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Our panel picks 'em: Patriots should prep Banner No. 6

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Our panel picks 'em: Patriots should prep Banner No. 6

Our CSN panel has made their NFL picks as the season opens tonight and it's unanimous: Another Lombardi Trophy for the Patriots. Plus, bold predictions, MVP choices and more.

The panel: CSN Patriots Insider Tom E. Curran, Patriots reporter Phil Perry, CSNNE.com's DJ Bean, Arbella Early Edition host Trenni Kusnierek and CSN's Kyle Draper.

THE PICKS

AFC EAST: All pick the Patriots.

AFC NORTH
Perry: Pittsburgh
Bean: Pittsburgh
Kusnierek: Pittsburgh
Draper: Pittsburgh
Curran: Baltimore

AFC SOUTH
Perry: Houston
Bean: Tennessee
Kusnierek: Houston
Draper: Houston
Curran: Houston

AFC WEST
Perry: LA Chargers
Bean: Oakland
Kusnierek: Oakland
Draper: Oakland
Curran: Kansas City


NFC EAST
Perry: NY Giants
Bean: Dallas
Kusnierek: Dallas
Draper: NY Giants
Curran: NY Giants

NFC NORTH: All pick Green Bay

NFC SOUTH
Perry: Atlanta
Bean: Carolina
Kusnierek: Tampa Bay
Draper: Atlanta
Curran: Atlanta

NFC WEST: All pick Seattle

AFC WILD CARDS
Perry:
Oakland, Miami
Bean: Houston, Kansas City
Kusnierek: Tennessee, Kansas City
Draper: Kansas City, Denver
Curran: Pittsburgh, Oakland

NFC WILD CARDS
Perry: Dallas, Carolina
Bean: Panthers, Cardinals
Kusnierek: Falcons, NY Giants 
Draper: Dallas, Tampa Bay
Curran: Carolina, Arizona

SUPER BOWL
Perry: Patriots beat Packers
Bean: Patriots over Seahawks 
Kusnierek: Patriots beat Seahawks
Draper: Patriots beat Packers
Curran: Patriots over Packers

NFL MVP
Perry: Tom Brady
Bean: Tom Brady
Kusnierek: Russell Wilson 
Draper: Tom Brady
Curran: JJ Watt

PATRIOTS RECORD
Perry: 14-2
Bean: 16-0
Kusnierek: 12-4
Draper: 14-2
Curran: 15-1

BOLD PREDICTION FOR PATRIOTS
Perry: Rob Gronkowski will play 16 games
Bean: They will trade for Joe Thomas at the deadline
Kusnierek: Gronk plays the entire season
Draper: Gronk will play all 16 games 
Curran: Patriots punt on regular season finale to take only loss

BOLD PREDICTION FOR THE NFL
Perry: Chargers will be good
Bean: Browns will be kind of not that bad
Kusnierek: Tampa Bay jumps Atlanta in the NFC South
Curran: Jay Cutler wins comeback player of the year 

IF PATS DON'T WIN SUPER BOWL, IT'S BECAUSE...
Perry: There will be no Super Bowl thanks to North Korea
Bean: You're crazy for this one. They're for sure going to win the Super Bowl.
Kusnierek: Their defense
Draper: The front seven will not be able to pressure the quarterback 
Curran: A comet strikes

WHEN WILL BRADY START TO SHOW HIS AGE? 
Perry: 2018
Bean: 2017
Kusnierek: 2018
Draper: 2018
Curran: 2020

BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: 'Incomprehensible' to expect same greatness from Patriots?

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BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: 'Incomprehensible' to expect same greatness from Patriots?

0:43 - Tom Curran, Kayce Smith, and Michael Holley talk about Bill Belichick saying it’s “incomprehensible” that people expect the Patriots to be on the same level as last year at this point in the season.

11:55 - Tom Giles, Kayce Smith, and Michael Holley discuss J.R. Smith’s comments about the Celtics not being a threat to the Cavaliers.

15:38 - Abby Chin, Chris Mannix, and A. Sherrod Blakely join BST from Cleveland to talk about Marcus Smart and the Celtics failing to agree to a contract extension, making him a restricted free agent in July. They also preview Tuesday’s Celtics-Cavaliers season opener.

19:25 - Reports say Alex Cora is the frontrunner for the Red Sox managerial position, but Brad Ausmus interviewed for the position on Monday. Who is the right man for the job? Tom Giles and Michael Holley discuss.