Tony Romo’s famed crystal ball must have been a bit cloudy when he peered into it in July. The former Cowboys quarterback, now known for his prescient color commentary, predicted the Green Bay Packers and Jacksonville Jaguars would meet in Atlanta for Super Bowl LIII. Neither team even made the playoffs, but in fairness to Romo, he was far from the only NFL analyst who whiffed on their preseason picks. Locally, three of seven Boston Globe writers — Dan Shaughnessy, Nora Princiotti, and Jim McBride — thought the Patriots would reach the Feb. 3 decider. Shaughnessy predicted a rematch of Super Bowl LI with a different outcome this time around: “The Falcons beat New England, 42-3. Arthur Blank makes rings with 423 diamonds.” McBride picked the Patriots over the Saints in a “battle for the ages.” “Tom Brady outduels fellow 40-something Drew Brees to seize his legacy-sealing sixth Super Bowl,” he wrote. “Tom vs. Time? … [Read more...] about A look at how the preseason predictions for the Patriots compare to reality
Jaguars patriots who will win
FOXBOROUGH — Cornerback Stephon Gilmore has fond memories of the 2017 AFC Championship. With the Patriots leading 24-20 and less than two minutes remaining against the Jacksonville Jaguars, Gilmore batted down a fourth-and-15 pass intended for wide receiver Dede Westbrook. A completion would have put the Jaguars inside New England’s 10-yard line. Instead, the breakup punched the Patriots’ ticket to Super Bowl LII. Gilmore, however, isn’t relishing that picture-perfect moment ahead of this season’s conference championship game against the Kansas City Chiefs. “It’s a new year,’’ he said at Gillette Stadium on Thursday. “You have to prove yourself every year, no matter which game, no matter what happened last week. You have to go out and play good football for your team.’’ With that in mind, Gilmore isn’t putting much stock in New England’s regular-season win over the Chiefs, either. A few things have … [Read more...] about Patriots notebook: Stephon Gilmore eager for challenge of Tyreek Hill, Chiefs
By Eric Branch Updated 3:59 pm PST, Thursday, January 17, 2019 The 49ers won their last Super Bowl in Miami. Will their win their next Super Bowl in the same city? The chances aren’t great. The 49ers have 40-1 odds to win Super Bowl LIV in Miami in 2020, according to BetOnline.ag. Only 11 teams have longer odds than the 49ers, who share 40-1 chances with the Jaguars and Giants. Of note for the dynastic Patriots, who are managing to play the everyone-thinks-we-stink card before the AFC Championship Game in Kansas City on Sunday: The Chiefs have the best odds (7-1) and the Patriots are a 10-1 shot. Tom Brady’s reaction: No one believes in us. For those that actually wager on such things, there appears to be decent value in the Colts (20-1) and Seahawks (33-1) and, yes, the longshot 49ers, who had 22-1 odds in training camp before their franchise quarterback was lost for the season in Week 3. The 49ers won their last Super Bowl, beating the Chargers 49-26, … [Read more...] about 49ers win next season’s Super Bowl? What are the odds?
By Dale Robertson, Houston Chronicle Updated 8:18 am CST, Monday, December 31, 2018 PHOTOS: From Sunday's Texans-Jaguars game Houston Texans inside linebacker Benardrick McKinney (55) reacts after a stop during the first quarter of an NFL football game at NRG Stadium, Sunday, Dec. 30, 2018, in Houston. less PHOTOS: From Sunday's Texans-Jaguars game Houston Texans inside linebacker Benardrick McKinney (55) reacts after a stop during the first quarter of an NFL football game at NRG Stadium, Sunday, Dec. 30, 2018, ... more Photo: Karen Warren/Staff Photographer Photo: Karen Warren/Staff Photographer Image 1 of / 89 Caption Close Image 1 of 89 PHOTOS: From Sunday's Texans-Jaguars game Houston Texans inside linebacker Benardrick McKinney (55) reacts after a stop during the first … [Read more...] about Texans defeat Jaguars in season finale, win AFC South
COMMENTARY The Patriots have made this easy. The season-long search for the 2018 team’s character has been a frustrating uncertainty. This is a team, after all, that has beaten both teams seeded ahead of it (Chiefs, Texans) in the AFC playoff picture. It’s also a team that went just 3-5 on the road. It’s an ambiguity that left some grasping at hopeful fruit just a few weeks back when the Patriots delivered their most-most-complete effort of the season during a 24-10 win over the Minnesota Vikings. Finally, perhaps, the New England Patriots were emerging back into the perennial force we assume them to be, shutting down one of the NFC’s top teams with a defensive effort that at least delivered encouragement. But that isn’t who these Patriots are. No, it’s finally safe to assume that these Patriots are the team that we saw over the last two weeks; an unfocused, mistake-filled squad with an aging, crippled offense and a major flaw in its defensive … [Read more...] about Let’s face it, the Patriots just aren’t good anymore