Inconsistency has been a hallmark of both the Patriots and Buccaneers this season

November 24, 2020

Image courtesy of the New York Post Both the Patriots and Buccaneers lost this weekend and once again, it was because of inconsistent effort on the part of both teams. If you root or follow the two franchises, that seems to be a central theme in this weird 2020 season. The Patriots have mastered the art of losing close games. New England is currently 4-6 but could very easily be…


Patriots: Houston We Have A Problem – Watson dominates, Pats fall to 4-6

November 22, 2020

AP/Eric Christian Smith Okay, so, forget what we said last week. Following an impressive performance against Baltimore, I wrote that any Bill Belichick coached team should never be counted out. Well, the Texans shut that down real quick. Deshaun Watson single-handily destroyed the Patriot defense (380 total yards) and the New England offense wasted a chance to force overtime on the last possession of the game, ultimately falling 27-20 in…


Patriots Preview: New England Patriots (4-5) at Houston Texans (2-7)

November 22, 2020

Line: Patriots by -2.5 Opening Kickoff: The Patriots and Texans will meet for the sixth straight season. The two teams played in Houston last season on Sunday Night Football with the Texans winning 28-22. The Patriots are 4-1 against the Texans in their last five regular season meetings. In 2016, the Patriots and Texans played twice. The Patriots won the regular season match up 27-0 and then beat Houston 34-16…


Patriots: Scouting the Texans Offense and Defense

November 21, 2020

The Patriots will travel to Houston on Sunday to take on the 2-7 Texans. Houston is an organization in transition after head coach and defacto general manager Bill O’Brien was fired earlier this season. Former Patriots assistant coach Romeo Crennel took over for O’Brien on an interim basis. The Texans have played better under Crennel but they are still losing games. Schematically, when I look at the Texans, they run…


Patriots: Recapping Bill Belichick’s weekly OMF interview on WEEI

November 17, 2020

Jim Davis/Boston Globe Well, well, well, we have a winning streak. Ok, it’s not a big winning streak, but according to “Major League” Lou Brown once said two games is a winning streak, so we’ll take it. Here’s another week of what stood out to us from BB’s weekly interview with Ordway, Merloni and Fauria: Ordway opened up the interview asking Belichick how important it was for the Patriots to…


Patriots: Pats defense and the weather smother Ravens in stunning 23-17 upset

November 16, 2020

We all saw this one coming, right? The Patriots were rightful 6.5-point underdogs at home heading into their matchup against Baltimore on Sunday night. The entire country assumed that the Ravens would roll as the Patriots’ transition into mediocrity continues. Instead, the football gods – or maybe Bill Belichick – brought a monsoon to Gillette Stadium for the majority of the game on Sunday night with howling winds and sideways…


Patriots Preview: Baltimore Ravens (6-2) at New England Patriots (3-5)

November 15, 2020

Line: Baltimore -6.5 Opening Kickoff: The Patriots and Ravens have met 10 times in the regular season and 4 times in the postseason, including two straight AFC Championship Games in 2011 and 2012. The Ravens beat the undefeated Patriots 37-20 last season. The last time these two teams met at Gillette was December of 2016 with the Patriots winning 30-23. This will be the fifth prime time meeting between the…


Patriots: Scouting the Ravens Offense and Defense

November 15, 2020

The Patriots and Ravens will renew acquaintances this week on Sunday Night Football. The Ravens have long been a thorn in the Patriots side both in the regular season and the post season. A big reason for that of course is John Harbaugh and his coaching staff. Despite turnover at the coordinator positions, Baltimore is well coached. They are tough, physical and fundamentally sound. Harbaugh has two of the best…


Patriots Preview: New England Patriots (2-5) at New York Jets (0-8)

November 9, 2020

Line: Patriots by -9.5 Opening Kickoff: The Patriots travel to MetLife Stadium to take on the New York Jets. The two teams are playing on Monday Night Football for the second consecutive year. The Patriots beat the Jets 33-0 last season in New York. The two teams are meeting on Monday Night Football for the ninth time in the history of the program. The Patriots are 4-4 in Monday Night…