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Five Things to Watch This Week (and Next Week) - Weeks 16 and 17 (Games 15 and 16)

The Patriots play their fifteenth regular season game on the road at The Ralph on Sunday December 26th at 1:00 PM and their final regular season game at home on Sunday January 2nd at 1:00 PM.

Another great week of Patriots football... Just like I called it!

Actually, the Packers played a really good game and exploited our weaknesses.  We were short on d-line help, and they went after that.  That was one of the better coaching jobs we've faced all year.

But let's stay positive.  We're moving on.  We did just put up 31 points on the "best scoring defense" in football.  So there's that.

1) Devin McCourty  - McCourty for defensive rookie of the year.  He's a big part of the reason why the defense has been as good as it is.  And he should be even better next year.

2) Dan Connolly - Can we make him the permanent kick-off return guy?  That was awesome. 

3) Jerod Mayo - 181 tackles so far?  He's a beast.

4) Wes Welker - 83 catches on the year.  Not bad for a…

Five Things to Watch This Week - Week 15 (Game 14)

The Patriots play their fourteenth regular season game against the Packers at Gillette on Sunday, December 19th at 8:20 PM.

I apologize.  I was waaay off last week.  I predicted the Pats would win 20 to 14.  I really thought the elements would be more of a factor.  I thought the Bears would, you know, show up.  I'm very happy to report that I was wrong on all accounts.

Six weeks ago I was talking with my buddy KC Masterpiece trying to figure out what was wrong with Brady (mechanics?  head not in the game?  bad haircut?).  The Pats had just got theyselves blowed out at Cleveland.    Things have turned out OK since then, huh?.  They've beaten the absolute iron of the NFL.  And they're not just winning.  They're CRUSHING teams. 

How will the Patriots ever score with Randy Moss?!  Yeah, that one somehow worked out OK, too.

You know what?  I'm calling my shot right now.  I don't think they're going to lose again this year.  Not the way they're playi…

Five Things to Watch This Week - Week 14 (Game 13)

The Patriots play their thirteenth regular season game on the road at Soldier Field on Sunday December 12th at 4:15 PM.

Hey!  Wake up, readers!  There's another game this week.  Between all the Red Sox hysteria and afterglow from the Jets victory, it's a little too easy to forget that the Pats have to play again this Sunday.

Ho hum.  Another AFC Offensive Player of the Week award for #12.  Tom Brady has been getting an awful lot of love from me lately, so we'll give him a break this week.  If he's not the league MVP, I'll be super pissed.  This week I'll let Dan Wetzel make the case for me.

According to the Football Outsiders guys, the 2010 Patriots are so good offensively:

     (T)hey are now close to surpassing their 2007 selves for the title of "greatest offense in DVOA history" 

(Don't worry... "DVOA" isn't a dirty porn thing or anything like that...)

OK.  Enough about the offense.  Let's give the defense some love this …

Five Things to Watch This Week - Week 13 (Game 12)

The Patriots play their twelfth regular season game at Gillette on Monday, December 6th at 8:30 PM.

In honor of the Patriots playing on Monday Night Football this week, we've brought in special guest columnist Jon Gruden.

Thanks Pat!  Doesn't it seem like we've been waiting for this game FOR-EV-ERRR?  I know I've been looking forward to it.  I woke up at 4:00 AM this morning, I'm so excited for this game.  My wife made me go downstairs.  I like to pop in my DVD of "The Incredibles" when I get this excited.  It helps calm me down.  I really like that Syndrome guy.

Here's five things I'll be watching for this week.

1) Tom Brady - You want to talk about a guy having an MVP caliber season?  WATCH THIS GUY RIGHT HERE.  The Patriots are only going to go as far as Number 12 takes them, and right now his back is looking pretty strong.  Can he pick up the blitz and get rid of the ball against the best defenses in the NFL?  YOU BET HE CAN!

2) Wes Welker - T…