Patriots gridiron news: Dion Lewis primed for more playoff success

FOXBORO, MA - DECEMBER 31: Dion Lewis /

New England Patriots running back Dion Lewis came on strong towards the end of the regular season and looking forward to carrying that momentum into the playoffs. 

While all the talk is how to limit Tom Brady and stop Rob Gronkowski, the New England Patriots have a secret weapon in Dion Lewis who could be the difference in the AFC Divisional Round playoff game vs. the Titans.

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Lewis was integral in the team’s divisional round matchup a year ago.  His three-touchdown game in his playoff debut was the difference in the team’s victory over Houston.  He is hoping to have similar success this time around as well, especially given how special playoff football is.

"“Just the reason you play the game,” Lewis told reporters, via the Sun Chronicle.  “Growing up, everyone watched the playoff games and stuff, so it’s definitely going to be a great atmosphere.  I’m just preparing this week as hard as possible so I can go out there and give my team my best effort.”"

With his elusiveness, strength and ability to catch the ball out of the backfield, Dion Lewis has become a big-time weapon in the Patriots offense.  Actually, he was already dynamic before he suffered a season-ending knee injury in 2015.  Now, back at full health, he is showing the kind of impact he can make on the field every time he touches the ball.

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"“Obviously, everybody gets hurt in football,” Lewis said of his durability this season.  “It’s 100-percent injury rate, so nobody goes unscathed, so to speak.  I’ve just got to keep taking care of my body and taking care of myself, and everything will work out.”"

It’s been working out pretty well this season and hopefully that success continues in the playoffs.

ESPN’s Max Kellerman labels Patriots fans dumb

Max Kellerman continues to troll New England Patriots fans by calling them some of the “dumbest” fans in sports.

FOXBORO, MA – DECEMBER 31: A fan gestures before the game between the New York Jets and the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on December 31, 2017 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
FOXBORO, MA – DECEMBER 31: A fan gestures before the game between the New York Jets and the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on December 31, 2017 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images) /

During a segment Wednesday on ESPN’s “First Take,” Kellerman went off on fans regarding the story written by colleague Seth Wickerhsam on the tension between Tom Brady, Bill Belichick and Robert Kraft.  His rift with Patriots fans is their belief in the denial all three men have made about facts in the story.

Just because Kellerman happens to believe the story, he called Patriots fans dumb for their choice to believe in their team.

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"“The reality to me seems pretty obviously true,” Kellerman said.  “Patriots fans have been tweeting at me a lot, and really, for the organization that is the smartest in football, they have some of the dumbest fans in sports.  Dumb.  Dumb.  Duuuhhh, dumb.  Heare are the tweets I get: ‘Duhh, uhh, Belichick and Brady and Kraft all denied it.  Therefore, why are you keeping it a story?’  What do you think they’re gonna do?  Admit it?  How stupid do you have to be?  Of course they’re gonna deny it!  The question is, do you find it credible?  Hell yeah, I find it credible.”"

No Max Kellerman, its credible for those who want to watch the New England Patriots dynasty crumble…including you. 

Rex Burkhead and Alan Branch ‘good to go’ Saturday night

The New England Patriots could have two key players back on the field when they take on the Tennessee Titans.

Running back Rex Burkhead, who missed the last three games of the season due to a knee injury, has been practicing and told reporters Wednesday that he is “ready to get back out there.”  His versatility could help the Patriots’ offense and keep the Titans on their toes.

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On the defensive side of the ball, defensive tackle Alan Branch says he is “good to go.”  The veteran run stopper will be key in the team’s efforts to limit the running game of Derrick Henry and also keep quarterback Marcus Mariota in the pocket.