New England Patriots: 2015 Season-So Far

New England Patriots 2015The defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots rolled into the season with a chip on their shoulder. The team faced so much offseason drama: Tom Brady’s potential suspension, Deflategate, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and the media. The Patriots have turned that chip into a 9-0 record and have the #1 overall record in the AFC. They are also tied with the Carolina Panthers, who are also 9-0, for the best record in the NFL. This is the third undefeated start in the Tom Brady/Bill Belichick era. Those undefeated starts have led to Super Bowl appearances each time. Are the Patriots on the cusp of their first Super Bowl title repeat in over 10 years this season?

Brady recently said in an interview that he feels that he can play for another 10 years. The way he has been playing maybe that could be a reality. He is a strong contender to receive his 3rd MVP award. He has been lighting up the league in 2015. Brady has 3,043 yards, 24 touchdowns and only 3 interceptions. He also has an outstanding 111.1 quarterback rating. His two main targets superstar tight end Rob Gronkowski and wide receiver Julian Edelman have tremendously benefited from Brady’s passes. Gronk is one of the top tight ends in the NFL with 49 receptions, 806 yards and 8 touchdowns. Before his recent foot injury, Edelman averaged 61 receptions, 692 yards and 7 touchdowns.

Now, receivers Danny Amendola and Brandon LaFell will have to split the catches until he returns. But, the running game for the Pats has been underrated. Dion Lewis was becoming the Patriots go-to running back for the team before his season-ending injury. Lewis averaged 49 carries, 234 rushing yards, 388 receiving yards and 2 touchdowns. But, LeGarrette Blount has been stepping it up in the last three games and he has 117 carries on the year. In those games, he has averaged 267 rushing yards and 2 touchdowns. He seemingly is the running back the Pats have had since Corey Dillion. They may be getting him ready now to have a huge playoff run in the running game as he did in last year‘s AFC Championship Game against the Colts.

The Pats have been good defensively this season. But, they are ranked in the middle of the pact in overall defense in the NFL. They are ranked 14th in overall defense in the league. The Patriots defense ranks 22nd against the pass, but they rank 2nd against the run. They may have lost Darrelle  Revis to AFC East rival New York Jets, but there’s still talent on the defense especially an undrafted free agent that made his name on the biggest stage. Cornerback Malcolm Butler made the game-clinching interception in the end zone in last year’s Super Bowl against the Seattle Seahawks. Butler may have just one interception this season, but he does have 43 tackles.

The Patriots have a great chance of being undefeated for the 2015 regular season.

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By Quentin Congress

 

 

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How to Make Your Own ND Filters For 4k Action Cameras

4k_action_cameraA neutral density (ND) filter is excellent for wearable 4k action cameras. They block off a large amount of ambient light to prevent overexposure without compromising the quality of the image.

This allows your 4k action cam to capture fine details in environments that reflect light all over the place (e.g. snowy terrain, wet foliage, brightly painted structures etc.), which is especially useful with wide-angle lenses that cover much of the background. You can even use ND filters to pull still images out of the videos with blurring effects to reflect motion, like flowing water or walking pedestrians.

The problem is that not all 4k sports cameras come with their own official ND filters. Fortunately for everyone, it’s relatively easy to create your own ND filter – especially if your 4k sports cam has a waterproof case that you can snap on and off.

Step 1: Obtain An ND Filter Gel Sheet.

All you need to do is hop on Amazon or eBay and hunt around for ND filter sheets. You can even find them in your local camera and photography shops. These sheets have different filter ratings. The darker the sheet, the higher the rating – which means more light is reduced and the more blur they’ll produce. Sheets with ND ratings of 0.3 and 0.6 are good all-rounders to start with, but it’s a good idea to grab an ND 1.2 for when you need to work in really bright environments or if you want a lot of blurring in the stills.

Step 2: Cut Out A Template For Your 4k Action Camera Lens

Prepare a pencil, a sheet of stiff cardboard paper, a pair of scissors and a sealed packet of cotton balls. Remove your 4k sports cam from its case. Lay the cardboard paper flat on a hard surface. Open the packet of cotton, take out a clean cotton ball and gently put it on the lens of your camera and hold it in place with a finger. Now gently lower your UHD action camera lens-down on the paper; making sure that the cotton cushions the lens so it doesn’t touch the rough paper.Trace the outline of the lens of your camera using a pencil. Cut out the outline using a pair of scissors and you now have your template for aND filter that fits your camera’s lens.

Step 3: Cut Out A Filter For Your 4k Action Camera

Prepare a pair of scissors, a cutter blade with a sharp edge and enough cardboard paper sheets to protect the surface you’re working on. Don’t remove the protective plastic shell from the gel sheet just yet.Use your scissors to cut out a square from the ND filter gel sheetlarge enough to cover the template you made earlier. Place the cardboard paper sheets on top of your work area. Place the square of ND filter gel on top of that cardboard, and place the template on top of the ND gel. Use your cutter blade to slice off a section of the ND filter gel so that you end up with a piece that matches the exact size of your 4k action camera’s lens.

Step 4: Attach The ND Filter To Your Camera’s Lens

2k_action_cameraPrepare a microfiber cloth and two sets of tweezers. Use the microfiber cloth to thoroughly clean the lens of your action camera along with the lens of your camera’s waterproof case. Once everything is cleaned, use the tweezers to remove the protective plastic sheet covering the ND filter gel you cut out earlier. Point the lens upward and use the tweezers once more to gently lay the gel sheet over the lens of your 4k action camera. Gravity will help the gel sheet stick better to the lens, so keep the camera pointed up. Now put down the tweezers and place your ultra HD action camera in its protective case. Snap the case shut to seal the filter in place, and you now have a customized ND filter for your 4k action camera!

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