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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!






Jaguars Game Review: The Film Don't Lie

The Jags knocked the Patriots off in impressive fashion in Week 2, and the overreaction wildfires have started to spread across Patriots Nation. Matt Chatham reviews the tape to get at what really went wrong--the good, the bad, and the ugly. Most importantly, Chatham dives into what happens next--how the Patriots must respond and adjust to the mistakes that killed them on this hot September day in Florida. No hot takes, just football. Let's dive in...


REAL THING Texans-Patriots Game Review

The REAL THING is back! The Patriots knocked off the Texans to kickoff the '18 season and former Patriot Matt Chatham is here to break down all the details ya can't get anywhere else... Chatham runs through the roster drama that brought us to gameday, the surprises inactives and how that affected the gameplan against Houston. He then looks at the scheme choices the Patriots made in defending Deshaun Watson and the Houston offense, the approach the Pats offense took in lieu of Julian...


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...


Divisional Matchup Preview: Titans Under the Microscope

It's the playoffs, and this is a Patriots podcast--the real kind at a time when real coverage of the football team is needed most... The NFL Playoffs arrive once again in New England after a week of rest and study for the region's favorite team. The Patriots are deep in preparation, so we decided to dive in deeper too with that lil' bit of extra playoff effort. Former Patriot Matt Chatham goes through every angle of this Divisional matchup--everything ya need to know about the Titans from...


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 the...


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...


Patriots-Steelers Thriller Breakdown; Bills Part II Preview

As a Patriots fan, we KNOW ya loved that win down in Pittsburgh for the driver's seat in homefield throughout the AFC playoffs. It had all the elements--crazy-good football atmosphere, talent all over the field on both sides, tons of big plays, and a controversial call (that wasn't that controversial). Tom Brady led a game-winning drive. Rob Gronkowski played out of his mind. The Patriots defense faltered-but-hardened when it mattered most. The REAL THING Patriots Podcast walks through all...


Big-Boy Pants Steelers Preview; Plus What Really Went Wrong in MIA?

It's a weird week in Patriots Nation, that's for sure. The Pats put a stinker on their record in Miami, but have to quickly put that performance in the rearview and look ahead to the [other] class of the AFC, the Pittsburgh Steelers. In this episode, Matt Chatham walks through all the problems that arose in the Dolphins game for the Pats--and which of those mistakes are concerns moving forward, and which are fixable outliers. The return of Rob Gronkowski figures to loom large as New England...


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 defense...


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...


Dolphins Pregame Show: 5 Patriots Things to be Most Thankful For

The REAL THING Patriots Podcast comes at ya with a special pregame show, taped on Sunday morning of the Patriots gameday against the Miami Dolphins. It's Thanksgiving Week, so the schedule is a mess for everyone involved--how do organizations and players overcome the schedule quirks and still secure an important division win? This week's show is framed around the "5 Patriots Things to be Most Thankful For," focusing on the specific elements that help the team most as the Miami Dolphins come...


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...


Broncos Preview; Plus Patriots 2nd Half Outlook

Back from the Patriots bye week, The REAL THING Patriots Podcast returns to break down where things stand with New England as they head into the back nine of the 2017 season. Matt Chatham takes stock of the Patriots current roster health & recent transactions as they head down the stretch. He then talks areas of vulnerability for this team to keep an eye on, and aspects of this team he expects the Patriots to flourish in as the playoffs approach. In the second half of the show, former...


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 to...


Week 5: J-E-T-S, Jets, Jets, Jets Preview

The New York Jets have been one of the sneaky-surprising stories of the young NFL season, defying predictions of tanking and reeling off 3 victories in a row to sit at a surprisng 3-2 on the season. That puts them in a [relatively meaningless] October tie for first place in the AFC East with the New England Patriots, but division titles are well down the road with the Pats not yet playing one of their scheduled six division games. So where do your New England Patriots sit after the first 5?...


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...