Patriots: Another big test early in his career looms for Mac Jones on Sunday

October 14, 2021

PHOTO: AP/Frank Franklin II Despite the loss, I think just about everyone agrees that Mac Jones passed the Tampa Bay test in terms of being able to handle the bright lights and everything else that came with the game during that wild week. Now, Jones is facing a similar yet completely different type of test when the Cowboys visit for another national TV game and a 4:25 kick off on…

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Patriots: Offense continues to improve in win over Houston

October 11, 2021

PHOTO: JUSTIN REX/AP It wasn’t very pretty, but 2-3 looks and sounds a hell of a lot better than 1-4. Mac Jones continued to show is toughness behind a patchwork offensive line who did its job admirably on Sunday and Nick Folk buried a 21-yard field goal with 15 seconds left to give New England a 25-22 win. The defense continued to struggle as Texans rookie quarterback Davis Mills threw…

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Patriots: Can a 1-3 team have a “trap” game?

October 10, 2021

Yes. Yes it can. In years past, this “get right” scenario for the Patriots would have been an absolute layup. We would all be fully confident in Bill Belichick’s ability to mess with a rookie quarterback and Tom Brady would shred this lackluster Houston defense and all would be right with the world come Monday morning. Those days simply don’t exist anymore and Sunday’s meeting with the lowly Texans is…

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Patriots: Week 5 preview and prediction

October 9, 2021

Photo via: Brian Fluharty-USA TODAY Sports Follow me on twitter @zcarey13 Patriots @ Texans: October 10th, 2021. 1 PM Line: Patriots -8, O/U: 39.5 The Patriots will be looking to bounce back from their nail-biting loss to Tom Brady and the Buccaneers this Sunday against the struggling Houston Texans. This is a big opportunity for the Patriots to get right, but there is a lot going on during game week…

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Patriots: Despite loss, Mac Jones continues to show he’s the right guy for New England

October 4, 2021

PHOTO: AP Photo/Elise Amendola I think we can all agree the Patriots have their quarterback of the future. Many fans were still on the fence about the first round draft pick, but Jones should have put any questions you may have had about his ability to lead to bed on Sunday night after going toe-to-toe with Tom Brady in the most hyped regular season game in North American sports history….

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Patriots: Mac shines, but Brady gets the win in what might have been his final game at Gillette

October 4, 2021

PHOTO: NFL.com Who else thought Nick Folk would clang a 56-yard field goal off the left upright in a driving rainstorm to give Tom Brady the win in his return to Gillette Stadium? The game may not have lived up to the hype in terms of points scored, but the fourth quarter was basically a Hollywood script, with Mac Jones making sure he had a co-starring role right next to…

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Patriots: Week 4 preview and prediction

October 3, 2021

LEFT: AP/RIGHT: JIM DAVIS, BOSTON GLOBE Follow me on twitter @zcarey13 Buccaneers @ Patriots: October 3rd, 2021. 8:20 PM Line: Buccaneers -7; O/U 49 It’s finally here. Brady’s return to Foxborough and Belichick’s battle against his former QB is the biggest NFL storyline we’ve had in a very long time. Fans will be ready and who knows what kind of tribute or welcome Brady will get, but you have to…

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Patriots: Jones quietly going about his business as all eyes are on Brady

October 1, 2021

In case you’ve forgotten, Mac Jones is also playing on Sunday night. Unfortunately, Tom Brady won’t be throwing passes for both teams. Basically a forgotten man in all of the Brady-Belichick hysteria this week, Jones is about to face his biggest challenge yet with the eyes of the world watching. Literally, The Today Show and NBC Nightly News are broadcasting from Gillette Stadium on Friday. The world is truly fixing…

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Patriots: Loss of James White tough to take for players on and off the field

September 27, 2021

PHOTO: New England Patriots Throughout training camp and the first few weeks of the season, any time coach Belichick, Ivan Fears or a teammate has had the opportunity to praise James White’s leadership or compliment the type of man he is, they’ve done so at great length. Belichick has said White is one of the few guys he will go to for an “honest assessment” of things going on with…

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Patriots: Jones v. Brady has become a must-win game for both teams, not just must-win for legacies

September 27, 2021

PHOTO: Getty Images We all knew this week was coming eventually, but no one saw it coming under these circumstances. When Tom Brady makes his return to Gillette Stadium next Sunday night it will undoubtedly be the biggest regular season game in Boston sports history, the only problem is that a few of the storylines heading into the game are much different than anyone expected. The Patriots were supposed to…

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