Brady: Patriots offense dictating own terms

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Brady: Patriots offense dictating own terms

Broncos linebacker Joe Mays knew exactly what one of his team's biggest problems was during Sunday night's loss to New England.
There just wasn't much Denver could do about it.
"Everything that happened out there we had seen on film, it was just the speed of the game. We weren't ready for that. We prepared for it, but when we came out on the field it surprised us a little bit," he said in the postgame.
"They were able to run the ball, pass the ball, they definitely were able to run their whole playbook against us. We definitely have to do a better job of stopping these guys on the run and getting pressure on the QB."
The Patriots ran no huddle offense -- whether one play or five -- on every drive until the fourth quarter.
In his Monday morning WEEI interview, Tom Brady confirmed Mays' lamentations.
We were moving pretty quick. I think we were trying to keep the pressure on them," the quarterback said. "I thought we did a good job of that. Its trying to keep them off balance, trying to keep our tempo.
Denver's defensive teetering meant the 31-21 final score featured a mess of impressive Patriots numbers.
New England's 35 first downs (18 rushing, 16 passing, one by penalty) is a new franchise record.
The team's 251 rushing yards, coupled with last week's 247 against Buffalo, mark the first back-to-back 200-plus yard rushing games since 1978.
Sunday's score was the fourth time in five games the Patriots have scored over 30 points.
Dating back to last week against Buffalo, Brady oversaw a stretch of 10 touchdown drives in 15 series.
Looks like the offense has its stuff together.
"It's just been what we've chosen to do the last few weeks," Brady said after the Denver game. "I think that's more of what we're doing as opposed to what they're doing defensively. We're just trying to put a lot of pressure on those guys to get the calls in and line up and play against us.
"We're running the ball against some very advantageous looks and throwing the ball against some advantageous looks, and I think the important part is to be able to do both. You can't just throw all day. You can't run all day. You have to be able to do both. It's been pretty good the last few weeks."
Sunday night Brady threw 31 passes, completing 23 for 223 yards and a touchdown. He also snuck one in over the goal line himself.
The irony is, Peyton Manning had the better statistical night: 31-for-44 for 345 yards, three touchdowns, and a 116.2 rating.
It's just those numbers didn't matter in the end as much as the Patriots' plus-11 minute lead in time of possession.
"He is extremely smart and I think he knows football," Broncos coach John Fox said. "I mean, I think our guy did an outstanding job tonight as well. I mean, Brady is a great players; he's been doing it a long time at a high level, so he's definitely a hard quarterback to defend against."
No matter how much film you study.

Bennett says he is 'just chilling' and hasn't given free agency 'a ton of thought'

Bennett says he is 'just chilling' and hasn't given free agency 'a ton of thought'

Will Martellus Bennett be back with the Patriots next season?

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport says it's "a real possibility" Bennett leaves given the asking price and potential offers.

Less than an hour later, the unrestricted free agent sent out a tweet responding to speculation about his future.

Bennett, who will 30 years old in March, had seven touchdowns in 19 games in his first season with the New England Patriots. 

 

Blount on free agency: 'I definitely want to go back to New England'

Blount on free agency: 'I definitely want to go back to New England'

LeGarrette Blount knows where he wants to be for 2017. Ever since he re-joined the Patriots in 2014 following a short stay in Pittsburgh, the 250-pound back has been very open about how he wants to play out the rest of his career in New England. 

Those feelings haven't changed, even as he faces free-agency after having recorded the best season of his seven-year career.

"I just want to make sure that I go to this free agency with an open mind, knowing that I definitely want to go back to New England," he told NFL Total Access on Monday. "I love it there. I love the culture. I love the players. I've become close with a lot of the guys. Obviously you know how my running back group is.

"We'll cross that bridge whenever we cross it. On that point, I feel great. I'm in amazing shape. I feel like I could play 100 more years if I have to."

Blount finished 2016 with career-highs in attempts (299) yards (1,161) and touchowns (18). His ability to help the Patriots close games in the fourth quarter was notable throughout the course of the season, and he was among the most effective goal-line backs in the league. His 18 rushing scores are a franchise record.

Toward the end of the season, as Dion Lewis worked his way back into the Patriots offense, Blount had his workload cut into, and his fumble in the Super Bowl was a near-catastrophic moment -- his devastated reaction to which was caught expertly by NFL Films. But a big-picture view of Blount's year would reveal that he  posted the most prodictive "big back" season the Patriots have had in more than a decade.

Blount signed a one-year deal with the Patriots last offseason after seeing his 2015 prematurely ended by way of a hip injury. He turned 30 in December.