Shane Vereen celebrates after scoring his second touchdown of the game. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

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 terrible and the offense did just enough to squeak by one of the worst secondaries in the league. If you’re looking for silver linings in this game it’s that the Patriots got the win, they’re 5-2 in control of the division, they have 10 days off before their next game, and they escaped without any additional injuries.

- To start off, how about that redemption for Chris Jones? Remember it was Jones last year against the Jets who was called for that ridiculous penalty on a field goal in overtime which Nick Folk missed. Jones was called for pushing the lineman from the second level, or as we called it “Pushgate.” Folk then nailed the field goal from 15 yards closer and the Jets won the game. Throughout the game the Patriots were close to getting to Folk coming off the edges. The final play saw Jones go right through the middle to get his hands up and swat the ball down. A fitting end to a brutal nail-biter.  Continue reading Notes and Observations Week 7: Amendola, Chris Jones Save the Day; Patriots Beat Jets 27-25 »

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Shane Vereen hauls in the first of his two touchdown catches to help the Patriots to a 27-25 win against the New York Jets. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Well, that was close.

The New England Patriots literally hung on by the tips of their fingers, blocking a last gasp 58-yard field goal attempt by the New York Jets to escape with a 27-25 win at home on Thursday Night Football.

Danny Amendola made a surprise appearance in Week 7, catching what turned out to be the game-winning touchdown catch on 3rd-and-goal from the 19-yard line before later thwarting Rex Ryan’s call for an onside kick attempt with 2:31 remaining. Continue reading Patriots Block Last Second Field Goal to Outlast Jets, 27-25 »

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Stevan Ridley was lost for the season on Sunday due to a torn ACL and MCL that he suffered against Buffalo. Ridley was on pace to have one of his best seasons as a pro, recording 340 yards, two touchdowns, and zero fumbles up until his injury. The Patriots have a tendency to change up which running back is the focus week to week, but in the two games he was the focus this season, against the Vikings in week two and Bengals in week five, he rushed for 101 and 113 yards respectively.

Ridley is a powerful, violent runner whose mix of strength, size, speed and ability to get downhill are found nowhere else on the Patriots’ depth chart. Currently at the position the Patriots have Shane Vereen, Brandon Bolden, James White, rookie James White and Jonas Gray, who until this point has been a practice squad only player. None of these players can bring everything to the table that Ridley can, but they can combine to help fill the void. Continue reading Filling the Stevan Ridley Void »

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Eagles vs Chargers: Week 6's prediction for the Super Bowl

Six weeks into the season, there are still many teams that could be considered champion material. And thanks to injuries and underperforming, many are also fighting for draft positioning. Five teams have a single loss on their record, and Cincinnati has a loss and tie. Oakland and Jacksonville continue to be dream opponents for teams that could use a win. Seeding continues to be volatile, so let’s look at what would happen if the playoffs started as of Tuesday, October 14. Continue reading If the Playoffs Started Today – NFL Week 6 »

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Brian Tyms in his first game of the season makes a Randy Moss-esque touchdown grab in triple coverage. (AP Photo/Gary Wiepert)

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 the Buffalo Bills, and Kyle Orton is their starting quarterback.

- I have a feeling there won’t be many people calling for a trade of Tom Brady this week. Two consecutive weeks, Brady has looked like himself and strong offensive line play is the reason. Last week more so than this week, but due to injuries to Bryan Stork and Dan Connolly they had to make some moves on the line. It was not a bad showing at all as Brady was sacked only twice. He’s had more time to  stay in the pocket and it has led to his two best games of the season, Sunday being his best. He finished going 27-37 for 361 yards and four touchdowns. The most impressive stat of the game was that he completed a pass to 10 different receivers.  Continue reading Notes and Observations Week 6: Patriots Claim First Place, Beat Bills 37-22 »

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The New England Patriots defeated the Buffalo Bills Sunday to improve to 4-2 and take sole possession of first place in the AFC East. The second half was one of the strongest halves the team has played this season on both offense and defense. Tom Brady was dominant and so was Darrelle Revis, although his performance was overshadowed by Brady and injuries to Jerod Mayo, Dan Connolly, and Stevan Ridley.

Revis covered Sammy Watkins for the entirety on the game and held Watkins to just two catches for 27 yards. He has played man on man for three full games this season, against the Vikings, Bengals, and now Bills. Against the Vikings, Revis held Greg Jennings to one catch of four yards and also had an interception. While matched up against Bengals star A.J. Green, Revis allowed only 64 yards on three catches to go along with his strong performance against Watkins today. Continue reading Revis Island Overshadowed by Injuries to Mayo, Connolly, Ridley »

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Brian Tyms

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MISC

* A badly officiated game both ways
* What a great gig Mike Perriera has stating the obvious
* Patriots better be careful not to abuse Gronk and Edleman
* Why didn’t the Bills target Chandler 15 times
* Announcers were getting a little Bills crazy
* Was the turf slippery?
* How long are they going with Aiken as the long snapper?
* Pats now on pace for 11-5 Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: Patriots Slide up to Top Six Team »

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