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Patriots LB Jerod Mayo on Cover of Sports Illustrated

Set to hit newsstands on Wednesday, Sports Illustrated will feature six regional covers for its NFL Preview issue. New England fans will see Patriots linebacker Jerod Mayo on the front of the top sporting magazine in the country. This is the 25-year-olds first time on the cover of SI. With 406 tackles in just three seasons […]

Patriots 2011 Inside Linebackers Preview: Mayo, Guyton, Spikes

In a Bill Belichick-coached 3-4 (3 down linemen, 4 linebackers) defensive scheme, the linebacker position has always been considered paramount to success. The system hinges on the defensive line taking up space and handling multiple offensive linemen, while versatile linebackers take advantage. (Note: This is why D-lineman never rack up huge amounts of sacks in […]

PATS on the Back: 2010 Patriots Season Recap

Well it obviously didn’t end the way we would have wanted, but what a ride it was. I’m talking of course, about the 2010 New England Patriots. I don’t know anyone who predicted this young team to go 14-2, but that’s exactly what they did. Sure, many thought they’d make the playoffs, and many thought […]

Tom Brady, Five Other Patriots Selected to 2011 Pro Bowl

The NFL announced the 2011 Pro Bowl rosters Tuesday, and the Patriots lead the way for the AFC with six selections (the Falcons lead the NFC with seven). Starting for the Patriots will be quarterback Tom Brady, guard Logan Mankins and interior lineman Vince Wilfork. Patriot backups will be inside/middle linebacker Jerod Mayo, cornerback Devin […]

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 […]

Patriots-Packers Preview

Both the Green Bay Packers and the New England Patriots carry the burden of history on their shoulders. The Packers used to be one of the great franchises in sports history. They’ve won a combined 12 NFL (pre AFL-merger) and Super Bowl championships. They’ve produced Hall of Famers with names like Curly Lambeau, Bart Starr, […]

Season-High 475 Yards Powers Patriots to Playoffs in Snowy Chicago

It was a snowstorm powerful enough to deflate the Minneapolis Metrodome. But it could not deflate was the New England Patriots offense. The Patriots set a new season high with 475 yards of total offense, more than enough to carry them to a 36-7 victory over the Chicago Bears and clinch a spot in the […]

PATS on the Back: Week 12 vs. Detroit

It didn’t start off too well for the Pats on Turkey Day, but the end result was what most expected: an offensive highlight show, and a win for New England, 45-24 over the Detroit Lions at Ford Field Thursday. The Lions came out out roaring in the first half, taking a 17-10 lead into the […]

Patriots Keys to Victory: Week 9 vs. Browns

Thanks to a 28-18 victory over the Minnesota Vikings, the New England Patriots (6-1) own the best record in the NFL heading into their game with the Cleveland Browns (2-5) this Sunday. At first glance, this looks like an easy matchup for the Patriots. The Browns are currently tied for last place in the AFC […]

PATS on the Back – Week 7 vs. Chargers

A win is a win, and that’s what the New England Patriots have to take from Sunday’s 23-20 victory over the mysterious San Diego Chargers. Why mysterious? Because how does a team rank at the top of the NFL in total offense and total defense (based on yardage), and still have just a 2-5 record? […]

Five Patriots Named Among FOXSports.com’s Top 100 NFL Players

With training camps closing down and a new season coming up, the previews, predictions and breakdowns of the NFL are starting to come out. FOXSports.com’s Pete Shrager recently came out with his idea of the 100 best players in the NFL. While he deserves some credit for putting the time to gather the information and […]

Patriots 2010 Preview: Special Teams

Often the most overlooked aspect of a football team, special teams plays a significant role in every offensive drive and defensive stand. They determine whether an offense must drive 80 yards or 10, and vice versa. Head coach Bill Belichick has been one to put heavy emphasis on this area.  He has been known in […]

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 Release Adalius Thomas

The New England Patriots cut linebacker Adalius Thomas on Monday, and for most Patriot’s fans one word sums up his departure: finally. Or maybe one phrase: It’s about [insert expletive] time! Monday’s releasing of Thomas came as little surprise to many, and ended a three-year tenure that can only be described as a marriage from […]

Pats Offseason 2010: Linebacking Woes

The New England Patriots did not have a top ten defense last season. They were ranked 23rd in the league in sacks. This is shocking for a team being coached by a former Super Bowl winning defensive coordinator. Bill Belichick made his reputation with a fierce defense and now will need to rebuild it if […]