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Judge dismisses charges against Revis stemming from fight in Pittsburgh

Judge dismisses charges against Revis stemming from fight in Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH -- A judge has dismissed all charges against former New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis stemming from a fight last month in Pittsburgh.

Revis had been charged with aggravated assault and other counts in a fight Feb. 12 in which two men were punched and knocked out.

A witness testified Wednesday that he came to Revis' aid during the fight and was responsible for the knockout punches.

Police said the incident began when a man started recording a video of Revis and Revis grabbed his phone and tried to delete it.

The Jets released Revis shortly after the incident and he's yet to sign with another team.

He starred at the University of Pittsburgh before the Jets drafted him 2007.

For Patriots, 'gotta play better, gotta coach better' never rang more true

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For Patriots, 'gotta play better, gotta coach better' never rang more true

GAME WITHIN THE GAME
The biggest X-factor going into this game was how well-prepared the Lions would be by Matt Patricia, given his knowledge of what the Patriots would like to do on both sides of the ball.

Based the Lions’ success, it’s safe to say he sniffed some things out.

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Defensively, Detroit didn’t appear to blitz much. The Lions just played solid coverage and rushed four most of the time. That was plenty to keep the Patriots receivers from running free and allowing Tom Brady to stand back and pick them apart. The sacks they had were coverage sacks. The pick they had was an instance where Brady appeared to just wing it into coverage hoping to pick up a chunk. It wasn’t close.

Meanwhile, the Lions took full advantage offensively of the Patriots' inept and unimaginative pass rush. Aside from Deatrich Wise showing up with a terrific singular effort on his sack, there was precious little heat on Matt Stafford and he was content to find the holes on the sidelines and throw short over the middle where the Patriots labor to cover.

Most discouraging for New England was the way Patricia and his offensive coordinator, Jim Bob Cooter, exposed Malcom Brown and Lawrence Guy at the point of attack, rooting them out of there and then getting LeGarrette Blount and Kerryon Johnson to the second level with speed.

The Patriots were outcoached, certainly. But they also seemed to just take it on defense. They got pushed around, play after play, and just kept lining up and allowing it to happen again. 

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Patriots' passing attack hits rock bottom against Lions

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Patriots' passing attack hits rock bottom against Lions

WHEN THE PATRIOTS HAD THE BALL
Fast start, fast start faststartfaststartfaststart!!!! That was the mantra we heard this week (which is a similar mantra to the one we were hearing late in 2017). Annnnnd, the Patriots went three-and-out on their first three drives against a Lions team that had -- prior to Sunday night -- been run over by the Jets and 49ers to the tune of 357 yards on the ground.

The Patriots' first drive was undone by a run stuff. The second was stopped by a pair of Tom Brady-and-Phil Dorsett missed connections. The third halted when Shaq Mason got driven into the backfield by Ricky Jean-Francois on a third-down piledriving of Sony Michel.

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The Patriots have nothing -- absolutely nothing -- to rely on with their passing attack right now. They will complete some throws if their playcall hits against the defense called, but on level ground, Chris Hogan, Cordarelle Patterson and Dorsett are not hard to cover and the throws are contested. They are also contested when they go to Gronk, but at least he’s big enough to wall people off and provide a more substantial target.

I point these things out to make this observation: Sony Michel got the ball a lot because the Patriots can’t throw the ball. Michel finished with 50 yards on 14 carries. The ever-professional James White had another four carries for 37 yards.

Brady had one of those sore thumb games that will stick out on his record -- 14 for 26 for 133 yards and a touchdown. This had nothing to do with his date of birth, everything to do with the supporting cast.

It will improve when Julian Edelman returns. That’s the hope. Maybe it will get a boost as well from Josh Gordon. But for right now, the guys they have are not playing to their capabilities and the discarding of Dwayne Allen on a third-and-1 in the second quarter that led to a squishing of James White is another play I just remembered.

Meanwhile, Gronk – the player Bill Belichick wanted to trade? --  caught four passes for 51 yards. Modest for him, perhaps, but still the only player the Patriots had who provided a matchup edge on their offense on Sunday night.

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