Mar 302014
 

The Patriots are ceding a lot in this extension. Rather than getting Vince Wilfork to take a pay cut, or outright cutting him, saving 8 million dollars and getting a comparable replacement like Kevin Williams for half that price, the Patriots have guaranteed 3 million dollars of Wilfork’s 2014 salary, essentially locking them into paying [...]

Jan 132014
 

New England Patriots (13-4) at Denver Broncos (14-3) One of the keys to successful handicapping of NFL games is to figure out which situations certain teams tend to do well in. This is easier when the team has had the same quarterback and/or head coach for a long time. Well we’re in year 13 of [...]

Jan 092014
 

Indianapolis Colts (12-5) at New England Patriots (12-4) The Patriots won 12 games and locked up a first round bye again. They now have a streak of 13 consecutive winning seasons. No one else has an active streak longer than 4. Over the past 13 seasons, they have 12 seasons of 10+ wins, 11 division [...]

Dec 112013
 

New England Patriots (10-3) at Miami Dolphins (7-6) The Patriots lost Rob Gronkowski. How can they function? Well, while it’s very true that Gronk was the 2nd most important player on the team after Tom Brady and that this significantly hurts their Super Bowl chances, the Patriots have proven they can still move the ball [...]

Nov 202013
 

Denver Broncos (9-1) at New England Patriots (7-3) Brady/Manning 14. That has to be some kind of record for non-divisional quarterbacks (I actually don’t know this. If someone does, let me know). This is the greatest quarterback battle in NFL history. What guys like Drew Brees, Aaron Rodgers, Andrew Luck etc. have done in recent [...]

Nov 012013
 

Pittsburgh Steelers (2-5) at New England Patriots (6-2) The Steelers once again came up flat as non-divisional road favorites last week, losing in Oakland, a situation they are now 6-18 ATS since Mike Tomlin took over in 2007. However, I was actually impressed with them. Another loss on their record doesn’t help their playoff chances, [...]

Oct 312013
 

Last week: 4 (-2) Record: 6-2 It needs to be said. Tom Brady looks more like a former 6th round pick than a 3-time Super Bowl winner this year. ProFootballFocus’ grades him out as the 24th ranked passing quarterback out of 37 eligible. I thought it would get better when Rob Gronkowski returned, but in [...]

Oct 292013
 

Trade for Patriots: Isaac Sopoaga isn’t very good. The 32-year-old was ProFootballFocus’ 82nd ranked defensive tackle out of 85 eligible on ProFootballFocus last season on the nose in San Francisco. This year, he’s been better, but he’s still grading out slightly below average on the nose in Philadelphia. That being said, he’s probably better than [...]

Oct 262013
 

Miami Dolphins (3-3) at New England Patriots (5-2) Tom Brady has not played well this season. A lot of people are giving him a pass because of the state of his receiving corps and that’s obviously been an issue, but you can’t give him a total pass. His arm strength is noticeably diminished, something that’s [...]

Oct 232013
 

Last week: 4 (+0) Record: 5-2 The call that might have cost the Patriots a win was definitely questionable considering the number of times it wasn’t called this season and the stakes in those circumstances. However, it was the right call by the new rule. Bill Belichick took the blame for not understanding the rule, [...]

Oct 112013
 

New Orleans Saints (5-0) at New England Patriots (4-1) The Patriots had their worst offensive performance since 2006 last week. It was the first time since 2006 that they scored fewer than 7 points in a game. On top of that, Brady hadn’t had a completion percentage that low since 2007. Fortunately, help should be [...]