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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 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 […]

Filling the Stevan Ridley Void

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 […]

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 […]

Should Patriots RB Stevan Ridley Get His Starting Job Back?

In a move that did not come as a surprise to anyone, running back Stevan Ridley was listed as inactive before Sunday’s game against the Houston Texans for non-injury reasons. We all know Coach Bill Belichick’s tolerance for fumbling has reached a boiling point and he was clearly sending Ridley a message with the benching (despite […]

Winning the Wire and Preparing for the Playoffs: Week 13 Fantasy Sleepers

The bye weeks are over and playoff berths are on the line in most leagues this Week 13.  There are not many breakout waiver candidates to add this week, but I’ll look at a few players who may be available in your leagues who can help your team.  If your team is loaded and ready […]

Week 8 Notes and Observations: Patriots Score 24 Unanswered Points to Beat Dolphins 27-17

It’s hard to justify a must win game in October, but this game was just that. After letting a win slip away against the Jets last week in overtime, a game against the division rival Dolphins became more important than usual. The Patriots needed this one to keep distance in the division as the Jets […]

Week 5 Notes & Observations: Patriots Offense Flounders in 13-6 Loss to Bengals

Usually these pieces are broken up into the first and second half but after yesterday’s game there really isn’t a need. Neither team’s offense looked good, but the Bengals were just good enough to outlast the Patriots. Tom Brady had his streak of 52 straight games with a passing touchdown snapped the week before he […]

Week 4 NFL Preview: Patriots vs. Falcons

The transition to the new receiving corps hasn’t been pretty, but they don’t draw pictures on the scoreboard. Bottom line is that our New England Patriots have found a way to win their first three games. Fans are used to seeing a well-oiled offensive machine out of Tom Brady and their frustration even amounted to boos this past […]

Winning the Wire and Surviving the Bye: Fantasy Football Week 4 Sleepers

Week 4 of the season means our opinions of teams and players are starting to be based on 2013 evidence.  There is a lot of football to play, and most of us hope some high draft picks pick it up (I’m talking to you C.J. Spiller).  It also means the bye weeks are here and […]

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 […]

Jermaine Cunningham Suspended for Testing Positive for PEDs

On Monday, the Patriots Jermaine Cunningham was suspended for testing positive performance enhancing drugs (PEDs). As a result, Cunningham will miss four games (returning to the roster on Dec. 24th) and has been fined $127,058. Although no word has come about what substances Cunningham tested positive for, there is speculation that it was Adderall, which […]

Patriots RB Bolden Suspended 4 Games for PED Violation

New England Patriots running back Brandon Bolden has been suspended for four games for violating the NFL’s performance-enhancing drug policy. The substance he used is unknown. Bolden is currently suffering from a knee injury that occurred against the Seattle Seahawks. The injury has kept him out of the last two games as well as practice […]

Patriots Report Card: Week 5 vs. Broncos

The Red Sox have the Yankees. The Celtics have the Lakers. The Bruins have the Canadiens. And Tom Brady and the Patriots have Peyton Manning and the Colts Broncos. While the first three rivalries sometimes fail to live up to expectations, the Brady-Manning rivalry consistently delivers excitement and suspense. Brady vs. Manning, Round 13, went […]