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Christopher Price has covered the Boston sports scene for more then a dozen years, working for, and Baseball America as well as The Boston Globe, The Washington Post, The Miami Herald and Boston Metro. In that time, he’s established himself as an award-winning sportswriter who has been honored by Northeastern University, the New England Press Association and the North Carolina Press Association. In addition, he’s the author of the just published, “New England Patriots: The Complete Illustrated History” and two other books “Baseball by the Beach” and "The Blueprint: How the New England Patriots Beat the System to Create the Last Great NFL Superpower.”

11/20/14 01:08 EST
FOXBORO -- Pick your adjective: Brutal. Ghastly. Embarrassing. It was all of those. (Plus a few more of the R-rated variety.) However you slice it, the Patriots offensive line was a mess over the first four games of the season. With a new position coach and lacking its de facto leader in Logan Mankins -- who had been shipped off to Tampa Bay just before the start of the regular season -- the group was wildly ineffective. Quarterback Tom Brady didn’t have any time to throw, there were no holes for the running backs, and they were getting shoved all over the place. There was also no consistency -- established veterans like Sebastian Vollmer and Nate Solder were getting shuffled in and out of the lineup as injury and poor play forced the team to looking at new personnel combinations. There were calls to sign Richie Incognito, which would have been the last act of a truly desperate team. Predictably, the struggles created a ripple effect that had an impact on the entire New England
11/19/14 06:11 EST
The Patriots return to Gillette this week to take on the Lions. It’s the fourth consecutive week where New England (8-2) will face a first-place team, as Detroit (7-3) has a share of the top spot in the NFC North. The Patriots will be going against a team that has plenty of star power -- in defensive lineman Ndamukong Suh and wide receiver Calvin Johnson, the Lions have two of the best players in the league at their positions. In this edition of “Scout’s Take,” one NFC scout who has watched both the Patriots and Lions over the course of the 2014 season takes a look at some of the points of emphasis for New England heading into Sunday’s game. (Per usual, we have the scout’s statements in italics, with our notes underneath.) “Ndamukong Suh is incredibly difficult to match up with. They use him all over the place -- both inside and outside -- and he’s the type of guy who demands attention. He’s a tough matchup up and down the line, but if
11/18/14 11:56 EST
History tells us that quarterbacks who win the Super Bowl after the age of 35 are few and far between: John Elway, Jim Plunkett, Roger Staubach and Johnny Unitas. All of them were able to hoist the Lombardi Trophy in relatively late stages of their careers before riding off into the sunset. While Plunkett, Staubach and Unitas won their titles in a different era, the story of Elway’s ascension to the postgame podium as a plus-35 signal-caller is a different matter, and can serve as a blueprint for veteran quarterbacks of today, particularly the 37-year-old Tom Brady The lesson? In this era, if you’re going to win the Super Bowl as a plus-35 quarterback -- even if you’re a former MVP -- you need help. A lot of it. Never more was this the case with Elway, who tried and failed to get over the hump on multiple occasions until the final two years of his career, 1997 and 1998, when he was gifted with a phenomenal 25-year-old running back in Terrell Davis. Davis was able to churn
11/17/14 03:28 EST
INDIANAPOLIS -- This seems like it was a lifetime ago, doesn’t it? There’s a lot of football still to be played, but after Sunday’s night’s 42-20 depantsing of the upstart Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium, the Patriots are 8-2. Right now, they’re the best team in the AFC. Think about that for a second: It’s been less than two months since they were gutted and fundamentally left for dead after getting crushed by Kansas City. Now, after a six-game win streak and Denver's loss to St. Louis on Sunday, the Patriots have a one-game lead on the Broncos (7-3), and lead the Bengals (6-3-1) and Colts (6-4) by at least 1 1/2 games. In addition, they hold the tiebreaker on each one of those teams by virtue of a head-to-head win against each one of them, which means New England has some wiggle room if it stumbles down the stretch in road games against the Packers or Chargers. Stranger things have happened, but as it stands right now, the road to the Super Bowl runs right

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