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Rob Gronkowski Could Prove a Nightmare for Ravens

Several times this season I have written about the impact that a healthy Rob Gronkowski can make in a game. It is no secret that he is the league’s most dominant tight end and one of the premier offensive weapons in football. He is virtually uncoverable and will provide the Patriots with a distinct advantage […]

Containing Justin Forsett Will be Key for Patriots

One of the surprises of the NFL season was the emergence of Ravens running back Justin Forsett. Forsett, who had bounced around several teams before landing in Baltimore, saw his chance early in the season in the aftermath of the Ray Rice domestic violence situation. Forsett seized the moment, running for 1,266 yards and eight touchdowns. […]

Who the Patriots Should be Rooting for Wild Card Weekend

This weekend will present two wild card playoff games in the AFC. The Patriots will be awaiting their outcomes as the results will determine who they play in the divisional round. The third-seeded Steelers will play the sixth-seeded Ravens and the fourth-seeded Colts will host the fifth-seeded Bengals in win or go home Wild Card […]

Notes and Observations Week 17: Bills Beat a Disinterested Patriots Team 17-9

It is certainly refreshing to have a team so successful that the last game of the season is completely meaningless. Yes, it wasn’t the best 60-minutes of Patriots football, but it didn’t have to be. All that mattered was getting out of that game without any injuries and giving some players who normally don’t see […]

Reports: Alfonzo Dennard Out For Season with Hamstring Injury

Field Yates of ESPN is reporting that the Patriots have placed cornerback Alfonzo Dennard on season-ending injured reserve with a hamstring injury. He was first listed on the injury report Friday and has missed several games this season. Dennard is in his third season with the team and has seen his playing time dip this […]

Patriots Offensive Line Problems Beginning to Resurface

Early in the season, much of talk surrounding the New England Patriots was of the malignant offensive line and the consistent troubles that unit was causing for the team. Running lanes were not open and Tom Brady had little time to throw and was constantly under pressure. These deficiencies led to a 2-2 start that […]

Notes and Observations Week 16: Patriots Escape from New York with 17-16 Win; Clinch First Round Bye.

Woof. Well you know what they say, a win is a win and Sunday’s win over the Jets clinched a first round bye for the Patriots for the fifth consecutive year. A nice fun fact is the Patriots are the first team in NFL history to clinch a first round bye for five consecutive seasons. […]

Patriots Survive Gritty Challenge From Jets

The Jets gave New England all they could handle, and at times looked like they might pull off the upset, but the rumors of a blowup of New York’s office and coaching staff in the offseason persist, and New England squeaked out the 17-16 win. In fact, neither side got off to an appreciable start […]

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. […]