Mike Felger, Troy Brown, and Ty Law open things up on Patriots Postgame Live with their biggest reasons for the Patriots' 28-13 loss to the Ravens.
Law says that New England played into the hands of Baltimore, and Brown builds off of that statement.
"Second half was a little bit difficult for the Patriots to pick up some tough first downs there," Brown said. "I thought the Ravens coverage got a lot tighter on the Patriots as the game went on. They had a hard time giving Tom Brady a place to throw the ball. The thing that I saw happen in this football game was that Ravens offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell finally woke up and started throwing the football on first down and just went straight to the shotgun and got away from the run completely on first down."
Ravens QB Joe Flacco threw for 240 yards and three touchdowns. All three touchdowns came in the second half, with two going to physical wide receiver Anquan Boldin in the fourth quarter. Why the sudden change in production?
"A big subplot here is that Aqib Talib, the Patriots good corner, goes down early in the ballgame," Felger said. "And as soon as the Ravens decided to attack that, they had success. They didn't do it in the first half, but as soon as they decided to throw the ball, that's when they started to move the ball."
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Here are the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading after thinking Barack Obama gave Jeffrey Ross a run for his money as the Roast-master In Chief at last night’s White House Correspondent’s Dinner.
*The man behind the music at American Airlines Arena for the Dallas Stars’ games comes into the spotlight for a story.
*Don Cherry sings the praises of Joel Ward, wears a Toronto Marlies suit and said “it was time to go” for Bruce Boudreau in Anaheim.
*PHT writer Cam Tucker has Penguins coach Mike Sullivan taking major issue with the head shot Brooks Orpik laid on Olli Maatta.
*The Maple Leafs secure the No. 1 overall pick in last night’s NHL Draft lottery, which will no doubt lead them to Auston Matthews.
*Now that the Edmonton Oilers have the No. 4 pick, Peter Chiarelli is open to trade options for those teams wanting to move up.
*Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk is once again thriving in Ontario just a year after a major health scare.
*Good piece by FOH (Friend of Haggs) Kevin Kurz on the unique journey for Brent Burns that culminated in his Norris Trophy finalist honor this week.
*Spector has the roundup of rumors including plenty of speculation on Kevin Shattenkirk once the Blues are done in the playoffs.
*For something completely different: a couple of reporters actually got into an actual fight at the White House Correspondent’s after-party. It sounds like they both kind of deserved a punch in the face, to be honest.
The Patriots have reportedly added nine undrafted free agents after selecting nine players in the 2016 NFL Draft.
DJ Foster, RB/WR, Arizona State
Shaquille Powell, RB, Duke
De’Runnya Wilson, TE/WR, Miss State
Steven Scheu, TE, Vanderbilt
Woodrow Hamilton, DT, Mississippi State
CJ Johnson, LB, Mississippi State
V’Angelo Bentley, CB, Illinois
Jonathan Jones, CB, Auburn
Cre’Von LeBlanc, CB, Florida Atlantic
Foster is arguably the highest profile player the Patriots signed and was filmed celebrating the moment.
Foster has the versatility the Patriots looks for. He played running back over his first three collegiate seasons before shifting to wide receiver. He finished his career at Arizona State with 666 total touches for 4,813 yards and 32 touchdowns.
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CSN Patriots Insider Tom E. Curran and Phil Perry discuss the Patriots picks they liked and which ones they didn't.
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