1. Breaking Down Patriots-Colts: Key Personnel Matchups To Watch

    There are certain things to look forward to in November. Turkey, Black Friday (if you're not working), Turkey (leftovers edition), and the best tryptophan-induced nap of the year...

    T.J. Donegan Written by T.J. Donegan about over 5 years ago 513 reads 1 comments

  2. The Fun Part's Over: Tom Brady and Patriots Now Face Real Test

    Generally, after eight games, you know what each team is about. Injuries may heal or multiply, suspensions can be lifted or handed down, and players can still emerge or fade down the stretch...

    T.J. Donegan Written by T.J. Donegan about over 5 years ago 965 reads 11 comments

  3. Brett Favre And Company: the NFL's Five Best Acquisitions of 2009

    Every offseason in the NFL, teams that seem just on the cusp of becoming great aggressively go after the players they feel will be the final piece of the puzzle; guys with singular talents who can turn a potential 10-6 team into a real contender...

    T.J. Donegan Written by T.J. Donegan about over 5 years ago 1,621 reads 20 comments

  4. NFL MVP: Who's Leading, Who's Lagging, and Who Should Be Turning Heads

    After just barely two months of regular season play we've already seen players rise and fall, teams championed one week and dismissed the next, and a host of MVP candidates fall by the wayside...

    T.J. Donegan Written by T.J. Donegan about over 5 years ago 605 reads 3 comments

  5. NFL Expansion: The Case Against the Far Side of the World

    With the New England Patriots and Tampa Bay Buccaneers playing to a sold-out crowd in London last night, one of the hot topics of discussion has been the idea of putting an NFL franchise somewhere in England...

    T.J. Donegan Written by T.J. Donegan about over 5 years ago 569 reads 9 comments

  6. Tom Brady's Six Scores Power Patriots Through Slush and Into Record Book

    They always say in New England that if you don't like the weather, wait a minute. It'll probably change. New England's fortunes for the year may have just gone through a similar transformation after their destruction of the Tennessee Titans...

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  7. NFL Passing Attacks as Effective as Ever as Generations Collide

    Tracking the statistical shifts of each NFL season in real time is always a pretty daunting task. Every season brings new coaches, new players, new schemes, new stadiums, and new situations ...

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  8. NFL: Through First Five Weeks, Best Teams Still Unknown

    I've watched the NFL long enough to know that, even in the salary cap era, it doesn't take long for the strong to separate themselves from the weak. Yet this year, that doesn't seem to have happened to the degree we might be used to...

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  9. Braylon Edwards Trade Adds New Dimension To New York Jets, AFC East Race

    News broke early today that Browns wide receiver Braylon Edwards, recently caught up in a bit of controversy between himself and a friend of LeBron James, has been traded to the New York Jets...

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  10. Ravens-Patriots: Next-Gen New England Defense Looks to Past to Beat Baltimore

    Of all the plays that have defined the New England Patriots in this decade, one, to me, stands out above all the rest. It took place on November 30th, 2003 against the Colts at the old RCA Dome...

    T.J. Donegan Written by T.J. Donegan about over 5 years ago 337 reads 3 comments

  11. Why Wes Welker Isn't the Answer to Tom Brady's Woes

    I'll admit it's an odd sight, watching Tom Brady struggle. With the obvious exception of last season, football fans have watched Brady play rather well since he first began starting for the injured Drew Bledsoe in 2001...

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  12. The New England Patriots' Offensive Line: Unsung Heroes of 2009

    I've got a little quiz for you: if you talk about the best rushing teams in the league, what teams come to mind? Baltimore surely does, with their gaudy 156.7 yard per game average this season after leading the league in attempts last season...

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  13. Patriot Wane: What's Eating Tom Terrific?

    Trying to figure out the 2009 New England Patriots is like trying to punch a puddle: not very successful and ultimately, painful. They're an enigma wrapped in a riddle, wrapped in a Rubik's cube with the stickers peeled off...

    T.J. Donegan Written by T.J. Donegan about over 5 years ago 852 reads 8 comments

  14. When It Rains It Pours: Final Thoughts from New England Patriots' Week Two

    These are the days when it's best to just turn off the radio. When you write about a team that is followed by a fanbase as passionate as the New England Patriots', you have to expect a little ...

    T.J. Donegan Written by T.J. Donegan about over 5 years ago 481 reads 6 comments

  15. A Tale of Two Seasons: Patriots-Jets Could Determine AFC East Supremacy

    Fourteen years ago, the 12-0 Chicago Bears and their vaunted "46" defense marched into Miami on a Monday night in December...

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  16. True Value: Richard Seymour Among Most Underrated Players In The Game

    Since the New England Patriots upset the St. Louis Rams in the Super Bowl following the 2001 season, the team has been known mostly for its defense...

    T.J. Donegan Written by T.J. Donegan about over 5 years ago 875 reads 11 comments

  17. A Hit Show: One Play Helps Tom Brady's Bunch in New England Win Season Opener

    There are many things that separate a Super Bowl team from an also-ran. Injuries. Great coaching. The schedule. Talent. Pure, dumb luck. Sometimes, it just comes down to taking advantage of the few opportunities afforded you...

    T.J. Donegan Written by T.J. Donegan about over 5 years ago 630 reads 68 comments

  18. Mano-A-Mano: Five Crucial Week One NFL Match-Ups

    It's finally here. Thursday night may have been the first game of the 2009 NFL season, but that was like opening a single present on Christmas Eve...

    T.J. Donegan Written by T.J. Donegan about over 5 years ago 234 reads 2 comments

  19. Confessions of a Fantasy Football Addict: An Ode to Round 11

    Okay, I admit it. Schedule the intervention. Call A&E. Disconnect the modem. I'm about to draft my seventh and eighth fantasy football teams this year. Crazy, I know...

    T.J. Donegan Written by T.J. Donegan about over 5 years ago 451 reads 1 comments

  20. With the Richard Seymour Trade, Bill Belichick Puts All the Pressure on Himself

    The offseason in New England is always good for one or two surprises. While Tedy Bruschi's retirement didn't exactly stun a lot of people, I had assumed that would be it...

    T.J. Donegan Written by T.J. Donegan about over 5 years ago 1,163 reads 21 comments

  21. When the Last Lion Leaves: Tedy Bruschi to Announce His NFL Retirement

    It's one of those funny old things, growing up a sports fan. When you're a kid, athletes just don't seem real. They pop in and out of your lives, flickering across the screen; four-inch-tall Adonises, larger than life...

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  22. A Few (53) Good Men: A Look at New England's Roster, Part II

    This is the second part of a look at the likely composition of the Patriots' final 53-man roster for the season. You can read the first part, forecasting the defensive group by going here...

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  23. A Few (53) Good Men: Predicting the NE Patriots' Roster, Part One

    With the first round of roster cuts coming on Sept. 1 and two preseason games under the belt, it's time to start looking at who will make the final 53-man roster, and why they will (or won't) be suiting up Week One...

    T.J. Donegan Written by T.J. Donegan about over 5 years ago 922 reads 11 comments

  24. 4-3 or Bust? The New England Patriots and Their New-Look Defense

    Much has been made of the Patriots surprising switch to the 4-3 defense in their first pre-season game against the Philadelphia Eagles...

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  25. Patriots Preseason: Watching Brady's Arm and Sammy's Legs vs. Bengals

    Here we are, just at the end of training camp, and already so much has changed for the New England Patriots. The fans got their first in-game look at Tom Brady since Week 1 of last season and, ...

    T.J. Donegan Written by T.J. Donegan about over 5 years ago 858 reads 9 comments