// Rob Ninkovich

Patriots Position Review: Defensive Line

Throughout the next several weeks, I will be taking a look at each positional grouping for the Patriots. I will analyze current talent in place, what the need level for improvement is, and who could possibly be brought in as an addition. Current Personnel: DT: Alan Branch, Joe Vellano, Vince Wilfork, Chris Jones, Sealver Siliga, […]

Forget Deflate-Gate: Let’s Look Back to the Actual AFC Championship Game…

The past two seasons we have grown accustomed to watching the Patriots blowout their divisional round opponent only to lose in the AFC Championship game. This year they changed things up for the better. Last week we all sat on the edge of our seats while the Patriots erased two 14-point deficits on route to […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

Akeem Ayers Contributing Early On With Patriots

When the Patriots acquired Akeem Ayers prior to the trading deadline, they were getting a player that had shown pass rush prowess in 2012 but had disappointed in 2013 and early 2014. He had fallen out of favor with the Tennessee defensive coaches and the Patriots hoped a fresh start would help Ayers find his […]

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 […]

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 […]