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  1. A few leftover Patriots thoughts

    Mike Reiss

    A few leftover Patriots thoughts in the wake of the AFC Championship Game loss as we look ahead to the team-building season: 1. Key players didn't come through: While some have taken the viewpoint that the Patriots' injuries finally caught up to t...

    Blog | January 22, 2014
  2. Ends justify means for Patriots

    Mike Reiss

    In a reflection of how the Patriots viewed Colts defensive ends Dwight Freeney, Robert Mathis and Jerry Hughes as a key to their game-plan, the coaching staff picked three defensive ends when selecting practice player of the week awards. Five-year...

    Blog | November 20, 2012
  3. Patriots-Bills refresher course

    Mike Reiss

    As Patriots players return to work Tuesday in preparation for Sunday's game against the Bills, a quick refresher on the key points from the Patriots' 52-28 win over the Bills on Sept. 30: Second-half comeback. The Patriots trailed 21-7 early in th...

    Blog | November 06, 2012
  4. Key NFL dates ahead for Patriots

    Mike Reiss

    A look at some key dates ahead for the Patriots: Friday, Aug. 24 -- Preseason Game 3 at Tampa. Monday, Aug. 27 -- Roster reduction to maximum of 75 players by 4 p.m. ET. Wednesday, Aug. 29 -- Preseason Game 4 at N.Y. Giants. Friday, Aug....

    Blog | August 22, 2012
  5. If you had to pick key areas...

    Mike Reiss

    At this point, it seems we all agree. The AFC Championship Game can't come soon enough. A lot has been said, a lot has been written, so bring on the game. One more addition before kickoff: If you had to pick five key areas you'll be watching for, ...

    Blog | January 21, 2012
  6. Picking out some key areas

    Mike Reiss

    A few key areas that figure to play a big part in tonight's playoff game for the Patriots: 1. Keeping Tebow in the pocket. This was an area the Patriots struggled early in the Dec. 18 meeting. When Broncos quarterback Tebow gets outside the edges ...

    Blog | January 14, 2012
  7. Patriots and the YAC attack

    Mike Reiss

    ESPN's "Stats & Information" blog looks at one key area of the Patriots-Eagles game -- yards after the catch. As noted in the blog entry, the Patriots rank second in the NFL in yards after the catch and are the only team in the NFL to have two...

    Blog | November 27, 2011
  8. Xs & Os: Screen game rises

    Mike Reiss

    For those with an interest in Xs and Os, Bill Belichick's weekly breakdown of key plays after victories is often informative. On the feature, Belichick sheds light on some of the harder-to-see areas of the game. This week's "Belichick...

    Blog | November 25, 2011
  9. Things to watch for in New England Patriots-Kansas City Chiefs ga...

    Mike Reiss

    The Chiefs figure to pull out all the stops as they try to contend with the Patriots.

    Story | Conversation | November 20, 2011
  10. Running game packs a punch

    Mike Reiss

    ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- Quarterback Tom Brady's NFL record streak without throwing an interception is sure to garner headlines, but it shouldn't overshadow the key to the Patriots' offensive attack in Sunday's win over the Bills. The ground game was do...

    Blog | December 26, 2010
  11. Unusual play hurts Patriots' D

    Mike Reiss

    CLEVELAND -- The Patriots had sliced the Browns' lead to 10-7 in the second quarter when the Browns responded with one of the key drives of the game -- a nine-play touchdown march that ended with some trickery. On a first-and-10 from the Patriots'...

    Blog | November 07, 2010
  12. Shotgun not part of winning drive

    Mike Reiss

    The Patriots remain one of the NFL's top teams when it comes to using the shotgun formation. However, it is interesting to note that the offense did not use the shotgun on its game-winning drive in overtime against the Ravens, with the key 23-yard co...

    Blog | October 21, 2010
  13. Jets' blitz wasn't a big factor

    Mike Reiss

    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- How the Patriots handled the Jets blitz was supposed to be one of the keys to Sunday's game. It turned out to be a minor factor in the outcome. According to ESPN Stats & Information tracking, the Patriots' biggest p...

    Blog | September 20, 2010
  14. Recapping the ten things to watch for New England Patriots-New Or...

    Mike Reiss

    Revisiting 10 areas to watch in the Patriots-Saints preseason opener.

    Story | Conversation | August 13, 2010
  15. Welcome to Reliant Stadium

    Mike Reiss

    HOUSTON, Texas - Welcome to Reliant Stadium, where the Patriots visit the Texans today (1 p.m. ET). Key pre-game storyline. How will Bill Belichick manage his roster? Having already clinched a home playoff game next Saturday or Sunday, Belichick c...

    Blog | January 03, 2010
  16. Patriots stat check in key areas

    Mike Reiss

    A look at where the Patriots rank in key statistical categories through 11 weeks of the season, with the big jump coming on third-down defense after holding the Jets to 2 of 10 Sunday: Points scored 3rd (29.0 per game) Last week: 3rd (28.7 per g...

    Blog | November 24, 2009