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About Mike Petraglia

Mike Petraglia began his own sports reporting service, SportSound, in 1993, and has been covering the Red Sox, Patriots, Bruins, Celtics and Boston College on a full-time basis ever since. Mike can be heard on local and national outlets including WEEI and Fox Sports Radio.

11/17/14 02:54 EST
INDIANAPOLIS -- These Patriots are not just beating their opponents. They're beating them up. Maybe that was the biggest lesson learned from Kansas City. Since getting manhandled by the Chiefs, the Patriots have exerted their will on both sides of the ball during a six-game winning streak that has many thinking the Patriots are headed toward the No. 1 seed in the AFC and a likely trip to Glendale. On Sunday night here at Lucas Oil Stadium, Jonas Gray abused the Colts defensive line and ran wild for 199 yards and four touchdowns on 38 carries. He ran through, over and around the Colts helpless defense from the opening drive and was relentless. The Patriots apparently used the bye week to discover that the best chance they have to get back to the Super Bowl and win is through physically dominating the opponent and not being cute. In other words, get ready for smash-mouth football the rest of the way. "We really looked at everything," Belichick said when asked how the bye helped him
11/14/14 11:55 EST
FOXBORO -- We have no idea what truly happens at Patriots practice. One of the truly sad parts about the end of training camp in August is when the Patriots go into their game mode after the second preseason game. They do it because it's a message to their players and coaches that the regular season is right around the corner and it's time to shift the intensity into overdrive. Sure, there are still accounts from players and coaches once the season begins. We get the traditional "we had a good week of practice" from players like Vince Wilfork after a win. Occasionally, players will acknowledge that practice wasn't quite as sharp after a loss. And every so often there will be second-hand accounts of something happening at practice, like a reported riff between Aaron Dobson and Josh McDaniels earlier in the season. So, for the truest sense of what takes place in Patriots practice, we rely on the perceptions painted by players, coaches and, naturally Bill Belichick. To Belichick,
11/03/14 12:34 EST
FOXBORO -- Some things never change. The Patriots are the best team in the AFC and their offense is the reason why. Yes, the Patriots made big plays on defense. They got a huge special teams play from Julian Edelman in a 24-0 second-quarter spurt. But the real reason the Patriots demolished Peyton Manning and the Broncos, 43-21, is Tom Brady. And Rob Gronkowski. Brady is playing like the NFL MVP he was in 2007 and 2010. Gronkowski is playing like the best tight end in history. For the first nine weeks of this season, all anyone has heard is how Manning has so many more weapons than Brady. John Elway left nothing in the tank by going out and surrounding Manning with all the weapons Patriots fans thought Brady should have. As it is turning out, Gronkowski is more important to Brady than Julius Thomas, Demaryius Thomas, Wes Welker, Emmanuel Sanders and Jacob Tamme combined. Why? Because you can only pass the ball to one player at a time. And when that player is Gronkowski, perhaps the
10/26/14 07:43 EST
FOXBORO -- Who needs Vincent Jackson? Before Sunday's game, much of the buzz in the press box centered around how much a veteran receiver like the one supposedly on the trade market in Tampa could help the Patriots before Tuesday's 4 p.m. NFL trade deadline. After all, they lack a true deep threat down the field. All they really have for Tom Brady is Julian Edelman and Rob Gronkowski. They struggled to score in the red zone at home against teams like the Raiders and Jets. They desperately could use a guy like Vincent Jackson as another deep threat for Brady. There were reports that the Patriots even called on Tampa Bay to see what the asking price might be. Then the Bears showed up. In a 51-23 throttling of the Chicago at Gillette, Brady proved he has more than enough weaponry to go to battle with any team in the NFL. If you're the Patriots, there's no need to spend some $5 million of your approximate $8.8 million cap space on the Buccaneers wideout -- not when you have Gronkowski, Brandon

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