Patriots: Marcus Jones A Lone Bright Spot in Loss to Bills

December 5, 2022

Photo by Billie Weiss/Getty Images The Patriots did not have much to smile about after Thursday night’s loss to the Bills, but one bright spot is the play of do-it-all rookie Marcus Jones. Jones has steadily increased his playing time this season and as the snaps have increased his impact has followed. Against Buffalo, Jones played 45% of the defensive snaps, 42% of the special teams snaps and three snaps…


Patriots: Clock Management a Systemic Failure

December 2, 2022

Image courtesy of Adam Glanzman | Getty Images BY Jon Lyons NEFJ Correspondent The Patriots have lost two in a row, first a 33-26 loss against Minnesota that was filled with their own mistakes and a 24-10 loss last night in which their offense was completely inept. There have been several common themes in the two losses, but one that stands out is their ineffective clock management at the end of the…


Patriots: With 200th Game Approaching, It’s Time to Appreciate Devin McCourty’s Greatness

November 30, 2022

Thursday will mark Devin McCourty’s 200th game in the NFL, all of which have been played for the New England Patriots. McCourty has been a constant presence in an organization that has reached five Super Bowls and won three championships since his arrival in 2010. He has been an elite free safety during much of his career and is still playing well at age 35. Beyond that, he has been…


Patriots: Patriots Offense Needs to Throw More Short Passes

November 21, 2022

The Patriots mustered only three offensive points in Sunday’s 10-3 win over the Jets, their worst output of the season. They were able to move the ball well at times, but could not make enough plays (or play calls) once they got inside the Jets 30-yard line. The offensive line struggled mightily and the typically strong Patriots running game was largely ineffective, save for a couple nice runs from Damien…


Patriots: Breaking Down The Patriots Remaining Schedule

November 14, 2022

The Patriots emerge from their bye week at 5-4 and currently holding on to the seventh and final playoff spot in the AFC. In order for them to remain in playoff position, they will need to run through a difficult second half schedule that is the fourth toughest based on opponent winning percentage as of today. Here’s a look at what’s ahead:  Week 11: Home vs NY Jets Coming out…


Patriots: Grading the Patriots 2022 Draft Class Halfway Through the Season

November 7, 2022

Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images The Patriots are 5-4 and enter their bye week after defeating the Colts 26-3 on Sunday. It has been an inconsistent season so far that has seen a lot of young players given a chance to contribute. With that in mind, here is a look at how all their 2022 draft picks have fared so far. Round 1: Guard Cole Strange, The University of Tennessee…


Patriots: Two Changes Patriots Offense Should Make in the Second Half

November 2, 2022

The Patriots sit at 4-4 through eight games and have nine games remaining. First up is a home matchup with the Colts, which will be followed by the team’s bye week before an eight game gauntlet to end the season that includes two games against the Bills and matchups with the Vikings, Dolphins and Bengals. If New England wants to make it through the second half with a shot at…


Patriots: Patriots Should Trade For Roquan Smith. Here’s why

October 27, 2022

The NFL trade deadline is approaching, all deals need to be done by Tuesday, November 1st. The biggest story surrounding the Patriots is their quarterback situation, but another serious issue that’s hurt them this season is the play of their linebackers. The Patriots have been torched by both Lamar Jackson and Justin Fields in the run game and their linebackers have been inconsistent in pass coverage. There is one player…


Patriots: Patriots Defensive Line Is A Major Reason For Team’s Turnaround

October 19, 2022

The Patriots have looked significantly better in their past two games than they did to open the season. Both have resulted in blowout wins, first a 29-0 drubbing of the Detroit Lions and then a 38-15 win over Cleveland on Sunday. Many point to the regional pandemic of Zappe Fever as the reason why the Patriots have turned things around. However, there is another unit, the defensive line, that has…


Patriots: Patriots should stick with Mac Jones as their starting quarterback

October 12, 2022

One of the most entertaining stories in recent New England memory has been the play of Bailey Zappe the past two weeks. The third-string rookie came into the Patriots game at Lambeau Field after Brian Hoyer’s injury and almost led them to a win against the Packers. He followed that up by winning his first start against Detroit on Sunday. It has been fun, but before you call in sick…