Patriots Thursday Notes, 2018 So Far Review

I'm not even going to talk about the Miami Meltdown. Haven't read about it, don't want to hear about it, don't need to go over it. Okay, one thing. From now on, let's have safety Obi Melifonwu take the place of tight end Rob Gronkowski on the ol' Hail Mary defense. Melifonwu is a 6-foot-4 … Continue reading Patriots Thursday Notes, 2018 So Far Review

Advertisements

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 ┬íSabado 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

Patriots Thursday Notes, Texans Edition

Well, dear readers, that was not how I figured this season would begin. With all of their rotating parts on offense, plus a defense that had shown some poor tendencies recently, it seemed the Patriots would get off to a sluggish, 2017-like start. Instead, they brought some heat in the pass rush, some solid offensive … Continue reading Patriots Thursday Notes, Texans Edition

Patriots Roster Preview Review As Team Heads For Rough Start

With some of their roster reconfiguring, including more receivers fresh out of the box than at a 1980s phone store, New England is looking at rough go in their first two weeks. More on my soothsaying below, right after we see just how poorly I predicted the Patriots' roster. (The original preview column from July … Continue reading Patriots Roster Preview Review As Team Heads For Rough Start