// Dan Koppen

Patriots 53-Man Roster Shows Focus on Defense

Friday was the final day for NFL rosters to cut down to 53 players. All the work in the preseason goes into figuring out the best 53-man combination to go into the season with. Every year there are some cuts that cause fans to question the motive, and this year has been no different. The […]

Matt Light Made Patriots Offensive Line Much, Much Better

When the 2012 New England Patriots kick off their season in a few months, many of the faces will look familiar. Tom Brady, Rob Gronkowski and Wes Welker will still be there, picking apart defenses. Jerod Mayo will still blow up any receiver foolhardy enough to run across the middle of the field. Stephen Gostkowski […]

New England Patriots Report Card: Week 4

Welcome back to Sports of Boston’s weekly report card for your New England Patriots! The Patriots did what they always do the week after a loss: win. Specifically, they beat the Oakland Raiders, 31-19. And with losses by the Buffalo Bills and New York Jets, the Patriots are once again tied atop the AFC East […]

New England Patriots Report Card: Week 1

Welcome to Sports of Boston’s weekly report card for your New England Patriots! Each week we’ll analyze every Patriots position group, identifying particularly noteworthy performances from the previous week’s game. In their 38-24 victory over the Miami Dolphins on Monday Night Football, the Patriots answered many of the questions fans had about the offense entering […]

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 […]

Patriots Keys to Victory: Week 15 vs. Packers

After blowing out the NFC North division-leading Bears 36-7 in Chicago, the New England Patriots (11-2) now appear unbeatable.  Sunday’s victory marked the second time in as many weeks the Pats have dismantled a division leader. Barring a complete catastrophe, New England will without-a-doubt clinch the number one-seed in the AFC heading into the playoffs. […]

PATS on the Back: Week 8 vs. Minnesota

6-1, the best record in the NFL. Who would’ve believed that a team that lost their best cornerback (Leigh Bodden) and one of their most reliable defensive lineman (Ty Warren) in the preseason, then lost their third down back (Kevin Faulk) to season-ending injury, then traded away a former first rounder (Laurence Maroney) and a […]

Patriots 2010 Preview: Offensive Line

The offensive line was by far the most consistent unit of the 2009/2010 New England Patriots. Left tackle Matt Light, left guard Logan Mankins, center Dan Koppen, right guard Stephen Neal, and right Tackle Nick Kaczur allowed opposing defenses very few cracks at three-time Super Bowl champion quarterback Tom Brady. Brady –unfortunate to sustain nagging […]

Patriots All-Decade Team: 2000′s

Patriots All Decade Team: QB: Tom Brady Honorable Mention: Drew Bledsoe, Matt Cassel It was the easiest selection on the list. The day Drew Bledsoe was knocked out of a game in 2001, was the day Tom Brady emerged as one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time. He is a three time Super Bowl […]

Patriots Report Card: Week 16

Quarterback: A+ Tom Brady returned to his ’07 form against the Jaguars on Sunday, completing 23/26 passes for 267 yards and four touchdowns.  Brady played an almost perfect game on Sunday, as his 149.0 quarterback rating would indicate. He threw three touchdown passes to Randy Moss, and another to tight end Chris Baker.  Brady continued […]

Patriots are Ready for the 8-0 Colts

New England Patriots (6-2) at Indianapolis Colts (8-0) Time: 8:30 p.m. EST Place: Indianapolis, Indiana TV: NBC Radio: 98.5 FM – The Sports Hub It is the most anticipated match-up of the regular season. No two teams have exemplified what it means to be a champion this decade more then the Indianapolis Colts and New […]

Grading the Patriots Offense

The bye week let New England fans soak in everything. After eight weeks, New England has outplayed its division rivals to a 5-2 record. Some hard fought wins and heart breaking losses have made this season exciting. Now, before the Patriots welcome the Dolphins to Foxboro, it seems like a perfect time to take a […]

Patriots Meet New And Improved Ravens Offense

Baltimore Ravens (3-0) at New England Patriots (2-1) Time: 1:00 p.m. Where: Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts TV: CBS Radio: 98.5 FM: The Sports Hub The New England Patriots are entering Week 4 with a respectable 2-1 record and are gearing up to play one of the most potent offenses in the NFL…wait…the Baltimore Ravens? […]

Matt Light Sued For Nightclub Fight

According to the Boston Herald, Matt Light is being sued by the host, Jacob Herman II, of the exclusive Blue Room of Ultra 88, a Mohegan Sun nightclub in CT. Apparently, Herman was “trying to protect the patrons” when a scrum broke out. The incident allegedly occurred on New Year’s Eve 2007, where Light was […]

Patriots Season Grades: Offensive Line

Back on track with the season reviews and today I’ll take a look at the 2008 Patriots offensive line. Matt Light: A Thoughts: The consummate professional, Matt Light did an admirable job protecting Matt Cassel and allowed the young QB space to scramble in and out of the pocket. He may have seen his best […]