the medical process of an ACL repair, multiple steroid shots are given throughout, which is what showed up on Peterson’s screening, making it seem like he had used PEDs. However on appeal, and the second review the suspension was dropped and Peterson was exonerated; a fate that Patriots fan hope Julian will also incur.

We will keep you updated as the story develops.

Interview with the Patriots 7th Round Pick – Keion Crossen

Over the next few weeks, The Hudson Halftime Report is running a series on NFL rookies that we believe will thrive in the NFL environment. The first of these rookies is Keion Crossen, OTAs standout and the Patriots 243rd overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft who agreed to do an exclusive interview with us.

1: First off, Thank you so much for agreeing to interview with us, I can imagine life is a little crazy right now. Congratulations on being drafted by our Patriots, can you tell us a little about what it felt like when you heard your name called?

‘The moment I heard my name called I instantly thought of it as a blessing. It was such a humbling experience and I am forever grateful to be on such an amazing team such as the Patriots

2: You are from Western Carolina, which is a relatively small school, what lessons did you learn there that would translate to the NFL?

‘Western is a smaller school compared to other D1 schools, but I appreciate the opportunity to have attended Western and even more grateful to be around such a hardworking group of players. Attributes I would bring [from Western] is a willingness to learn, to work hard and to do whatever the coaches ask.’

3: You were drafted in the 7th round but reports have detailed that you are already turning heads at OTAs, what drives you on a daily basis to be the best you can be?

‘I’m not sure about any reports, however, I am working hard at being a great understudy, learning from all the vets and doing whatever I am asked to do for the bettering of the team.’

4: We here at the Hudson Halftime Report are massive fans of you, and any player attempting to better our home team is a star in our books. Can you reflect on any moment in your life that shaped who you are today? Who were some of the key people in making you, you?

‘Thanks. Any moment that God has put in my life has shaped me to be the man I am today. There is no specific person, but God deserves the credit for allowing me to be the person he wants me to be.’

5: Okay, let’s talk Patriots. How is it training with the New England Patriots? Is there a massive amount of pressure from day one? Or do you already feel part of the culture? How is the Atmosphere? What makes Keion Crossen different to other Cornerbacks on the roster?

‘I’m out here presently learning, working hard and doing my best to do what is best for the team. Also, [As for how I am different] I’m not into comparison – I’m here to do my job, learn from the vets and get better as a football player.’ 

6: What NFL player do you look up to at your position?

‘All corners in the NFL are good players, so there’s not a specific one I truly look up too, but I do look to learn and grow to be a well-rounded player.’

7: On a scale from one to ten, how excited are you about having the opportunity to pick off Tom Brady in practice? I mean, surely it’s got to be pretty high on your list of things-to-do haha!

‘I am honoured to be on a team with such great players as Tom Brady and others, but as I have stated before I am here to do my job, learn from the vets and make the best out of the opportunity.’

8: Once again Keion thank you so much for agreeing to do this interview, it’s been an absolute pleasure to work with you. We here at Hudson Halftime Report wish you every success for the future and we are looking forward to seeing you at Gillette sometime soon, (save us a seat). Is there anything you want to say before signing off today, any last comments for your fans in the UK?

‘Thanks for having me on it’s my pleasure. Also, follow me on Twitter @keioncrossen and Instagram @Keion_Crossen

Throughout the interview, Keion seemed more focussed on ‘doing his job’ and ‘bettering the team’ than bigging himself up – an attitude that is much needed at the Cornerback position in New England currently. We look forward to hearing more about his progress and will be rooting for him come September.