Super Bowl XLIX Recap: The Patriots Second TD Drive

Tom Brady secured the MVP trophy for Super Bowl XLIX with a masterful passing performance against the Seattle Seahawks, but he was one of many candidates. Julian Edelman caught nine passes for 109 yards and a score before Malcolm Butler turned in one of history’s greatest goal-line plays. And Shane Vereen’s overlooked 11-catch night was…

Confidence: Super Bowl Gambling Preview

Confidence is an NFL gambling preview using advanced statistics, matchup analysis and other metrics to create predictions for readers to use at their discretion. Guess what topic won’t even be mentioned in this column? Here’s a hint: It’s something everyone and their mother is talking about. It’s controversial and provocative. And if you haven’t had…

Super Bowl XLIX Preview: Rob Gronkowski versus The Legion of Boom

In part one, Mark Schofield went deep on the Seattle Seahawks secondary, examining their oft-used coverage schemes and the four key components of the Hawks’ defensive backfield. While those players are great talents, there are holes to be found against Seattle through the air. Two areas the New England Patriots could exploit in Super Bowl…

Super Bowl XLIX Preview: The Seahawks Run Defense Is Fast & Furious

The Seattle Seahawks enter their Super Bowl XLIX matchup with the New England Patriots with the best statistical defense in the NFL. The Seahawks finished the regular season with the fewest points and total yards allowed for the second consecutive season. After reviewing the tape, the stats don’t lie —— the reigning champs may be…

Patriots Offensive Plays of the Year — #1: The Pass

Mark Schofield finishes his countdown of the five most important New England Patriots offensive plays of the year, with Julian Edelman‘s touchdown pass against the Baltimore Ravens in the Divisional Round. Click here for Play #2: Gronk’s Rumble, Play #3: Amendola’s Scramble, Play #4: Edelman’s Dash and Play #5: Wright’s Catch. Top 5 Patriots’ Offensive…

Patriots Offensive Plays of the Year — #2: Gronk’s Rumble

Mark Schofield counts down his five most important New England Patriots offensive plays of the year, with Rob Gronkowski‘s unstoppable tour of the Indianapolis Colts secondary. Click here for Play #3: Amendola’s Scramble, Play #4: Edelman’s Dash and Play #5: Wright’s Catch. Top 5 Patriots’ Offensive Plays of 2014 – Play #2 – Rob Gronkowski…

Reporting As Ineligible: An Appreciation

Cries of foul play follow the New England Patriots, and legendary coach Bill Belichick, as night follows day. The latest incident found Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh claiming the Patriots use of an unbalanced line and ineligible receivers was somehow “deceptive.” The NFL has deemed the plays “legal” and another media-driven controversy is underway. The…

2015 NFL Playoffs: Patriots vs Ravens Rushing Preview ‒ Part 2

After losing Stevan Ridley for the season, the Patriots turned to a varied run game, mixing and matching Shane Vereen, Jonas Gray, and LeGarrette Blount. Brian Filipiak explains in Part 2 of his Patriots vs Ravens Rushing Preview how the Patriot backs’ differing styles allow them to tailor their rushing plan to opposing defenses, with…