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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BRIGHTON, Mass – The Bruins held an optional morning skate on Tuesday morning at Warrior Ice Arena with little more than a handful of B’s players skating, but the most important player to Boston success, Tuukka Rask, was taking part after missing practice on Monday.
Rask missed Monday’s practice session while getting checked out medically following his exit from Sunday’s loss to Pittsburgh due to vision issues. He said on Tuesday that it was all related to migraines that have cropped up a couple of times in his NHL career. The Bruins No. 1 netminder also said he was good to play on Tuesday night against the Red Wings with just a couple of home games left until this weekend’s All-Star break.
That was the kind of good news embattled coach Claude Julien was looking for as Boston looks to end its season-worst, four-game losing streak.
“We’ve got good news so far, so that’s nice to see,” Julien said of Rask, who has started 13 of Boston’s past 14 games dating to a Dec. 27 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets. “Obviously it was because of the migraines, so hopefully we won’t see much more of that.”
In other Black and Gold health news, both Colin Miller and Kevan Miller have been cleared to play, and are expected to rejoin the B’s lineup with John-Michael Liles and Joe Morrow headed for healthy scratches. Here are the projected Bruins line combos and D-pairings as the Red Wings arrive for a divisional tilt after a shootout loss for Boston last week at Joe Louis Arena:
K. Miller-C. Miller
The Patriots schedule for the next few days in Massachusetts and Super Bowl Week in Houston is a little quirky.
Players are off on Tuesday (media has conference call access to Bill Belichick, Josh McDaniels and Matt Patricia). There’s no media access on Wednesday at all as the team begins getting introduced to the Super Bowl game plan that will have been partially formulated (and subject to tweaking). The players are in Thursday, Friday and Saturday for afternoon practices and there’s media access to the players each day. There’s no media access on Sunday.
The team will fly to Houston on Monday and – in a major departure – will do its media duties at night. The NFL has repackaged media day as Super Bowl Opening Night. It will be held at Minute Maid Field (home of the Astros) with access to the Patriots from 10 to 11 p.m. EST.
Tuesday, there will be access from 1:30 to 2:30 EST to Belichick and a handful of players at the Patriots’ hotel. There will be full access to players and coaches on Wednesday and Thursday from 5 to 6:15 EST.
There’s no NFL-sponsored access of any kind on Friday or Saturday. Previously, there was a final press conference with the head coaches and a press conference with the NFL Commissioner. His name is Roger. Roger Goodell.
The Pro Football Hall of Fame committee meets on Saturday and will announce the 2017 inductees by the end of the day.
For those of you who like television - or who stream on your tiny devices – we’ll be all over this mess.
This week, look for Patriots Wednesday Live on Thursday at noon (hard to have Wednesday Live if ain’t nobody gonna be live from the team).
Mike Giardi and I will be down there Sunday so start looking for live reports and my giant nose in the great state of Texas at that point.
If we’re not live during media day in the evening, I don’t know what we’re doing with our lives. Quick Slants will be Tuesday night and Jerod Mayo will be down there.
Lotta podding planned. Lotta podding.
We’ll keep you updated.