1.Patriots vs. Giants Preview:

* Wall Street Journal analyzed probability of undefeated season: Pats 13.4% / Bengals 3.7% / Carolina 2.1%

* Patriots are 5-4 against Giants lifetime in regular season / 0-2 post season

* Giants are PLUS 11 on takeaways which is first / Patriots are second with PLUS 7

* Giants are last in sacks with 9

* The Jimmy Hoffa buried in Meadowlands theory was debunked

2. Patriots Leaders by touchdown type:

Receiving………..Morgan (67), Gronk (61), Coates (50) Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: David Tyree Worse Than Bucky Dent »

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Tom Brady goes to celebrate with Brandon Bolden after he hauled in a nice touchdown catch replacing the injured Dion Lewis. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Last week I talked about how spoiled we are in New England basically being able to pencil the Patriots into the AFC Championship every year. This week was another prime example of just how good we have it here. The Patriots handled the Redskins all game and the win was never in doubt. Tom Brady finished just one yard shy of 300 for the day and threw for two more touchdowns. The defense played as good as they have been the past few weeks. Even with all that it was a bad game by Patriots’ standards.

– Tom Brady put up another solid performance with 299 yards, going 26-39 with two touchdowns. He had a very uncharacteristic interception that made me do a double take to make sure it was Brady throwing the ball. It was a rare instance where he didn’t read the defense correctly and just never saw linebacker Keenan Robinson playing zone. Credit to Robinson for reading the play and making the interception, but that was a bad pass by Brady. Again, that’s how great it is to be a Patriots fan. These awful plays are so few and far between that it’s actually shocking when it happens. Continue reading Notes and Observations, Week 9: Patriots Beat Redskins 27-10 to go 8-0 for 2nd Time in Team History »

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Dave Dombrowski made a detour on the way to Winter Meetings to meet with Hanley Ramirez in Boca Raton, Florida.

Dombrowski hoped to speak to Ramirez about expectations for next season. The Red Sox would like to see Ramirez lose 15 lbs of muscle mass, so he can become a better run producer behind the plate and more athletic on the field, according to reporting by Peter Abraham by the Boston Globe. 

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1. Patriots go 8-0:


* Patriots are so good – the regular eason almost seems like an exhibition season for playoffs

* Injuries Lewis, Vollmer, Harmon

* Watching Gronk positioned in multiple sets / offensive line playing multiple positions – this must be the smartest team in NFL history

* Jimmy Garoppolo has turned into Chuck Nevitt the human victory cigar

* Didn’t matter but what a terrible holding call on Gronk (who blocked great all day)

* I thought John Lynch was excellent as a color commentator

* Gotta love the onside kick

* NFL will be investigating the position of the sun to see if Belichick was trying to blind Redskin receivers.

* Patriots ahead by three games in division – almost time to start talking magic number in November again


* Brady is desperate to get Scott Chandler going in the Red Zone – on the post route incompletion at the goal line Brady nodded his head right as if to say he ran the route to flat Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: Rolling, Rolling, Rolling – Keeps Those Doggies Rolling »

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Zack Greinke (Mark J. Terrill/Associated Press)

We’ve already been over how the Red Sox need starting pitching, particularly a top-end starter. National League Cy Young contender Zack Greinke is one of the most readily available options on the free agent market, and some have suggested that he should be the next great Red Sox Ace. There have also been reports that Greinke suffers from social anxiety, making a market like Boston a less than ideal fit for him. Even if that were the case, it should be left off the table entirely because it is not the fans’ (or reporters’) place to diagnose or judge any player’s personality or mental competence. But even excluding the alleged disorder, Greinke is not the right fit for to lead the Red Sox rotation.

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stork IR

The Patriots on activated Bryan Stork of the short term injured reserve on Saturday. Stork was recovering from a concussion. By rule, the center’s placement on short term IR meant that he had to miss the team’s first eight games. In a corresponding move, the team placed offensive lineman Ryan Wendell on season ending injured reserve.

Both moves highlight the health issues the Patriots have had along the offensive line season. Wendell and Stork were both starters on last season’s Super Bowl XLIX champion team. New England will also be without starting left tackle and Super Bowl XLIX winner Nate Solder the rest of the season due to injury. With only a limited number of healthy linemen, the Patriots may choose to get creative in their approach.

Undrafted rookie David Andrews has filled in well in Stork’s absence, but Stork is the better player and would play center if everyone else was healthy. This could still end up being the case, but with the injuries up front the Patriots could choose to play both at the same time with Stork kicking out to guard or even tackle.

Stork, in his second season, began starting in week four last season and remained the starter through New England’s Super Bowl victory. As well as starting experience last year, he also has experience playing with rookie guard Tre Jackson, both were on the Florida State team that won a National Championship in 2014.

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Clay Buchholz (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

When the news came out on Wednesday that the Red Sox had exercised their option on Clay Buchholz, it seemed obvious and mystifying at the same time. The news itself was largely unsurprising, but the next step in the process remains unclear. For some reason the Red Sox were expected to pick up the $13 million option, even though Buchholz has become the very definition of unreliable in recent seasons. While some see the price as a relative bargain given how much starting pitchers are being paid around baseball, there is also a legitimate argument that the Red Sox could have been better off by allocating that money elsewhere. That argument is what makes Buchholz’s future team a mystery, as it is starting to make more sense by the day.

Continue reading Red Sox Keep Buchholz…For Now »

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