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Week 2 Preview: Patriots at Vikings, Sept. 14, 2014

Panic in the streets. Last place. No offensive line. Overrated defense. Time for everyone to take a deep breath. The Patriots enter this weekends game in Minnesota with a chance to quell some of the panic going on in New England. Sometimes, it must be nice being a fan of a mediocre team, where every […]

Week 1 Film Review: Patriots at Dolphins

Throughout the season I’ll be reviewing the each Patriot’s game via the All-22 film. My goal is to provide some insightful analysis about what went right and what went wrong, without the emotion of a reactionary Sunday or Monday post-game article. I’ll be tracking players throughout the season on a +/- scale. A plus is […]

Week 1 Preview: Patriots at Dolphins, Sept. 7, 2014

The wait is finally over. The longest off-season in professional sports is finished, and meaningful NFL football is finally upon us. The Patriots enter Miami as 5 point favorites on Sunday, and look to avenge last season’s 24-20 loss in Week 15. Here’s what we’ll be watching for Sunday at 1:00 PM. Defense, Defense, Defense […]

Patriots Trade QB Ryan Mallett to Houston Texans, report says

The Ryan Mallett era in New England has come to an end. The Patriots have traded the fourth year quarterback to the Houston Texans for a sixth-round draft pick. Mallett failed to impress in this his fourth training camp, and has never really been a good fit for the Patriots system. With the Texans starting […]

Report: Patriots Trade Logan Mankins to Tampa Bay

Reports are coming in that the Patriots have agreed to send guard Logan Mankins to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for tight end Tim Wright and a draft pick. This trade certainly comes as a shock to Patriot fans. Most around the team believed that this would be Mankins’ final season with the team, due to […]

Patriots 30, Panthers 7: What we were watching for

The Patriots played their third preseason game in Foxboro against the Carolina Panthers Friday night, winning 30-7. The third preseason game is usually a dress-rehearsal, meaning the teams go through regular game-prep through the week, and both teams starters will likely play into the third quarter — and they did. This is the one of the four […]

Monday Afternoon Rewind: Patriots vs Eagles

With the first two pre-season games in the books this Patriots team is beginning to fold into shape. Offense Save a pick-six that was intended for tackle turned tight-end Steve Maneri, the first string offense looked very impressive. The highlight of the night was Tom Brady’s back-shoulder touchdown pass to Kenbrell Thompkins. The back-shoulder throw […]

Patriots vs Eagles: What to Watch for

Tonight marks the second pre-season game for the New England Patriots. They’ll be taking on Chip Kelly’s Philadelphia Eagles at Gillette Stadium. This will be the first time we’ll get to see the Patriots starters in action, as most of the top players sat out the game in Washington last week. Providing an in-depth preview […]

2014 Patriots Quarterbacks Preview: Brady, Mallett, Garoppolo

Following a massive changeover in pass-catching personnel, Tom Brady put up relatively pedestrian numbers in 2013. Still, the Patriots posted the league’s third highest scoring offense in 2013. VIEW: Other Patriots Previews During the six and a half games that Rob Gronkowski was in the lineup, the Patriots offense looked much like the dynamic unit we’ve […]

Ryan Mallett to Start Patriots Pre-Season Opener

Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald reported this morning that Patriot’s quarterback Ryan Mallett will start tonight’s pre-season opener against the Washington Redskins. Mallett is entering the final year of his rookie contract, and tonight could serve as an audition of sorts. With Jimmy Garoppolo in the mix, it doesn’t look likely that Mallett will […]

2014 Patriots Special Teams Preview: Gostkowski, Allen, Slater, Edelman, White

The Patriots will return their core group of specialists in 2014. Kicker Stephen Gostkowski had a career year in 2013, posting career high’s in points, field goals made, field goal percentage, and he was a very impressive 5 for 6 from 50+ yards. Gostkowski has clearly emerged into one of the league’s best kickers, and […]

2014 Patriots Defensive Line Preview: Jones, Ninkovich, Wilfork, Kelly, Easley

2013 was an injury riddled season for the Patriots defensive line. Starting tackles Vince Wilfork and Tommy Kelly had their seasons end in the first five weeks, and the injuries highlighted a tremendous lack of depth on the defensive front. VIEW: Other Patriots Previews The Pats were forced to insert inexperienced players into both tackle spots […]

Rob Gronkowski Cleared to Play for Patriots

While addressing the media Wednesday morning, Bill Belichick announced that Rob Gronkowski will not begin training camp on the physically unable to perform list, and that he has been cleared to play. The announcement comes as a bit of a shock, as Gronkowski had surgery to repair his right ACL on January 9th. The Patriot’s […]

2014 Patriots Offensive Line Preview: Solder, Mankins, Stork, Cannon, Vollmer

Compared to years past, 2013 was a rocky season for the Patriot’s offensive line. Tom Brady was sacked a near career-high 40 times last season. While part of that can be attributed to Brady’s lack of faith in some of his young receivers, but there’s no doubt that the offensive line must step up in […]

Patriots 2014 Defensive Backs Preview: Revis, Browner, McCourty, Dennard

Despite the loss of Aqib Talib, the Patriots secondary is their most improved unit going into the 2014 season. With Talib healthy last season, the Patriots secondary, overall, was a strong unit. As evidenced in their the AFC Championship Game loss to Denver, Talib’s injury forced everyone to slide “up” a slot, and in turn, […]