// Rob Ninkovich

Notes and Observations Week 6: Patriots Claim First Place, Beat Bills 37-22

Every year the “experts” talk about how the Bills are right putting it together and are going to challenge the Patriots for the division. They create a little buzz with a few early wins and Chris Berman constantly reminds us that “nobody circles the wagon like the Buffalo Bills. No matter all the hype they’re still […]

Notes and Observations Week 5: Patriots Return to Form, Blow Out Bengals 43-17

What a difference a week makes. After all the doom and gloom from the media that the Patriots were meeting their demise, Tom Brady was too old, and Bill Belichick wasn’t the same coach, the Patriots came out in prime time and handled the last remaining undefeated team in the NFL. If it wasn’t for […]

2014 Patriots Defensive Line Preview: Jones, Ninkovich, Wilfork, Kelly, Easley

2013 was an injury riddled season for the Patriots defensive line. Starting tackles Vince Wilfork and Tommy Kelly had their seasons end in the first five weeks, and the injuries highlighted a tremendous lack of depth on the defensive front. VIEW: Other Patriots Previews The Pats were forced to insert inexperienced players into both tackle spots […]

Who Should the Patriots Draft With Their First Pick?

Offense or defense? Trade up or stay put? Just two of the many questions surrounding what the New England Patriots will do with this year’s first round draft pick (29th overall). There are a select few names that come up in each mock draft. And let’s be honest, you can’t turn your head without getting […]

Brady-Manning XV: Patriots Face Broncos in AFC Championship

The New England Patriots and Denver Broncos will be competing this weekend in a high-stakes, win or go home game for the AFC Championship at Sports Authority Field at Mile High and the chance to represent the AFC in Super Bowl XLVIII. The Patriots are underdogs going into Mile High and as history has proven, […]

Notes and Observations Week 17: Patriots Beat Bills; Clinch #2 Seed in the AFC

After everything that has happened to the Patriots this season, it is absolutely incredible they are the number two seed in the AFC. The offseason was highlighted by Tom Brady’s favorite receivers from the year before, but in the worst possible scenarios. Wes Welker went to Denver to catch pass from Brady’s rival Peyton Manning. […]

Notes and Observations Week 16: Patriots Blow Out Ravens 41-7; Clinch AFC East

The title is slightly misleading as the Patriots clinched the AFC East crown for the fifth straight season before they even took the field on Sunday. Thanks to the Dolphins shooting themselves in the foot with a 19-0 loss to Buffalo, the Patriots had sealed the AFC East before the opening coin toss. However the […]

Week 9 Notes and Observations: Patriots Offense Finally Looks Sharp in 55-31 Win Over Steelers

The first half of this season has been an amazing coaching job by Bill Belichick and his staff. The offseason was highlighted by Aaron Hernandez going to jail on a murder charge, as well as the fact that the Patriots let Wes Welker go to the conference rival Denver Broncos. This season itself has been […]

Week 8 Notes and Observations: Patriots Score 24 Unanswered Points to Beat Dolphins 27-17

It’s hard to justify a must win game in October, but this game was just that. After letting a win slip away against the Jets last week in overtime, a game against the division rival Dolphins became more important than usual. The Patriots needed this one to keep distance in the division as the Jets […]

Week 3 Notes and Observations: Offense Finally Clicks, Patriots Beat Buccaneers 23-3

This was the game that everyone has been hoping to see. The defense continued to show how good they really are, and the offense finally found some type of rhythm to give the doubters something to be happy about. No one is picking the Buccaneers to win any Super Bowls anytime soon, but a win […]

Patriots-Buccaneers: The Good and the Bad

The Patriots strolled to another preseason victory Friday night against the Tamp Bay Buccaneers 25-21. Though, this win is probably no indication of the how the Week 3 regular season match-up between the two teams will go, since the Buccaneers were without their starting shut-down corner Darrelle Revis. This game did however provide many highs […]

2013 Patriots Position Preview: Defensive Line

For the past five years, the New England Patriots have relied on their offensive firepower to be one of the best teams in the NFL. This year, however, Tom Brady will be without some of his favorite targets, and it’s likely that the defense will have to carry a much greater load. Only two seasons […]

Positives and Negatives: Brady Sets All-Time Postseason Wins Mark

With a win on Sunday against the Houston Texans, Tom Brady has become the all-time leading winner in postseason history. It came against a Texans team who still looked like they didn’t belong at the big kids’ table, as they were handily defeated by a score of 41-28, but it never really felt that close. Overall, there […]

Patriots Top Texans 41-28; Advance to 2nd Straight AFC Championship Against Baltimore

The New England Patriots advanced to their seventh AFC Championship in the Belichick era on Sunday night, topping the Houston Texans 41-28 at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. The team received contributions from multiple players, both on offense, defense, and even special teams. New England was in control throughout, never relinquishing their lead after a […]

Notes and Observations from the Divisional Playoffs: Patriots Advance Beating the Texans 41-28

There was a ton of talk heading into this game. Everyone expected it to be a close game after the Patriots embarrassed the Texans in Gillette back in week 14. However it was more of the same as the Patriots showed the rest of the NFL that they are the class of the league. First […]