November 13th, 2011
Three-and-out with Patriots radio color commentator Gino Cappelletti
Each week we'll talk to former Patriots star and current broadcaster Gino Cappelletti. This week Patriots players of the week_598, Gino talked about what Logan Mankins' return means for the team and how head coach Bill Belichick prepares his teams to avoid trap games.
PFW: What does having (OLG) Logan Mankins back do for the Patriots?
PFW: How does Bill Belichick keep his Patriots teams from having letdowns like they could have this weekend against the Browns?
PFW: This seems to be a bend-but-not-break defense ugg støvler i danmark, why hasn't it broken?
Report: Patriots C Koppen to miss 6-10 weeks
Patriots C Dan Koppen, who left Monday night's game with an ankle injury ugg støvler i danmark, is not expected to miss the rest of the season, according to NFL Network's Albert Breer.
Breer tweeted that Koppen has a "small crack, bad sprain" in his left ankle. Minor surgery is likely for Koppen and a screw might be put in, but Breer is reporting that would keep Koppen out 6-10 weeks, as opposed to the entire 2011 season.
Koppen has started 120 games for the Patriots, including all 16 games in each of the last three seasons. OG Dan Connolly replaced Koppen on Monday night UGG Classic Tall Støvler 5815 hree-and-out with Patri, and Brian Waters played right guard the rest of the game.
The way we see it
If Koppen is to miss 2-3 months, that is a better sign for New England than losing him for the rest of the season. If the Pats feel they need the extra roster spot and can find a good replacement, they might place Koppen on injured reserve, but Connolly played well last night. An addition to the interior O-line is still likely, as the team's top reserve ugg hjemmesko Patriots players of the week_598, Ryan Wendell, has been out with an injury.
Patriots' defense by the numbers
Through three games Three-and-out with Patriots DL Mike Wright_547, the Patriots are 2-1, but it's looking like they will need to win shootout after shootout to make the playoffs this season. Here's a look, by the numbers Patriots' free-agency preview_946, at how bad their defense has been so far:
260.3 — Passing yards allowed per game UGG Classic Short Støvler 5825, ranking them 25th in the NFL. In 2005, the Pats finished the season giving up an average of 231.4 passing yards per game. That mark was their highest under head coach Bill Belichick since he took over in 2000.
82 — Points the Patriots have given up through three games — or 27.3 per game. They are 28th in the league in that category. In 2005, Belichick's defense gave up 67 points through its first three games, making this stretch the most points given up to open the season through three weeks since 2000.
71 — Completion percentage on third down by opposing quarterbacks this season. Carson Palmer ugg hjemmesko, Mark Sanchez and Ryan Fitzpatrick have combined to complete 22-of-31 passes for 236 yards and three TDs when they have thrown on third down against the Patriots.
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