• NEFJ 25 DAYS OF THANKSGIVING RIVALRIES: Beverly vs. Salem
  • High School: What Thanksgiving Football Means to Me
  • Boston College: A strange yet happy Thanksgiving at the Heights
  • NEFJ 25 DAYS OF THANKSGIVING RIVALRIES – Swampscott vs. Marblehead
  • High School: NEFJ Featured Team of the Week – Milford
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Patriots: Houston We Have A Problem – Watson dominates, Pats fall to 4-6

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…

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NEFJ 25 DAYS OF THANKSGIVING RIVALRIES – Gloucester vs. Danvers

Series Record: Gloucester and Danvers have played every Thanksgiving morning since 1964, and the Fishermen lead the series 37-19. Look at the Rivalry: Despite’s Gloucester’s dominance overall, it’s been a special past couple of seasons for the Falcons. Last year’s 56th meeting ended with Danvers thumping Gloucester 61-12, but more importantly, it was the first time Danvers had won two straight Thanksgiving meetings since 1993 & 1994. The win also…

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

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…

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Patriots: Scouting the Texans Offense and Defense

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…

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NEFJ 25 DAYS OF THANKSGIVING RIVALRIES – Rockland vs. East Bridgewater

Series Record: This one hasn’t been around long but it’s already been quite competitive, with East Bridgewater leading the series 7-5. Look at the Rivalry: Rockland took home a 48-14 victory last season. Last year’s game may have been, and most likely will be one of the most significant in rivalry history for the foreseeable future with quarterback Dante Vasquez becoming the all-time leading rusher in Rockland history with a…

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NEFJ 25 DAYS OF THANKSGIVING RIVALRIES – Fairhaven vs. Dartmouth

Series Record: Fairhaven leads the all-time series 42-36-4, but Dartmouth leads the Thanksgiving Day series 40-19. Dartmouth has actually dominated the Thanksgiving Day game as of late, winning 12 of the last 15 matchups. Look at the Rivalry: These two have been playing on Turkey Day since 1959. The Walter MVP Award is also given out after every game on Thanksgiving, a tradition that started in 1974. The Indians rolled…

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UMass: Defense plays well, offense struggles in frustrating loss to FAU

Image courtesy of Ralph Notaro BOCA RATON, FLA: The UMass defense played its best game in the Walt Bell era but a lack of offense proved to be the difference in a 24-2 loss last night to Florida Atlantic. Bell praised the defense for their effort. “Our best defensive effort since we’ve been here, That’s damn good team defense.” It truly was good team defense. The Minutemen hurried and harassed…

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UMass Preview: UMass Minutemen (0-2) at Florida Atlantic (4-1)

Line: Florida Atlantic -33.5 Opening kickoff: The Minutemen travel to Boca Raton, Florida tonight to take Florida Atlantic. The game was put together three weeks ago after FAU was dealing with COVID 19 issues and had to rearrange their schedule. The Owls are coached by former Western Kentucky, South Florida and Florida State coach Willie Taggert. Taggert and Minutemen head coach Walt Bell coached together at Florida State where Bell…

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High School: NEFJ Featured Team of the Week – Old Rochester Regional

For the past three years, the Old Rochester Bulldogs have been one of the more quietly consistent programs in all of Division 6. With three straight appearances in the Division 6 South final – including a sectional title in 2018 – whether you realize it or not, Old Rochester is now one of the D6 teams everyone must be aware of. There have also been fundraising efforts and a concentrated…

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Boston College: Taking a step back during the bye week(s)

Photo courtesy of the ACC.  Five straight months. That’s how long it’s been since the Boston College football program had a legitimate break. Coaches and players came back to begin quarantine in late June. Since then, the Eagles have had a few days off here and there, but it’s pretty much been five straight months of grinding. Aside from that, the Eagles have stunningly had over 7,000 negative Covid tests…

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