Here in New England we tend to have a loud and proud fan base, for all our professional sports teams. We are often very boastful of all our championship banners and rings, to the annoyance of opposing fan bases. At the forefront of New England sports this time of year is the Patriots, and their hopeful shot for another Super Bowl appearance. To the disappointment of many fans, the Patriots have not been playing their typical December level of football. After a loss this past weekend to the Pittsburgh Steelers, 17-10, coming on the heels of a Week 15 road loss to the Miami Dolphins. Granted, the loss in Miami may have occurred on a freak, final play of the game, nonetheless it is another rare December loss for an elite team. With the final two regular season games remaining, the Buffalo Bills and the New York Jets will both come to Gilette Stadium in Foxboro to close out the season. These are games the Patriots need to win if they are to still have a chance at securing a bye week in the playoffs. To see a full breakdown of each individual team’s playoff chances, click here.
Switching focus here to the TD Garden, the Boston Bruins (18-12) have a tough home matchup on 12/20 against the Anaheim Ducks (19-12). This is coming off the Bruins shutout win 4-0, over the Montreal Canadians on Monday night. This December has been up and down for the Boston Bruins, starting the month off with a three game losing streak, they have bounced back with a few big wins, including a win in Overtime against the Ottawa Senators. Currently, the Bruins are sitting in the middle of the pack in terms of their divisional standing. Although, if they keep playing well, and winning of course, they could soon be moving up in the standings past the Buffalo Sabres. To see a more in-depth preview of the match up against the Anaheim Ducks, check out this Boston Globe Preview of the game.
Lastly for this New England Sports recap is the Boston Celtics. Many fans were shocked to see the Celtics lose at home to the Phoenix Suns, 111-103, this past Wednesday night. A loss like this at home to a struggling Phoenix team is always disheartening, especially when it is paired with injury. Celtics lost the big man Aron Baynes with a broken hand in the first quarter of Wednesday’s game, he is expected to be out for a month. Even with a loss like this, some Celtics players were still able to shine, as Kyrie Irving had 29-points and 10 assists in only 36 minutes of playing time, while the promising rookie Robert Williams blocked five shots for the second time in the past three games. To read more about Baynes injury, or other takeaways from last night’s loss to Phoenix, check the Boston Herald Breakdown of the game. The Celtics will have another tough challenge ahead of them Friday, December 21st, when the Milwaukee Bucks come to town.
This post was written by Brookview at Franklin