Darrelle Revis tardy excuse kept him out of practice

Darrelle Revis. (Photo By: Charles Krupa)

Darrelle Revis.
(Photo By: Charles Krupa)

Patriots number one corner Darrelle Revis overslept Tuesday morning but was told to stay home instead of showing up late.

Whoops.

He was back at practice today, but was nowhere to be seen yesterday after his long snooze. Revis did show up to meet privately with Belichick after the players had left, according to sources.

Revis was asked about not showing up yesterday and he replied,  “It’s between me and coach. You have to talk to him about it.”

Reports say Revis was not mad about the whole thing and very sorry.

Belichick doesn’t tolerate lateness, no matter the player.  This is also a great example for the youngsters about showing up on time.

He has sent home Randy Moss before for being late.

The Patriots favored over the incoming Bear invasion

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The Patriots are a 6 point favorite over the visiting Bears this weekend.

Here’s the full odds for week 8!

Date & Time Favorite Spread Underdog Total Money Odds
10/23 8:25 ET At Denver    -8 San Diego 51.5 -$380 +$320
10/26 9:30 AM Detroit    -3.5 Atlanta (At London) 47 -$190 +$170
10/26 1:00 ET At Tampa Bay    -3 Minnesota 42 -$150 +$130
10/26 1:00 ET At New England    -6 Chicago 50 -$265 +$225
10/26 1:00 ET At Kansas City    -7 St. Louis 44 -$320 +$260
10/26 1:00 ET Seattle    -5 At Carolina 45 -$245 +$205
10/26 1:00 ET At NY Jets    -3 Buffalo 40.5 -$155 +$135
10/26 1:00 ET Miami    -6 At Jacksonville 43 -$265 +$225
10/26 1:00 ET Houston    -2 At Tennessee 42.5 -$130 +$110
10/26 1:00 ET At Cincinnati    -1 Baltimore 45.5 -$120 +$100
10/26 4:05 ET At Arizona    -2.5 Philadelphia 48 -$145 +$125
10/26 4:25 ET Indianapolis    -3 At Pittsburgh 49 -$150 +$130
10/26 4:25 ET At Cleveland    -7 Oakland 43.5 -$330 +$270
10/26 8:30 ET At New Orleans    -1.5 Green Bay 55.5 -$120 +$100
                                               Monday Night Football Odds
10/27 8:30 ET At Dallas    -9.5 Washington 50 -$470 +$370

Patriots climb into the top ten in ESPN’s Power Rankings

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The Patriots climbed their way into the top ten in ESPN’s Power Rankings for week 8 while their next opponent the Bears dropped 3 spots to number 19 after their loss to the Dolphins. The Pats rank number 8 this week, that’s 2 spots higher than last week.

Over on NFL.com the Patriots come in at number 10 on the power rankings, that’s up one spot from last week’s rankings. The Bears fell 4 spots to number 21 overall. Yikes.

To see their full rankings just ahead over there by following the link. 

Here’s ESPN’s Week 8 Power Rankings:

 

RANK TEAM / RECORD TRENDING COMMENTS
1

Last Week: 1

Peyton Manning has the passing TD record and Demaryius Thomas has been on fire since the bye week (174 yards per game). And Von Miller leads the NFL with eight sacks.
2

1
Last Week: 3

DeMarco Murray has an NFL-record seven straight 100-yard rushing games to start the season and the Cowboys get a home game against a Brian Orakpo-less Redskins defense. Look out.
3
Eagles
5-1

1
Last Week: 4

Seven of the Eagles’ 21 touchdowns have come on defense or special teams (33 percent). No other team has more than 20 percent of its touchdowns on defense and special teams.
4
Colts
5-2

4
Last Week: 8

Just punt the ball on third down against the Colts. Opponents have converted just 8 of 51 third-down tries during the Colts’ five-game winning streak and opposing quarterbacks have a Total QBR of 3 on third down.
5

1
Last Week: 6

The Cardinals start 5-1 or better for the first time since 1976. QB Carson Palmer is 10-2 in his past 12 starts.
6

3
Last Week: 9

Aaron Rodgers is up to four straight games with at least three TD passes and no INTs, tying the longest streak in NFL history (Tom Brady, 2007). He faces a Saints defense that ranks 29th in defensive efficiency.
7

5
Last Week: 2

Philip Rivers will take his No. 2-ranked QBR and 5-2 record into Denver to face Peyton Manning, who boasts the No. 1 QBR and a 5-1 record.
8

2
Last Week: 10

Tom Brady has the highest completion percentage (68 percent) and most passing touchdowns (5) on throws 15 or more yards downfield since the start of Week 5. Brady is 3-0 in his career against the Bears with a QBR of 90 in his past two starts against them.
9
Ravens
5-2

3
Last Week: 12

When the Ravens win, they win big. Their points margin per game is up to plus-12.7 after beating the Falcons by 22, the highest margin in the NFL.
10
Lions
5-2

3
Last Week: 13

The Lions’ defense has added 52 net points compared to an average defense. No other defense has added more than 20 this season. They get a Falcons team that can’t run and struggles to protect its QB.
11

6
Last Week: 5

The Seahawks pressured opposing quarterbacks on an NFL-high 33 percent of dropbacks in 2013. They rank last at 17 percent in 2014.
12
49ers
4-3

5
Last Week: 7

Injuries depleted a 49ers defense that allowed 42 points to the Broncos, tied for most in a game during the Jim Harbaugh era.
13
Bengals
3-2-1

2
Last Week: 11

It can’t get much worse than a 27-0 Week 7 loss to the Colts that featured eight straight drives without a first down to start the game and a third-down efficiency in the single digits (8 percent).
14
Chiefs
3-3

4
Last Week: 18

Andy Reid’s teams improved to 14-2 in the first game after a bye. The Chiefs don’t get another bye but they do host the Rams (2-4) and Jets (1-6) the next two weeks.
15

7
Last Week: 22

Two players have at least 100 yards from scrimmage in every game this season. Dallas’ DeMarco Murray is one; Pittsburgh’s Le’Veon Bell is the other.
16
Bills
4-3

5
Last Week: 21

Kyle Orton has two game-winning drives in his three starts this season but running backs Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller will miss time with injuries.
17
Panthers
3-3-1

3
Last Week: 14

The Panthers have allowed an NFL-high 24 touchdowns in 2014, already three more than their NFL-low 21 in all of last season.
18

5
Last Week: 23

The two best QBR games of Ryan Tannehill’s career have come in his past three games. He faces a Jaguars team in Week 8 that has allowed the most passing yards this season.
19
Bears
3-4

3
Last Week: 16

The Bears have been better on the road, but New England QB Tom Brady is 86-13 at home as a starter and is heating up.
20
Browns
3-3

5
Last Week: 15

What looked like an easy path to 6-2 was interrupted by the Jaguars’ first win of the season. The Browns face Oakland on Sunday and will need to get back on track to avoid losing to 0-6 teams in back-to-back weeks.
21
Giants
3-4

1
Last Week: 20

The Giants dropped their third straight game to the Cowboys but their young receivers are emerging. Rueben Randle and Odell Beckham Jr. have combined for 17 receptions, 194 yards and two TDs the past two games.
22
Saints
2-4

5
Last Week: 17

The Saints are 10-0 at home and 3-9 on the road since the start of 2013. They will have their hands full at home against Aaron Rodgers and the Packers Sunday night.
23
Texans
3-4

4
Last Week: 19

The Texans’ win probability was 88 percent when they were up 13-3 with 1:46 left in the second quarter Monday night against the Steelers. Just 1:32 later, Houston trailed 24-13 with a 14 percent chance to win.
24
Rams
2-4

2
Last Week: 26

QB Austin Davis posted the highest completion percentage against a defending Super Bowl champion in a win over the Seahawks. Robert Quinn recorded his first sack of the season, helping the Rams quadruple their season sack total (four).
25

1
Last Week: 24

Matt Ryan was constantly under pressure against the Ravens Sunday and just lost his starting center for the year. It’s a bad time to host the NFL’s most efficient defense (Detroit).
26

2
Last Week: 28

Colt McCoy will get his first start with the Redskins. But Brian Orakpo may have played his last snap with the team.
27

Last Week: 27

After posting a Total QBR of 86 in his first career start, Teddy Bridgewater has a Total QBR of 6 in his past two games. That’s the lowest QBR in the NFL in that span.
28
Titans
2-5

3
Last Week: 25

Good news: The Titans forced Redskins QB Kirk Cousins to the bench Sunday. Bad news: They made Colt McCoy look like a Pro Bowl passer in his first extended game action since Week 16 of 2012.
29
Jets
1-6

Last Week: 29

The Jets held their own against the Patriots and traded for Percy Harvin to help improve their 4.8 yards per play average (31st in NFL).
30

Last Week: 30

The Buccaneers have been outscored by 96 points in the first half of games, the worst margin in the NFL.
31

1
Last Week: 32

Good news: The Jaguars won a game. Bad news: Blake Bortles’ Total QBR was 9, the lowest for a quarterback in a win since Cincy’s Andy Dalton posted a 4 in Week 11 of 2013 against the Browns.
32

1
Last Week: 31

The Raiders are 0-6 for the first time since 1962. Their 12-game losing streak is the second-longest in franchise history. They rank 30th in offensive efficiency and 28th in defensive efficiency.

Tom Brady’s new UGG Commercial “Down Time”

Tom Brady with his dog Lua in the new UGG Australia commercial. (Photo From  UGG Australia)

Tom Brady with his dog Lua in the new UGG Australia commercial.
(Photo From UGG Australia)

UGG Australia’s new fall commercial features Tom Brady and his dog Lua called “Down Time”.

“Down Time” explores Tom’s life off the field. It focuses on how important downtime truly is.

The past videos that have launched this Fall included “Time Out,” which featured Tom’s dad Tom Brady Senior in early September and “Pre-Game,” which featured Tom’s mom Galynn in late September.  In the ad, Tom is wearing the “Munroe” boot from UGG for Men’s Fall collection.

You can see the “Down Time” commercial below.

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Here’s the commercial for “Time-Out”.

 

Here’s the “Pre-Game” commercial.

If you want your very own pair of UGGS then you can go here: http://www.uggaustralia.com/

Patriots sign DL Alan Branch

DL Alan Branch has signed with the Pats.  (Photo By: Timothy T. Ludwig)

DL Alan Branch has signed with the Pats.
(Photo By: Timothy T. Ludwig)

The Pats have made some moves today to boost their run defense and depth on the defensive side of the ball.

They traded for LB Akeem Ayers earlier, and now they’ve signed DL Alan Branch, according to reports.

Branch signed a one year deal with the team, according to Albert Breer. 

Branch has played DT and DE before and knows a 3-4 system.

Branch was with the Bills but was released after a DUI arrest in August.

Branch had 39 tackles in 2013 and in 2012 with the Seahawks he had 29 tackles and 1 sack.

Branch is a 6’6, 325 DL.

 

Chandler Jones out for a month

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Patriots pass rusher Chandler Jones will miss a month due to a hip injury, according to the Boston Globe.

Jones did not practice today.

Jones has 21 tackles, 4.5 sacks, 1 FF, 1 FR, and 1 kick block which he returned for a touchdown.

Jones has been the main defensive end opposite Rob Ninkovich, who has 30 tackles and 4 sacks.

Rookie DL Dominique Easley, whose been battling a shoulder injury all season projects as the guy to fill in for Jones. Also DE Zach Moore will probably get more action.

Also, linebacker Dont’a Hightower will probably see more action pass rushing. Hightower is an excellent pass rusher and I believe we will see him rush the QB even more without Jones and maybe even line up at DE from time to time. Hightower has 3 sacks on the season. Hightower is the guy I’ve wanted to see rush the QB more than the Pats have allowed and if they know what’s good for the defense they will do that now.

 

 

Patriots trade for LB Akeem Ayers

Akeem Ayers a 4th year LB has been traded to the Patriots. (Photo By: Wade Payne)

Akeem Ayers a 4th year LB has been traded to the Patriots.
(Photo By: Wade Payne)

The Patriots have traded a 6th round pick to the Tennessee Titans for LB Akeem Ayers and a 7th round pick, according to a team source. The deal is pending a physical.

The Titans drafted Ayers in the 2nd round of the 2011 draft out of UCLA. Ayers played outside linebacker for the Titans in a 4-3 scheme, where he seemed to flourish.

His rookie year he made 76 tackles, 2 sacks, and 1 forced fumble. In 2012, he seemed to improve. He complied 104 tackles, 6 sacks, 1 forced fumble, 1 interception, and 8 passes defended. In 2013 he dealt with knee injuries, but still gathered 49 tackles, 1 sack, 1 forced fumble, 1 interception, and 5 passes defended.

He faced the Patriots in 2012, and had 11 tackles.

Ayers is 6’3 and 255 pounds.

He has just 3 tackles this season, but has been active in only 2 games for the Titans this year.

He was thought to be a better fit for the Titans 3-4 defense brought in by Ken Whisenhunt and Ray Horton. 

He has played in both 3-4 and 4-3 defense, which means he has experience with both which Belichick surely loves.

The Pats are thin at linebacker since losing Jerod Mayo during a week 6 win over the Bills.

Ayers has been added for depth reasons and in the hope he can help stop the run.

He may have a great comeback with the Pats or not, only time will tell.

 

Tom Brady talks Peyton, Bears, and Percy Harvin

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Tom Brady made his weekly appearance on WEEI radio show this morning and was asked about Peyton Manning’s record breaking night last night.

“It’s pretty incredible,” Brady said. “It’s hard to throw touchdown passes and he — even in the last two years — I’ve never seen anything like it. It’s pretty incredible. It’s a great record. It’s incredible to do. He’s been very durable. He’s been very consistent. He’s just a spectacular player.”

Manning now holds the record for most touchdowns in a career. Brady has 372 touchdown passes.

“He has great recognition, great instincts,” Brady said. “Everything that you think you would see, that’s what he is. I’ve never been in a meeting room with him, I’m sure a lot of receivers have been, but he’s certainly got great command. He’s really a field general. I think that’s the best description. I think that’s kind of the thing that comes to mind when you think about him. He has great command out there.

Brady said he watched the game and a few others on his day off and sent Manning text to congratulate him.

“He’s been a great player for a long time. He was great at the Colts and obviously come to Denver and he’s had an incredible run there. It’s been incredible to watch. He makes throwing four touchdown passes look incredibly easy, which of course as we know is not.”

Brady was asked about the never ending debate of who the better QB is.

“Peyton has an incredible career,” Brady said. “I’ve been very fortunate. To think that I would have had the opportunity to do that when I was starting out is crazy to think. And I am still part of a great team that has a great opportunity to achieve even more.

“And certainly the winning, that’s what separates our team apart from the other teams — has been our ability to win on a consistent basis, year in, year out no matter what the circumstances or situations. To be a part of an organization where that’s been what we have been able to accomplish, that’s just been unbelievable. I’m a lucky guy that it’s still going.”

Brady was asked if Manning has had it easier than him.

“I wouldn’t change anything that I’ve ever done,” Brady said. “I certainly wouldn’t change my career with anybody. To have the opportunity to play in five Super Bowls, to play for one organization is — you can’t envision those things. And like I said, it’s still going. I think hopefully the best is yet to come.”

Brady also talked about his next opponent the Chicago Bears.

He was asked about the reports that the Bears are having locker room issues.

“Every team is going through different things. It’s tough when you’re losing. I don’t think there’s a lot of good things or positive things to say when you lose. They’ve actually had a pretty tough home record, which I’m sure is tough on them and the home fans. I think they’ve lost all their games at home this year, and they lost their last home game last year. They haven’t been able to play well at home, but they’re still a good team. They’ve still won a lot of games this year, so they’re winning them on the road. Maybe we wish we played them at home. … We’ll get their best. We always seem to get everybody’s best. It’s just the way it is, playing here.”

He also talked about the reports from a few weeks ago saying he was upset with his coaches.

“The one thing I can really be responsible for is what I say, and not for really what other people may say or think or write. And that’s OK for them to think that. As I said earlier in the conversation here, there’s nothing positive to say when you lose. It’s not like you come out and you say, ‘Wow, we gave it all we could but we just couldn’t get it done.’ That doesn’t sound great. You don’t ever want to criticize your teammates. You don’t really ever want to criticize yourself much other than to say you can do a lot better. A few weeks ago, there’s not a lot of great things to say. We had been dealing with that. We lost to Miami, we lost to KC. … There’s a lot of teams, like I said, like Chicago, when you’re dealing with losses, it can get pretty tough. For our situation, when we were 2-2, yeah, it’s tough, because we lost a big game on a Monday night, it didn’t look good, we were playing some good teams coming up. Fortunately we found a way to turn things around, and that’s what we need to continue to do. I think everybody’s much more happy around Gillette Stadium when we’re winning games. And I’m sure our fans are, too. We as individuals, that’s what we try to do every day, we go in there with a sense of purpose to try to go out there and put our best on the field. And when it’s not our best, we go reevaluate and try to be at our best the next week.”

Brady also talked about Percy Harvin.

“He’s a phenomenal player. It’s obviously a big trade. He’s a very explosive player. There’s always a reason why someone’s traded. We had a lot of trades that worked out on our end — Randy Moss and Corey Dillon. Some teams think a player can be more effective in their system. When that guy’s healthy, he’s an explosive player. We saw that, really his whole career. … He’s an exceptional player.”

Brady also praised his OL Jordan Devy for protecting him.

“Jordan said to me right after, he was like, ‘Man I wasn’t going to let him [do that]. I saw you throw the ball and the guy shoved you,’ and he goes, ‘I wasn’t going to let him get away with that.’ He’s a great guy, and has really stepped in and done a great job for us. That was great to see. I wish the 15-yarder, we didn’t get that, because we have way too many penalties this year. I think we’ve got to be first or second in the league in penalties. so we’ve got to try to figure out a way to eliminate penalties. But being aggressive and playing to the echo of the whistle and protecting your teammates is always supported in football.”

He was asked if he flopped or not when the Jets defensive player pushed him.

“No, I wasn’t trying to draw a penalty. I got hit the first [time] — when I got hit I thought that they were throwing a penalty on the other guy. That’s what I really thought the penalty was. And then he said it was on our guy. I said, ‘But this is the guy that hit me late.’ I was actually a bit surprised.”

Brady talked about his Facebook page and the big hit it’s been this season.

“I’ve worked with one of my great friends on it, who’s really done a great job. That’s a pretty important thing to do today. We’ve talked a lot about it over the years, with social media. Really I think the phrase will always be ‘controlling the message’ and also having the opportunity to talk to your fans. I’m a little bit old school in that I’ve never really approached — probably the younger generation, the guys playing now, are much more in tune with that. I’m trying to do a better job with that, certainly over the last six weeks.”

This transcript was provided by WEEI.com