// Devin McCourty

Notes and Observations Week 17: Patriots Beat Bills; Clinch #2 Seed in the AFC

After everything that has happened to the Patriots this season, it is absolutely incredible they are the number two seed in the AFC. The offseason was highlighted by Tom Brady’s favorite receivers from the year before, but in the worst possible scenarios. Wes Welker went to Denver to catch pass from Brady’s rival Peyton Manning. […]

Patriots Roundup: Roster Changes and Pro Bowl Selections

With just one game left in the regular season, it’s been a busy week for the New England Patriots. Here’s a roundup of some of the news out of Foxborough as Bill Belichick and company try to clinch a first round bye in the playoffs, including injury updates, roster changes, Pro Bowl selections, and highlight reel-worthy […]

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 […]

Notes and Observations Week 14: Patriots Mount Another Improbable Comeback; Beat Browns 27-26

Sunday’s game was one of the more bittersweet experiences for fans of the Patriots. Down 26-14 with 2:39 left in the game, all hope was almost lost, fans made their way to the exits, and Tom Brady did what Tom Brady has done his whole career. With some help of a pass interference call, and […]

Week 9 Notes and Observations: Patriots Offense Finally Looks Sharp in 55-31 Win Over Steelers

The first half of this season has been an amazing coaching job by Bill Belichick and his staff. The offseason was highlighted by Aaron Hernandez going to jail on a murder charge, as well as the fact that the Patriots let Wes Welker go to the conference rival Denver Broncos. This season itself has been […]

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 6 Notes & Observations: Patriots Stun Saints With Last Second Touchdown; Win 30-27

There’s a reason football games are 60 minutes and Sunday’s game used up every single one. It was a game where the Patriots looked in firm control of after a strong first half, but almost gave it away with cautious play-calling in the second half. The Patriots did everything they could to lose this game […]

Notes and Observations from the Divisional Playoffs: Patriots Advance Beating the Texans 41-28

There was a ton of talk heading into this game. Everyone expected it to be a close game after the Patriots embarrassed the Texans in Gillette back in week 14. However it was more of the same as the Patriots showed the rest of the NFL that they are the class of the league. First […]

Notes and Observations from Week 17: Patriots 28, Dolphins 0 – Patriots Clinch #2 Seed

The Texans lost to the Colts in the early afternoon games which set the Patriots up to control their own destiny to gain a first round bye in the playoffs. Playing against the Miami Dolphins nothing is a guarantee. The Patriots needed the win to guarantee the first round bye. First Half – Being slightly […]

Notes and Observations, Week 15: 49ers Outlast Patriots in a Heavyweight Bout, 41-34

Unlike the Texans game on Monday, Sunday night’s match-up of the 49ers and the Patriots lived up to all the hype. It had the feel of a heavyweight fight, and looked like a bloodbath early on. The Patriots turned things on late to make the game interesting, but the 49ers were able to hold off […]

Week 14 Notes and Observations: Patriots Rout Texans 42-14

Monday night’s game was pegged as the game of the year. It definitely lived up to the hype…for Patriots fans. They out-played the Texans in every aspect of the game, and now control their own destiny for the No. 2 seed in the playoffs. Also keep in mind if the Patriots win the rest of […]

Positives and Negatives: Patriots-Bills, Week 10

The Patriots’ 37-31 win over the Bills was penalty-plagued from the start, and without Buffalo digging their own holes constantly throughout the first half, I’m not sure the Patriots walk out of this one with a win. There is a tough stretch of games coming up in which they face San Francisco and Houston, and if the […]

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 […]

Week 8: Notes and Observations vs. St. Louis Rams in London

Allow me to do my best impersonation of Bill Belichick and try to find negatives in an overwhelmingly positive game. After all, I wouldn’t be a Boston sports fan if I still couldn’t find things to complain about…

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 […]