Tag Archives: New England Patriots

On NFL Narratives and Trends Below the Surface


Derek Carr is a shining bright spot for the The Black Hole and Raiders fans everywhere. (Credit: Getty Images)

– Jim Bearor

Week 12 hit a lot of familiar notes. Continue reading


Three Observations From The Bills Triumphant Afternoon in New England

In consecutive weeks Rex Ryan has out coached Bruce Arians and Bill Belichick. (Getty Images)

In consecutive weeks Rex Ryan has out coached Bruce Arians and Bill Belichick. (Getty Images)

– Evan Sally

The game meant something to New England, so it is sure as hell OK if it means something to us.

Another week, another win and damn does it feel good. Allow me to list the things Bills fans feel good about today: Continue reading

The Hard Foul Podcast: Episode 70

LeSean McCoy continues to leave defenders in the dust.

LeSean McCoy continues to leave defenders in the dust. (Getty Images)

On an all new episode of the Hard Foul Podcast, Jim and Evan start the show talking about the Bills big win over the Patriots with a cameo from Ben Affleck. They then dug into Week 4 of the NFL, trying to figure out who’s in more trouble Arizona or Carolina, who should be more excited, Dallas or Oakland fans, who should be more depressed, San Diego or Kansas City fans and so much more.

Two Ways to Listen:

iTunes   SoundCloud

If you have an Android device and don’t want to use SoundCloud there are several apps on the Play Store that our show is available on. We recommend Podcast and Radio Addict. Continue reading

The Flagrant Foul: Week 3 NFL Roundup

NFL: Arizona Cardinals at Buffalo Bills

LeSean McCoy and the Buffalo Bills ran amok in Sunday’s home thrashing of the Arizona Cardinals (Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY)

– Bill Annechino

With another great football Sunday in the books (and the first official football Sunday of fall!), let’s take a run through the league and see what stood out.   Continue reading

The Flagrant Foul: Thursday Night Recap and a Week 3 Preview

Brock Osweiler struggled mightily as Houston got shutout in New England. (Getty Images)

Brock Osweiler struggled mightily as Houston got shutout in New England. (Getty Images)

– Bill Annechino

The purpose of this column is not to attempt to make picks, but to highlight a few things from every game that I am going to be paying attention to and think will factor in to the game’s outcome.  But first, let’s start with a recap of last night’s game in Foxboro. Continue reading

The Flagrant Foul: Week 2 NFL Roundup

Who's the real culprit for the Bills problems?

Who’s the real culprit for the Bills problems? Is GM Doug Whaley to blame? (Getty Images)

– Bill Annechino

Jets @ Bills (Thursday):

So, by now everyone knows that the Bills’ insanely reactionary answer to Thursday night’s embarrassment was to fire offensive coordinator Greg Roman.  Many people have also (correctly) pointed out that it wasn’t Greg Roman’s offense that gave up 37 points and 500 yards.  I’ve seen various reactions from the Bills’ Mafia calling for Rob or Rex Ryan’s head, but that really misses the bigger point:  Doug Whaley is the worst GM in football.  Continue reading

AFC Championship Preview: One Last Time for Old Times Sake

Slowing down Gronk is priority one for the Broncos D. (credit: fansided.com)

Jim Bearor

Brady-Manning XVII is happening again, and there are only so many ways we can rehash the same rhetoric about these two legendary quarterbacks.  I’m not one to put together a Bleacher Report-esque slideshow recounting the most memorable moments from the rivalry, but sure, I’ll click through something like that for old time’s sake.  I don’t need someone on my Facebook feed sharing a link to a playoff stat comparison between Tom and Peyton, because I’ve seen it before.  Yes, it obviously makes a difference that Brady has Belichick and Manning doesn’t. No, cheating isn’t the reason the Patriots win Super Bowls.  We’re coming up on the seventeenth iteration of this saga, and at this point, I don’t see the outcome changing either quarterback’s legacy all that much. Continue reading

AFC Divisional Playoffs Preview: Don’t Sleep on the Chiefs

 (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

(Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

– Jim Bearor

The Chiefs, fresh off their first playoff victory in my lifetime, are in New England to face the champs.  Kansas City is on an absolute tear, but that doesn’t make this game any less daunting. The sentence “Andy Reid and Alex Smith beat Bill Belichick and Tom Brady at home in the playoffs” sounds preposterous no many how many times I say it to myself. Yet, it isn’t hard for me to imagine a scenario where the Chiefs win, especially when you factor in the injury troubles of the Patriots and that they stumbled into the playoffs, losing four of their last six games.

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