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Why blitzing Patriots QB Tom Brady might actually be good idea for Eagles

Why blitzing Patriots QB Tom Brady might actually be good idea for Eagles

The best way to beat New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is make his life miserable in the pocket.

Dialing up a quality pass rush is easier said than done, though, especially against a quarterback like Brady who moves around in the pocket quite well despite a lack of elite athleticism.

Blitzing often works in the Patriots' favor because Brady is very good at getting rid of the ball quickly. Opposing defenses enjoyed very little success blitzing against the Patriots through the first five weeks of this season, but the last four games have been a different story.

NFL Media's Mike Giardi put together a breakdown of how well Brady has performed against the blitz in 2019, and recent results are not encouraging for New England ahead of Sunday's Week 11 matchup versus the Philadelphia Eagles.

The Eagles pass rush grades as the seventh-best in the league, according to Pro Football Focus. Philadelphia's 24 sacks rank 16th, but there's more to a successful pass rush than sacks. 

The Patriots offensive line didn't play great in the Week 9 loss to the Baltimore Ravens, giving up two sacks and allowing Brady to be hit 10 times. Marshall Newhouse has struggled at left tackle in place of Isaiah Wynn, and injuries to other positions along the o-line have really tested the team's depth.

If the Eagles decide to bring extra pressure Sunday, it better be effective. Philly's pass coverage ranks 20th in the league, per Pro Football Focus' grades, and its secondary lacks a shutdown corner capable of taking away the opponent's best wide receiver. If the Patriots do a good job picking up the blitz, Brady should have several wide receivers with favorable matchups to target, most notably Julian Edelman and Mohamed Sanu.

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Patriots release statement in response to Bengals' videotaping allegations

Patriots release statement in response to Bengals' videotaping allegations

The New England Patriots have released an official statement in response to the Cincinnati Bengals' allegations of videotaping their sideline.

The statement explains that a three-person video crew was sent to Cleveland for the Bengals-Browns game to film a feature on the Pats scouting department for Patriots.com's "Do Your Job" series.

The Patriots acknowledge that their failure to inform the Bengals of the taping was an "unintended oversight" and admit the video crew unknowingly broke league rules by filming the field from the press box. They also echoed head coach Bill Belichick's statement that the team is independent of the production crew.

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Read the full statement below:

The NFL currently is investigating the matter, but this appears to be a giant misunderstanding based on what Belichick and the Patriots organization had to say.

The Patriots (10-3) will visit the Bengals (1-12) for their Week 15 matchup on Sunday.

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Tom Brady addresses boos from Patriots fans: 'They have every right'

Tom Brady addresses boos from Patriots fans: 'They have every right'

It had been quite a while since the Gillette Stadium crowd booed their beloved New England Patriots. After all, the Pats rode a 21-game home win streak into Sunday's game vs. the Kansas CIty Chiefs.

But the boos were loud and clear at the end of the first half with the offensive sputtering and the Patriots trailing 20-7. In his Monday appearance on Westwood One with Jim Gray, quarterback Tom Brady shared his thoughts on the harsh reaction from the fans in Foxboro.

"Well that's part of being in sports is everybody's got a chance to cheer you or boo you," Brady told Gray. "There's been plenty of times where they've been cheering us and again, you take the good with the bad. They have every right to boo when we're not playing the way that we're capable.

"For me, I'm focused on what I've got to do to go in there and do a better job. We've been through it before, it won't be the last time and that's OK it doesn't hurt our feelings."

Does Brady hear the boos?

"Yeah, you have 70,000 people out there. It's pretty loud," Brady said with a laugh. "But, you know, that's what fans do."

If anyone understands the lofty expectations that come with playing in New England, it's No. 12.

The Patriots will visit the Cincinnati Bengals for their Week 15 matchup, so fortunately they won't have to worry about the boo birds from their own fans on Sunday. If they return home after falling to a 1-12 team, however, that'll be a different story.

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