// Devin McCourty

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 […]

Patriots Do Everything to Give Away Another Late Lead, Can’t Quite Pull Off the Loss

No one can say the Patriots don’t bring plenty of drama in their games. In beating their arch rival Jets 29-26, the Patriots let New York get ahead early, came back to open up a lead, let New York back in it, opened another lead, let New York take the lead, tied the game and […]

Preview: Jets-Patriots Battle for First Place in AFC East

On Sunday afternoon at 4:25, the New England Patriots get set to take on the New York Jets, two heated divisional rivals tied atop the AFC East. One of only two late afternoon games in the NFL, all eyes will be on the battle for sole possession of first place – and a plus-.500 record. […]

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 Report Card: Week 5 vs. Broncos

The Red Sox have the Yankees. The Celtics have the Lakers. The Bruins have the Canadiens. And Tom Brady and the Patriots have Peyton Manning and the Colts Broncos. While the first three rivalries sometimes fail to live up to expectations, the Brady-Manning rivalry consistently delivers excitement and suspense. Brady vs. Manning, Round 13, went […]

Patriots Defeat Broncos 31-21 as Brady-Manning Rivalry is Reignited

The Patriots defeated the Broncos 31-21 on Sunday at Gillette Stadium to lock down their first home victory of the season. First Half The Broncos started off with the ball after winning the toss. Peyton Manning looked good in his return to Gillette as he led the offense down the field. Manning connected with Demaryius […]

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 […]

Patriots 2012 Cornerbacks Preview: Can Devin McCourty Improve?

No matter if you are a fan of the team or not, every football fan can agree that New England’s pass defense last year left much to be desired. Despite a 13-3 record and a Super Bowl run, the 2011 campaign was consistently marked by inconsistent play from the back four. Read: Other 2012 Patriots Previews […]

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 […]

Kyle Arrington Need Never Fear “Bandwagon” Fans

Dear Kyle Arrington, Your recent tweet filled me with concern. You seem so worried that “fake fans” (as you so cleverly hashtagged them) will try to jump back on the Patriot “bandwagon” once your team’s horrific defense improves. The thought of phoney-baloney cheers replacing the ever-present boo-birds currently echoing through Gillette Stadium clearly haunts your […]

Patriots to Battle Bills in Pivotal Divisional Clash

Notable Injuries Pat Chung (hand), Sebastian Vollmer (back), Mike Wright (concussion) and Aaron Hernandez (knee) are all out for the Patriots. Ras-I Dowling (hip), Gary Guyton (hamstring), Albert Haynesworth (back), Jerod Mayo (thigh), Zoltan Mesko (knee), Taylor Price (hamstring) and Ryan Wendell (calf) are all listed as questionable. For the Bills, cornerback Terrence McGee (hamstring), […]