Patriots Mailbag ‘The Barth Bag’ Week 11

Welcome to Week 11 of the Barth Bag.


Welcome to Week 11 of the Barth Bag. I don’t know about you, but the bye week is getting old for me; I’m ready for some football. To get ready for the first Patriots game in 14 days tomorrow, let’s get to your Twitter questions…

I think we could see a big impact from N’Keal Harry tomorrow. The element of surprise should never be overlooked, and that’s exactly what the Patriots will have in their first round pick. There is no tape, and nobody has seen Harry in their offense before, making him impossible to game plan for. If I’m Josh McDaniels, I’m moving him all over the formation and giving the Eagles as many looks as possible. I wouldn’t sleep on him maybe getting a carry either.

James White by a lot. With Fletcher Cox in the middle of the Eagles defense, I don’t expect the Patriots to be too eager to run the ball between the tackles if they don’t have to. On top of that, the best way to attack the Eagles defense is throwing to backs and tight ends, which generally means James White will be a focal point of the offense. Not a knock on Sony, but the projected game plan just calls for lots of what James White can do.

Interesting question here. I’m not sure about individual plays, but multiple teams have used the Patriots defensive blueprint against the Chiefs and Rams. This has been a theme in recent years, where the Patriots beat a dominant unit and then suddenly you see the same game plan used against that team week in and week out.

For those of you who don’t know, Cortaca is the yearly rivalry between DIII Ithaca College (my alma mater) and SUNY Cortland in upstate New York. Known as The Biggest Little Game In The Nation, it regularly draws 10,000+ fans and 10x that watch online. I was the play-by-play announcer for Ithaca my senior year, which is still one of the biggest thrills of my professional life. The 2014 game also included the most insane ending I’ve ever seen to a football game, Patriots included. That all being said, I’ll go Ithaca 21-20 over Cortland.