Patriots Thursday Notes, Chargers Review

Wow. You're welcome, dear readers. A blowout, not nearly as close at the 41-28 final score indicates. Just like I called it last week: This has to turn into a nail-biter, right? Like, a 2014 Baltimore playoff, losing-feeling-in-my-fingers, stomach-on-spin-cycle type game ... (I predict) a late Chargers field goal attempt to tie it gets blown … Continue reading Patriots Thursday Notes, Chargers Review

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Patriots Thursday Notes, Pre-Division Edition

I'm going to pick games for the upcoming divisional round this weekend. As I said to my wife on our honeymoon, based on my past performance, this will not be pretty. (All times in Eastern.) Colts at Chiefs (-5.5). Saturday, 4:35, NBC Colts looked sharp last week. They bring enough on defense to limit KC on a few drives; … Continue reading Patriots Thursday Notes, Pre-Division Edition

Patriots Thursday Notes, Bills And AFC East Champs Edition

Foxboro fans find themselves in the midst of truly happy holidays, as their Patriots have won their tenth AFC East championship in a row with a 24-12 home win over the Bills. New England has a chance to go 11-5 on the year by beating the Jets next Sunday at 1 p.m., which would also … Continue reading Patriots Thursday Notes, Bills And AFC East Champs Edition

Patriots Thursday Notes, Vikings Review

So, I guess the Patriots are a fourth-quarter team now. In both Sunday's 24-10 defeat of the Vikings and their 27-13 win over the Jets the previous week, New England found themselves tied in the third quarter, only to score two touchdowns while holding opponents scoreless the rest of the way. Once again, an imperfect-yet-satisfying … Continue reading Patriots Thursday Notes, Vikings Review

Patriots Thursday Notes, Packers Edition

It's not tennis. It's not golf. It's not darts, or bowling, or long-distance running. Football requires a full team. Perhaps the most positive outcome of New England's 31-17 besting of Green Bay came in the display of timely team contributions. The offense started with a more overwhelming pace than the opening of ¡Sabado Gigante! to … Continue reading Patriots Thursday Notes, Packers Edition

Patriots Thursday Notes, Bears Edition

You'd think I'd learn. Even after paying attention to football since Jimmy Carter was president, I still find myself succumbing to the shifts. New England's opening drive in Chicago started off with an 18-yard Sony Michel run and 13-yard Michel reception where he caught the ball behind the line of scrimmage and ran for 15 … Continue reading Patriots Thursday Notes, Bears Edition