// Stevan Ridley

Notes and Observations from The AFC Championship Game, Ravens Beat Patriots 28-13

To begin, sorry this is late. After going to the game and witnessing this lack of performance first hand, I needed a day to gather the correct thoughts on the latest in our recent gut-wrenching failures. This final notes and observations will be more of a final impression of the season as well as the […]

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 […]

Notes and Observations from Week 17: Patriots 28, Dolphins 0 – Patriots Clinch #2 Seed

The Texans lost to the Colts in the early afternoon games which set the Patriots up to control their own destiny to gain a first round bye in the playoffs. Playing against the Miami Dolphins nothing is a guarantee. The Patriots needed the win to guarantee the first round bye. First Half – Being slightly […]

Notes and Observations, Week 16: Patriots Escape Jacksonville with 23-16 Win

Going into Jacksonville Sunday, the Patriots already had their playoff spot figured out. They will most likely be the third seed unless somehow the Broncos and Texans fall apart in the final two weeks. They had three major starters out with Rob Gronkowski, Brandon Spikes, and Alfonzo Dennard all not making the trip. The Patriots […]

Notes and Observations, Week 15: 49ers Outlast Patriots in a Heavyweight Bout, 41-34

Unlike the Texans game on Monday, Sunday night’s match-up of the 49ers and the Patriots lived up to all the hype. It had the feel of a heavyweight fight, and looked like a bloodbath early on. The Patriots turned things on late to make the game interesting, but the 49ers were able to hold off […]

Stevan Ridley: Running Back to the Future

The New England Patriots have the #1 offense in the NFL.  They lead the league in yards, averaging 425.7 per game and lead the world in points, averaging 36.3 per game. No news there right? What is news is how balanced this Patriots offense has become. After finishing 20th in rushing yards per game in […]

Patriots Rout Texans in a Battle of AFC’s Best

In the Boston Sunday Globe, writer Dan Shaughnessy predicted a blowout victory for the Patriots. He made the same prediction on 98.5 the Sports Hub, and all week I heard people bashing him for making an egregious prediction in a game between two football powerhouses. He ended up being absolutely correct as New England was […]

Week 14 Notes and Observations: Patriots Rout Texans 42-14

Monday night’s game was pegged as the game of the year. It definitely lived up to the hype…for Patriots fans. They out-played the Texans in every aspect of the game, and now control their own destiny for the No. 2 seed in the playoffs. Also keep in mind if the Patriots win the rest of […]

Positives and Negatives: Patriots-Dolphins Week 13

The New England Patriots brought just enough offense and defense to beat an inferior team Sunday afternoon, and that kind of performance needs to be stuck way in the rear-view mirror if they want to make it out of the next few weeks in position to take the playoffs by storm. With Baltimore falling to […]

Quick Reaction: Patriots Clinch AFC East in Less-Than-Inspiring Victory

The Patriots wrapped up the AFC East in the first week of December, but this will not be the biggest takeaway from this team on the day. New England played groggy at times, and sloppy on the field. It was enough for a win, and the Patriots will head to the playoffs as AFC East […]

Week 13 Notes and Observations: Patriots Clinch AFC East with 23-16 Win Over Dolphins

Playing in Miami is never an easy game for the Patriots. Sunday was no different, especially with the chance to clinch the division.  The Dolphins played the Patriots very well on both sides of the ball, but especially defensively. – Brady had only been sacked 15 times the entire season coming into the game. He […]

Patriots 49, Jets 19: Notes and Observations from Week 12

To start this off I hope everyone enjoyed a happy and a healthy Thanksgiving with good people and good food. There is plenty to be thankful for from family and friends to good health. However what I am most thankful for is the New York Jets. Without them, the AFC East would be a lot […]

Positives and Negatives: Patriots-Bills, Week 10

The Patriots’ 37-31 win over the Bills was penalty-plagued from the start, and without Buffalo digging their own holes constantly throughout the first half, I’m not sure the Patriots walk out of this one with a win. There is a tough stretch of games coming up in which they face San Francisco and Houston, and if the […]

Game of Inches: Patriots Squeaked Out Win Over Undisciplined Bills

As the Patriots concluded their first three-game winning streak of the season, should fans feel better or worse about the state of the defense? Sure that “bend but don’t break” muscle was flexed extremely hard (similar to Brandon Spikes following his knockout of Fred Jackson late in the fourth quarter), but there were a few […]