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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For Sunday's preseason game between the Celtics and Nets, the game clock will read 11:00 at the start of each quarter for an experimental 44 minute game. (Queen City Hoops)

There’s a Neil Young song called “My My, Hey Hey (Out of the Blue)” and another titled “Hey Hey, My My (Into the Black).”

This is what this experimental 44 minute preseason game between the Boston Celtics and the Brooklyn Nets feels like: an NBA decree completely out of the blue as the Celtics venture into both the Jay-Z inspired black of the Barclays Center and the complete unknown that is the 11 minute quarter.

Continue reading Celtics, Nets to Play Experimental 44 Minute Game in NBA Preseason »

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Brian Tyms in his first game of the season makes a Randy Moss-esque touchdown grab in triple coverage. (AP Photo/Gary Wiepert)

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 the Buffalo Bills, and Kyle Orton is their starting quarterback.

- I have a feeling there won’t be many people calling for a trade of Tom Brady this week. Two consecutive weeks, Brady has looked like himself and strong offensive line play is the reason. Last week more so than this week, but due to injuries to Bryan Stork and Dan Connolly they had to make some moves on the line. It was not a bad showing at all as Brady was sacked only twice. He’s had more time to  stay in the pocket and it has led to his two best games of the season, Sunday being his best. He finished going 27-37 for 361 yards and four touchdowns. The most impressive stat of the game was that he completed a pass to 10 different receivers.  Continue reading Notes and Observations Week 6: Patriots Claim First Place, Beat Bills 37-22 »

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While the majority of us New Englanders have primarily devoted our attention to the roller coaster ride that are the Patriots’ and Bruins’ seasons, some of us, including myself, have been watching Brad Stevens’s young Celtics team enjoy a somewhat enjoyable preseason. While these games essentially have no consequence, they do offer us a peek into the Celtics’ future and their young players. Perhaps the most intriguing member of the young core is the sixth overall pick in this year’s draft, Marcus Smart.

When the Celtics drafted the point guard out of Oklahoma State with their highest draft pick since 2007, it seemed to be a clear sign that a Rajon Rondo trade was inevitable before the season began. Now in mid-October, as we edge closer to the start of the season, it appears to be less and less likely that Rondo will be traded before opening night on October 29th. Smart, then, will spend much of his rookie year coming off the bench. Continue reading What Can We Expect from Marcus Smart This Season? »

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