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  1. Patriots-Vikings through stats-based lens

    Mike Reiss

    A look at Sunday's game between the New England Patriots and Minnesota Vikings through a stats-based lens (via ESPN Stats & Information): 1. Why avoiding 0-2 start is key. Under the current playoff format (which began in 1990), only 12 percent...

    Blog | September 11, 2014
  2. Another undefeated season at home?

    Mike Reiss

    NFL Network's "NFL-AM" show keeps the football discussion going on a daily basis, and Friday morning it sparked a discussion on the New England Patriots' excellence at home. Since 2002, the Patriots are 92-18 at home (including playoffs), which is...

    Blog | April 11, 2014
  3. Tedy's thoughts on playoff expansion

    Mike Reiss

    In an open-letter piece now posted on ESPNBoston.com, NFL analyst Tedy Bruschi writes to commissioner Roger Goodell about one of the topics generating some momentum in recent weeks -- playoff expansion. Bruschi offers his own suggestion. I like t...

    Blog | January 27, 2014
  4. NFL deems Wes Welker hit on Aqib Talib legal, talks to Bill Belic...

    Mike Reiss

    NFL Vice President of Officiating Dean Blandino has spared Denver Broncos receiver Wes Welker of any wrongdoing for his hit on New England Patriots cornerback Aqib Talib in Sunday's AFC Championship Game.

    Story | Conversation | January 22, 2014
  5. 2013 NFL playoffs -- Kenbrell Thompkins of New England Patriots o...

    Mike Reiss

    New England Patriots wide receiver Kenbrell Thompkins will not play in Sunday's AFC Championship Game, but fellow rookie Aaron Dobson is active against the Denver Broncos.

    Story | Conversation | January 19, 2014
  6. Robert Kraft -- This might be Bill Belichick's best work yet

    Mike Reiss

    Robert Kraft lauded Bill Belichick on Tuesday, saying he thought navigating through an injury-marred season to the brink of a Super Bowl berth might be his coach's best work yet.

    Story | Conversation | January 14, 2014
  7. New England Patriots rookie Jamie Collins ready for prime time

    Mike Reiss

    As Spikes' replacement, rookie LB Jamie Collins proves he's ready for prime time.

    Story | Conversation | January 11, 2014
  8. Welcome to Gillette Stadium

    Mike Reiss

    FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Welcome to Gillette Stadium, where the New England Patriots host the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC divisional round of the playoffs (8:15 p.m. ET): Weather conditions: Temperatures are mild for this time of year, currently in ...

    Blog | January 11, 2014
  9. Penalty watch: Morelli gets call as ref

    Mike Reiss

    The weekly penalty watch highlights how Saturday's playoff matchup between the Patriots and Colts pits the two teams with the fewest accepted penalties during the regular season: Patriots' total penalties: 82 Patriots' total accepted penalties: 6...

    Blog | January 08, 2014
  10. Patriots have to like chances in playoffs

    Mike Reiss

    FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- It has seldom come easy for the New England Patriots in the 2013 season, so it was fitting Sunday's finale against the visiting Buffalo Bills was played in a steady downpour from start to finish. Just another obstacle to overcome...

    Blog | December 29, 2013
  11. Mayock: Among Belichick's & Brady's best

    Mike Reiss

    During the Thursday night football game between the Texans and Jaguars, NFL Network showed a graphic of the AFC playoff picture, which led analyst Mike Mayock to make the following statement: "Of that group, I think the team that has improved the ...

    Blog | December 06, 2013
  12. Super Bowl 2013 -- Bernard Pollard of Baltimore Ravens fined $15K...

    Mike Reiss

    Baltimore Ravens safety Bernard Pollard was fined $15,250 for unnecessary roughness for his third-quarter hit on wide receiver Wes Welker in the AFC Championship Game, according to an NFL spokesperson.

    Story | Conversation | January 25, 2013
  13. 2013 NFL playoffs -- Tom Brady of New England Patriots fined $10,...

    Mike Reiss

    New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was fined $10,000 by the NFL for making contact with Baltimore Ravens safety Ed Reed on a slide late in the first half of the AFC Championship Game, according to a league source.

    Story | Conversation | January 23, 2013
  14. New England Patriots Mailbag: Has Tom Brady & Co. lost magic touc...

    Mike Reiss

    Pats' pattern of losing big games to more physical teams is hard to ignore.

    Story | Conversation | January 22, 2013
  15. 2013 NFL playoffs -- New England Patriots show common threads in ...

    Mike Reiss

    Examining the Patriots' recent failures uncovers some common threads.

    Story | Conversation | January 21, 2013
  16. 2013 NFL playoffs -- Chandler Jones of New England Patriots limit...

    Mike Reiss

    Patriots rookie defensive end Chandler Jones was the lone New England player limited in Thursday's practice, putting his status for Sunday's AFC Championship Game in question.

    Story | Conversation | January 17, 2013