Shane Vereen celebrates after scoring his second touchdown of the game. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

Well that was a lot harder than it had to be. Thursday night games all season have been blowouts by the home team. Of course when the Patriots play the Jets, it turns into the closest game both teams played all season and was decided by a last second blocked field goal. The defense looked terrible and the offense did just enough to squeak by one of the worst secondaries in the league. If you’re looking for silver linings in this game it’s that the Patriots got the win, they’re 5-2 in control of the division, they have 10 days off before their next game, and they escaped without any additional injuries.

- To start off, how about that redemption for Chris Jones? Remember it was Jones last year against the Jets who was called for that ridiculous penalty on a field goal in overtime which Nick Folk missed. Jones was called for pushing the lineman from the second level, or as we called it “Pushgate.” Folk then nailed the field goal from 15 yards closer and the Jets won the game. Throughout the game the Patriots were close to getting to Folk coming off the edges. The final play saw Jones go right through the middle to get his hands up and swat the ball down. A fitting end to a brutal nail-biter.  Continue reading Notes and Observations Week 7: Amendola, Chris Jones Save the Day; Patriots Beat Jets 27-25 »

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Tyler Murphy, T. J. Green (Mark L. Baer/USA Today Sports)

#24 Clemson, 17; Boston College, 13

Boston College came close to beating a top 25 team for the second time this season, but ultimately couldn’t knock off 24th-ranked Clemson (5-2) in what ended up being a defensive battle at Alumni Stadium. Punts and tackles for loss abounded in a game that came down to the wire.

The two teams traded punts throughout the first quarter, and it was the Tigers who finally got on the board early in the second on a 17-yard touchdown run by running back Wayne Gallman. The Eagles responded later in the period when quarterback Tyler Murphy found wide receiver Sherman Alston for an easy 26-yard score, and kicker Ammon Lakip gave Clemson a 10-7 lead with a 23-yard field goal as time expired on the first half. Continue reading College Football Week 8 Roundup: BC Falls Short, UMass Wins Second Straight »

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Will Bynum (Turner.com)

The Celtics may not win many games in 2014—15, but when it comes to getting rid of dead money, nobody in the NBA does it better than Boston general manager Danny Ainge. On Friday, the Celtics shipped little-used veteran center Joel Anthony and his $3.8 million salary to Detroit in exchange for point guard Will Bynum, who will be an unrestricted free agent after the season.

Anthony came to Boston from Miami in January as part of a three-team trade that also involved the Warriors. The two-time NBA champion played in just 21 games for the Celtics, averaging a point and 1.5 rebounds, but he was able to exercise a player option to extend his contract for one more year. Anthony was reportedly unhappy about his lack of playing time, and will now compete for a rotation spot behind Andre Drummond in the Motor City. Continue reading Danny Ainge Strikes Again with Will Bynum Trade »

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Shane Vereen hauls in the first of his two touchdown catches to help the Patriots to a 27-25 win against the New York Jets. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Well, that was close.

The New England Patriots literally hung on by the tips of their fingers, blocking a last gasp 58-yard field goal attempt by the New York Jets to escape with a 27-25 win at home on Thursday Night Football.

Danny Amendola made a surprise appearance in Week 7, catching what turned out to be the game-winning touchdown catch on 3rd-and-goal from the 19-yard line before later thwarting Rex Ryan’s call for an onside kick attempt with 2:31 remaining. Continue reading Patriots Block Last Second Field Goal to Outlast Jets, 27-25 »

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1. Patriots:

MISC

* Not close to a Super Bowl team – they are on pace for 12 wins but I don’t think they win a playoff game with this team

* Time of Possession 41 to 19 wow!

* I don’t have a problem with the 15 yarder Devy took defending Brady BUT a number of penalties in the Red Zone knocking them backwards

* Imagine how mad New England would be if the kick was good and Rex Ryan pumped his fist and jumped up and down

OFFENSE

* Patriots scored on first drive – hip, hip hooray! Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: Patriots Hang On, Save Our Weekend »

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Drew Brees could struggle against a tough Lions defense in Week 7. (Getty Images)

It is nearly the halfway point for the fantasy football in most leagues which means your playoff fate might already be set if your team got off to a tough start. Whether your team is 1-5 or 2-4, you still have a chance to get back to .500 over the next few weeks.

Start ‘Em

Tom Brady (vs. New York Jets): With Stevan Ridley out for the season, the New England Patriots will need to rely on Brady and the passing game more the rest of the way. With a Thursday night matchup at home, Brady will have a field day with this secondary to tear it up for the third straight week. Continue reading Fantasy Football Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em: Week 7 »

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Stevan Ridley was lost for the season on Sunday due to a torn ACL and MCL that he suffered against Buffalo. Ridley was on pace to have one of his best seasons as a pro, recording 340 yards, two touchdowns, and zero fumbles up until his injury. The Patriots have a tendency to change up which running back is the focus week to week, but in the two games he was the focus this season, against the Vikings in week two and Bengals in week five, he rushed for 101 and 113 yards respectively.

Ridley is a powerful, violent runner whose mix of strength, size, speed and ability to get downhill are found nowhere else on the Patriots’ depth chart. Currently at the position the Patriots have Shane Vereen, Brandon Bolden, James White, rookie James White and Jonas Gray, who until this point has been a practice squad only player. None of these players can bring everything to the table that Ridley can, but they can combine to help fill the void. Continue reading Filling the Stevan Ridley Void »

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