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Notes and Observations Week 12: Patriots Continue Stretch of Dominance, Defeat Lions 34-9

Another week goes by and another division leader falls at the hands of the New England Patriots. After the beginning of the season if you told most people the Patriots would come out of their current six-game stretch with a 3-3 record, most people would have taken that as a plus. Fast forward to the […]

Patriots Offensive Line Passes Another Test Against Lions

Coming in to Sunday’s matchup against the Detroit Lions, the Patriots’ offensive line was a focus point. The Lions boasted a top defense and were number one against the run entering the day. They had also not given up more than 24 points in a game all season. The offensive line was part of an […]

All-World Receiver Calvin Johnson Will Be a Handful for Patriots Pass Defense

When the Patriots face the Lions on Sunday at Gillette Stadium, they will have to defend the NFL’s best wide receiver Calvin Johnson. Johnson is in his eighth season and has been dominant in each of them. He has had over 1,000 yards in 5 of his previous seven seasons and has 520 yards and […]

Patriots Offensive Line Faces Big Test Against Detroit

Since the Patriots settled on the starting offensive line combination of Nate Solder, Dan Connolly, Bryan Stork, Ryan Wendell, and Sebastian Vollmer, they have seriously improved their ability to protect Tom Brady. It is no coincidence that the team is 6-1 (including the Kansas City loss) since the unit began playing together in week four. In […]

Notes and Observations Week 11: Patriots Extend Lead in the AFC by Beating Colts 42-20 in Primetime

Until Sunday night, the Patriots had never won in Lucas Oil stadium. It stood as the place where Ahmad Bradshaw reluctantly scored a Super Bowl winning touchdown, and of course the infamous “4th and 2″ play. Last night the Patriots once again asserted their dominance in the AFC. In the process they took another one […]

Meet Jonas Gray, the Comedian (Video)

Before Jonas Gray ran over the Colts for 199 yards and the first four touchdowns of his career Sunday night against the Colts, he was a stand-up comedian. “Back in the day, I called myself a funny guy — did a little stand up,” Gray said Monday. “I was pretty successful at it here and […]

Connelly’s Top Ten: No Piped in Crowd Noise This Time

1. Patriots on Fire MISC * Bill went with the gray hoodie * Gronk did the block from Blindside on the Gray TD driving the guy for twenty yards – Gronk looked ornery all night * Is it possible the Patriots are better without Mayo and Ridley? OFFENSE * The last two games against the […]

How the Patriots Can Contain T.Y. Hilton

When the Patriots face the Colts on Sunday, much of the hype surrounding the Colts offense will be centered on quarterback Andrew Luck, and rightfully so. Luck is already a star and is in the process of becoming the next great NFL quarterback, a generational talent. However, the person at the top of the Patriots’ […]

Next Five Games Will Provide Answers for Patriots

When the NFL schedule was released in April, it was evident that the Patriots would have to battle through a tough stretch from late October through mid-December. That stretch began with a blowout home win against a Chicago Bears team that has talent but that has not lived up to expectations. The Patriots followed that […]

The Gronk Effect: Dominant Tight End Play has Helped Revitalize the Patriots Offense

Since the Patriots blowout loss to Kansas City in week four they have rattled off five wins a row and the offense has been averaging 40 points per game. There are several factors to this, including improved offensive line play and the emergence of Brandon LaFell. One of the biggest factors has been the return […]

Notes and Observations, Week 9: Patriots Make a Statement in Dominant 43-21 Win Over Broncos

This was the game everyone had marked on their calendars. There’s the obvious Tom Brady vs. Peyton Manning rivalry, but this was more than that. Sunday was a chance to show everyone how good the Patriots truly are, and they did not disappoint. While Tom Brady has put together an impressive five game stretch of […]

Slowing Down League’s Best Offense No Easy Task For Patriots

When the Broncos play the Patriots at Gillette Stadium on Sunday, they will bring with them one of the NFL’s best offenses. They set records last year and have picked up right where they left off ranking first in points per game, tied for first in touchdowns scored, third in passing yards, and sixth in […]

Notes and Observations Week 8: Brady, Gronk Dominate Bears in 51-23 Patriots Win

Games like Sunday against the Bears highlight just how different the Patriots are than the rest of the NFL. Four weeks ago the Patriots suffered an absolutely embarrassing defeat at the hands of the Kansas City Chiefs. The media basically wrote off Bill Belichick and Tom Brady as washed up and said it was time […]

Offense Leads Way For Patriots In Blowout of Bears

Coming into Foxboro, Chicago found themselves thoroughly outmatched, never quite able to get things going. By the time the Bears really started showing any signs of life, it was far too late, and in the end, they were on the wrong end of a 51-23 loss to New England. An offensive holding call on the […]

Patriots’ Defense to Face one of Season’s Toughest Tests in Bears

The Bears will travel to Gillette Stadium on Sunday to face the Patriots and will bring with them one of the most difficult to defend offenses in football. Their mix of dominant wide receivers, and elite running back, and matchup nightmare tight end make them a challenge for any defense. The wild card is their […]