// Brandon Spikes

Notes and Observations, AFC Championship: Patriots Come Up Short Against Broncos

For the second consecutive season the Patriots lost in the AFC Championship game. A team that was once so successful in the postseason, has now suffered three consecutive disappointing losses in a row. The one major thing in common in all three of those games is the poor play of the offense. The stat line […]

Patriots Look to End Colts Season in Divisional Playoff Game

The injury plagued Patriots will host the Indianapolis Colts Saturday night in a Divisional Playoff game after a crazy wild card weekend that saw the Colts erase a 28-point deficit against the Kansas City Chiefs in a 45-44 victory. The Patriots are double-digit favorites in this match-up but don’t let that number fool you. The […]

Patriots Overachieved Throughout 2013 Season

As the New England Patriots have wrapped up the regular season at 12-4 and are preparing for the second round of the playoffs, it’s tough to challenge the idea that 2013-2014 was a season of over-achievement. Sure, the Patriots have been enjoying 10+ win seasons since 2003 and have had first round byes in the […]

Notes and Observations Week 16: Patriots Blow Out Ravens 41-7; Clinch AFC East

The title is slightly misleading as the Patriots clinched the AFC East crown for the fifth straight season before they even took the field on Sunday. Thanks to the Dolphins shooting themselves in the foot with a 19-0 loss to Buffalo, the Patriots had sealed the AFC East before the opening coin toss. However the […]

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, 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 […]

Positives and Negatives: Patriots-Dolphins Week 13

The New England Patriots brought just enough offense and defense to beat an inferior team Sunday afternoon, and that kind of performance needs to be stuck way in the rear-view mirror if they want to make it out of the next few weeks in position to take the playoffs by storm. With Baltimore falling to […]

Game of Inches: Patriots Squeaked Out Win Over Undisciplined Bills

As the Patriots concluded their first three-game winning streak of the season, should fans feel better or worse about the state of the defense? Sure that “bend but don’t break” muscle was flexed extremely hard (similar to Brandon Spikes following his knockout of Fred Jackson late in the fourth quarter), but there were a few […]

Patriots Acquire Aqib Talib from the Buccaneers

The trade deadline was extended to Thursday (today) and the Patriots made a move in an attempt to plug the glaring hole that is their secondary. They traded their 2013 4th round pick in exchange for Buccaneers’ cornerback Aqib Talib and a 7th round pick.  Talib has had a few off the field problems in his […]

Week 7: Notes and Observations vs. the New York Jets

- I’ve been saying it all season that the problem with the Patriots, contrary to popular belief, is not the defense, but is this supposedly high powered offense. They showed glimpses of brilliance against the Bills, Broncos, and Titans, but to say they are inconsistent is a huge understatement. They lack an identity. – One […]

Patriots Can’t Close Out Seahawks, or Anyone Else Lately

The Seattle Seahawks upset the New England Patriots 24-23 in Seattle on Sunday. Winning by 13 in the fourth quarter, the Patriots were not able to capitalize on offensive opportunities that could have sealed the victory for them. Instead they allowed the Seahawks to get back into the game, and eventually score the go ahead […]

Patriots-Bills Notes: Defense & Running Game Impressive, No Welker Conspiracy

The Patriots rallied from a 21-7 deficit in Buffalo to defeat their AFC East rival by a final score of 52-28.  The game started off well as the Patriots’ defense was able to force a punt on Buffalo’s first drive. The punt pinned the Patriots at their own 10 yard line, but that didn’t phase […]

Patriots Report Card: Week 3 vs. Ravens

Before Sunday’s New England Patriots-Baltimore Ravens game, noted actor (also Ravens linebacker) Ray Lewis said, “Revenge is a dish best served cold. We on fire tonight.” Facing a mind like that, the Patriots should count themselves lucky they just lost, as opposed to waking up tied to a chair in a basement somewhere. But lose […]

Heartbreaking End Allows Cardinals to Upset Patriots

A hotly contested game saw the Patriots receive unexpected hope only to see that hope disappear with one errant kick to seal a 20-18 upset for the Arizona Cardinals. The game was a big defensive battle, with only field goals now and then until the middle of the 3rd quarter. Even when the Cardinals made […]

2012 Patriots Linebackers Preview: Experienced Youth

At first glance, the Patriots’ linebacker position should excite fans of the team. They are a relatively young group, the oldest being Niko Koutouvides (31), and they already have a tremendous amount of experience. The young linebackers helped lead a struggling defense to the Super Bowl last season, and with a full year playing together […]