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Bret Bielema Expects to be the Next Patriots Defensive Coordinator

Unless Brian Flores pulls a Josh McDaniels, the New England Patriots will be looking for a new defensive play-caller when their season concludes following Super Bowl LIII.

Flores, who is expected to be named head coach of the Miami Dolphins, was the Patriots’ de facto defensive coordinator this season after Matt Patricia left last offseason to become the Detroit Lions’ head coach.

While some reports have speculated that former Ohio State defensive coordinator and Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Greg Schiano would fill Flores’ position as defensive coordinator, it looks like another former college coach might be moving up the ranks in Bill Belichick’s staff, Joshua Schrock of NESN reports.

According to Ben Volin of the Boston Globe, current Patriots consultant Bret Bielema “has been telling people that he’s going to become the Patriots’ next defensive coordinator.”

Bielema was the head coach of the Wisconsin Badgers from 2006 to 2012 before leaving to become the head coach at Arkansas. The 49-year-old went 29-34 in five seasons in Fayetteville before being fired at the end of the 2017 season. He has spent the last year as a consultant to Belichick.

Has Tom Brady Become the Greatest QB of All-Time? ESPN Discusses Both Sides of It

Stephen A. Smith, Max Kellerman, and Damien Woody dissect Patriots QB Tom Brady. Stephen A. says he is the best leader and player in the NFL despite his love for Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers.

Max Kellerman on the other hand says he wasn’t even better than the Kansas Chiefs’ Patrick Mahomes in the 2018 AFC Championship Game.

If Tom Tops the Rams in Super Bowl LIII; Will He Walk Away and Retire?

Tom Brady is a sure-fire Hall of Fame QB, and many think that he’s the greatest of all-time.

With that said, with an impending game in two weeks against the Rams for what would be his 6th Super Bowl, some have questioned if he’s going to call it quits if he happens to win another title.

Pro Football Talk speculated about the subject early on Monday:

With Brady closing in his second straight chance at winning his sixth championship, the question of whether the GOAT would head for the green, green grass of home will re-emerge, and potentially intensify.

Brady has long insisted that he’ll play until he’s 45. Some think that he continues to point to an expiration date well into the future in order to never have what would amount to a farewell tour. Under that theory, Brady would unexpectedly bid farewell at some point short of hitting the halfway point to 90.

The wishes of Mrs. Brady can’t be overlooked. She has spoken publicly regarding her concerns for his health, blurting out during an interview nearly two years ago that Brady has had concussions. Although Brady has managed to keep her on board for two more seasons, she now has 13 days to make the case that the ultimate quarterback needs to become the ultimate showman and walk away on top, before he becomes the ultimate meatball.

The fact that Brady and the Patriots will face in Super Bowl LIII the team that Brady an the Patriots beat in Super Bowl XXXVI gives the moment a certain bit of symmetry and poetry. Brady can bookend his initial championship, put a sixth pelt on the wall, and call it a career.

Brady and the Pats are slight underdogs entering the game against the Rams, but if anyone is ready to bet against the Patriots, they have two weeks to think about changing their minds.

Patriots Looking for October Victory Repeat Against the Chiefs; Three Keys to a Win

The Patriots (per usual) Sunday will play for a shot at going to the Super Bowl when they invade Arrowhead Stadium Sunday to take on the Kansas City Chiefs in a rematch from a memorable shootout 43-40 back on October 15th in Gillette Stadium.

This time around it’s a road affair, and the Pats will come in looking to again slow down the high-powered offense of Pat Mahomes and the Chiefs, who got off to a quick start in their AFC Divisional Playoff win over the Indianapolis Colts.

Today we take a quick look at the game and three keys to what it’s going to take for the Pats to get out of Arrowhead with a win.

1. A Fast Start

Anytime you’re on the road in a high pressure situation like a conference title game, getting over the early nerves and getting some early momentum would be key.

The Pats jumped on the Chargers at home last week, and while LA was able to tie the game up, the Pats simply dominated the game for the rest of the first half to build a huge lead.

This time, the Chiefs are coming in with the same goal, as against the Colts they had a big lead early in the game before a blocked punt got the Colts on the board.

The Pats being the more experienced team will help in this situation.

2. Keep it Sony

Sony Michel might have been the best offensive player on the field last week, and his ability to get into space was a big reason they built the big lead.

In the first meeting back in October, Michel rushed for 106 yards on 24 carries, and with what the forecast is calling for in KC on Sunday, being able to run the ball is going to be key for both teams.

Give Michel the rock early and often, and see if he can duplicate the same numbers he did against the Chargers.

3. Penalties and Turnovers

It’s the two things that will kill any team looking to win a conference title game, or any big game for that matter.

This time around the Pats would love a repeat of the last time the teams played, as they didn’t commit a single penalty in the win, and also won the turnover battle 2-1.

The Pats have to make the Chiefs pay for their mistakes, and in turn not make any of their own.

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The Roller Coaster That’s Been the Super Bowl Halftime Show

There’s been some good, some bad, and some ugly in the history of the Super Bowl Halftime show, which has included some of the all-time greats (such as Michael Jackson, Prince and Lady Gaga), but this season there’s a real issue that the NFL has on their hands in terms of a credibility problem.

Let’s go back to Super Bowl XXVI on January 26th 1992 in the Rose Bowl in California.

Gloria Estefan is performing the finale of a show that features dancers, a marching band and two former Olympic champion skaters.

At the same time, people across America are taking toilet breaks, making beer runs, or – disastrously for Super Bowl host broadcaster CBS – changing the channel, with approximately 17 million viewers ditching the halftime show for a one-off live episode of sketch comedy show In Living Color on rival network Fox, a huge sketch comedy show at the time with the likes of Jim Carrey and the Wayans Brothers.

It was a catastrophe for the Super Bowl’s organizers, who, as a result, aggressively recruited the biggest pop star in the world in Michael Jackson, in a bid to enhance ratings.

Their plan would up working.

The King of Pop’s 1993 appearance helped to attract a television audience of 91 million viewers – the second-largest in Super Bowl history at the time and 12 million more than the previous year – and ratings actually increased between halves for the first time ever.

Staging concert-style shows with worldwide mainstream artists has worked for both the organizers and performers ever since, with the artists and the NFL enjoying great success.

The Super Bowl’s US television audience has never dipped back below 83 million viewers, while artists who have done it enjoy a boost to both their profile and their sales.

The halftime show has grown to where that it is discussed almost as much as the game itself, with online betting props available to bet on the first song, changes of costumes, and what guests will appear.

In the past couple of years, however, the organizers have faced a new problem: attracting mega superstars.

The reason why is complicated, but it can be traced back to the continued exile of former San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick, who protested the national anthem at the start of games throughout the 2016 season and has been a huge source of controversy ever since.

Jay-Z turned down the chance to appear in 2018 in solidarity with Kaepernick, while several mainstream artists rejected offers to perform at the 2019 show, including Rihanna, Pink and Cardi B.

The organizers have settled on Maroon 5 to headline this year’s show, with guest appearances from Travis Scott – who requested a $500,000 donation for charity Dream Corps to appear – and OutKast member Big Boi, not the lineup that the NFL really wanted.

It’s clear that for the first time in more than 25 years, though, the show, previously considered a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, is now viewed by some artists as not worth the headache.

It’s hard to believe, given how successful the blueprint created by Jackson’s huge 1993 performance has been.

His album, Dangerous, rose 90 places in the Billboard charts immediately after the show, and his 90-minute conversation with Oprah Winfrey just over a week later remains the highest-rated television interview of all time.

Indeed, most artists have benefitted hugely from performing at the Super Bowl, and it would be worth their while to think twice about it.

Madonna, for example, saw sales of her back catalogue increase by 410 percent after her appearance in 2012.

And in 2018, Lady Gaga’s album and single sales rose by over 1,000 per cent on the day of her acclaimed Super Bowl LI halftime show, with the buzz from that performance helping her secure a two-year residency in Las Vegas later that year.

To some artists, however, the halftime show hasn’t been quite so kind.

Janet Jackson is the most notable of those, with ‘Nipplegate’ being inarguably the most infamous moment in Super Bowl history.

While Justin Timberlake was just as responsible for the wardrobe malfunction, Jackson took the brunt of the blame. Her music and videos were removed from all Viacom properties – including CBS and MTV – and her album, while critically acclaimed, underperformed commercially.

M.I.A. also saw her profile dip after she gave the camera the middle finger at Super Bowl XLVI in 2012 and was subsequently sued for $16m by the NFL, later settling out of court.

It’s a testament to the show’s pull, however, that artists continued – up until recently, at least – to jump at the chance to perform.

There’s no doubt that the NFL has benefitted just as much from the switch to concert-style performances.

Ratings now typically rise at halftime as viewers tune in to watch the spectacle, and the last nine Super Bowls have all seen American television audiences of 100 million and above.

A 30-second Super Bowl commercial spot, which cost $850,000 back in 1992, is now worth $5m, an increase of $3.5m after accounting for inflation.

It’s clear, however, that the Kaepernick situation has hurt the NFL.

Last year’s Super Bowl – in which Timberlake’s halftime show performance featured a tone-deaf posthumous duet with Prince – attracted the smallest television audience since 2009.

Ratings fell nine per cent from 2017, when Lady Gaga performed, and market share dropped below 69 per cent for the first time in eight years.

For that reason, the pressure is on for this February’s Super Bowl in Atlanta after the rejections from several big names have become so public.

A complete revamp of the halftime show is not likely to happen, but another year of ratings going down could force the NFL to change what they do in terms of their strategy – one that has been incredibly successful for the past 25 years.

There have been some great, and some not-so-great Super Bowl halftime shows over the years, as illustrated in this infographic from Betway.

Guess the Score of the Chargers-Patriots and Win an Amazing Rob Gronkowski Bobblehead from Forever Collectibles

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Patriots Get to Sit Back and Wait as Four AFC Teams Look to Advance This Weekend

It’s mission accomplished for the Patriots in terms of doing enough to get the number two seed in the AFC, and while the team had some issues down the stretch, getting a bye in the first week of the postseason was a key for the club to get back to the Super Bowl.

Using a Unibet promo code, you can see that the other teams in the AFC will fight it out this week (minus the first-seed Chiefs), and the Pats will sit back and wait for either the Baltimore Ravens, Los Angeles Chargers or Houston Texans that visit Gillette Stadium in the Divisional Playoffs.

As it stands the only team that is playing this weekend that can’t face the Pats next weekend would be the Indianapolis Colts, as they are the 6th seed and if they beat the Houston Texans they would travel to Kansas City to take on the Chiefs.

The most likely game for the Patriots next weekend would be a showdown with the AFC South Champion Houston Texans, a team that play host Sunday to a team they know very well in the Colts.

If the Texans can take care of business at home Saturday, they will guarantee a matchup with the Patriots. Houston hosts Indianapolis in the first playoff game this weekend at 4:30pm Saturday.

The other AFC game that the Patriots will be keeping an eye on will be played on Sunday in Baltimore, as the Ravens will have a week 16 rematch against the Los Angeles Chargers.

Baltimore is a favorite in the game, and they beat the Chargers in Los Angeles in Week 16. It will be an interesting game as Los Angeles won two more regular-season games than Baltimore, going 7-1 on the road.

The only divisional team that the Pats played during the regular season are the Texans, with the Pats topping Houston at Gillette Stadium 27-20 in Week 1, extending their losing streak against New England to eight games. Deshaun Watson had arguably his worst game of the season by completing 50 percent of his passes for 176 yards.

A matchup with the Texans would be in the Pats favor, as it seems like everyone right now is fearing the Ravens, a team that not only can run the ball but also plays defense as well as any team in the league.

The Ravens actually have a playoff win over the Patriots in New England, as back in 2013 in the first round the Ravens ran past the Pats 28-13 in the 2013 AFC Championship Game. Baltimore lost in New England two postseasons later.

Sit back and enjoy the weekend games Pats fans, it should be yet another fun ride as the Pats look to again get to the biggest game on planet earth in the Super Bowl.

Patriots Players and Team Stunned Over Suspension Handed to WR Josh Gordon

It was a somber day for the Patriots, as the team was stunned and taken aback by the news that receiver Josh Gordon was suspended by the NFL yet again. Gordon violated the terms of hie reinstatement, and will be suspended indefinitely by the league.

While Gordon was not the teams’ number one wide out, he was playing well enough. Even minus him, if you use one of the for this weeks game against the Bills, the Pats remain a healthy favorite for Sunday’s affair.

As far as the news of his suspension, ESPN’s Mike Reiss reports that the Pats in general were stunned, and most of Gordon’s teammates took the news very heard. The news was given to the players during a team meeting Thursday morning.

Buzz about Gordon started after the 27-year-old former Browns receiver did not attend a voluntary early morning get together. It was just 15 minutes later that Pats head coach Bill Belichick spoke to the team and told them about Gordon’s suspension.

For the Pats, they have had to overcome a lot over the years, but it seems like this team is on the ropes a little more than usual this late in the season.

The club lost in wild fashion on the last play of the game two weeks ago against the Miami Dolphins, and then last week they only scored three second half points, 10 overall, and were defeated by the Steelers at Heniz Field, a place they usually play well and own.

Players on Thursday took the Gordon news in stride, but made it clear they really like the suspended wide receiver. One player, linebacker Kyle Van Noy told Reiss that he wants to be able to send Gordon some Super Bowl swag in a few months.

Gordon was sent to the Patriots earlier this season for a fifth-round pick, and many felt that if he could fit into the Pats system, it would be an amazing get for New England.

In 11 games for the Pats, Gordon caught 40 balls for 720 yards and three scores. He caught a history making touchdown earlier this year from Tom Brady, as he caught quarterback Brady’s 500th career TD in a win back on October 4th against the Indianapolis Colts.

The suspension didn’t come as a shock for many, as Gordon missed the 2015 and 2016 seasons due to substance-abuse violations. Gordon was reinstated in 2017. He played the final five games of the season with the Browns.