Patriots: Jones hard on himself after first season ends with brutal playoff loss in Buffalo

January 16, 2022

Mac Jones was not the reason the Patriots imploded down the stretch and were humiliated by the Bills in the AFC Wild Card game on Saturday night, but the starting quarterback sure sounded like he thought was. Jones may have under thrown Nelson Agholor on the ball that was intercepted by Micah Hyde – it was still a hell of a play – but given the talent around him and…

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NFL: With season sweep of Pats, Flores proves he’s by far the best coach from the Belichick coaching tree

January 10, 2022

Photo: Phinphanatic.com Is there even a doubt now? Brian Flores is the best head coach from the Belichick coaching tree. Flores led the Miami Dolphins to the team’s first season sweep over the Patriots since 2000 on Sunday and it really wasn’t even close. The Dolphins dominated much of the 33-24 regular season finale. Sure, Flores and his team won’t be playing in the playoffs next week, but the former…

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Patriots: Pats put on another brutal performance against Miami, will play Buffalo on Wild Card Weekend

January 10, 2022

Photo: Getty Images After talking so much all week about needing to build upon the Jacksonville game and gain some momentum heading into the playoffs, the Patriots had arguably its worst performance of the season in the finale against the Dolphins on Sunday afternoon. For the third time in four games since the bye, New England no showed early and built an almost immediate hole that was ultimately too big…

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Patriots: Ahead of snow storm Friday, no one wants to be “That Guy”

January 6, 2022

There will be no excuses for Patriots players not to be in the building on Friday morning while the snow flies around New England. No “my car wouldn’t start” will be accepted from anyone. Bill Belichick gave his team “the snow speech” on Thursday. No one wants to be That Guy. “Just talking about getting ready for the snow, I live in an apartment complex right now so I’m sure…

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Patriots: Pats looking at Miami matchup as an opportunity to get better, not a revenge game or playoff tune-up

January 5, 2022

Photo: Mitchell Leff/Getty Images Sunday’s game in Miami isn’t a revenge game or a tune-up game for the postseason, it’s an opportunity to get better. No more, no less. When the Bills and Jets kickoff simultaneously with the Pats and Dolphins at 4:25, New England won’t know whether the AFC East title is on the line or not until things start to unfold in Orchard Park, which means the Patriots…

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Patriots: Defense no-shows in 33-21 loss to Buffalo, Pats drop to No. 6 seed in the AFC

December 26, 2021

FOXBOROUGH – A year ago at this time, the Patriots were playing for pride, and even that was iffy. A day after Christmas this season, the stakes could not have been higher at Gillette Stadium on Sunday. With the Bills visiting for a much-anticipated rematch of the Monday night hurricane game a few weeks ago, there was no Christmas spirit on the field, just pure hatred with the AFC East…

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Patriots: Jones still learning how to be “the guy” in the NFL with another test looming Sunday

December 23, 2021

Photo: Barry Chin/Boston Globe Mac Jones hadn’t lost much in his football career prior to being a member of the Patriots. Whether it was high school or Alabama, the rare loss Jones took was usually quickly pushed aside by a dominant performance with elite players around him a week or two later. Things are different now, and Jones is faced with quite a difficult task for a rookie quarterback this…

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Patriots: Big week needed from Bill Belichick if Patriots are going to be true AFC contenders

December 21, 2021

For the entirety of the seven-game winning streak, Bill Belichick had praise heaped upon him and rightfully so. After a 2-4 start with a rookie quarterback and a lot of new faces, it was a minor miracle that New England was the No. 1 seed in the AFC heading into last week’s slate of games. Guys began buying in when Belichick appeared to take over the defense – or at…

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Patriots: Pats leave fans with more questions than answers in 27-17 loss to the Colts

December 19, 2021

Photo: AJ Mast/AP With three games left in the regular season, do we know who this Patriots team is yet? With a somewhat jarring 27-17 loss in Indianapolis on Saturday night, New England not only had its seven-game winning streak snapped, but also lost a grasp on the No. 1 seed in the AFC. For the first time since October, the Patriots looked like a team with an inexperienced rookie…

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Patriots: Colts matchup brings back old AFC East memories

December 14, 2021

Photo: Matthew J. Lee/Boston Globe This weekend’s Patriots-Colts game doesn’t just have huge playoff implications and it isn’t just the renewing of a rivalry. Saturday’s matchup is another historic clash in this feud that’s been going since the Colts were in Baltimore and the Patriots still had the word Boston in front of it. There is an entire generation of Patriots fans that probably don’t even know the Colts were…

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