Eye-popping Pats stat against top-10 defenses

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Eye-popping Pats stat against top-10 defenses

By Tom E. Curran
CSNNE.com

You think this is a busy week for me? You're right. But it's not so busy I can't get in an extended e-mail argument with a guy about whether or not the Patriots beat the Jets by six touchdowns (his contention) or seven (mine) back in Week 13. I said on the television - I believe it was the Mike Felger Variety Hour on Sunday night - that the Patriots beat the Jets by seven. This sent your boy Dennis racing to his keyboard.
From: Dennis
To: Curran, Tom
Subject: 7 Touchdowns? The Patriots beat the Jets 45 to 3. That is a 42-point win. Forty-two points is 6 touchdowns and 6 points after. Seven touchdowns would be 49 points. The Jets are big mouth morons and losers, but you need to improve you math skills. Dennis

From: Curran, Tom
To: Dennis
Subject: 7 Touchdowns? Dennis,

What's 7x6? 42, right? How many points for a touchdown? 6, right? What's your point?

Tom
From: Dennis
To: Curran, Tom
Subject: 7 Touchdowns?
My point is that they also kicked 6 points after touchdown. That would make if 6 touchdowns for 36 points and 6 PATs for 42 points. That is 6 X 6 = 36, then 36 6 PATs = 42.

From: Curran, Tom
To: Dennis
Subject: 7 Touchdowns?
Dennis,
How many points for a touchdown, 6 or 7? I swear it's 6. The point-after thing you're talking about? It's a different play.Or we could assume 2-point conversions and call it 48 . . .

I will keep you updated on how this progresses. Meanwhile, check out this stat unearthedby the Patriots media relations department (they do yeoman's work). The Patriots have played an opponent with a top 10 scoring defense (fewest points allowed per game) seven times in 2010 and are 6-1 in those games. The Patriots are averaging 30.1 points per game when playing a defense ranked among the top 10 stingiest in terms of allowing points. While the Patriots are averaging 30.1 points per game against those teams, the rest of the NFL is averaging 16.4 points per game. Steelers (1) 14.5 PPG. Patriots scored 39. Avg allowed in other games: 12.9 Packers (2) 15 PPG. Patriots scored 31. Avg allowed in other games: 13.9 Baltimore (3) 16.9 PPG. Patriots scored 23. Avg allowed in other games: 16.5 Chicago (4) 17.9 PPG. Patriots scored 36. Avg allowed in other games: 16.7 N.Y. Jets (6) 19 PPG. Patriots scored 14 (Game 1). Average allowed in other games: 17.5

N.Y. Jets (6) 19 PPG. Patriots scored 45 (Game 2). Avg allowed in other games: 17.5 Chargers(10) 20.1 PPG. Patriots scored 23. Average allowed in other games: 19.9 Now, back to check my inbox to debate Dennis some more.

Tom E. Curran can be reached at tcurran@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Tom on Twitter at http:twitter.comtomecurran

Solder, Patriots training staff earn Ed Block Courage Awards

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Solder, Patriots training staff earn Ed Block Courage Awards

FOXBORO -- Patriots left tackle Nate Solder has been through a lot over the last few years. 

He battled and beat testicular cancer before the 2014 offseason and then went on to help the Patriots to their fourth Super Bowl title. In 2015, he tore his biceps in Week 5 and spent the rest of the year on injured reserve. Just weeks later after suffering that season-ending injury, Solder's son, Hudson, was diagnosed with a Wilms' tumor in his kidneys. 

A quiet leader in the Patriots locker room, Solder has used his platform with the team to spread awareness stemming from personal hardships in addition to serving as a prominent supporter of the Hockomock Area YMCA. For his devotion to helping those in need, and for the example he sets at his job and in the community, he has been named the team's Ed Block Courage Award winner for 2016. 

Solder also participated in the NFL's My Cause My Cleats initiative wearing cleats to raise awareness for the Joe Andruzzi Foundation, which gives financial aid to cancer patients and their families. He also supports The Fresh Truck, which describes itself as a mobile food market on a mission to radically improve community health.

Rob Gronkowski, Sebastian Vollmer, Marcus Cannon, Jerod Mayo, Logan Mankins, Wes Welker and Tedy Bruschi have also recently been named Ed Block Courage Awards-winners for the Patriots. 

The team's training staff, led by head trainer Jim Whalen and assistant trainer and director of rehabilitation Joe Van Allen, was also honored on Tuesday as it was named the 2016 Ed Block Courage Award NFL Athletic Training Staff of the Year.

"The annual award, named for the longtime head athletic trainer for the Baltimore Colts who demonstrated an untiring dedication to helping others, recognizes an NFL staff for their distinguished service to their club, community and athletic training profession," the Patriots announced in a statement. 

In the release, trainer Daryl Nelson and physical therapist Michael Akinbola are also credited with helping keep the Patriots healthy. 

Others, including head strength and conditioning coach Moses Cabrera and team nutritionist Ted Harper, have a hand in keeping players at their physical peak. Combined, given the overall health of the roster this season, they've all had a hand in keep the team humming as it heads into its sixth consecutive AFC title game.

Tomlin apologizes for language, calls Brown's actions 'foolish' and 'selfish'

Tomlin apologizes for language, calls Brown's actions 'foolish' and 'selfish'

Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin indicated that stunts like Antonio Brown’s Sunday night video are the kind that get good players shipped out of town.

“He's a great player, respected largely in the locker room but incidents such as this don't help him in that regard,” said Tomlin told Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazzette and others at a Tuesday press conference in Pittsburgh. “That's often why you see great players move from team to team. Don't want that to happen to Antonio Brown.” 

Tomlin, who referred to the Patriots as “a--holes” after the Steelers beat Kansas City in a Divisional Playoff game, apologized for his profanity and the other off-color comments made in the 17-minute broadcast.

“Like to say the language on the video is regrettable, by me and by others,” Tomlin stated.” That's why we go to great lengths to preserve certain moments and interactions between us. As a parent, as a member of the community I take that very seriously. I issue an apology in that regard.”

Tomlin added that he has “absolutely no worries on the video's effect on the game, on the Patriots, on the Steelers. Game is too big.”

Returning to Brown – who has yet to address why he thought this was a great idea – Tomlin said, “It was foolish of him to do that, selfish and inconsiderate. It was violation of our policy, league policy. He has to grow from this. He works extremely hard, he's extremely talented and those things get minimized with incidents like this."