What’s changed since the last time the New England Patriots played the NY Jets?

The 11-3 New England Patriots have clinched the top spot in the AFC East already and now ready themselves to travel to MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ to face the 3-11 New York Jets. The Jets played their best game of 2014 in Week 7 against the Patriots at Gillette Stadium on Thursday Night Football in October losing 27-24. The Jets have beaten fellow doormats of the NFL in...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

Patrick Chung, Patriots Host Karaoke Night For Kids In Need (Photos, Video)

The New England Patriots celebrated their Victory Monday by rocking out for a good cause. Safety Patrick Chung hosted an open mic holiday party at Patriot Place in Foxboro, Mass., to benefit Boston Children’s Hospital, the Dimock Center and his charity Chung Changing Lives. Former and current Patriots, and even owner Robert Kraft, came out to sing karaoke and support the cause...
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Patriots LB Akeem Ayers: Lopsided Trade Benefiting New England.

Without defensive end Chandler Jones and linebacker, Jerod Mayo, landing on IR, the Patriots acquired Ayers, in what could be described as a lopsided deal. 
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

Jamie Collins leads the Patriots defense to victory

Todd Warshaw/GettyIn their week 6 game against Buffalo the Patriots linebacker corps took a huge hit when Jerod Mayo was lost for the season. He was also a team captain and defensive play caller. Dont'a Hightower had to step up and fill in the signal caller role left by Mayo. He was able to lead the defense to five wins against some of the most explosive offenses in the league. Then...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

Patriots defense standing tall against league's top offenses

The Patriots defense has been pretty solid this season, for the most part anyway. They are at the tail end of a brutal stretch that saw them go up against Denver, Indianapolis, Detroit, Green Bay and San Diego all in consecutive weeks, and they went 4-1. AP Photo/Denis PoroyVery impressive. That stretch will end this weekend with a home game against the Miami Dolphins with a chance...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

Bill Belichick: Jamie Collins Handled Increased Role ‘Very Well’ Vs. Chargers

The New England Patriots already are without linebacker Jerod Mayo, so when Dont’a Hightower was declared inactive for Sunday night’s game against the San Diego Chargers, there was some concern about who would step up at the position. Jamie Collins quickly put an end to those concerns. The second-year outside linebacker was a force in New England...
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Health could prove to be the difference for the New England Patriots

The Patriots matchup against the Packers this past week was one of the best regular season football games you will see. There was so much quality on both sides of the ball for both teams. With that said, the game still left a bitter taste the mouths of the New England Patriots and their fans. For this organization, there are no moral victories. A loss is a loss. This one hurts not...
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16 days ago  |  Discuss

Patriots Mailbag: Kyle Arrington One Of The NFL’s Best Slot Cornerbacks

NFL teams aren’t supposed to improve after losing their best pass rusher, starting running back and an All-Pro linebacker. Apparently the 2014 New England Patriots’ aren’t like most NFL teams. Season-ending injuries to running back Stevan Ridley and linebacker Jerod Mayo seemed like they could be the last straw for a team that lost 41-14 on Monday Night Football just two weeks...
28 days ago  |  Discuss

Detroit Lions at New England Patriots: 2014 Week 12 NFL Pick

Detroit Lions (7-3) at New England Patriots (8-2) The Patriots have scored 243 points in the last 6 weeks since that embarrassing loss in Kansas City, more than 21 teams have scored all season. Over those past 6 weeks, they are moving the chains at an 82.74% rate, as opposed to 73.76% for their opponents. For comparison sake, in the first 4 weeks of the season, they moved the chains...
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29 days ago  |  Discuss

The New England Patriots shore up their linebacking core

With the season ending knee injury to star linebacker Jerod Mayo Week 6 the Patriots used the trade deadline as their friend. Hate them or love them they are always crafty when it comes to making moves to fill a need because of injury and you have to respect them for that. The Pats acquired linebacker Akeem Ayers from the Tennessee Titans for a 6th round pick in the 2015 NFL Draft...
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November 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Dont’a Hightower: Jonathan Casillas, Akeem Ayers Raise Patriots’ Football IQ

FOXBORO, Mass. — The New England Patriots went from having the NFL’s best linebacker depth to desperation mode in just one year. The Patriots were downright loaded at the position in 2013, with Jerod Mayo, Brandon Spikes and Dont’a Hightower as starters and Jamie Collins and Dane Fletcher serving as valuable depth — especially after Mayo and Spikes went down with season...
October 31, 2014  |  Discuss

With questions on defense, can the Patriots keep this up?

The Patriots continued to prove many doubters wrong with a gigantic 51-23 win over a Chicago Bears team that is very talented on offense, but dysfunctional on the whole. The effort from the Patriots capped off a brilliant month of October in which they went 4-0 and looked like the team many believed had a legitimate shot at winning the Super Bowl. It was vintage New England Patriots...
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October 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Gary Tanguay: Pats could lose division, fails at basic math

Your browser does not support iframes. Comcast SportsNet's Gary Tanguay said yesterday that he thinks there is a legitimate chance the Patriots could lose the AFC East to either the Bills or Dolphins because of injuries sustained to Jerod Mayo, Chandler Jones and Stevan Ridley.I played the won-loss game -- which, of course, is a crap-shoot, but it’s all I’ve got to work with...
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October 23, 2014  |  Discuss

The new Patriots defense: What is the best scheme after all the injuries?

The defense may be different on Sunday ( After losing Jerod Mayo for the season, the Patriots learned that they could be without Chandler Jones for up to a month. In order to shore up a front seven that will be without two of their top leaders, the Patriots traded for OLB Akeem Ayers and signed free agent DE Alan Branch to the roster.Without knowing specifically Bill...
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October 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Who is the Bigger Loss, Mayo or Ridley?

Rick: With Chandler Jones out for the next month, you have to say the bigger loss for the Patriots is Jerod Mayo. With Mayo out, the team loses a key leader on defense and someone who helps out against the run. Without Mayo and Jones, the team will be lacking two significant pieces on a defense that was awful at stopping the run and can’t generate much of a pass rush. The Ridley...
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October 22, 2014  |  Discuss

BREAKING: New England Patriots trade for a Jerod Mayo replacement

With the loss of Jerod Mayo, there has been a 250-pound hole in the center of the Patriots run defense. Today, they made a move to fix that. New England made a trade for Tennessee Titans linebacker Akeem Ayers, who has been struggling the last two seasons. In 2012, Ayers tallied 104 tackles and six sacks, but only managed 49 tackles and one sack last year. After undergoing two knee...
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October 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Report: Tennessee Titans to trade OLB Akeem Ayers to New England Patriots

After their Week 6 matchup against the Buffalo Bills, the New England Patriots lost two key components to their team in running back Steven Ridley and linebacker Jerod Mayo. With the Patriots already having depth at the running back position there was no need to go out and sign another RB. But at the linebacker position, the Pats lost Mayo, who is a leader on that defense and depth...
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October 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Patriots Injury Update: Jerod Mayo undergoes surgery

Jerod Mayo underwent surgery this past week on his knee that will effectively end his season and leave him out of New England Patriots activities until mini-camp next year.  NFL media insider Ian Rappaport reports Mayo suffered a patellar tendon tear in New England game against the New York Jets. #468506183 / Patellar tendon tears are an immediate surgical...
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October 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Patriots Have To Hope Close Win Over Jets Was Result Of Fatigue

FOXBORO, Mass. — A win is a win, especially for the 2014 New England Patriots. The Patriots’ 27-25 victory over the New York Jets would have seemed like a breath of fresh air following last month’s 41-14 walloping at the hands of the Kansas City Chiefs. After two big wins over the Cincinnati Bengals and Buffalo Bills, however, Thursday night seemed like a step back for the...
October 17, 2014  |  Discuss

New York Jets At New England: Three Things We Learned

Just a year ago, the New England Patriots edged out a victory over the New York Jets on a rain drenched field in Foxboro, MA. This year, the same venue was pretty wet, but the rain subsided in time for the two teams to play a fairly clean game.Both offenses were able to move the ball, the Jets with a lot of success on the ground, but not on the scoreboard. The Patriots favored the...
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October 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Patriots win, but run defense struggles

Jared Wickerham/Getty ImagesThe Jets made life a lot tougher on New England then most of us expected (certainly me), keeping the game close the whole way. A big part of the Jets success was the running game - they put up 218 yards on a Patriots defense that struggled without their leader Jerod Mayo.Chris Ivory was the go-to guy all night, putting up 107 yard and a touchdown on the...
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October 17, 2014  |  Discuss

What Did Chicago Bears Learn From Thursday Night Football?

The New England Patriots are the Chicago Bears final opponent before the bye week.  What did their Thursday Night Football victory show? Loss Of Jerod Mayo Only Hurt Their Run Defense For all their dominance of the AFC over the past decade and a half, the Patriots haven’t had the kind of defense they did during the dynasty years.  They’ve especially struggled against the...
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October 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Pats LB Mayo, RB Ridley placed on injured reserve

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) The New England Patriots placed linebacker Jerod Mayo and running back Stevan Ridley on injured reserve, ending their seasons. Both players damaged their right knees in last Sunday's victory at Buffalo. New England signed offensive lineman Chris Barker and running back Jonas Gray from the practice squad to the 53-man roster. Mayo is one of the Patriots' leaders...
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October 16, 2014  |  Discuss

How the New England Patriots Account for Jerod Mayo's Absence

For the second consecutive year, week 6 will mark the last game of Jerod Mayo's season. Last season, the loss was compounded by the absences of Vince Wilfork and Tommy Kelly. This resulted in the Patriots consistently getting gashed in the running game. Now, New England must figure out how…
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October 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Jerod Mayo, Stevan Ridley Placed On Injured Reserve By Patriots

FOXBORO, Mass. — It’s official: New England Patriots linebacker Jerod Mayo and running back Stevan Ridley will not play again this season. Mayo and Ridley were placed on season-ending injured reserve by the Patriots on Thursday, according to the NFL transaction wire. Both players suffered severe knee injuries last Sunday in the Patriots’ 37-22 win over the Buffalo Bills. The...
October 16, 2014  |  Discuss
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