With the upcoming game against the Baltimore Ravens, Mike Reiss of ESPN Boston broke down how the Patriots compare with the Ravens in the penalty category. Through Week 15, the Patriots are the least penalized team in the NFL; only 58 penalties against them were accepted. On the other hand, the Ravens have had 97 penalties accepted against them. The two most penalized players on the Patriots roster are
"While the Patriots obviously prefer to be at the opposite end of the spectrum, the success of heavily-penalized teams like Seattle and Denver can't be overlooked," wrote Reiss.
Continuing with its "end of the year articles" Boston.com writer, Matt Pepin, created another fan-interaction article consisting of a list of the best Boston sports quotes of 2013. Among them included Wes Welker's wife, Anna's facebook status following the AFC Championship game calling Ray Lewis a poor role model. Antonio Smith also made the list for accusing New England of spying. However, arguably the most notable and most important Patriots-related quote was Bill Belichick's press conference regarding Aaron Hernandez's arrest.
"Belichick was forthcoming and hit all the right notes in a rare but necessary depature from his usual approach of revealing little if anything to the media," claimed Pepin.
This morning, Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald wrote an article on
The Boston Globe's Ben Volin explains that the Dolphins are closing the gap in the AFC East.
"The Patriots are still the class of the division and will likely be the champions again. But the Dolphins proved Sunday they're closing the gap."
Since Brady's coming out party in 2001, the Patriots have been at the class of the AFC East winning 10 division titles. But if this year is any indication, Miami is quickly catching up with New England. Volin claims that the Dolphins are more athletic on both sides of the football; right now the only thing that separates the two teams is the coach and the quarterback. Volin also gives a recap of the Patriots week 15 matchup with Miami and highlights a few key points and plays from the game.
In an article writen by Doug Kyed on NESN.com,