// Dan Connolly

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 […]

Notes and Observations Week 4: Chiefs Embarrass Patriots in 41-14 Blowout

That was the ugliest game in the Tom Brady, Bill Belichick era of the New  England Patriots. It’s safe to say everyone is feeling better about that 16-9 win last week after witnessing the primetime beatdown in Kansas City. The offense was nonexistent and the defense had no answer for whatever the Chiefs decided to […]

Why It’s Time for the Patriots to Start Bryan Stork

When he was drafted in the fourth round of the 2014 draft, Bryan Stork had the distinction of being the highest interior offensive lineman drafted by the Patriots since they took Logan Mankins in the first round in 2005. A Rimington Trophy winner as college football’s top center, he was considered to be a potential […]

Notes and Observations, Week 3: Offense Struggles, Patriots Top Raiders 16-9

As Al Davis said “Just win baby.” The only positive out of Sunday’s game against the Raiders is that the Patriots improved their record to 2-1. Thankfully the defense played well enough and made the big play when they needed it. Tom Brady and the rest of the offense continued to look out of sync […]

Week 2 Preview: Patriots at Vikings, Sept. 14, 2014

Panic in the streets. Last place. No offensive line. Overrated defense. Time for everyone to take a deep breath. The Patriots enter this weekends game in Minnesota with a chance to quell some of the panic going on in New England. Sometimes, it must be nice being a fan of a mediocre team, where every […]

2014 Patriots Offensive Line Preview: Solder, Mankins, Stork, Cannon, Vollmer

Compared to years past, 2013 was a rocky season for the Patriot’s offensive line. Tom Brady was sacked a near career-high 40 times last season. While part of that can be attributed to Brady’s lack of faith in some of his young receivers, but there’s no doubt that the offensive line must step up in […]

2013 Patriots Position Preview: Offensive Lineman

The Patriots offense has always been a consistently feared element of the team. With a Hall of Fame quarterback behind center, the offense has ranked in the top five for total offense five out of the last six seasons. The running game last season dramatically improved behind the legs of running back Stevan Ridley. However, […]

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 […]

New England Patriots Report Card: Divisional Round

The Book of 2 Timothy states: “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith.” The Book of Tom states: “Good for you. I just whomped your ass.” Any comparisons between Tim Tebow and the Denver Broncos and Tom Brady and the New England Patriots died following Saturday’s […]

Patriots 2011 OL Preview: Light, Mankins, Vollmer

The offensive line has been a constant strong point throughout the Brady-Belichick era, and this year should be no different. With a lot of familiar faces returning, lets take a look at the 2011 New England Patriots offensive lineman. See: Our 2011 Patriots Previews Matt Light With this historically hectic off-season in full swing, and […]

Long-Time Patriots Guard Stephen Neal Retires

It’s not everyday when a wrestler without college football experience goes on to start 81 games in the NFL. But, that’s exactly what Patriots offensive guard Stephen Neal accomplished. However, nine seasons and three Super Bowl rings later , the San Diego native, has decided to retire at the age of 34. Neal was an […]

Video: Patriots Dan Connolly Earns AFC Special Teams Honor

It’s not everyday that you see a 300-plus pound offensive lineman returning a kickoff. It’s not everyday when that same man returns the ball 71 yards. That’s exactly what Patriots offensive guard Dan Connolly did Sunday night against the Green Bay Packers. The return landed Connolly the AFC Special Teams Player of the Week honors, […]

PATS on the Back: Week 15 vs. Green Bay

In between those obnoxious Hyundai commercials, the Patriots were able to squeak out a victory on NBC’s Sunday Night Football, edging out Matt Flynn and the Green Bay Packers, 31-27 at Gillette Stadium. That’s right… Matt Flynn, household name, right? There hasn’t been a quarterback that’s looked that good against the Patriots since… well… Cleveland’s […]

Dan Connolly Kickoff Return Helps Patriots Outlast Packers at Gillette 

The Green Bay Packers hit the New England Patriots as hard as they possibly could. But in the end, it was the Packers who found themselves on the ground. The Patriots sacked backup Packers quarterback Matt Flynn five times, including twice in the last four downs of the game, and the Patriots held on to […]