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Patriots Thursday Observations, Chiefs Review

Well, that, my friends, is how you shut the door on 2016. No more amazing comebacks fueled by consistent offense or timely defensive plays. No helpful, questionable offensive play calls from opposing coaches. Nope. Just a good, old-fashioned keister-whomp, a 42-27 drubbing courtesy of Kansas City. The lopsided loss evoked memories of past nemeses (Dan … Continue reading Patriots Thursday Observations, Chiefs Review

Patriots Thursday Observations, Giants And Roster Review

If you'll remember the final preseason game vs. the Giants that may or may not have taken place about seven weeks ago, you'll recall fondly the commanding presence of quarterback Jacoby Brissett, who opened the night's scoring with with a nine-yard dart pulled in by Cody Hollister in the end zone. Brissett kept the Pats … Continue reading Patriots Thursday Observations, Giants And Roster Review

Patriots Thursday Observations, Lions Review

Well, leave it to a natural disaster to give some perspective. Despite what I thought on Saturday night before Harvey hit Houston, maybe New England receiver Julian Edelman's knee injury is actually not the worst thing to happen to anyone, ever. Please consider donating to organizations helping out in and around the worst-hit areas. (You … Continue reading Patriots Thursday Observations, Lions Review

Patriots Thursday Observations, Texans Review

When it comes to judging preseason games, I'll defer to New England offensive line coach Dante Scarnecchia's advice to his linemen up at Buffalo last season. After an up-and-down start, the Pats started pulling away, prompting the coach to tell his charges, "Lookit, nothing's ever, ever, ever as bad as it seems, okay, and – … Continue reading Patriots Thursday Observations, Texans Review

Patriots Thursday Observations, Jaguars Review

Well, even though it's been an entire week since New England lost to Jacksonville, 31-24, that game feeds into our expectations for Saturday night's tilt at Houston. How many starters will play, and for how long? After last week, who will continue to stand out (rookie receivers) or remain invisible (pass rushers)? Many players to … Continue reading Patriots Thursday Observations, Jaguars Review

Patriots Thursday Observations, Tom Brady To Retire?

Ah. Did the headline get you? I figured, as a Boston media site, it might be fun to experiment with some preseason click bait. In any case, the answer to this question – as typically befits headline inquiries – is no. Sorry. Won't do that again. At least not this season. Welcome back to Thursday … Continue reading Patriots Thursday Observations, Tom Brady To Retire?

Patriots Pre-preseason Questions (And Answers)

Your defending champion Patriots take to the field this week in preparation for the 2017 season. It seems like only a few days ago millennials across the nation were pointing cameras at themselves during the Super Bowl to capture incredible joy or angst-ridden disbelief. (Warning: the links are NSFW, especially the latter.) Don't tell my … Continue reading Patriots Pre-preseason Questions (And Answers)

Who’s The FA? UDFA! (2017 Edition)

New England has a solid reputation for taking undrafted free agents and making them into championship-level contributors, from offensive linemen like David Andrews (2015) and Stephen Neal (2001) to defensive backs like Malcolm Butler (2014) and Randall Gay (2004). Coach Bill Belichick isn't nearly as concerned about how you get to Gillette as he is … Continue reading Who’s The FA? UDFA! (2017 Edition)