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A players-only roundtable discussion of NFL and college football topics offering listeners unparalleled insight into the game. Experienced. Real. Football insight by football players!






Super Bowl Hangover: How the Eagles Flew Past the Patriots

The New England Patriots come up short on their 2017 championship dream, falling to the Philadelphia Eagles in heartbreaking fashion to Nick Foles & Company. Both offenses soared, as both defenses played well below their standard, but the Eagles defense made a big-time play when they needed it most. Losing sucks, but we take you through the important lessons of the game tape--where it all went wrong for the Pats, including how benched CB Malcolm Butler could have reasonably helped this...


Super Bowl Preview from the Mall of America w/ NESN's Courtney Cox

The REAL THING Patriots Podcast comes at ya live from the Mall of America in Minneapolis, Minnesota, welcoming Courtney Cox from the New England Sports Network to help sift through this Patriots vs Eagles Super Bowl matchup. This show concentrates on the "MUSTS" for the Patriots three individual units in this game: offense, defense, and special teams. We've organized a bulleted list of things in each of three areas to look for as you watch this huge game to decide if Patriots Nation get to...


How Patriots Secured Another Super Bowl Berth: AFCCG, Jaguars Autopsy

The Jacksonville Jaguars presented a formidable challenge for the New England Patriots, and the visitors stuck with the defending champs for most of the game. Until it mattered most. Matt Chatham breaks down an at-times sluggisth Patriots performance sprinkled with moments of situational brilliance that helped this Pats squad advance to Minnesota for an opportunity at another league crown. On this show, we run through all the critical drives of the game, picking apart all the good and all...


AFC Championship Preview: Taming the Jaguars

On this championship addition of the REAL THING Patriots Podcast, we look at all the similarities of Titans and the Jaguars and the many things that the Patriots can learn from their own recent Divisional win, the Jags victory over the Steelers, and the Jags big stumble late in the season against the Niners and Jimmy G. With a trip to the Super Bowl in Minneapolis on the line, the disruptive Jaguars come to Foxboro with a bit of an identity crisis--are they the group that led the league in...


NYJ Part II Breakdown; Plus Why Stats Fail to Understand the Patriots Stingy D

It was absolutely miserable outside when the Patriots defeated the Jets in Foxboro on New Year's Eve--the ultimate survive and advance game to conclude the NFL season. On this episode of the REAL THING, Matt Chatham takes a look at the dominant themes coming out of the Jets game--what from that game is relevant for the team moving forward, and what is not. We look at the continued impressive work of Dion Lewis, the new-dude contributions of James Harrison, and the state of the roster as...


Patriots-Bills Part Deux Review; Plus Jets, Jets, Jets Finale Preview

The New England Patriots 37-16 pounding of the Buffalo Bills wasn't just about a single controversial touchdown catch that was overturned, I swear! On this week's REAL THING Patriots Podcast we review all the other exciting stuff that happened as well, plus preview the New York Jets finale & how new outside linebacker James Harrison may fit in. Yep, the Kelvin Benjamin play needs some fleshing out. Was it really all that controversial? Did the NY offices get it right? Can something be...


Dolphins Do-Over Preview: Can Fish Compete with Patriots Second Time Around?

We breakdown the big road win in Buffalo by New England, as well as the fallout from the Rob Gronkowski game suspension. It's a packed to the brim show as we dive into all of your Twitter questions, plus re-preview--is that a word?--the Dolphins as the Patriots attempt to knock off their AFC East foe twice in just 14 days. How might the offense operate this time around without Gronk? What will Dolphins likely try to change after their swing & a miss in Foxboro? And how does this Pats...


Foxboro Fish Fry Review, Bills Preview

The Patriots plunged back into AFC East play with a convincing performance against the Miami Dolphins in Foxboro. This pod dives into how the Patriots got it done--their improvements in red zone offense, the defense taking another big step forward, the running game having a whale of a day, and much more. Next, we preview the Buffalo Bills, as the Pats head to Orchard Park in an effort to keep the Bills Mafia down on their luck. This pod covers how best to approach the Buffalo offense led...


How the Patriots Broke the Broncos; Plus Oakland Raiders Preview

The Patriots and Broncos are two franchises with their hopes for 2017 heading in the polar opposite direction. New England solved the Denver riddle with overwhelming special teams play, tough & timely run game production, and throw-it-to-everybody quarterbacking by the game's best, Tom Brady. Rex Burkhead showed up huge, and the Patriots defense put another brick in the wall as their span of efficient, point-preventing, hi-level defense continues to grow. The Oakland Raiders loom on the...


Falcons Game Review & Chargers Preview w/ Rich Ohrnberger

The talented Atlanta Falcons were prepared to wash the bad taste of last year's Super Bowl loss from their mouths with a successful trip to Foxboro, MA. But the New England Patriots had other plans, producing a hallmark victory at home to put to bed many of the doubts about the kind of team this can be. There's still a ton of time and work to go, but a well-rounded performance against a top team deserves a tip o' the cap. Matt Chatham works through the top takeaways on tape from the...


NYJ Review, ATL Preview + Dumb Reaction to a Dumb Rule Called Correctly

Matt Chatham picks apart the [mostly] good and the bad in the hard-fought win on the road at the Jets, including that so-called controversial fumble call that went against New York tight end Austin Sefarian-Jenkins (as the rules dictate it should have). The "worst call ever!" hyperbole that came after was obviously totally sane and not rooted in simply not wanting the Patriots to get the call. Clearly. Next, Chatham welcomes former Atlanta Falcons quarterback & Georgia Bulldog DJ Shockley...


Week 5: Panthers Game Dissection, Bucs TNF Preview

Former Patriots linebacker/special teamer Matt Chatham takes you through the a field-view, cause & effect analysis of the ugly Patriots loss to the Carolina Panthers--one that featured a defensive performance that was marred by glarring mistakes. How will the Patriots respond to mounting uncharacteristic individual mistakes? What are the little things they can do to fix a defense that's trending in the wrong direction? What's going right that's hidden in the muck of overall disappointing...


Week 4: Texans Review, Panthers Preview with Former Patriot Ken Walter

Former Patriots linebacker & special teamer Matt Chatham dissects the thrilling come-from-behind Houston Texans game, then previews the Patriots' upcoming opponent, the Caroliina Panthers. Chatham is joined by his former Pats teammate & Carolina punter Ken Walter. Wlater lives in the Charlotte area now, and joins the show to give his insight on all that ails this curious Panthers team after an ugly loss to the Saints. Topics covered in this in-depth show include a thorough review of the...


Week 3: Saints Game Review & Texans Preview w/ Ted Johnson

Former New England Patriots linebacker & Houston radio host Ted Johnson joins the show to address the State of the Texans, plus a full-game Patriots autopsy following the big win against the Saints. Chatham and Johnson get into the biggest issues facing the Texans right now, and what to expect from their former teammate Mike Vrabel's first gamepblan as defensive coordinator against New England. Some really insightful stuff from Johnson follows as he breaks down former Houston Cougars &...


The REAL THING Patriots Podcast; 2017 Kickoff, Chiefs Preview

The debut, all-new REAL THING Patriots Podcast kicks things off with three-time Super Bowl champ & former Patriot Matt Chatham, joined by Brady Quinn & former Chiefs defensive lineman Mike DeVito, wrapping the Patriots preseason and final roster decisions, looking at the biggest NFL challengers for New England, and previewing the huge Patriots-Chiefs home opener. Quinn offers the big picture, national view of the legitimate threats to another championship for the Patriots. DeVito, the...


The Football By Football Super Bowl LI Pregame Show: Falcons vs Patriots

The guys are back with an 11th hour pregame breakdown show for Super Bowl L1 in Houston. All the media fluff and off-field storylines are in the rearview, the guys dive into the details of what will ultimately decide the contest between the Atlanta Falcons and New England Patriots. After a week of discussion about prolific passing games, what role will the running games of these two teams have in deciding the champion -- and is it ultimately just as (or more) important as all the passing...


Review of Colin Cowherd's Embarrassing Pre-Super Bowl Roger Goodell Interview

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and his league handlers finally decided to come out from the shadows and do a public interview, this a friendly with Fox TV & radio star, Colin Cowherd, in advance of Super Bowl LI in Houston. To put it mildly, it was beyond embarrassing for all parties. Matt Chatham walks through the audio with his blow-by-blow take on how rare interviews with the evasive & perpetually dishonest commissioner have to be better...for the sake of the game. And truth in media...


IN THE GAME - "Best Thing Going" For All 32 NFL Teams

Matt Chatham & Brady Poppinga dissect each of NFL Week 10's matchups, looking specifically at the best thing each team has going for it heading into the weekend. Some teams have risen to the top of the league, some are struggling. But after 8 (or 9) games for all of the teams in the league, their best attributes have become clear. Will that be enough this weekend? Let's dive in... Chiefs vs Panthers Broncos vs Saints Rams vs Jets Packers vs Titans Falcons vs Eagles Vikings vs Redskins...


IN THE GAME -- NFL Week 6 Preview Blowout

Former players Brady Quinn and Matt Chatham dive right into a review of Week 5's best action, the surprises, the disappointments, and the underrated performances, then they make their way into preview-mode for a huge upcoming Week 6 slate. Yes, Tom Brady is back with the Patriots...but the Bengals aren't the Browns. But are they still the Bengals of a year ago...or are they about to fall off? Can New England put some distance between themselves and this potential AFC playoff contender? In...


IN THE GAME: NFL Week 3 -- Injuries, Locker Room Drama & Bad Defense, Oh My

Great perspective here from former NFL quarterback Brady Quinn on the treatments, limitations, and decisions both Jimmy Garoppolo and Jay Cutler will have to make as quarterbacks in lieu of their particular injuries. The guys then dive into the NFL injury designations and if the new language allows for more monkey business. The big weeks of CarsonWentz and Sam Bradford go under the microscope with an in-depth back & forth on what each should expect now from upcoming opponents, and how...