Patriots Afterthoughts - A New England Patriots Fan Podcast
By Fans Not Experts
After every Patriots game – Mike is going to turn on his recorder and give his immediate thoughts on the game he just watched. 2021 was the start of a new era of Patriots football, and 2022 hopes to build on that. So check us out every week here – fansnotexperts.com/patriots – and follow @Patriots_Pod on twitter.
Bills 24 - Patriots 10
You know it's bad, it's bad (bad, bad) You know it, you know (really, really bad) And the whole world has to answer right now Just to tell you once again Who's bad?
December 02, 2022
Vikings 33 - Patriots 26
Happy Thanksgiving Pats fans! Tough loss tonight as the offense finally looked like they were putting some things together - but special teams and some bad penalties (both called and committed) ended the losing streak for our Patriots. But the Thursday night streak continues as we'll be back here AGAIN next Thursday...see you then.
November 25, 2022
Patriots 10 - Jets 3
November 21, 2022
Patriots 26 - Colts 3
It's another winning streak! The defense came up big. Special teams came up huge. The offense.....did enough. And the Colts stink. Go Pats! Enjoy the bye week.....
November 07, 2022
Patriots 22 - Jets 17
It wasn't perfect and it wasn't without me yelling at my television multiple times - but IT'S ALWAYS GOOD TO BEAT THE JETS!
October 31, 2022
Bears 33 - Patriots 14
There was a fun 10 minutes hidden in there tonight - but yeah, the less said about this garbage game, the better. Patriots lose to the Bears, 33-14. Next.
October 25, 2022
Patriots 38 - Browns 15
I'm back in Massachusetts! I'm back home! And I'm back actually WATCHING the Patriots game. Today was a great win for the Pats, and while we do have ourselves a winning streak, I am not ready to say we have ourselves a quarterback controversy. Save that talk for all the terrible sports media around here...JUST WIN BABY!
October 17, 2022
Patriots 29 - Lions 0
Did I watch the game today? NOPE! Did I listen to the game today? Most of it! Was there a reason for that? Oh hell yeah - but you're going to have to listen to find out. (Spoiler: I'm in South Carolina typing this in a motel.) Don't worry - the episode is short.
October 09, 2022
Packers 27 - Patriots 24
Am I disappointed they lost this game? Sure - but am I happy as how they made it a game and really had a chance to win with a rookie 3rd string quarterback who was thrust into the game? Yes, yes I am. I feel like this loss could actually bring this team closer together. Or maybe I'm just a hopelessly positive fan. Either way, we're on to Detroit.
October 03, 2022
Ravens 37 - Patriots 26
Oh brother. The Patriots lose again, but for a while there they made a game of it and showed that they can hang and they can play offense - but they gotta stop with the dumb mistakes! And the terrible turnovers! And most importantly - let's all hope Mac Jones is okay! We're on to Green Bay....
September 26, 2022
Patriots 17 – Steelers 14
Well okay, that's more like it! Was it perfect? Was it flawless? Nope. Does that matter? Nope. What's important to me is getting a win, having some success, and building on that for next week when they finally play at home. But hey, it's always good to win on the road and it's always good to beat the Steelers.
September 18, 2022
Dolphins 20 - Patriots 7
There really is nothing good about this episode. The sound quality was terrible. The music choice was terrible - and even worse the game that I somewhat discuss was terrible. Just terrible all around - Enjoy!
September 12, 2022
Preseason Game 3: Raiders 23 - Patriots 6
Once again the offense didn't look very good. It had small moments - moments that maybe could have been built on in a full game - but for the most part it was nothing to be excited about. And of course the local media can't wait to tweet or for you to be the 7th caller to crap all over them. You can probably tell during this episode I wasn't all that excited to be talking about a meaningless, sloppy, final preseason game loss. On top of that I had to leave to go take my brother's dogs out and then a headache comes on. So...yay. At the very least we can say - the f'n preseason is over with. The games that matter are just a couple weeks away. Until then - Go Pats!
August 27, 2022
Preseason Game 2: Patriots 20 – Panthers 10
Have you ever asked yourself - what would it sound like if there was a podcast about the Patriots where the host knew next to nothing, seemed overly tired, and oh yeah - it was another meaningless preseason game? If you have well boy oh boy do we have the podcast for you! PATRIOTS WIN! THEEEEEE PATRIOTS WIN!
August 20, 2022
Preseason Game 1: Giants 23 – Patriots 21
I'm baaaaack. Back to talk about a team I love. Back to speak with the passion of a fan, not with the hot takes of some radio host craving attention. I know barely anybody listens and I STILL do it. I even show up for the preseason! If that's not love, then what is? Oh and the Giants beat the Pats...
August 12, 2022
Bills 47 - Patriots 17
The Patriots were in the playoffs for about 10 minutes and then it all went to hell. The defense was horrendous and the offense couldn't keep up. There were a lot of moments to be happy about this season and a lot to make you feel good about the future. Today was not one of those moments. They sucked. See you next season.
January 16, 2022
Dolphins 33 - Patriots 24
What a way to bookend an overall successful season - with two disappointing losses to the Dolphins! And while the Miami Football Team is done for the season and your favorite Patriots are on their way back to Buffalo - it would've been nice to win this one. But they didn't. We're on to Buffalo.
January 10, 2022
Patriots 50 - Jaguars 10
Now that's what I call a win! Yes the Jaguars are terrible, and they have a lot of players on the COVID reserve list - but to see the Patriots just utterly dominate from beginning to end was a nice way to start the new year. And of course....PLAYOFFS!
January 02, 2022
Bills 33 - Patriots 21
Let’s just try to forget that this happened. Let’s try to forget they’ve now lost two games in a row. Let’s try to forget that in the past week they’ve let the AFC top seed and AFC East lead go. Let’s try to forget how their offense hasn’t looked that great and their defense looks beatable. Let’s just focus on the Jaguars and the chance to get into the playoffs with two games to go. Yeah, let’s focus on that.
December 27, 2021
Colts 27 - Patriots 17
Too little too late for the Pats. You can't dig yourself a hole that big and expect to come out of it on top - even if there was hope for a moment. Some costly special teams mistakes as well as some bad offense put the Patriots behind to the point where everything needed to go right in the 4th quarter for them to possibly win. It didn't. They didn't. We're on to Buffalo.
December 19, 2021
Patriots 14 - Bills 10
Turns out my heart must be stronger than I thought. My Fitbit kept telling me my heart rate was going up, but nothing exploded and I am safe and sound and ready for bed. But more important than my health - the Patriots beat the Bills in Buffalo to expand their lead in the AFC East and remain the #1 seed overall in the AFC with 4 games left to play. It was a game of wind and runs. A game of defense. A game where Mac was not put in any position to make mistakes. And it was a win. Most of all - and really the only thing that matters - it was a win! Enjoy the bye week!
December 07, 2021
Patriots 36 - Titans 13
Another week, another victory. The Patriots came back home after a mini-bye and took care of business against the top ranked, and pretty banged up, Tennesse Titans with a decisive 36-13 victory. Mac threw 2 TDs, Judon had a sack. JC had a pick. Business as usual. And now we’re on the to the Bills! But let’s enjoy this one for at least the rest of the day! Go Pats!
November 29, 2021
Patriots 25 - Falcons 0
hows up as much as they did tonight in the first patriots shutout of the season. This moves the Pats one game ahead of the Bills in the win column, at least until Sunday, and it helps the Pats inch closer to possibly making the playoffs. But let's not get ahead ourselves. Enjoy a nice Sunday off, have a great Thanksgiving, and then we're on to Tennessee! Go Pats!
November 19, 2021
Patriots 45 - Browns 7
Nobody saw this coming. Sure, did people think the Patriots could or would win? Absolutely. But I don't think there is a person out there who saw the absolute destruction the Pats would bring upon Baker Mayfield and the Cleveland Browns. I apologize for the delay in getting this one out - I recorded it Sunday night and well....no excuses. Go Pats! See you tomorrow!
November 17, 2021
Patriots 24 - Panthers 6
The hottest team in the AFC East is back with another win! That makes 3 in a row as the defense once again made Sam Darnold believe in ghosts! Three interceptions, including one for a touchdown really made the difference in this game where the offense did just enough to help secure 24-6 win over the Carolina Panthers. One game out of 1st in the loss column, and we're on to Cleveland!
November 08, 2021
Patriots 27 - Chargers 24
Happy Halloween! It would seem the Patriots are leaving Los Angeles with more treats than tricks as they climb back to the .500 mark for the first time since week 2. They remain perfect on the road and now have a two game winning streak. You really couldn't ask for more today - unless you want more peanut butter cups. That I cannot help you with.
November 01, 2021
Patriots 54 - Jets 13
Oops! I recorded this Sunday after watching the game late (without any spoilers) and did not put it up until today. My bad. Sorry for ruining your week. But, hey the Pats won! I mean sure it was the Jets, but who cares - it was just nice to see a decisive blowout - and it's always good to beat the Jets.
October 29, 2021
Cowboys 35 - Patriots 29
A few days late this week (even though I recorded it right after the game). That was a brutal loss to a very entertaining game. Entertaining right up until the effing ending....Patriots lose and are now 2-4. And winless at home!? Hopefully the Jets can fix that. Hopefully.
October 21, 2021
Patriots 25 - Texans 22
Was it pretty? Did it need to be? Hell, at this point a win is a win is a win. Offense line did way better than anyone would've thought. The defense...well, they were a lot better in the second half. And Mac, wasn't perfect, but put together enough drives to put them in position to tie the game and then kick that final field goal to put them back in the win column with a 25-22 win in Houston.
October 11, 2021
Buccaneers 19 - Patriots 17
I wonder if anyone knew that Tom Brady was coming back to New England this Sunday Night? Well, let me tell you something - I was there and I saw a great game that just didn't end the way I had hoped. A valiant effort against the Super Bowl champs and the returning TB12, but not enough as the Patriots fall to 1-3 in this 2021 season.
October 04, 2021
Saints 28 - Patriots 13
But that next page is going to be very annoying - so I took a few minutes to at least recap some of my thoughts. Go Pats!
September 27, 2021
Patriots 25 - Jets 6
It's always good to beat the Jets! First win of the year. First win of Mac's career. Win in the division on the road? Tied for first in the division? Sure, I'll take it. Are the Jets good? No, but I don't care. Just win baby! Go Pats!
September 20, 2021
Dolphins 17 - Patriots 16
Silver linings. That's how I am choosing to look at today's Patriots loss. Silver linings. Sure they didn't get the job done and they only scored 16 points. Sure there were too many penalties and too many turnovers (one specifically) - but they were in a position to win this one AND more importantly than anything, Mac Jones looked good in his start (29/39 for 281 yards, a TD and no picks). And he started looking better as the game went on. It's a shame things didn't work out for him in his first start, but my hope is this is just the beginning. Go Pats!
September 13, 2021
Preseason Game 3: Patriots 22 – Giants 20
The preseason is OVER. Now we have to wait almost two weeks to get real Patriots action. In the meantime, I talk a little about the Giants preseason win that happened yesterday. But yeah, the preseason is over. BRING ON THE SEASON!
August 31, 2021
Preseason Game 2: Patriots 35 – Eagles 0
Okay, sure the Eagles barely dressed their first stringers, and yes this is the pre-season I am well aware. That being said it was nice to see both Cam and Mac have good days behind center. It was nice to see the defense dominate. It was nice to see plays being executed successfully. I am so ready for this season to start.
August 20, 2021
Preseason Game 1: Patriots 22 - Washington 15
August 13, 2021
Week 16: Patriots 28 – Jets 14
It's been a long time since the Patriots final game of the season ending in victory wasn't followed by a parade...But hey, at least it ended on somewhat of a high note. See you next season.
January 03, 2021
Week 15: Bills 38 - Patriots 9
This team stinks. Worse than this podcast. To both of my listeners, thanks for taking a few moments to hear my complain. Patriots lose to the AFC East Champion Buffalo Bills, 38-9. Yuck. Go Pats forever! Even though they stink...
December 29, 2020
Week 14: Dolphins 22 - Patriots 12
We're on the draft! The offense has nothing. Nothing. I love Cam - but not as the QB of the Patriots. He just doesn't have it anymore. I hope this is a one year experiment. The Patriots lose 22-12 to the Miami Dolphins and now officially have no hope in making the playoffs.
December 21, 2020
Week 13: Rams 24 - Patriots 3
Well that was ugly. Not the type of game you want to stay up late for. Patriots offense doesn't show up. Rams win 24-3. Playoffs? Playoffs?? Playoffs???
December 11, 2020
Week 12: Patriots 45 - Chargers 0
Hey guess who's .500! Winners of 4 out of their last 5, the Patriots absolutely destroyed the LA Chargers today, 45-0. It was nice to have one of these games. A perfect blow out led by the ground game, special teams (Gunner!) and some great defense! BEAT LA! BEAT LA! See you Thursday!
December 07, 2020
Week 11: Patriots 20 - Cardinals 17
Look who won 3 out of their last 4 games! For the 2nd time in the last four weeks, Nick Folk kicked a last second game winning field goal as the Patriots outlast the Arizona Cardinals 20-17 to improve their record to 5-6. That was one long sentence.
November 29, 2020
Week 10: Texans 27 – Patriots 20
Much like (almost) every other loss this year, the Patriots had a chance to come back - this time for a possible tie. But much like (almost) every other loss, they did not. Patriots fall to 4-6 and lose to the Texans who are now 3-7. A battle for the ages...
November 22, 2020
Week 9: Patriots 23 – Ravens 17
A WINNING STREAK!!! Pats with an upset win at home (been a long time since that statements been said) against Baltimore, 23-17. LFG!
November 16, 2020
Week 8: Patriots 30 - Jets 27
It's always good to beat the Jets. Even if it has to take the last play of the game to do it....
November 10, 2020
Week 7: Bills 24 – Patriots 21
Oof. This one stung. At some points they looked bad, and some points they looked good. They hung around long enough to win the game. They looked like they were at least going to tie the game - if not go in for the win. And then the Cam fumble ended that. The Patriots are now 2-5? I wasn't expecting it to the the same as it was for the past 20 years - but i wasn't expecting THIS!
November 01, 2020
Week 6: 49ers 33 - Patriots 6
The Patriots got BLOWED OUT by Jimmy G and the 49ers - and maybe - just maybe.....maybe they just stink.
October 25, 2020
Week 5: Broncos 18 – Patriots 12
In a shocking turn of events, 12 points was not enough to win an NFL football game. I thought the Broncos stunk, but today it was the Patriots offense that didn't have much. Sure, they've been hit hard with Covid and injury - but I still expected more. But didn't get it. Patriots: 2-3
October 18, 2020
Week 4: Chiefs 26 - Patriots 10
Just didn't have it this week....Or I should say HIM this week. Because the Pats were in this game. Nobody gave them a chance and they were IN THIS GAME! Shame that Cam got sick and couldn't play because I think with Cam things would have been a little (very) different. But, we'll never know. At the very least - we can be happy with how the defense played tonight. We're on to Denver.
October 06, 2020
Week 3: Patriots 36 - Raiders 20
Back in the win column! Today the Pats gave the Raiders their first loss of the season in a dominant running performance and a great day by Rex Burkhead. LFG!
September 28, 2020
Week 2: Seahawks 35 – Patriots 30
Week 2 came down to the final play of the game. The Patriots were in position to win it, but it just didn't work out this week. A lot of good stuff to build on, and plenty to improve upon. I haven't felt this good after a loss in quite some time. Just too bad they couldn't have pulled that off.
September 21, 2020
Week 1: Patriots 21 - Dolphins 11
The Cam Newton era of the New England Patriots is finally here, and they start off this new season with a 21-11 victory at home against the Miami Dolphins in front of an empty Gillette Stadium.
September 13, 2020
Welcome to Patriots Afterthoughts
Welcome to a brand new podcast from FansNotExperts.com. After every Patriots game - Mike is going to turn on his recorder and give his immediate thoughts on the game he just watched. 2020 is the start of a new era of Patriots football, and whatever happens it should be interesting. So check us out at fansnotexperts.com/patriots and follow @NEAfterthoughts on twitter.
September 11, 2020