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New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady laughs over a mention of his age by a reporter asking a question during a media availability at the NFL football team's facility Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014 in Foxborough, Mass. During a follow-up question Brady mentioned that Peyton Manning is older. The Patriots (6-2) will play the Denver Broncos (6-1) Sunday in Foxborough. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)

Brady focused on Denver defense, not on Manning

Thursday, October 30, 2014

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Fans get another chance to gauge the relative greatness of Tom Brady and Peyton Manning when the quarterbacks meet for the 16th time. Brady will be analyzing something more important. The New England Patriots star will have his eyes on an improved Denver Broncos defense that could test his limited skills at escaping the pass rush on Sunday. The Broncos (6-1) are the only team with two players having at least seven sacks – linebacker Von Miller with nine and defensive end DeMarcus Ware with seven. “They just tee off on the quarterback. They’ve got every move. They’ve got the speed, speed-to-power,” …

Pats sign DL Branch, release LB Skinner

Thursday, October 30, 2014

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Patriots signed defensive lineman Alan Branch and released linebacker Deontae Skinner. Branch was cut by Buffalo on Aug. 24, one day after being arrested on a drunken-driving charge. He spent four seasons with Arizona after being drafted in the second round in 2007, then played two years for Seattle and one with Buffalo. He started 47 of …

Patriots praise Manning’s neck surgery recovery

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – New England Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia didn’t hesitate yesterday when asked about Peyton Manning’s arm strength three years after major neck surgery. “I think Peyton Manning’s arm strength is just fine,” Patricia said on a conference call, as the Patriots began to prepare for a visit by Manning and the Denver Broncos Sunday. “I think it’s pretty evident in …

Patriots trade for linebacker Jonathan Casillas

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

The New England Patriots acquired reserve linebacker Jonathan Casillas from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers before yesterday’s trading deadline. Casillas started the first three games of the season before losing the strong-side linebacker’s job to Danny Lansanah, who has returned two interceptions for touchdowns. The Bucs sent him and …

Patriots must refocus after blowout win with explosive Broncos up next

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – A smiling Jonas Gray stood at the more prominent locker he got after being promoted from the Patriots practice squad. He showed he belongs by rushing for 86 yards in his second NFL game, a …

Brady throws 5 TDs as Patriots rout Bears, 51-23

Monday, October 27, 2014

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Nearly every time Tom Brady dropped back, he hit his target. In one of the best performances of his brilliant career, the New England Patriots quarterback threw five touchdown passes and completed 30 of 35 …

Brady-Gronkowski most prolific scoring tandem in Patriots history

Monday, October 27, 2014

With Tom Brady’s three touchdown passes to Rob Gronkowski, the pair has the most TD connections in Patriots history. QB Player TDs Tom Brady Rob Gronkowski 48 Drew Bledsoe Ben Coates 45 Tom Brady Randy Moss 39 Steve Grogan Stanley Morgan 39 …

Bears hope for more road success in game vs. Pats

Sunday, October 26, 2014

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – It’s been a rough stretch for the Chicago Bears with three losses in four games, and a loud, emotional locker room after the latest one. Now they must play in strange surroundings and get booed …

Patriots sacks leader Chandler Jones to miss game

Saturday, October 25, 2014

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Defensive end Chandler Jones, who leads New England with 4½ sacks, will not play this weekend against the Chicago Bears. The Patriots listed Jones as out for tomorrow’s game with a hip injury. He is expected to be sidelined for about a month. Jones, a …

Vereen brothers square off when Bears visit Pats

Friday, October 24, 2014

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The Vereen brothers competed hard against each other while growing up in California. Video games. Stickball. Basketball in the backyard. And, of course, football – in the living room. On Sunday, they’ll be on the …

Another injury puts pressure on Patriots defense

Thursday, October 23, 2014

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The “next man up” approach will be tested again after another injury to a key defender for the New England Patriots. Maybe this time they’ll do better. With top tackler Jerod Mayo missing his first …

Despite problems, Patriots have won three straight

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – A three-day break gave the New England Patriots time to savor three straight wins. Now they can focus on fixing the problems the winning streak couldn’t hide. A suspect run defense. A mediocre offensive line. …

Patriots acquire linebacker Akeem Ayers from Titans

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee Titans traded linebacker Akeem Ayers to the New England Patriots in what Coach Ken Whisenhunt said gives the linebacker a fresh start. Whisenhunt said on his radio show last night the trade probably was the best for both Ayers and the team. The …

Belichick, Brady praise rival Manning on touchdown record

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – New England Patriots Coach Bill Belichick and star quarterback Tom Brady both paid tribute to rival Peyton Manning yesterday, a day after Manning broke Brett Favre’s record for career touchdown passes. “He’d probably be waiting …

Patriots take weekend off after three wins in 12 days

Saturday, October 18, 2014

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Julian Edelman may spend tomorrow afternoon nibbling appetizers and watching NFL games. Chris Jones plans to see some college football today. After a busy 12 days in which they won three games, the New England …