Sunday, March 9, 2014
Mike Lowe has covered the New England Patriots since 1999 for the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram and has had a nice view of their emergence as one of the NFL’s premier franchises.
He’s been at the paper since 1982 and has covered everything from a Little League World Series to the Summer Olympics. He is married to Tracie and they have three children and two grandchildren.
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Brandon Spikes became the New England Patriots latest Injured Reserve casualty on Monday, his knee injury too severe for him to continue playing.
Asked Tuesday if there comes a point where the Patriots have too many injuries to overcome, safety Devin McCourty said, "I hope not.''
Spikes became the fourth defensive starter to go down this year with a season-ending injury, joining Vince Wilfork, Tommy Kelly and Jerod Mayo.
With the Indianapolis Colts coming to town for an AFC Divisional Round playoff game, the Patriots don't have time to feel sorry for themselves.
Well, the hits keep coming to the New England Patriots defense.
Linebacker Brandon Spikes, who was second on the team with 134 tackles, was placed on Injured Reserve Monday afternon, meaning his season is done five days before the Patriots play the Indianapolis Colts in an AFC Divisional Round playoff game.
Spikes was considered perhaps the Patriots best run-stopper at the position. His loss may not be felt so much this week, because the Colts will go as far as Andrew Luck's right arm takes them, but it seriously impacts this team's ability to win the Super Bowl.
The Patriots had already lost three of their top front seven defensive players - linemen Vince Wilfork and Tommy Kelly and linebacker Jerod Mayo - to season-ending injuries and teams have run the ball much better against New England since they went out. With Spikes gone, it will be more difficult to stop a strong running team.
Well, it was an interesting Friday down at Gillette Stadium.
Bill Belichick spent a lot of time professing his respect for Baltimore's Ozzie Newsome and John Harbaugh as well as talking about making mistakes and overcoming them.
Then he took the team out to a movie.
And finally, the final Injury Report came out.
Sometimes you travel to Foxborough to check out the New England Patriots and you come back with a nearly-blank notebook and a dazed look. Other days, like Tuesday, you have so much good stuff you could fill a couple of blogs.
Like this week. I'll be blogging off Tuesday's interviews and press conferences all week!
They covered a lot of topics and including a lot of laughs.
So let's get to the highlights:
Before we get into some other stuff, here's something to consider:
The Patriots have the chance to clinch the AFC East title Sunday with a win or tie against the Dolphins in Miami. That would be their fifth consecutive AFC East title and 11th in 12 years.
And consider this: in the 12 seasons that Tom Brady has been the team's starting quarterback, the Patriots have won those 11 division titles. The only year they didn't win it with him at the helm was in 2002, when New England slipped to 9-7 after winning the first of its three Super Bowl championships.
Pretty impressive, eh?