Tuesday, December 30, 2014

MusketFire: Patriots Pick Six: Leftovers From Sunday's Loss to Buffalo

Patriots Pick Six: Leftovers From Sunday's Loss to Buffalo

The New England Patriots may have lost to the Bills in the final regular season game, but there is still much to talk about with the coming Divisional Playoff Round, the performance of the offense the past few weeks, the special teams play, the improvement of the defense, as well as going-ons in the AFC East with the New York Jets, Buffalo Bills, and Miami Dolphins.

Cover32: Grade Day: Who performed best in the New England Patriots loss to the Bills? | New England Patriots

Grade Day: Who performed best in the New England Patriots loss to the Bills? | New England Patriots

The game may have been irrelevant to the standings for the New England Patriots, but they still are going to get graded! The 17-9 was ugly, but how bad was it?

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Cover32: New England Patriots look to end season strong against the Buffalo Bills | New England Patriots

New England Patriots look to end season strong against the Buffalo Bills | New England Patriots

Do the New England Patriots rest their starters on Sunday against the Buffalo Bills? Do they need to establish offensive rhythm going into the playoffs? With the number one seed wrapped up, does the game even matter at all?

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Cover32: Grade Day: Who performed best in the New England Patriots win vs. the NY Jets? | New England Patriots

Grade Day: Who performed best in the New England Patriots win vs. the NY Jets? | New England Patriots



The Patriots won a nail-biter over the Jets on Sunday, 17-16, and for the second time this year the Patriots were able to block a potential game-winning field goal attempt by Jets kicker Nick Folk. And thanks to Denver’s loss to the Bengals, the Patriots now have home-field advantage throughout the playoffs.



Who do you think performed best for the Patriots on Sunday versus the Jets?

Sunday, December 21, 2014

MusketFire: Instant Analysis: New England Patriots Hold-off New York Jets 17-16

Instant Analysis: New England Patriots Hold-off New York Jets 17-16

The New England Patriots traveled to MetLife Stadium to face the New York Jets on a cold and gray December game in week sixteen. At 11-3 the Patriots were heavy favorites against the 3-11 Jets, but as always head coach Rex Ryan brought out the best of his players for a match-up against his arch rival, Bill Belichick. The Patriots had to gut out a tough win with a strong second-half as they clinched a first-round bye with a 17-16 win over the Jets.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

MusketFire: New England Patriots at New York Jets: Game Preview

New England Patriots at New York Jets: Game Preview

It is almost time for the New England Patriots and New York Jets to face off at MetLife Stadium. See what New England will have to do on both sides of the ball to beat the pesky Jets. New York played their best game of the season against New England in week seven. The Patriots have a lot of work to do on Sunday to help lock-up the top seed and home-field advantage and help continue their run to the Super Bowl.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Cover32: What’s changed since the last time the New England Patriots played the NY Jets? | New England Patriots

What’s changed since the last time the New England Patriots played the NY Jets? | New England Patriots

The New York Jets faced the New England Patriots on a Thursday night in week seven and nearly pulled an epic upset. Now the Jets host New England on Sunday, but this is a totally different team from the one the Jets faced two months ago.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

MusketFire: New England Patriots: Three Keys to Victory Over Miami

New England Patriots: Three Keys to Victory Over Miami

A final look back at the Miami game tape shows three keys from Sunday that give concern and confidence going into their final two games as they push for the number one seed in the AFC.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

H4TV: Boston Red Sox Won By Losing Out on Jon Lester - The Sports Journal

Boston Red Sox Won By Losing Out on Jon Lester - The Sports Journal

After the 2014 season, the Red Sox only made enough of an offer to look interested without doing what it would take to bring Jon Lester back to Boston.



Really, Lester should be upset at himself for allowing himself to be used by the Red Sox front office. The Red Sox front office was able to let out a collective breath that Lester did not take the deal that they offered him which they never intended for him to take and was just offered to him as a public relations move to appease the fanbase, then immediately got down to doing exactly what they planned on all along: Rebuild the pitching staff with talented young hurlers who have upside. They did it, and they gave up NOTHING to get three quality starters.

Cover32: Grade Day: Who performed best in the New England Patriots win over the Dolphins? | New England Patriots

Grade Day: Who performed best in the New England Patriots win over the Dolphins? | New England Patriots

The New England Patriots shook off a slow start at Gillette Stadium on Sunday to defeat the Miami Dolphins 41-13. At the half, Miami had completely outplayed the Patriots on both sides of the ball, but New England had the lead due to a big special teams play by linebacker Jamie Collins blocking a field goal attempt and cornerback Kyle Arrington doing the “scoop-and-run” to convert the block into a touchdown.

So who performed best for the New England Patriots in their 41-13 win over the Dolphins?

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

MusketFire: The New England Patriots Domination of the AFC East Continues Unabated - The Sports Journal

The New England Patriots Domination of the AFC East Continues Unabated - The Sports Journal

What is most striking is the way all three other AFC East teams have suffered by focusing on their own short-sighted views of looking up at New England. Rather than building their teams to win the most games, they instead concentrate on following the Baltimore Ravens and New York Giants game plans for success in defeating the Patriots. To that end, all three franchises have invested heavily in the down-field passing game and getting pass rushers for the defensive line.

Cover32: Grade Day: Who performed best in the New England Patriots’ win | New England Patriots

Grade Day: Who performed best in the New England Patriots’ win | New England Patriots

Who do you think performed best for the New England Patriots in their win Sunday night road win in San Diego over the Chargers?

Sunday, December 07, 2014

MusketFire: New England Patriots at San Diego Chargers: Game Preview

New England Patriots at San Diego Chargers: Game Preview

The New England Patriots spent the week in the warm weather of Southern California not on a vacation but on a business trip. At 8:30pm Eastern time tonight the Patriots get to take care of business at Qualcomm Stadium for the first time since a disappointing 26-21 loss at Lambeau Field against the Packers last week. After breakdowns on offense (punting on consecutive drives in the first and third quarter, not able to score with a first down at the twenty-yard line late in the fourth quarter) and defense (allowing Green Bay to convert ten of 17 third-downs and hold the ball for over 36 minutes of possession), the Patriots need to increase their efficiency on both sides of the ball.



The San Diego Chargers, however, are not a pushover like some of the teams New England has defeated this season. At 8-4, the Chargers have an explosive offense loaded with big-play potential and a deep defense led by two Pro Bowl level defenders in the secondary. The Chargers have suffered from injuries on both sides of the ball losing a number of key contributors. Their depth and the outstanding performance of quarterback Philip Rivers has allowed the Chargers to keep pace with the Denver Broncos and Kansas City Chiefs in a competitive AFC West...

Saturday, December 06, 2014

Cover32: Should the New England Patriots be afraid of the San Diego Chargers? | New England Patriots

Should the New England Patriots be afraid of the San Diego Chargers? | New England Patriots

What you need to know about the Patriots matching up with the Chargers on offense and defense:  The Chargers boast quarterback Philip Rivers, who is inexplicably one of the more underrated quarterbacks in the NFL. While Rivers has not had consistent post-season success that is necessary to be considered an elite quarterback in today’s NFL, he is still one of the top-tier gunslingers; San Diego lacks big names in the secondary, but not good players. Eric Weddle is arguably the most complete safety in football and cornerback Brandon Flowers has blossomed into a number one cornerback since coming to San Diego from Kansas City.

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

MusketFire: Patriots Pick Six: Leftovers from Sunday's Loss to Green Bay

Patriots Pick Six: Leftovers from Sunday's Loss to Green Bay

The New England Patriots fell just short in their comeback bid against Green Bay on their Sunday afternoon loss 26-21 at Lambeau Field. While the Patriots may be “On to San Diego” another viewing (or three) at the game film reveals there are some issues creeping in on the periphery that the Patriots need to address in the coming weeks. With this trip to San Diego and then a final tour of their divisional opponents with Buffalo and Miami coming to Gillette Stadium and a trip to Jersey to face the Jets, the Patriots still control their own destiny in their quest for the number one seed in the AFC and home-field advantage and a first-round bye in the playoffs.



Here are six leftovers from the loss on Sunday that the Patriots will need to clear up in the next few weeks:

H4TV: New England Patriots Loss to Green Bay a “Reality Slap” to Team - The Sports Journal

New England Patriots Loss to Green Bay a “Reality Slap” to Team - The Sports Journal

Take heed, New England Patriots fans: the loss to Green Bay on the frozen tundra of historic Lambeau Field on a chilly Sunday afternoon was not a “good loss” or a “character-building loss”, but hopefully will be a long-necessary wake-up call to a team that has been getting away with sloppy play. In fact, it may be just the “reality slap” this team needed after their ridiculous run of victories over some high-quality opponents over the prior seven games which covered their blemishes. The Patriots now have a team ready to look at the mistakes that have been covered up over the past two months and that extra bit of motivation to improve on both sides of the football to push them through December and into the playoffs.

Week Six What to Watch for (W2W4): New England Patriots vs New York Jets -- Scout.com

Get everything you need to know before the 3-2 New England Patriots take on the 3-2 New York Jets in a battle for first place in the AFC Eas...