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Deflategate? NFL Investigating Under-Inflated Footballs Used in AFC Title Game

The New England Patriots are under investigation by the National Football League for under inflating the footballs used in the AFC Championship game where they beat the Indianapolis Colts 45-7. Reports as to whom brought forward the Patriots possibly deflating the footballs during last night’s game are not clear. The story was first reported by […]

Belichick Says Clock Management Goes Exactly to Plan to Beat Ravens; Wait, What?

Duron Harmon closed the gap quickly, ranging in from center field to position himself perfectly to intercept Joe Flacco’s deep pass looking for Torrey Smith in the end zone and close out a nerve-wracking, come-from-behind win for the New England Patriots. Or so it seemed. Instead of running out the clock with the two minute […]

Colts or Broncos: Should the Patriots Care Who They Play in AFC Championship?

After a rousing, back-and-forth, come-from-behind victory over the Baltimore Ravens on Saturday, the New England Patriots will host next week’s AFC Championship for the right to play in Super Bowl XLIV. With their place in the AFC title game decided, eyes turn westward this afternoon for the other game to decide who will play the Patriots […]

If the Playoffs Started Today – NFL Week 15

Just two games remain in the season. Still, though, several teams remain alive. Even in the NFC, with the way so many of the best teams are playing, one loss means the difference between #2 and #6. In the AFC, the strong North Division, Johnny Football excepted of course, is threatening to put three teams […]

If the Playoffs Started Today – NFL Week 14

Just three games remain in the season. No one clear contender has emerged, and the AFC Wildcard hunt could especially turn upside down in the next three weeks. The AFC South will now mathematically be won by a team that finishes .500 or worse. Despite leading the NFC, questions remain about Arizona’s ability to compete […]

Video: Tom Brady, Professional Telemarketer and Part-Time Fantasy Trash Talker?

Thank Belichick that Tom Brady recovered from his early season swoon to quiet all the calls for him to be traded, cast off, sent sailing into the sunset of retirement to thereby save us all from seeing a Hall of Fame quarterback in decline. I say this not only as a New England Patriots fan […]

If the Playoffs Started Today – NFL Week 13

Just a month remains in the season. Nobody has clinched a spot yet, though Denver and Indianapolis will get the first chances next week. Cincinnati suddenly has some breathing room in the still highly competitive AFC North. Atlanta and New Orleans continue to lead the NFC South at 5-7, where even 2-10 Tampa still has […]

Back in Blount: Patriots Sign LeGarrette Blount

Cue up the AC/DC: The New England Patriots are back in Blount. Even having galloped over the Indianapolis Colts in last year’s playoffs, which earned him a Sports Illustrated cover with his record setting postseason performance, running back LeGarrette Blount left the Patriots this past offseason to sign with the Pittsburgh Steelers. But after departing from […]

If the Playoffs Started Today – NFL Week 11

Coming up on Thanksgiving, races are still tight. Four teams in the AFC are only half a game behind the last Wildcard spot, for example. The Seahawks and 49ers are still hassling the NFC. Even the 2-8 Buccaneers are just two games away from their division’s lead. Other than the conference leading Pats and Cardinals, […]

Jonas Gray on Sports Illustrated Cover, Top of Jonas Power Rankings

From lightly recruited high school prospect, to perpetual backup at Notre Dame, to opening act for Screech, to practice squad casualty, to this: Sports Illustrated cover boy.Not a bad career arc, huh?After Sunday night’s demolition of the Indianapolis Colts, Jonas Gray is the new toast of the town in New England (if New England were […]

Why Tom Brady’s INT at the End of 1st Half was Especially Egregious

I write this trying to remind myself that the New England Patriots were still winning by four points at halftime and set to receive the ball to start the second half. But Tom Brady has two interceptions, just one less than he had for the season coming into Week 11, and the second one was especially […]

Tom Brady, Midseason NFL MVP? Not If Luck Has Anything to Do With It

Last week, ESPN’s 32 NFL beat writers cast their votes for who they thought was the MVP through the midway point of the 2014 NFL season.With 22 touchdowns and only 3 INTs, and a particularly hot stretch before the bye that saw his offense average 40 points over five games, New England Patriots quarterback Tom […]

If the Playoffs Started Today – NFL Week 10

10 weeks into the season, and injuries continue to take their toll. Major suspensions are starting to expire, which should help the affected teams. The AFC North has only winning records, while the NFC South has only losing records. Wildcard races remain crowded, especially in the AFC. A lot is happening right now in the […]

If the Playoffs Started Today – NFL Week 9

All teams are now at least halfway through their season. The NFC South has no winning teams, while the AFC North has only winning teams. Star power is throwing its way around, and with a no contest plea, Adrian Peterson could be on his way back relatively soon, if Roger Goodell allows it. Only the […]

If the Playoffs Started Today – NFL Week 8

Halfway through the season, and there are still several teams that could still legitimately claim the title. One of them, Arizona, could do so in their home stadium, the first time anyone would even have the chance. Every one of the four teams in the NFC South is sub-.500. Injuries are still an issue for […]