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PATS on the Back: Week 17 vs. Miami

14-2 and the top seed in the AFC… who saw this coming? Even the diehards couldn’t have really believed that this year’s version of the New England Patriots would perform the way they have all season long. I’m as big a Pats fan as there is, and I really saw no better than an 11-5 […]

PATS on the Back – Week 14 vs. Chicago

If the 45-3 drubbing of the New York Jets two Monday nights ago wasn’t enough to convince you that the Patriots are the top dawgs in the NFL this year, then maybe Sunday’s 36-7 snowblowing of the Chicago Bears will kill off all remaining doubts. The lopsided victory at Soldier Field improved New England’s league-best […]

PATS on the Back: Week 12 vs. Detroit

It didn’t start off too well for the Pats on Turkey Day, but the end result was what most expected: an offensive highlight show, and a win for New England, 45-24 over the Detroit Lions at Ford Field Thursday. The Lions came out out roaring in the first half, taking a 17-10 lead into the […]

PATS on the Back: Week 11 vs. Indianapolis

Another week, another hard-fought win for the scrappy New England Patriots. This time the win was extra sweet, as it was over Peyton Manning and the hated Indianapolis Colts. The Pats may have had trouble putting the Colts away late in the game, but we’ll let you negative nancies focus on that part. Instead, let’s […]

PATS on the Back: Week 8 vs. Minnesota

6-1, the best record in the NFL. Who would’ve believed that a team that lost their best cornerback (Leigh Bodden) and one of their most reliable defensive lineman (Ty Warren) in the preseason, then lost their third down back (Kevin Faulk) to season-ending injury, then traded away a former first rounder (Laurence Maroney) and a […]

PATS on the Back – Week 7 vs. Chargers

A win is a win, and that’s what the New England Patriots have to take from Sunday’s 23-20 victory over the mysterious San Diego Chargers. Why mysterious? Because how does a team rank at the top of the NFL in total offense and total defense (based on yardage), and still have just a 2-5 record? […]

PATS on the Back – Week 6 vs. Baltimore

In arguably their biggest regular season win in a few years, the Patriots defied the odds on Sunday, beating a very good Baltimore Ravens team, 23-20, in an overtime thriller that we’ll be talking about for a while. The Pats faced a ten-point deficit early in the fourth quarter, after a Billy Cundiff field goal […]

PATS on the Back: Patriots-Dolphins, Week 4

Well… how fun was that? The Pats scored every which way possible in their Monday night rout of the Dolphins, 41-14 in Miami, a location that hasn’t always been too friendly for New England. Entering this game, Bill Belichick had just a 4-6 record in Miami, and Tom Brady was 3-5 on South Beach. But, […]

PATS on the Back: Patriots-Bills, Week 3

Have you ever felt worse about a Patriots win as you feel about Sunday’s 38-30 triumph over the lowly Buffalo Bills? Sure, you have to be pleased with how the offense rebounded from a lousy second half last week against the Jets, but that defense… oh, that defense. They let rookie C.J. Spiller have a […]

PATS on the Back: Patriots-Bengals, Week 1

And just like that, all hope is restored in Patriot Nation. Right? OK maybe not all hope, but Sunday’s convincing 38-24 win over the Cincinnati Bengals at Gillette Stadium did a lot to calm the concerns of Pats fans, heading into a 2010 season that could go in a number of different directions. Call the […]

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 […]

PATS on the Back: Patriots-Texans, Week 17

The Patriots will limp into the playoffs next weekend, after losing not only Sunday’s game to the Texans, but also losing their Pro Bowl receiver, Wes Welker. As you all know by now, Welker was lost on just the third offensive play of the game, as his left knee buckled in the Reliant Stadium turf. […]

PATS on the Back: Week 16

In what was clearly their best post-bye week performance of the year, the New England Patriots were able to convincingly top the playoff hopeful Jacksonville Jaguars at Gillette Stadium Sunday, in a game that was over nearly before it ever begun. The Pats ran all over the Jags, and then ran some more, and then […]

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 […]

PATS on the Back: Patriots vs. Saints, Week 12

Well if Monday night’s 38-17 butt-whooping taught Patriots fans anything, it’s that their team can no longer be considered amongst the elite teams in the NFL. No elite team gets beat in every facet of the game like New England got beat in New Orleans. The league’s elite is reserved now to a trio of […]