The Jacksonville Jaguars travel to Foxboro for their third conference championship game where the Patriots will play in their seventh (13th total) in as many years.
ESPN released a lengthy article detailing the supposed unraveling relationship between the Patriots' big three: Brady, Belichick, and Kraft. It's filled with equal parts reasonable points, unsubstantiated claims, and wild speculations.
By: Jake Perda
Following Sunday’s win in Buffalo, the New England Patriots have moved to 10-2 and are one win away from clinching the AFC East for the 9th consecutive season. In other news, the sky is blue, and the grass is green. As Bill Belichick and his quarterback, Number 12, continue to work towards making their 12th appearance in an AFC Championship game, I want to take a moment to reflect and give you my 12 takeaways from the Patriots first 12 games.
By: Dylan Porcaro
After getting off to an underwhelming 2-2 start to the 2017 season, the New England Patriots are now winners of seven straight games and appear to be right back on track for another AFC Championship appearance. Tom Brady is playing as good as he ever has and is showing no signs of slowing down. The defense was the main concern early on in the year, but now their bend but don’t break philosophy is hitting on all cylinders. With five regular season games remaining on the schedule, the Pittsburgh Steelers look like the only real competition left as the other four games are against the weak AFC East opponents (Bills twice, Dolphins, Jets).
By: Tom Cloutier
The Patriots were firing on all cylinders from the start of the game. Never at any point during the entire contest did their win probability drop below 60%. They had the Raiders in the rear view mirror from the get go.
By: Jake Perda
As the Patriots prepare to begin the second half of their season, now seems like an appropriate time to reflect on the performances of each of their players to this point. As I said when I did this for the Red Sox back in July, I will only be grading players of interest/players who have made a significant impact on the team. If you think I’m going to sit here and grade every player that’s made the active roster this season, you’re wrong. As always, if you disagree with my opinions and want to tell me to quit writing, let me know on Twitter (@PerdaGuyBoston). Anyway, here we go:
By: T.J. Flaherty
After being placed on waivers by the Green Bay Packers this Wednesday, veteran tight end Martellus Bennett has been claimed by the Patriots and will make his return to New England.
By: Kenny Doyle
After the Patriots offseason came and went without them trading backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, many took it as a sign that it was because they considered Jimmy Garoppolo to be the next starting quarterback for the New England Patriots. With rumors surfacing that the Browns were willing to offer at least the #12 overall pick (if not more) for Garoppolo and the Patriots still held onto him, it only made sense that the Patriots were planning to keep Garoppolo around to be Tom Brady’s successor. That all changed on Monday when the Patriots shipped Garoppolo to the 49ers for a 2018 second round pick. Leaving everyone wondering, what happened?
By Steven Gorrell
Week 7 is upon us and we have a SB51 rematch between the 3-2 Falcons and 4-2 Patriots. While both teams can say they are above .500, they both would probably say they don’t love where they are at, this far into the season. The Falcons coming off two straight loses and blowing a 17-0 lead to the Dolphins. For the Patriots, their defense has struggled all year and have given up the most yards per game this season.