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Celtics coach Brad Stevens gives simple take on why Patriots are a 'juggernaut'

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Celtics coach Brad Stevens gives simple take on why Patriots are a 'juggernaut'

The New England Patriots have provided the rest of the NFL a blueprint for how to establish consistent success, and they've done the same for the other professional sports teams in Boston.

Even though these four sports all have different elements that make them unique, some of the same areas the Patriots excel in can be translated from one sport to another. 

A good example is everyone, from the coaching staff down to the players, being on the same page and focused on one goal. It's a theme Celtics head coach Brad Stevens focused on when asked Wednesday on WEEI's "Ordway, Merloni and Fauria" what makes the Patriots so successful.

“The thing that stands out when you go over and watch the Patriots do workouts and sit in meetings and sit in film is they are on one page," Stevens said. 

"They are in one direction. His message, although has thousands of complexities within each scheme defensively and offensively, his message is concise. It’s ultimately not only well delivered, but well received. You can tell that thing is a juggernaut. That is a train moving in one direction. They know what they need to do to be successful. I don’t think it’s brain surgery the way that I have seen it from up and close and afar is they don’t beat themselves. There are a lot of things in a football game that ultimately lead to that and they are the best at them.”

Stevens is right, the Patriots always have a concise message each week. It's all about preparation -- everyone knows what their job entails and how it's going to make the team successful against that particular opponent. The  "Do Your Job" mentality isn't just a cool slogan in Foxboro, it's how the team operates. 

The Boston Celtics, Boston Red Sox and Boston Bruins all have won championships since the Patriots kicked off a golden era in the city's sports history with a Super Bowl XXXVI victory in Feb. 2002. The Patriots are the gold standard, however, and teams across all leagues will be taking elements of New England's success for a very long time.

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Patriots defense make NFL history with performance through two games

Patriots defense make NFL history with performance through two games

The New England Patriots defense has played very well to start the season. In fact, they are performing historically well.

So far through two contests, the Patriots have allowed a minuscule three points in two games against the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Miami Dolphins. According to the ESPN Stats and Info Twitter account, that's tied for the fewest points allowed through two games during the Super Bowl era.

Of the three teams listed along with the Patriots, two made the playoffs but none of them made it to the Super Bowl. The Patriots will look to change that.

The Patriots have faced 22 drives this season and only one has ended in a score. Of the other drives, nine have ended in 3-and-outs and five have ended on interceptions (two of which were returned for touchdowns).

It's unlikely that the Patriots' success will continue on at this rate for the foreseeable future. But even if they regress a bit, they will still be one of the most powerful teams in the entire league and will sport one of the NFL's fiercest defenses. Either way, the Patriots defense is a strength and will surely give the Patriots a chance to make it to their fourth consecutive Super Bowl.

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NFL odds Week 3: Early spread for Patriots vs. Jets, all other games

NFL odds Week 3: Early spread for Patriots vs. Jets, all other games

The New England Patriots will be favored by more than two touchdowns for the second consecutive game when they take on the New York Jets in Week 3.

The Patriots destroyed the Miami Dolphins on the road Sunday in a 43-0 Week 2 win. New England's defense had seven sacks and four interceptions, while the offense was bolstered by the debut of newly signed wide receiver Antonio Brown. The 31-year-old veteran caught four passes from Tom Brady, tallying 56 receiving yards and one touchdown.

Oddsmakers pegged the Patriots as 18.5-point favorites against the Dolphins, and the defending Super Bowl champions easily covered the spread. With the Pats ready to host the Jets on Sunday afternoon at Gillette Stadium, oddsmakers again are making New England a massive favorite entering Week 3. The Jets also are expected to start backup quarterback Trevor Siemian against the Patriots because starter Sam Darnold is battling mono.

Here are the early spreads for every Week 3 game (via the Westgate Superbook):

The most notable spread on that list is the Dallas Cowboys being favored by 20.5-points over the Dolphins. The Cowboys are 2-0, and their high-powered offense led by Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott should easily be able to move the ball against a Dolphins defense that's given up 102 points over the first two weeks of the season.

The Dolphins have played so poorly that the Westgate Superbook is taking prop bets on them to finish the season 0-16 (the book also has odds on the Patriots going 16-0).

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