Round-By-Round Review, Pats Draft 2018

Well I, for one, can think of no better way to celebrate Valentine's Day than by running our annual Round-By-Round Draft Review. Much like the origins of the holiday itself (St. Valentine was apparently two different guys), it's difficult to nail down the more vague aspects of how well New England has selected players – … Continue reading Round-By-Round Review, Pats Draft 2018

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With A Little Bit Of Luck (2018 Edition)

Here's our annual column reviewing every Super Bowl champion's dependence on some lucky bounces of the proverbial ball since the beginning of New England's winning run. Half of the 16 Super Bowls listed here were decided by four points or less, and that's not including last year's six-point win in overtime. For a look at … Continue reading With A Little Bit Of Luck (2018 Edition)

Patriots Thursday Observations, “That Guy” (Senior Bowl)

During the Super Bowl bye week, why not take a little break from watching highlights of NFL players and instead check out highlights of future NFL players? Hmm? Sound good? Watching last Saturday's Senior Bowl and the previous Saturday's East-West Shrine Game has helped prime this space for the first BSMW Patriots draft column of … Continue reading Patriots Thursday Observations, “That Guy” (Senior Bowl)

Patriots Thursday Observations, AFC Championship Review

We've seen this statistic before, and we should all see it again: In the 16 seasons Tom Brady has started at quarterback, the Patriots have gone to the Super Bowl eight times. In other words, every season with Brady as a starter has had a 50 percent chance of ending up in the championship game. … Continue reading Patriots Thursday Observations, AFC Championship Review

Patriots Thursday Observations, Titans Review

You know a game has gone well for New England when the Gillette Stadium crowd starts to sound like they're cheering for Georgetown. Hoya! Hoya! Yes, when backup quarterback Brian Hoyer takes the final snaps, that means victory formation. The Patriots overcame a sluggish start and unleashed a relentless attack on both sides of the … Continue reading Patriots Thursday Observations, Titans Review

Patriots Thursday Observations, Playoff Bye Review

The Patriots host the Titans on Saturday night. It's a game very few around the region feel particularly worried about, although I'll go into a couple of details on that below. New England could field a more complete team than what took on the Jets a couple of weeks ago, with the potential return of … Continue reading Patriots Thursday Observations, Playoff Bye Review

Patriots Thursday Observations, Bills Review

Hey there. Have a good Christmas? Hope so. New England got a couple of presents on Christmas Eve, including a would-be Bills touchdown reception by Charles Clay that "survived the ground" about as well as an unlucky skydiver. That got overlooked when an ensuing catch by Kelvin Benjamin got called a TD but was overturned … Continue reading Patriots Thursday Observations, Bills Review