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New England Patriots Report Card: Week 6

For the first 25 minutes the New England Patriots had the ball against the Dallas Cowboys in Week 6, they played sloppy, uncreative football. But down three points with 2:31 left in the game, Tom Brady led a precision air-strike that culminated in Brady’s 8-yard bullet to Aaron Hernandez in the end zone, completing yet […]

New England Patriots Report Card: Week 5

Though it wasn’t the 45-3 dismembering the Patriots gave the Jets last season, the Patriots still drew first blood against their rivals from New Jersey Sunday when they beat the Jets, 30-21. The Patriots are now one 30-point game shy of the St. Louis Rams’ NFL-record 14 consecutive games. Who’s moving to the head of […]

New England Patriots Report Card: Week 4

Welcome back to Sports of Boston’s weekly report card for your New England Patriots! The Patriots did what they always do the week after a loss: win. Specifically, they beat the Oakland Raiders, 31-19. And with losses by the Buffalo Bills and New York Jets, the Patriots are once again tied atop the AFC East […]

Previewing and Predicting Week 4 in the NFL

Three weeks of the season have come and gone as the month of September comes to a close. Throughout the first three weeks, numerous storylines are beginning to emerge. Contenders and pretenders are beginning to separate from the pack, injuries are starting to mount, and the coaching hot seat is beginning to warm. Week 4 […]

New England Patriots Report Card: Week 3

Welcome back to Sports of Boston’s weekly report card for the New England Patriots. Well, Sunday’s game against the Buffalo Bills was a stinker of historic proportions. The Patriots blew a 21-point lead, Tom Brady threw four picks, Bill Belichick somehow wasted a crucial timeout in the final minute of the game, and the Patriots […]

Patriots to Battle Bills in Pivotal Divisional Clash

Notable Injuries Pat Chung (hand), Sebastian Vollmer (back), Mike Wright (concussion) and Aaron Hernandez (knee) are all out for the Patriots. Ras-I Dowling (hip), Gary Guyton (hamstring), Albert Haynesworth (back), Jerod Mayo (thigh), Zoltan Mesko (knee), Taylor Price (hamstring) and Ryan Wendell (calf) are all listed as questionable. For the Bills, cornerback Terrence McGee (hamstring), […]

Previewing and Predicting Week 3 of the NFL

After a loathsome lockout, the NFL is back in full swing and we are already in Week 3 in the blink of an eye. Some early season surprises thus far with Detroit, Buffalo, Houston and Washington all unexpectedly at 2-0. Meanwhile, teams like Kansas City, Indianapolis and Seattle, all division winners in 2010, sit at […]

Brady Earns Second Straight Player of the Week Honors

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady continued to add to his treasure trove of awards Wednesday, winning his second consecutive AFC Offensive Player of the Week award. Brady went 31-40 for 423 yards and three touchdown against the San Diego Chargers in a 35-21 win to advance New England to 2-0 on the season. A week prior, […]

Week 2 NFL Preview: Lions, Bills Continue to Roll

Week 1 is in the books and we finally have games to analyze after an offseason of uncertainty. The first week featured some record-breaking performances, shocking upsets, teams making statements, and dramatic comebacks. As always the first week tends to get over analyzed by fans that expect their team to perform as they did that week, […]

Tom Brady to Patriots Fans: “Start Drinking Early”

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has criticized fans in New England before for being too quiet at games and not providing the home field advantage the Pats are looking for. Well this season he’s trying a new approach while addressing the fans for the season opener and I think Patriot nation will support it one hundred […]

Brady’s Record Night Leads Patriots to 38-24 Win Over Dolphins

New England QB Tom Brady had a record evening on Monday night, shredding the Miami defense to the tune of 517 yards in a 38-24 win over the Dolphins. The Patriots now sit at 1-0, tied for first with New York and Buffalo in the AFC East. Brady Unflappable Brady was in a groove all […]

False Start: Belichick’s a Playa and Crushes A Lot, Week 1 Picks

My sister looked at me the other day and said, “Ryan, do you write anything other then your weekly ‘Media Musings’ column?” It hit me. I dropped the ball. Actually, to steal a line from the HBO documentary “Too Big To Fail”.. I DIDN’T DROP THE BALL. I DROPPED THE BALL, KICKED THE COACH IN THE […]

Bold Pigskin Predictions for the 2011 NFL Season

T.G.I.F… thank goodness it’s FOOTBALL! For a while there, it looked as if the day would never come. Players and owners were miles apart on a deal as the spring turned to summer, and the odds were increasing that pro football would be erased from our autumn schedule. I was preparing myself mentally to have […]

Chad Ochocinco’s Newest Antic on Twitter: Protest or Precedent?

As much as Chad Ochocinco has tried to conform to the “Patriot way” he can’t seem to help but grab the spotlight for some of his actions. First he stated that he would like to move in with a fan for the first several weeks of the season. Now he has agreed to pay for […]

Patriots 2011 Inside Linebackers Preview: Mayo, Guyton, Spikes

In a Bill Belichick-coached 3-4 (3 down linemen, 4 linebackers) defensive scheme, the linebacker position has always been considered paramount to success. The system hinges on the defensive line taking up space and handling multiple offensive linemen, while versatile linebackers take advantage. (Note: This is why D-lineman never rack up huge amounts of sacks in […]