// Aqib Talib

Week 2 Notes and Observations: Patriots Win Ugly Home Opener vs. the Jets, 13-10

I will preface this by saying that you don’t lose a season in September. No matter how ugly the first two games have been, keep in mind the Patriots are now 2-0 with both wins in the division. Yes they are banged up, and the offense has looked far from sharp, but the defense has […]

Week 2 NFL Preview: Patriots vs. Jets

If you asked me to preview this game a week ago, I would have chuckled while predicting a laughable score in the Patriots favor. Today, there is no way I can do that. The NFL is a crazy league. The change of feeling has more to do with what I saw from the Pats than what […]

Notes and Observations Week 1: Patriots Squeak by Buffalo 23-21

To start off, it sure is great to have football season back. As great as the Boston Red Sox have been, there is still nothing as satisfying as the start of a new football season. This year there are certainly a lot of questions, especially on the offensive side of things after a loss in […]

2013 NFL Draft Preview: Patriots Could Use More DB Depth

The NFL Draft begins on Thursday, and the New England Patriots approach it with just five picks, as a result of having traded their fourth-round pick for Aqib Talib, their fifth-rounder for Albert Haynesworth and their sixth-rounder for Chad Johnson over the last two years. The Patriots received Tampa Bay’s seventh-round selection in the Talib trade, […]

Patriots, Aqib Talib Reach One-Year, $5M Agreement

The New England Patriots carried their Friday frenzy of free agent signings into Saturday, reportedly reaching a one-year, $5 million agreement with cornerback Aqib Talib, according to WEEI’s Christopher Price. (The report came via ESPN’s Adam Schefter, unsurprisingly, who is apparently “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” of NFL free agency news in terms of […]

Notes and Observations from The AFC Championship Game, Ravens Beat Patriots 28-13

To begin, sorry this is late. After going to the game and witnessing this lack of performance first hand, I needed a day to gather the correct thoughts on the latest in our recent gut-wrenching failures. This final notes and observations will be more of a final impression of the season as well as the […]

Positives and Negatives: Brady Sets All-Time Postseason Wins Mark

With a win on Sunday against the Houston Texans, Tom Brady has become the all-time leading winner in postseason history. It came against a Texans team who still looked like they didn’t belong at the big kids’ table, as they were handily defeated by a score of 41-28, but it never really felt that close. Overall, there […]

Notes and Observations from the Divisional Playoffs: Patriots Advance Beating the Texans 41-28

There was a ton of talk heading into this game. Everyone expected it to be a close game after the Patriots embarrassed the Texans in Gillette back in week 14. However it was more of the same as the Patriots showed the rest of the NFL that they are the class of the league. First […]

Is the Patriots’ Defense Championship Caliber?

Yes. The New England Patriots defense is championship caliber. They were championship caliber last year. Their defense is better this year. No, Ty Law isn’t walking through that door. but in today’s NFL, he doesn’t have to be. No one wants to revisit February of last year, but if a certain undersized receiver had made […]

Notes and Observations from Week 17: Patriots 28, Dolphins 0 – Patriots Clinch #2 Seed

The Texans lost to the Colts in the early afternoon games which set the Patriots up to control their own destiny to gain a first round bye in the playoffs. Playing against the Miami Dolphins nothing is a guarantee. The Patriots needed the win to guarantee the first round bye. First Half – Being slightly […]

Notes and Observations, Week 16: Patriots Escape Jacksonville with 23-16 Win

Going into Jacksonville Sunday, the Patriots already had their playoff spot figured out. They will most likely be the third seed unless somehow the Broncos and Texans fall apart in the final two weeks. They had three major starters out with Rob Gronkowski, Brandon Spikes, and Alfonzo Dennard all not making the trip. The Patriots […]

Notes and Observations, Week 15: 49ers Outlast Patriots in a Heavyweight Bout, 41-34

Unlike the Texans game on Monday, Sunday night’s match-up of the 49ers and the Patriots lived up to all the hype. It had the feel of a heavyweight fight, and looked like a bloodbath early on. The Patriots turned things on late to make the game interesting, but the 49ers were able to hold off […]

With Addition of Aqib Talib, Patriots have Shown Change in Philosophy

Bill Belichick often preaches consistency, but through the first eight games of the season, his Patriots defense was consistently mediocre and looked like the team’s weak link in its quest for another Lombardi Trophy. Enter Aqib Talib, the much maligned but talented young cornerback, acquired from the Buccaneers on Nov. 1 for a 2013 fourth round […]

Week 13 Notes and Observations: Patriots Clinch AFC East with 23-16 Win Over Dolphins

Playing in Miami is never an easy game for the Patriots. Sunday was no different, especially with the chance to clinch the division.  The Dolphins played the Patriots very well on both sides of the ball, but especially defensively. – Brady had only been sacked 15 times the entire season coming into the game. He […]

Positives and Negatives: Patriots-Colts, Week 11

After quite a performance on Sunday, the Patriots are 7-3 and in the drivers seat in the AFC East. Let’s take a look at some of the Positives and Negatives from Week 11 action. Positives  The front seven cause a lot of commotion up front. Brandon Spikes looked like he was getting an excellent jump […]