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Patriots and Jets: Two Teams Heading in Oppositte Directions

January 2011. The New York Jets traveled to Foxboro to face the red-hot New England Patriots in a divisional round playoff game. Just a month earlier the Patriots had beaten the Jets on that same field 45-3. However, the playoff matchup was a vastly different story. The Jets physically and mentally beat New England en […]

Notes and Observations Week 15: Patriots Blow Out Dolphins 41-13; Clinch AFC East

It never gets old winning the AFC East. At the start of every year, we have to listen to all the “experts” talk about how the Bills, Dolphins, and Jets are all primed to challenge the Patriots for the division crown. Granted the Bills actually have an impressive defense, and if they only had a […]

Brandon Browner Hit Calls League Review Rules Into Question

One of the biggest stories following the Patriots 23-14 win in San Diego was a second half hit delivered by cornerback Brandon Browner. On the play, Browner delivered a jarring hit on Chargers’ tight end Ladarius Green forcing the ball to pop up in the air. Patriots’ safety Devin McCourty caught the ball out of […]

Notes and Observations Week 14: Patriots Grind Out a Tough 23-14 Win Over Chargers

Sunday night wasn’t pretty by any means, but games in December and January usually aren’t. Both the Patriots and Chargers needed the victory but each had their own reasons. The Patriots needed the win to keep pace in the AFC and hold onto the number one seed. The Chargers, on the other hand, needed the […]

How the Patriots Can Attack the Chargers

The Patriots and Chargers are both coming off tough road games that went down to the wire. The Chargers went in to Baltimore and beat the Ravens 34-33 in the final minutes while New England lost a close matchup to the Green Bay Packers, 26-21. The Patriots are still the AFC’s top seed at 9-3 […]

Antonio Gates has High Praise for Gronk

One interesting aspect of Sunday’s game between the Patriots and the Chargers is the two premier tight ends that will be featured. San Diego boasts perennial star Antonio Gates while New England fashions superstar Rob Gronkowski. When two top-tier players at the same position play in the same game, it is always interesting to hear […]

Notes and Observations Week 13: Packers Hold on to Beat Patriots 26-21

The heavyweight showdown of the year delivered as advertised on Sunday. While the Patriots did come up on the short end of the five-point stick, they kept a rolling Packers offense limited to just 26 points. Unfortunately the offense missed far too many opportunities while the Packers took advantage of the chances they were granted. […]

Patriots vs Packers Provides Possible Super Bowl Preview

When the Patriots travel to Green Bay on Sunday they will face a Green Bay Packers team that has been dominating opponents in what could prove to be a Super Bowl preview. Both teams are red hot and come into the game playing their best football. The Packers (8-3) have recovered from a slow start […]

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 […]