The Patriots as underdogs?

Sonja Greenfield, OTFB Writer

By Sonja Greenfield //@Mom23RN

Admit it, you just rolled your eyes when you read that. It’s OK. I sort of did that as well, when I first heard about it.

I’ve often said, until someone can beat them, the road to the Super Bowl will have to go through New England at some point. But this year seemed a little different for the Patriots. After back to back loses early in the season to the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Detroit Lions, you have to admit, people outside of New England started to get a little excited at the thought of witnessing the Patriots’ descent back to Earth.

Then after the stunning loss to the Miami Dolphins and then the Pittsburgh Steelers, the noise was getting louder.  I mean, they weren’t even favored to defeat the Kansas City Chiefs in the championship game. And while it could have been more for the sake of betting, they still weren’t favored and that’s not something we are used to.

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Patriots head back to familiar territory

Sonja Greenfield; Patriots Contributor

By Sonja Greenfield //@Mom23RN

New England 37 – Kansas City 31 (OT)

Guess who’s back. Back again. The Pats are back, tell a friend.

The New England Patriots are heading back to the Super Bowl.  Quarterback Tom Brady ,and the rest of the Patriots, executed Brady’s 57th game-winning drive to get the victory over the Chiefs.

After going 3 for 3 on third down during the overtime drive, the Patriots handed the ball off to running back Rex Burkhead who ran it in for the game-winning touchdown.

The game played out the best way possible for the Patriots. It was obvious that the best way to keep Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes and the great Kansas City offense under control was to simply keep them off the field. It was the same strategy that most teams have tried to use to beat the Patriots for years.

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Patriots lose back to back games and it’s more than poor play

Wanda Wiedman,
Patriots contributor

By Wanda Wiedman // @WandaW63

Steelers 17 – Patriots 10

The New England Patriots have won five Super Bowl championships, so it’s bound to happen that the once supreme dynasty may eventually topple.

The loss to the Miami Dolphins Miracle last week could have been an anomaly. Apparently, it wasn’t as the Patriots lose a week later to the Pittsburgh Steelers on the road 17-10.

Rumors swirled in the off-season that quarterback Tom Brady and tight end Rob Gronkowski would be retiring. Even head Coach Bill Belichick was on the rumor mill when offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels reneged on the head coaching job in Indianapolis to stay in New England.

There are obvious problems ravaging the Patriots as they enter Week 16 with a 9-5 record. It starts with Mr. Brady.

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Dolphins pull off “Boise” for the win against Patriots

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Lisa Johnson,
Miami Dolphins Reporter

By Lisa Johnson // @LJ1303 

Dolphins 34 – Patriots 33

Let me first start out by saying…”Alright Miami!” because that was my very first thought after watching the Dolphins pull off a miracle last play to win the game. I could hear good ole Jim “Mad Dog” Mandich’s voice in my head.

A fitting end to a very typical AFC East match-up. A game that saw nine lead changes, which now stands as the second most in an NFL game.

Don’t think many fans would have expected that outcome when it comes to a shoot-out with future Hall of Fame quarterback Tom Brady.

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Titans beat the Patriots at home 34-10

Karen Christensen, Tennessee Titans Reporter

By Karen Christensen // @ksc47

Tennessee Titans 34 – New England Patriots 10

The Tennessee Titans sacked the New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady three times on Sunday.  Yes, three times. 

They kept the pressure on Brady throughout the game, and Brady looked mighty uncomfortable out there. So much so, he was pulled in the fourth quarter and replaced with backup QB Brian Hoyer.

Now, who would have imagined such things would be happening this past Sunday at Nissan Stadium in Nashville? Not many. 

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Packers fall to Patriots in prime time

Lucy Rendler-Kaplan
Green Bay Packers Reporter

By Lucy Rendler-Kaplan // @lucyRK78

New England Patriots 31 – Green Bay Packers 17

I bleed green and gold. That’s why I can say this. The Packers are imploding. They’re just not good this season. We’re more than halfway through the season and this team will not make the playoffs. And that’s not just surprising, but also very hard to admit.

Green Bay now sits at 3-4-1, (with the awful stat of being 0-4 on the road) and will have to make some major adjustments, call it run the table part deux, to have even a glimmer of hope for an extended season.

There’s no consistency to the team currently. More often than not in recent losses, Green Bay is beating itself. We saw that Sunday night. The Packers made mistakes, the New England Patriots didn’t. In stark contrast to our team, the Patriots made it glaringly obvious what a cohesive, consistent team looks like.

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Bears ugly performance can motivate change

Wanda Wiedman, Chicago Bears Reporter

By Wanda Wiedman // @WandaW63 

New England Patriots 38 – Chicago Bears 31

Should it be said that Chicago Bears tight end Trey Burton was right and that breaking momentum with an early bye would slide them to a string of losses?

Maybe, but I blame the loss to Miami on the NFL’s Officiating team. The loss at home against a poor New England defense was on the Bears.

There is no point in rehashing the nightmare. Who wants to relive wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson‘s 95-yard touchdown run through the Bears special teams unit like a knife through butter? Poor Bears kicker Cody Parkey. His attempt of running after him was just sad. Or how about the blocked punt from punter Pat O’Donnell that was taken for a touchdown?

The saddest part was that, for one fleeting moment, WR Kevin White almost became the hero. He was just one-yard shy.  Ah yes, good times.

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Patriots hand Chiefs their first loss

Traci McCartney, New England Patriots Reporter

By Traci McCartney // @traciamc

Patriots 43 – Chiefs 40

I had a hard time watching the Patriots’ game on Sunday night. There were several reasons (Cris Collinsworth drives me nuts, for one), but I was on the edge of my seat and my blood was pumping. 

I was trying to go back and forth between the Red Sox vs. Houston in ALCS game 2, and the Patriots/Chiefs game.

I can honestly say that no matter how exciting a close game is, I’m getting too old for it!   I thought I was going to have a heart attack.

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Patriots make Dolphins feel unwelcome at Gillette Stadium

Traci McCartney New England Patriots Reporter

By Traci McCartney // @traciamc

New England Patriots 38 – Miami Dolphins 7

The Patriots looked like themselves again on Sunday. They beat the Miami Dolphins 38-7, and Miami’s seven points came in the 4th quarter.  It was almost like they were having an identity crisis earlier on.

Maybe it was like trying to live with a whole bunch of new roommates where you’re still trying to find out who everyone is and how they’re going to contribute to this new household.

Whatever it was, as the Patriots so often do, they rectified it in their game against the Dolphins, who, albeit only three games in, were at the top of the AFC East, undefeated. But Gillette has a strange mystery to it, especially for the Dolphins.

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New England Patriots fall to 1-2 for the first time since 2012

Traci McCartney New England Patriots Reporter

By Traci McCartney//@traciamc

Detroit Lions 26 – New England Patriots 10

I have a confession to make – I didn’t watch the game live. I was at a Def Leppard/Journey concert in San Diego. That made watching it today, after knowing the outcome, a LOT harder. 

As Patriots’ fans, we’ve been spoiled – we’ve seen a whole lot of winning. When the Patriots have a bad game, there’s no one better at coming back the next week and looking like a completely different team.

So the Patriots starting the season with a 1-2 record is a bitter pill to swallow for us. Most of us were sure that after the loss to the Jaguars, the Patriots would bounce back and walk out of Detroit with a win. But what we forgot is that Matt Patricia, now head coach of the Detroit Lions, knows the Patriots and he knows them well.

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