By Mary Paoletti
A 15-yard first quarter catch by Ochocinco was a decent start. It wasn't an easy ball; the wideout had to battle through some pass interference by Eric Weddle. The reception brought thunderous cheers from the home crowd and maybe a little lip-zipping on Bruschi's Twitter lectures.
Manish Mehta of the NY Daily News breaks down the player the New England Patriots are getting in LB David Harris.
A scholarly blog from Emory ranks the Patriots as having the second-best fan base in the NFL.
Compiled by professor Mike Lewis and favoring in numerous statistical data, the list ranks the Patriots first in terms of “social equity,” third in “fan equity” and fifth in “road equity.” The Cowboys hold the top overall spot.
The following graphic is from Lewis' report.
Lewis allows for the possibility that many of New England’s fans may be bandwagon fans, but that the league’s Deflategate scandal boosted engagement from Patriots dans on social media.
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