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2013 Patriots Position Preview: Defensive Line

For the past five years, the New England Patriots have relied on their offensive firepower to be one of the best teams in the NFL. This year, however, Tom Brady will be without some of his favorite targets, and it’s likely that the defense will have to carry a much greater load. Only two seasons […]

Jermaine Cunningham Suspended for Testing Positive for PEDs

On Monday, the Patriots Jermaine Cunningham was suspended for testing positive performance enhancing drugs (PEDs). As a result, Cunningham will miss four games (returning to the roster on Dec. 24th) and has been fined $127,058. Although no word has come about what substances Cunningham tested positive for, there is speculation that it was Adderall, which […]

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 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 […]

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 […]

Vollmer, Price, Cunningham Inactive for Patriots

The New England Patriots have announced that OL Sebastian Vollmer (back), DE/LB Jermaine Cunningham (groin), WR Taylor Price (hamstring), LB Jeff Tarpinian (knee) and OL Ryan Wendell (calf) have all been downgraded to out for Monday night’s season opening against the Dolphins. The Patriots also listed LB Brandon Spikes, QB Ryan Mallet and RB Shane […]

Patriots 2011 OLB Preview: Cunningham, Ninkovich

Last week, in our Patriots season preview, I took a stab at the inside linebacker position. While in a 3-4 defense, the inside linebackers have responsibility to diagnose plays and maintain gap responsibility; meanwhile, the outside linebackers are geared toward accomplishing one of two goals: Put their hand in the dirt and rush the opposing Quarterback. Set the […]

Patriots Sign DE Mark Anderson to Bolster Pass Rush

After working out a number of free agent defensive ends and outside linebackers this week (Matt Roth, Raheem Brock — who re-signed with Seattle, Shaun Ellis, and Quentin Moses), the Patriots agreed to terms with former Bears and Texans defensive end Mark Anderson Friday morning. Specific terms of the deal were not announced, and Anderson […]

Manning’s Third Interception Ends Colts’ Comeback; Patriots Hold on in Gillette

Through the first nine games of this season, Peyton Manning had thrown only four interceptions. The Patriots nearly doubled it in just one game. The Patriots picked Manning off three times, including with 31 seconds to go from the New England 24-yard line, beating the Colts 31-28 at Gillette. The Patriots’ win kept them tied […]

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 […]

Strong Running Game Leads Patriots Past Vikings; Favre Injured in Fourth

BenJarvus Green-Ellis leaped over the back of blocking guard Dan Connolly, tumbling head over heels. When he came down, the Patriots had a two-score lead with less than two minutes left in the game. Green-Ellis ran for 112 yards and two touchdowns- the first multiple-touchdown game of his career- Sunday, and the New England Patriots […]

Patriots 2010 Preview: The Linebackers

It was 2007. The Patriots were fresh off a victory against their rivals the Colts and were 9-0 en route to a perfect season. For their mid-season special, Sports Illustrated ran a cover featuring the heart of the Patriots. It wasn’t Brady. Or Moss. Or even Belichick. It was the entire linebacking unit. Tedy Bruschi, […]

Patriots Re-Sign Derrick Burgess

The Patriots re-signed ten-year veteran defensive end/outside linebacker Derrick Burgess to a one-year contract on Friday. Bill Belichick pulled the trigger on a deal to bring him over from the Oakland Raiders  just before the start of last season in hopes that he would fill the pass-rushing void. He was not the stand-out contributor many […]