// Laurence Maroney

Rebuilding A Dynasty

With the Patriots being blown out by the Ravens during Wild Card weekend, there have been many speculating that their reign may be over. It’s an easy statement to be made. After a decade of dominance, New England struggled this season, barely won the AFC East and then were dismantled at home 33-14 by Baltimore […]

PATS on the Back – 2009

And just like that, another Patriots season is in the books, sooner than many expected. At the beginning of the 2009 season, there were several pundits that were predicting the Pats as Super Bowl XLIV champs. But a “4th and 2,” a Welker injury, and a complete embarrassment in the wild card round later, New […]

Patriots Report Card: Week 18

Quarterback: B- If you told me Tom Brady had 42 attempts in a game, I’d tell you he easily threw for over 300 yards. And if you then told me he threw for 200 yards, I’d be surprised.  But 154 yards? On 42 attempts? You’re kidding, right? No, unfortunately not. This is what happened on […]

Bill Belichick: Fallible or Perfect?

So after the Patriots were unceremoniously dumped from the playoffs, public opinion seems to have the Patriots’ dynasty deteriorating, if it hasn’t already disappeared. The center of all the talk is obviously coach Bill Belichick, who some say is given too much free reign and isn’t being challenged enough by his assistant coaches and other […]

Patriots Report Card: Week 17

Quarterback: C I was tempted to cut Tom Brady some slack and give him an “Incomplete” on his report card this week, but the Patriots quarterback played most of the game on Sunday. He was replaced by rookie Brian Hoyer (Michigan State) in the second quarter, and on the Patriots’ last drive.  Brady’s stat line was […]

Patriots Report Card: Week 16

Quarterback: A+ Tom Brady returned to his ’07 form against the Jaguars on Sunday, completing 23/26 passes for 267 yards and four touchdowns.  Brady played an almost perfect game on Sunday, as his 149.0 quarterback rating would indicate. He threw three touchdown passes to Randy Moss, and another to tight end Chris Baker.  Brady continued […]

Patriots Report Card: Week 15

Quarterback: C+ Statistically, Tom Brady had perhaps his worst game of the 2009 season. Brady completed 11 of 23 passes for 115 yards in the Patriots 17-10 win over the Buffalo Bills on Sunday.  Brady also threw one touchdown to Randy Moss and one interception to Bills linebacker Paul Posluszny. Brady’s 13-yard touchdown pass to […]

Patriots’ Road Woes Over in Buffalo

London and Tampa aren’t enough. The Patriots finally managed to eke out their first true road win of the season, defeating the Buffalo Bills, 17-10. From the opening kickoff, the Bills started by rushing the ball forward, and quite effectively at that. Nine of thirteen plays, not including the kickoff return or resulting field goal, […]

Patriots and Bills Meet for a Winter Showdown

After dropping two games in a row, New England finally got into winning form last week over the Panthers. They are leading the AFC East by one game over New York and Miami. However, it’s the other division team the Patriots are now concerned with. The Buffalo Bills will not be in the playoffs this […]

High Five/Low Five – Week 15

Well, if you’re still reading this article here in Week 15, looking for fantasy football advice, I applaud you. It must mean that your team, or teams, are still alive, fighting for fantasy glory. And for those of you who play this game for money (and really, why wouldn’t you play for money?), you’re already […]

PATS on the Back: Patriots vs. Panthers, Week 14

After a brief Week 13 hiatus, “PATS on the Back” is back in action this week. Frankly, after that 22-21 brutal loss down in Miami, did ANY Patriots player deserve ANY praise at all? Nah, I didn’t think so either. But this week, while it wasn’t a pretty 60 minutes of football, it was a […]

Patriots Report Card: Week 14

Quarterback: B Tom Brady completed 19 of 32 passes for 192 yards, and threw one touchdown and one interception against the Carolina Panthers.  Brady’s 192 yards marked his lowest passing output of the season, but the crafty veteran made plays when he had to.  His five-yard touchdown pass to Ben Watson midway through the third […]

Patriots Look to Stop Bleeding Against Panthers

Oh, how the mighty have fallen. For the first time in 50 games, the Patriots have lost back-to-back games. On top of that, they have dropped three of their last four and have jeopardized their playoff chances. Now they need to prove they can still win and take control of their own destiny. Their opponents […]

Has the Patriots Defense Been a Mirage?

It was a game to forget for the Patriots, as many of their road games have been this season. The Patriots struggled in all facets of the game and it showed with a 38-17 blowout. With the loss to the Saints, the Patriots now fall to 7-4 on the season and 1-4 on the road. […]

Week 12 Report Card: Saints Brees Past Patriots

Saints quarterback Drew Brees made sure the Patriots didn’t capitalize on their second opportunity to knock off an undefeated team this season.  The New Orleans gunslinger threw for 371 yards and five touchdowns en route to a 38-17 beat-down of the Patriots on Monday Night Football.  Brees and company sent the “Brady Bunch” limping back […]