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Jamie Collins had arguably his best game as a pro Sunday night as he recorded 9 tackles and two sacks. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy)

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 win to keep their playoff hopes alive against the competitive AFC field. With the offense not exactly looking sharp, the defense rose to the occasion on the road. Strong play all around defensively kept the Patriots in it long enough for Tom Brady and the offense to finally put it together. The end result was a bounce back win on the road, against a tough, playoff-caliber team.

- “Next man up,” has always been the Patriots philosophy, but no more so than the last two seasons. We all remember how decimated the team was with injuries last season, only to still make it to the AFC championship game. This year, they again lost Jerod Mayo for the season, and Sunday night saw Dont’a Hightower on the inactive list. Hightower had stepped up in a major way becoming the signal caller on the defense in Mayo’s absence. He along side Jamie Collins had successfully held down the linebacker positions. Without Hightower, a drop off in production could have been expected. Instead Jamie Collins played his best game as a pro. Continue reading Notes and Observations Week 14: Patriots Grind Out a Tough 23-14 Win Over Chargers »

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rask coyotes

The Bruins played four road games in six nights this week, all on the west coast. They went   in the four games. The trip began with back to back games in Anaheim and Los Angeles against the Ducks and Kings, respectively. The Bruins lost a hard fought game to the Ducks, 3-2, and 2-0 to the Kings in another hard fought affair. Then, on Thursday, the Bruins traveled to San Jose and played one of their poorer defensive games of the year, losing 7-4 to the Sharks. The trip concluded with a 5-2 against the Arizona Coyotes, which saw the Bruins play a strong game wire to wire.

In the first game of the trip, the Bruins came out strong early on. Their first period was highlighted by two penalty kills that saw them generate several short-handed chances including a near goal by Daniel Paille. They got on the board early in the second period when Brad Marchand netted a power play goal. Their lead was short lived however, with the Ducks scoring less than a minute later to tie the game. The Ducks then added another goal to take a 2-1 lead into the second intermission. Anaheim then scored in the third to make it 3-1. The Bruins did have a surge in the third period and were able to make it a 3-2 game on Simon Gagne’s second goal of the year. The Bruins were not able to come all the way back and fell 3-2 in disappointing fashion. Coach Claude Julien summed it up best after the game saying, “”I’m certainly not going to criticize the effort.  I thought we played hard and I really feel like we should have won that game.” Continue reading Bruins End Disappointing West Coast Trip on Positive Note »

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1. PATRIOTS:

MISC

* The game was so frustrating with no fluid play – reminded me of the Giants Super Bowl games but this time they pulled it out

* The call on Browner for helmet to helmet will not get the attention it deserves but that could have been the most impactful official’s call since Ben Drieth. If they don’t come back and win that game, it changes the whole season with the Patriots having to go on the road in the playoffs (and the gutless analysis by Collinsworth and Michaels was not worth their paycheck)

* The Patriots are abusing Gronk right now – he is getting hit 15 times a game by at least two defenders at a time

* How many times am I going to hear that Antonio Gates played basketball?

* Some Globe writer is working on the Brady F bomb article again

* Love the Patriots fans chanting “Defense” and “Brady”

* I guess Tyms used the N word – dude you’re last player on the roster – keep your mouth shut

* Dangerous move by Bill going with the blue windbreaker with cut sleeves but he survived it

* When the offensive lineman introduce themselves and what school they came from it looks like they need a teleprompter Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: Patriots Overcome Ben Dreith and Bad Offensive Plan »

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Tyler Murphy (John Wilcox/Boston Herald)

The Boston College Eagles won’t have to travel far for their postseason game this year, as they have been drawn into the Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium. The Eagles will take on Penn State on December 27 in the first postseason meeting ever between the two teams. BC will be looking for its first bowl win since 2007, having lost four straight since then.

The Eagles are in the postseason for the second consecutive year after a two-year absence with a 7-5 record, despite losing their two key offensive players, quarterback Chase Rettig and running back Andre Williams. Rettig’s successor, Florida transfer Tyler Murphy, led the team with his running ability, racking up an ACC-record 1,079 yards and 10 touchdowns on the ground with an outstanding average of 6.3 yards per carry. He was much shakier as a passer, completing just 56.9 percent of his passes for 1,526 yards, 11 scores and 10 interceptions. Continue reading Boston College to Take On Penn State in Pinstripe Bowl »

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NBA: Brooklyn Nets at Boston Celtics

 

Celtics beat Lakers. My favorite sentence ever. To me, it’s synonymous with good defeats evil. I can never get tired of watching Boston beat L.A., regardless of how meaningless the game is. However, the game itself was not the primary storyline entering last evening. Rajon Rondo and Kobe Bryant sharing breakfast together somehow became breaking news, despite the fact that it has been well documented that the two are friendly.

Is Rondo going to join the Lakers? Is #9 betraying the Celtics? My only question is why would Rondo want to join the Lakers? After last night’s beatdown, the only allure this Lakers team has is Bryant’s presence. And with Rondo suggesting that their bond is built over their “a**hole” ways, wouldn’t their two strong personalities clash? Continue reading Celtics Defeat Lakers 113-96, All Is Right with the World »

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Sources say it wasn't Kobe trying to get Rondo's ear, but rather the other way around. (Bleacher Report/Getty Images)

The following is the latest in our SoB Satire series. Much of the following isn’t real or confirmed to be true, but we totally wish it was.

According to sources, it wasn’t “just two a–holes having breakfast” when Rajon Rondo and Kobe Bryant met for breakfast on Thursday morning, contrary to earlier reports.

The two players did engage in some light recruiting. But it wasn’t to see whether Rondo would consider signing with the Lakers. In reality, it was  the Celtics point guard recruiting the Lakers star over a side of bacon.

Continue reading SoB Satire: Sources Say Rondo Was Recruiting Kobe at Breakfast »

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Will Manziel leap-frog Hoyer this week? (photo courtesy of ESPN)

I’ll often point out or lampoon my own advice when it is not up to the Redraft King’s standard or mediocrity. However, in week 13, I struck gold. My only regret was that in the few daily fantasy sports line ups I submitted, I had Tre Mason and DeAndre Hopkins on different teams (but still made out just fine). So it is with much aplomb and patting-on-the-back I recap week 13.

Week 13 Recap:

Ben Roethlisberger torched the Saints secondary to the tune of 435 yards. Ryan Tannehill was dreadful on Monday night against the Jets. Colt McCoy was running around, avoiding the pass rush, and making top-1o plays like Robert Griffin III used to do–his rookie year. Both Big Ben and McCoy scored over 30 fantasy points.

Andre Ellington left the game early, and was ineffective before doing so. Daniel Herron made Trent Richardson look like a back up for the second week in a row. And Tre Mason turned in a highlight-reel style performance against the Raiders, and scored 40.4 fantasy points. Continue reading Redraft King: Week 14 Fantasy Football Advice »

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