Patriots Thursday Observations, Bills Review

New England ground down Buffalo 23-3 on Sunday, and in the process might have given us a preview of how the last quarter of this oddly-scheduled regular season will go. With three of the next four games vs. AFC East opponents, we can expect to see tough, hard-hitting tilts against geared-up foes taking their best … Continue reading Patriots Thursday Observations, Bills Review

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Patriots Thursday Observations, Dolphins Review

If something called a "nerve-wracking blowout" exists, New England's 35-17 handling of Miami would qualify. With 5:33 remaining in the first quarter, tight end Rob Gronkowski outmuscled Reshad Jones and broke to the outside for a catch at the goal line. The score made it New England 14, Miami 0. Tom Brady had completed seven … Continue reading Patriots Thursday Observations, Dolphins Review

Patriots Thursday Observations, Raiders Review

New England fans have myriad reasons to give thanks this holiday season, the latest a satisfying 33-8 win over Oakland at Mexico City. The Patriots spent 10 days at altitude, training at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs after the previous week's handling of the Broncos. The travel plans seemed to pay off, as … Continue reading Patriots Thursday Observations, Raiders Review

Patriots Thursday Observations, Chargers Review

Say what you will about the aesthetics, this New England team has resilience. In a slugfest that looked about as pretty as a post-fight portrait from Raging Bull, the Patriots once again got notable contributions from offense, defense, and special teams to hold on for a 21-13 win on Sunday. New England heads into their bye … Continue reading Patriots Thursday Observations, Chargers Review

Patriots Thursday Observations, Falcons Review

Well, I called that one. (Note: I did not.) I knew for weeks that the Patriots would beat the Falcons 23-7, while holding the visitors scoreless until just over four minutes remained in the contest (untrue). I also predicted that, for the first time in 2017, they would hold an opposing quarterback to under 300 … Continue reading Patriots Thursday Observations, Falcons Review