• Film Breakdowns

    Film Study: A Look at How the Patriots Offense Found Success Against the Bills

    The Patriots suffered a crushing defeat last Sunday in Buffalo thus dropping New England to 2-5. While a lot of the talk this week has been centered around the severity of the Week 8 loss, we decided to dive into last week’s film to find some positive takeaways, particularly on offense. Rest assured there are still a ton of things the New England offense can do better. However, it should be noted that the Patriots took some steps in the right direction last Sunday. We laid out all the positive takeaways in this weeks film study. Rushing Attack The running game is the heartbeat of this football team. Whether it’s…

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    Film Study: How Can the Patriots Slow Down George Kittle?

    After dropping to 2-3 last Sunday against the Denver Broncos, the Patriots will look to bounce back against an injury-riddled, but still very talented San Francisco 49ers football team. The 49ers come into the Week 7 showdown sitting at 3-3.  The 49ers are a tough matchup for a number of reasons, their zone run scheme and their strong secondary being a few examples, but the matchup many will be focused on is how the Patriots defend George Kittle. The Patriots have faced several great tight ends this year, Darren Waller in Week 3 and Travis Kelce in Week 4, but this week they’ll be facing a different animal. Kittle is…

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    Film Study: A Look at the Blueprint Used by the Patriots to Slow Down the Chiefs Offense

    On October 5, the New England Patriots entered a heavyweight bout against the defending World Champion Kansas City Chiefs, a team that many feel has the best offense in the NFL. Fortunately for New England, the defense came to play. The Patriots held the Super Bowl MVP Patrick Mahomes and his track-meet offense to 19 points. On the other side of the ball, despite a brilliant defensive performance, the Patriots’ offense never really gave New England a shot to win the game. The offense threw a pick-six accounting for 7 more Kansas City points and the Chiefs came away with a 26-10 victory. Even with a poor offensive performance, there’s…

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    Here’s How the Patriots’ Run-Game Can Attack the Chiefs Front Seven

    A lot of the details surrounding the Patriots/Chiefs Week 4 matchup have changed over the past few days. For starters, Cam Newton won’t be playing, as he’s on the COVID-19 reserved list. Brian Hoyer has been named the starter for the upcoming matchup. In addition, the Patriots will be traveling AND playing on Monday. While winning is still important, the main objective should be getting out of Arrowhead injury-free and without any type of outbreak. With that being said, is there still a way New England can beat Kansas City? We’ll cover that here. Ways to Beat the Chiefs? In our eyes, the most important key to victory for New…

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    Film Study: Is Travis Kelce the Next Tight End to be Shut Down by the Patriots Secondary?

    It’s no secret the Patriots defense was due for some regression following a historic 2019 season. No team can lose as many players as the Patriots defense did and continue at the same elite level. That said, it’s not been all a step backward for the Patriots defense. Through three games the Patriots have taken a big step forward in one key department: tight end coverage. Eight catches for seventy-three yards and a touchdown would be a strong one-game performance for an NFL tight end but through three games, that is the total production the Patriots have allowed to opposing tight ends. In particular, the Patriots held Las Vegas’ Darren…

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    Breaking Down the Film: How the Patriots Can Matchup With Darren Waller

    There are multiple intriguing matchups to watch this Sunday when the Las Vegas Raiders travel to Foxborough to take on the New England Patriots. With that being said, none will be more fun than Darren Waller clashing with the Patriots secondary. Waller and the Raiders are coming off a great Week 2 win against a perennial contender in the New Orleans Saints. A key factor in that win was Waller. He had 12 catches for 105 yards and one touchdown. In this week’s “Breaking Down the Film”, we’ll take a look at Waller’s strengths on the field, as well as how the Raiders use him in the offense. In addition,…

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    Film Breakdown: How Cam Newton and the Patriots Revitalized their Passing Attack

    Two games into the regular season and the Patriots have already answered a question on the minds of Patriots Nation since late June: What will the passing attack look like with Cam Newton at the wheel? Even in a loss, Patriots fans will be happy with the answer to that question. After all, it’s been quite a while since we’ve seen the kind of passing attack Newton and Josh McDaniels unleashed on the, frankly, overmatched Seattle defense. Newton’s 397 passing yards are a far cry from the 155 passing yards he posted in the Week 1 win over Miami. To say that Sunday’s game against Seattle was the antithesis of…

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    Breaking Down the Film: How the Patriots Can Limit Russell Wilson

    The New England Patriots ushered in a new era last Sunday with a decisive win over the Miami Dolphins. This week, the Patriots will take on a tougher matchup in the high powered Seattle Seahawks. More specifically, they’ll be facing one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL, Russell Wilson. (Our preview and prediction for Sunday’s game can be found here.) Wilson has many great skills, but the one we’ll be focusing on is his elusiveness in the pocket. His ability to escape pressure and create plays outside of the pocket makes him uniquely dangerous. There is no way to effectively “shut down” Wilson. The obvious game plan is to…

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    Film Breakdown: A Look Inside the Patriots Dominant Run Game

    The long nightmare is finally over. Last Sunday, NFL football returned to our lives. Better yet, was the New England Patriots performance on Sunday. The Patriots ran wild over the hapless Dolphins to the tune of 217 rushing yards en route to a 21-11 victory. Cam Newton led the way with 75 yards on the ground and two touchdowns in his Patriots debut. It wasn’t just Newton though, every other Patriots ball carrier contributed meaningfully on the ground. In fact, New England’s rushing attack was so varied and its offensive line so effective, that one might wonder if the Patriots left some rushing yards on the Gillette Stadium turf. Diving…

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    Breaking Down the Film: Patriots Secondary vs. Dolphins Wideouts

    Tomorrow marks the beginning of a new season for the New England Patriots. In fact, Sunday marks the beginning of something even bigger; the kickoff of a new era of Patriots’ football. (You can find our preview and prediction for the Patriots Week 1 matchup here.) Throughout the season, here at PatsBuzz, we’ll give you a film breakdown of a key matchup to watch for in each upcoming game. For this weeks “Breaking Down the Film”, we’ll discuss the matchup between the Dolphins wideouts and the Patriots secondary. More specifically, we’ll look at the Patriots’ secondary against the Dolphins empty set formation. It’s only Week 1, so the most relevant…