// Dane Fletcher

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 […]

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 […]

New England Patriots Report Card: Week 16

The Miami Dolphins narrowly avoided disaster Saturday against the New England Patriots. Somehow a group of talented, motivated football players broke into their locker room, knocked everyone out, stole their uniforms and took the field for kickoff. The “Dolphins” went into halftime up 17-0. Luckily, the true – and truly terrible – Dolphins regained consciousness […]

Patriots Clinch First-Round Bye, Overcome 17-Point Deficit Against Dolphins

The New England Patriots took every punch the Miami Dolphins threw at them in the first half of Sunday afternoon’s game at Gillette. In the second half, the Patriots came out swinging, and the Dolphins went down for the count. The Patriots scored 27 points in the second half, overcoming a 17-point deficit to beat […]

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 […]

Report: Patriots LB Jerod Mayo out for “about” one month

The injury bug has struck again. Dan Roche of WBZ reports that Patriots linebacker Jerod Mayo will be out for “about” one month after he injured his left knee in the second quarter of New England’s 31-19 win over the Oakland Raiders. Mayo joins a crowed list of injured Patriots on a defense that has […]

New England Patriots Report Card: Week 3

Welcome back to Sports of Boston’s weekly report card for the New England Patriots. Well, Sunday’s game against the Buffalo Bills was a stinker of historic proportions. The Patriots blew a 21-point lead, Tom Brady threw four picks, Bill Belichick somehow wasted a crucial timeout in the final minute of the game, and the Patriots […]

Patriots Look to Wrap Up Preseason Against Giants

The 2-1 New England Patriots will finish their preseason Thursday night at Gillette against the 2-0 New York Giants. It will be the seventh consecutive Patriots preseason concluded with the Giants. The Giants beat the Patriots 20-17 last season at the New Meadowlands Stadium. It’s been a Jekyll and Hyde preseason for the Patriots. They […]

Patriots Sign 9 Undrafted Free Agents on 1st Day After Lockout

The biggest news around Boston Tuesday concerning undrafted free agents was Boston College alumnus Mark Herzlich’s signing with the New York Giants. While Patriots and Eagles fans alike may have hoped to see Herzlich moving his locker from Chestnut Hill to Foxboro, Bill Belichick and company were still active in the undrafted free agent market, […]

Patriots Defense Forces Seven Bills Turnovers, Clinch Division and Home-Field in Win

The New England Patriots, able to clinch the AFC East, a first-round bye and home-field throughout the playoffs with a win or New York Jets loss, could not have asked for a better opponent than the Buffalo Bills. The Patriots had beaten the Bills 14 times in a row coming into Sunday’s game in Orchard […]