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Through the A-Gaps: Patriots Linebacker Jamie Collins Making His Way to the Quarterback

Jamie Collins has made offenses mindful up the middle. (NFL Game Rewind)

Jamie Collins has registered three sacks in his last two games. (NFL Game Rewind)

Jamie Collins amassed 16.5 sacks over his final 26 collegiate games at Southern Mississippi. But through his first 26 regular-season games with the New England Patriots, that number stood at zero.

Now it stands at three.

Collins has been called upon to rush the passer 17 times over his last two games. And through the A-gaps he’s hit home. He’s hit home the way he often did as a senior on an 0-12 football team, only two years later, he’s hit home as a chess piece on a 10-3 one.

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Tom Brady on WEEI: ‘Truthfully, We Didn’t Run Many Plays’

A limited number of plays limited the Patriots' run game against the Packers. (NFL Game Rewind)

A limited number of plays limited the Patriots’ run game against the Packers. (NFL Game Rewind)

It’s hard to run out of a deficit, but it’s just as hard to run without the football.

Both of those sentiments carried weight in the New England Patriots’ 26-21 loss to the Green Bay Packers on Sunday. The first quarter at Lambeau saw Green Bay get out to a 13-0 lead, and by halftime it was a 23-14 one. And while the Patriots held the Packers out of the end zone on four trips into the red zone during the Week 13 game, the Patriots were unable to scratch beyond a two-point deficit at any one point in the second half.

Scratching for the ball was enough.

“Truthfully, we didn’t run many plays. I think that’s a big issue,” Patriots quarterback Tom Brady said on WEEI’s Dennis & Callahan Tuesday morning. “We were talking about that yesterday – we’re always trying to find our balance offensively. And when you play from behind the whole game, it’s hard sometimes to find your balance, especially when your play count is in the mid-50s.” Continue reading

Double Move: How Packers Rookie Davante Adams Separated from the Patriots

Davante Adams turned in his best NFL game against the Patriots on Sunday. (NFL Game Rewind)

Davante Adams worked his way through New England’s secondary. (NFL Game Rewind)

He turned left, right and downfield. Along the way, Davante Adams turned in his best NFL game on Sunday, leading the Green Bay Packers with six catches for 121 yards in a 26-21 victory over the New England Patriots.

The rookie second-round pick via Fresno State did so with the little things, against a secondary with several big things. But those big things, headlined by three-time All-Pro Darrelle Revis and the 6-foot-4, 221-pound Brandon Browner, had much of their attention dispersed elsewhere. And that was something Adams made the most of over the course of his 59 snaps.

It was part of the design.

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Julian Edelman on WEEI: ‘Around Here We’re Never Satisfied with Losing’

Julian Edelman finished with seven catches for 48 yards in the Patriots' loss at Lambeau. (NFL Game Rewind)

Julian Edelman finished with seven catches for 48 yards in the Patriots’ Week 13 loss to the Packers. (NFL Game Rewind)

Julian Edelman finished second on the team in receiving during Sunday’s loss to the Green Bay Packers. And on Monday, the New England Patriots wideout joined WEEI’s Middays with MFB to discuss the game and the road ahead.

He did so from San Diego, as the Patriots traveled directly from Green Bay in preparation for Week 14 against the Chargers.

“It would have been a lot better if we had got a win. But with this league, you’ve got to turn it around quick. We’ve got another big one this weekend,” Edelman said of the 8-4 Chargers, coming off a 34-33 victory over the Baltimore Ravens.

“It’s nice to be out here, I guess. Little warm. But it’s a business trip.”

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3rd-and-9: The Final Play of the Patriots’ Final Drive

A third-down sack marked the last time New England's offense saw the field against Green Bay. (NFL Game Rewind)

A third-down sack marked the last time New England saw the field. (NFL Game Rewind)

Tom Brady was sacked once against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday, but timing was everything.

The New England Patriots’ offense was moving, 10 plays into what would be its final drive of the game, and what could have been the deciding drive of the game. From its own 28-yard line to the Green Bay 20-yard line New England went. Yet with Brady and the attack went six minutes of game clock.

And all that remained in the 26-21 game was 3:25 in the fourth quarter. Play No. 11.

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Week 13 in Numbers: Patriots vs. Packers

Tom Brady and Brandon LaFell connected for two touchdowns in New England's loss to Green Bay. (NFL Game Rewind)

Tom Brady and Brandon LaFell connected for two TDs in New England’s loss to Green Bay. (NFL Game Rewind)

A 26-21 loss to the Green Bay Packers was the end result of Week 13 for the New England Patriots, as both sides landed at 9-3 on the season.

But beyond the final score and the win-loss records reside the numbers that factored into it.

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Five Wide: Observations from Patriots’ 26-21 Loss vs. Packers

Eddie Lacy and the Packers set the tone at Lambeau Field on Sunday. (NFL Game Rewind)

Eddie Lacy and the Packers set the tone at Lambeau Field on Sunday. (NFL Game Rewind)

Two field goals by Mason Crosby and a touchdown by rookie tight end Richard Rodgers started it.

It was 13-0 through the first quarter versus the New England Patriots on Sunday, as the Green Bay Packers picked up on the Lambeau Field ground they left off on.

The NFC North leaders extended their home scoring mark to 79-0 through their last five first quarters there. But that mark was one the AFC East leaders would contest in the second quarter and thenceforth.

Only one side continued to spark fires, while the other side continued to put them out in the 18-degree wind chill. Continue reading

Patriots Inactives: Danny Aiken Out vs. Packers; Aaron Dobson Slated to Return

Rob Ninkovich is expected to be busy Sunday afternoon against the Green Bay Packers.

Incumbent long snapper Danny Aiken is inactive for the New England Patriots due to a concussion, which means that the veteran defensive end – and No. 2 snapper – will be filling in on special teams. Ninkovich saw reps doing so in the preseason, and has experience doing so dating back to his time with the New Orleans Saints.

In addition to Aiken, the Patriots also announced that halfback James White, offensive tackle Cameron Fleming, offensive guard Jordan Devey, defensive end Chandler Jones, linebacker Chris White and cornerback Malcolm Butler will be inactive. Continue reading

Patriots vs. Packers: Pregame Points for Week 13

Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb will catch the Patriots' attention in Green Bay. (NFL Game Rewind)

Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb will catch the Patriots’ attention in Green Bay. (NFL Game Rewind)

The 8-3 Green Bay Packers and the 9-2 New England Patriots will meet at Lambeau Field for a 4:25 p.m. kickoff on Sunday. But before the Week 13 cross-conference game gets underway, here is a look at some of the pregame notes between the two sides. Continue reading

Fast and Controlled: Aaron Rodgers, Packers Offense Awaits Patriots

Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay offense will face New England Sunday afternoon. (NFL Game Rewind)

Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay offense will face New England Sunday at Lambeau. (NFL Game Rewind)

The Green Bay Packers will have the New England Patriots right where they want them on Sunday.

At Lambeau Field.

It is there that the Packers have scored at least 50 points in each of their last two home games, and it is there that they’ve netted a league-best 43.8 points per game over the course of five home games this season.

Those are numbers the 9-2 leaders of the AFC East will look to avert in Week 13. Continue reading

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