Patriots: Despite lack of results, Belichick still backing offensive system

December 6, 2022

For a little while on Tuesday morning, Bill Belichick was in a good mood, smiling during his press conference and giving thoughtful answers during his first press conference of the week. By the end of it, the media workroom at Gillette Stadium was pretty tense as Belichick answered questions and defended the offensive system, staff and play calling that has been under so much scrutiny this season. “We’re not going…

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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…

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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…

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Patriots: Loss to Bills reaffirms that the Patriots are a middle of the pack team

December 2, 2022

AP Photo The Patriots hung for a quarter against the Buffalo Bills on Thursday night. The first quarter. From the second quarter on, the Bills proved that the gap between them and the Patriots is wider than the Grand Canyon. Buffalo didn’t even come close to playing their best offensively and still won by two touchdowns. The Bills are a complete team in all three phases. They can run the…

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Patriots: Offensive ineptitude continues; Bills beat Pats again

December 2, 2022

  FOXBOROUGH – It’s official. The Buffalo Bills own the New England Patriots. For 20+ years, fans could easily dismiss any threat from the lowly, laughing stock franchise, but not anymore. Thursday night’s primetime matchup wasn’t as ugly as the playoff game a year ago, but it wasn’t much better as New England fell 24-10 to its division rivals. The offense showed zero ability to move the ball again and…

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Patriots Four Down Preview: Buffalo Bills (8-3) at New England Patriots (6-6)

December 1, 2022

Kickoff: The Patriots and Bills meet for the first time this season. The Patriots are 77-47-1 all time against the Bills. They are 39-23 all time at home against Buffalo. 16-4 at Gillette Stadium. The two teams faced off three times last season with the Bills winning two of the three match ups including a 47-17 win in the Wild Card round. Four Downs 1st Down: Run fits against Allen:…

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Patriots Scouting Report: Run fits the key in slowing down Allen

December 1, 2022

The Patriots issues with stopping running or athletic quarterbacks are well documented. Both Lamar Jackson and Justin Fields had big performances against the Patriots this season. Conventional wisdom would say that Josh Allen is next in line to have a big day but the Patriots can avoid that. Here are three reasons how. 1. Gap Sound: Run fits are everything against an athletic quarterback. The Patriots have to make sure…

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Patriots: Our first look at the Buffalo Bills

December 1, 2022

By Mason Sousa The margin for error has shrunken drastically. This is where the rubber meets the road. The times of close games and moral victories against quality opponents are over. It’s really simple. Win and stay alive. Lose and see playoff hopes virtually disappear. It’s a Thursday night game but both teams have had a full week to prepare. The Bills have had the Patriots number as of late…

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Patriots: Patriots offense will be the key to a playoff run down the stretch

December 1, 2022

It is not hyperbole to say that if the Patriots want to have a legitimate shot at making the playoffs this season, Thursday night’s game against the Bills is a must win. Win and the Patriots are still in the thick of the playoff race in the AFC. Lose and the road to a playoff is a much more challenging path. The Patriots played arguable their best game of the…

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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…

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