14 years to the day of Brady's debut losing to the Lions 34-9, the Patriots turn the tables with a 34-9 victory of their own. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

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 week of Thanksgiving and there is a legitimate chance the Patriots don’t lose a single game of their difficult mid-season schedule. They’ve already handled the likes of the Bears, Broncos, Colts, and Lions. All that remains are trips to Green Bay and San Diego. Even if they lost one of those games, going 5-1 after most expected them to break even is a massive accomplishment. Personally, I don’t see how this Patriots team loses another game this season.

- There really aren’t enough good things to say about this defense. Granted the Lions haven’t been lighting up  the scoreboard but they do have terrific talent who can easily find the endzone. Thanks to another standout game from the secondary, all the Lions could muster was three field goals. The only real big plays came when the Patriots were in zone defense, i.e. Golden Tate’s 42-yard catch. Jamie Collins had Tate in coverage and got turned around allowing Tate to be wide open. Other than that, there were few mistakes made by Matt Patricia’s defense.  Continue reading Notes and Observations Week 12: Patriots Continue Stretch of Dominance, Defeat Lions 34-9 »

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The Red Sox and free agent Hanley Ramirez are believed to be “moving toward an agreement,” to possibly be inked on Monday in the $90 million range over five years, reports CBSSports.com Jon Heyman and Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports.com. Heyman broke the news Sunday morning noting the deal would “come together quickly.”

The Sox are poised to make some major free agent deals with Hanley and Pablo Sandoval. The Red Sox tendered a $95 million offer to Sandoval last week. Sandoval and his agent have not accepted the deal. Continue reading Red Sox, Hanley Ramirez Moving Toward $90 Million Deal »

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Coming in to Sunday’s matchup against the Detroit Lions, the Patriots’ offensive line was a focus point. The Lions boasted a top defense and were number one against the run entering the day. They had also not given up more than 24 points in a game all season. The offensive line was part of an offense that passed the test in spectacular fashion, winning 34-9.

Tom Brady dropped back to pass 53 times against Detroit and was sacked zero times. Part of this was due to some smart pocket presence and feet movement by Brady but a larger portion of the credit is due for the offensive line. Brady had time to find open receivers and was able to go through several reads without being forced to get rid of the ball for most of the game. Continue reading Patriots Offensive Line Passes Another Test Against Lions »

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Jameis Winston (Photo by Jeremy Esbrandt)

Boston College, 17; #3 Florida State, 20

Ten weeks after upsetting ninth-ranked USC, Boston College came close to pulling off an even bigger shocker over #3 Florida State (11-0) at Doak Campbell Stadium. Of course, the Seminoles have made a habit of winning close games, and Saturday was no exception, as they prevailed again thanks to a late field goal.

FSU looked to cruise early, putting together a 14-play opening drive that took more than six minutes off the clock and ended with running back Karlos Williams‘s three-yard touchdown. But the Eagles came right back with a 14-play possession of their own that lasted 8:22 and kicker Mike Knoll scored on a 40-yard FG to make it 7-3. Continue reading College Football Week 13 Roundup: BC Gives FSU a Scare »

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According to a report in the Boston Globe, the Boston Red Sox have made a five year, $95 million offer to free agent third baseman Pablo Sandoval. Is that going to be enough to sign the Kung Fu Panda away from his former team, the defending World Champion San Francisco Giants?

Per Sandoval’s brother and agent, Michael, we’ll know the answer to that question by no later than next week. (Which makes sense, as I can’t imagine Sandoval letting anything get in the way of enjoying his Thanksgiving feast. And yes, I’m aware he’s Venezuelan.)

In addition to the Giants, the Red Sox are also, surprisingly, trying to fend off a late charge by the San Diego Padres, who are looking to keep Sandoval in the NL West.

Continue reading Pablo Sandoval to Decide Next Week on Red Sox’ 5 Year, $95M Offer »

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Curt Schilling has been very active on social media lately, making dozens of posts about President Barack Obama and other political issues, and making his feelings about creationism and evolution well-known. Replies to those creationism comments by ESPN’s Keith Law actually got Law suspended! That’s a different comment for a different day.

Today, we bring you Schilling’s latest gem: Continue reading Curt Schilling Son’s ‘Fake Grenade’ Comment Sparks Scare at Logan Airport »

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With a one-point victory, Turkey moves on to the Quarterfinals. (Gary M. Stolz/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)

1. Patriots Preview:

* Lions are 4-6 against Patriots lifetime

* Movie Paper Lion about writer George Plimpton who workied out with the Lions in exhibition season starred Alan Alda and Lauren Hutton – it grossed $1.7mm at box office

* Bobby Layne was QB for eight years (1950-1958) and number is retired- threw for 118 TD and 142 INT

* Heisman Trophy winner that played for Detroit – Barry Sanders, Steve Owens, Doak Walker, Billy Sims, Leon Hart, Andre Ware

* Steve Belichick ran for 118 yards and 2 TD’s for the Lions in 1941

* Best draft pick – kicker Eddie Murray with the 166th pick in 1980 played in 250 games

* Hope boy named Suh doesn’t get near Brady’s knees

* Kicker Matt Prater is capable of 60 yards and more and might hit the concession stand between kicks Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: Best Holiday Around the Corner! »

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