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Notes and Observations Week 15: Patriots Blow Out Dolphins 41-13; Clinch AFC East

It never gets old winning the AFC East. At the start of every year, we have to listen to all the “experts” talk about how the Bills, Dolphins, and Jets are all primed to challenge the Patriots for the division crown. Granted the Bills actually have an impressive defense, and if they only had a […]

Jon Lester: Thank You, and Farewell

There is no hiding the fact that this one stings. We had to tentatively say good-bye to the ace of the Red Sox pitching staff  in July when he was traded to the Oakland Athletics for Yoenis Cespedes. With that there was still the sliver of hope that a deal could be worked out. Even […]

Notes and Observations Week 14: Patriots Grind Out a Tough 23-14 Win Over Chargers

Sunday night wasn’t pretty by any means, but games in December and January usually aren’t. Both the Patriots and Chargers needed the victory but each had their own reasons. The Patriots needed the win to keep pace in the AFC and hold onto the number one seed. The Chargers, on the other hand, needed the […]

Notes and Observations Week 13: Packers Hold on to Beat Patriots 26-21

The heavyweight showdown of the year delivered as advertised on Sunday. While the Patriots did come up on the short end of the five-point stick, they kept a rolling Packers offense limited to just 26 points. Unfortunately the offense missed far too many opportunities while the Packers took advantage of the chances they were granted. […]

Notes and Observations Week 12: Patriots Continue Stretch of Dominance, Defeat Lions 34-9

Another week goes by and another division leader falls at the hands of the New England Patriots. After the beginning of the season if you told most people the Patriots would come out of their current six-game stretch with a 3-3 record, most people would have taken that as a plus. Fast forward to the […]

Notes and Observations Week 11: Patriots Extend Lead in the AFC by Beating Colts 42-20 in Primetime

Until Sunday night, the Patriots had never won in Lucas Oil stadium. It stood as the place where Ahmad Bradshaw reluctantly scored a Super Bowl winning touchdown, and of course the infamous “4th and 2″ play. Last night the Patriots once again asserted their dominance in the AFC. In the process they took another one […]

Notes and Observations, Week 9: Patriots Make a Statement in Dominant 43-21 Win Over Broncos

This was the game everyone had marked on their calendars. There’s the obvious Tom Brady vs. Peyton Manning rivalry, but this was more than that. Sunday was a chance to show everyone how good the Patriots truly are, and they did not disappoint. While Tom Brady has put together an impressive five game stretch of […]

Notes and Observations Week 8: Brady, Gronk Dominate Bears in 51-23 Patriots Win

Games like Sunday against the Bears highlight just how different the Patriots are than the rest of the NFL. Four weeks ago the Patriots suffered an absolutely embarrassing defeat at the hands of the Kansas City Chiefs. The media basically wrote off Bill Belichick and Tom Brady as washed up and said it was time […]

Notes and Observations Week 7: Amendola, Chris Jones Save the Day; Patriots Beat Jets 27-25

Well that was a lot harder than it had to be. Thursday night games all season have been blowouts by the home team. Of course when the Patriots play the Jets, it turns into the closest game both teams played all season and was decided by a last second blocked field goal. The defense looked […]

Notes and Observations Week 6: Patriots Claim First Place, Beat Bills 37-22

Every year the “experts” talk about how the Bills are right putting it together and are going to challenge the Patriots for the division. They create a little buzz with a few early wins and Chris Berman constantly reminds us that “nobody circles the wagon like the Buffalo Bills. No matter all the hype they’re still […]

Notes and Observations Week 5: Patriots Return to Form, Blow Out Bengals 43-17

What a difference a week makes. After all the doom and gloom from the media that the Patriots were meeting their demise, Tom Brady was too old, and Bill Belichick wasn’t the same coach, the Patriots came out in prime time and handled the last remaining undefeated team in the NFL. If it wasn’t for […]

Notes and Observations Week 4: Chiefs Embarrass Patriots in 41-14 Blowout

That was the ugliest game in the Tom Brady, Bill Belichick era of the New  England Patriots. It’s safe to say everyone is feeling better about that 16-9 win last week after witnessing the primetime beatdown in Kansas City. The offense was nonexistent and the defense had no answer for whatever the Chiefs decided to […]

Notes and Observations, Week 3: Offense Struggles, Patriots Top Raiders 16-9

As Al Davis said “Just win baby.” The only positive out of Sunday’s game against the Raiders is that the Patriots improved their record to 2-1. Thankfully the defense played well enough and made the big play when they needed it. Tom Brady and the rest of the offense continued to look out of sync […]

Notes and Observations, Week 2: Defense Shines as Patriots Defeat Vikings 30-7

Following last week’s woeful performance in Miami, the Patriots were going into a real no win situation against the Vikings. If they won people would react with “so what, it’s the Vikings.” Yet if they lost on Sunday then everyone in New England would be in full-on panic mode just two weeks into the season. […]

Notes and Observations, Week 1: Déjà Vu In Miami as Patriots Fall to Dolphins 33-20

No, Sunday was not a replay of last year’s game in Miami, but the Patriots collapsed again in the Florida heat and lost the season opener. Just like last year they had a lead at the half only to be outplayed in every aspect of the game in the second half. The only consolation you can […]