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New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan, right, watches from the sideline in the first half of an NFL football game against the Tennessee Titans, Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/James Kenney)

Jets’ Ryan on sense of humor: ‘I’m not dead yet’

Saturday, December 20, 2014

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. – Rex Ryan’s sense of humor is still going strong. Despite a 3-11 record and facing an uncertain future, the New York Jets coach has kept the one-liners and self-deprecating jokes coming. He refuses to pout, even if tomorrow’s game against the New England Patriots might be his last at home with the team. “I’m just going …

O-line comes together for Patriots

Saturday, December 20, 2014

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England offensive line, maligned through the early weeks of the season, has rebounded to do a terrific job protecting the team’s 37-year-old prime asset. Quarterback Tom Brady contributed to the team’s highlight film with a 17-yard scramble that ended in a hard hit instead of a slide last week against Miami. On Nov. 2, some Brady footwork led …

Patriots must gear up for Jets’ running game

Friday, December 19, 2014

FOXBOUROUGH, Mass. – The Patriots know they’re preparing for a Jets offense that will run, run and run some more when the divisional foes meet Sunday in New Jersey. “This team wants to run the ball. They let you know the want to run the ball, that’s their motto, that’s what they stand for,” Patriots nose tackle Vince Wilfork said yesterday. “You talk …

Patriots expect tough game against Jets, really

Thursday, December 18, 2014

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – With straight faces, the New England Patriots always find something to praise about their next opponent, no matter how bad that team’s record may be. “They’ve got a real good defense,” Patriots quarterback Tom Brady …

Revis heads back to MetLife Stadium as Jets’ enemy

Thursday, December 18, 2014

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. – Darrelle Revis has been back before, as an opposing player taking on the New York Jets. Not this way, though. This time around, he’s an enemy. He’s a member of the playoff-bound New England …

Patriots defense getting healthier, stingier

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Chandler Jones is tackling the quarterback again, Vince Wilfork is stuffing the middle and Darrelle Revis is smothering receivers. The New England Patriots defense is getting stingier and healthier as the playoffs approach. Tom Brady …

Some teams need home field for playoffs

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

The Cowboys don’t lose on the road, where the Bengals and Colts aren’t slouches, either. The Patriots, Broncos, Packers and Cardinals don’t lose at home. For most of the other playoff contenders, well, it’s who knows? Some teams …

Patriots chase bigger goals after clinching division

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The souvenirs from Darrelle Revis’s first division title in his brilliant eight-year career were safely stowed in his bag. For long-time New England players, the T-shirt with the message “PATRIOTS RUN THE EAST” and the …

How the Patriots fared after winning the AFC East

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

2001 Super Bowl champs 2003 Super Bowl champs 2004 Super Bowl champs 2005 Lost divisional round 2006 Lost AFC championship 2007 Lost Super Bowl 2009 Lost wild card game 2010 Lost divisional round 2011 Lost Super Bowl 2012 Lost AFC championship 2013 Lost AFC championship 2014 TBD …

Patriots overcome slow start with furious second half to trounce Dolphins

Monday, December 15, 2014

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Tom Brady was upset that his New England Patriots hardly looked like a division champion in the first half. So upset that the slow-footed quarterback made a rare scramble for a first down that sparked …

Plenty has changed as Patriots prep for rematch with Dolphins

Sunday, December 14, 2014

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – When the Miami Dolphins played the New England Patriots in the season opener, Knowshon Moreno ran for 134 yards and Tom Brady was sacked four times. Since then, Moreno gained just 14 yards on the …

Today’s Patriots-Dolphins matchup by the numbers

Sunday, December 14, 2014

MIAMI (7-6) at NEW ENGLAND (10-3) Today, 1 p.m. ET, CBS OPENING LINE – Patriots by 7.5 RECORD VS. SPREAD – Miami 7-5-1, New England 8-5 SERIES RECORD – Dolphins lead 52-46 LAST MEETING – Dolphins 33, Patriots 20, Sept. 7, 2014 LAST WEEK – Dolphins lost to …

Patriots face Dolphins, positioned to win East

Saturday, December 13, 2014

FOXBOUROUGH, Mass. – Vince Wilfork says the New England Patriots will have more on their minds tomorrow than clinching their sixth straight AFC East title when they host the Miami Dolphins. “For the majority of the time, we’ve been pretty successful around here doing it the right way, …

Pats’ Blount in deal to dismiss pot charge

Thursday, December 11, 2014

PITTSBURGH – New England Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount would have a marijuana possession charge dismissed if he completes 50 hours of community service by a February court date, a western Pennsylvania judge ruled yesterday. Blount, 28, was …

Bolden makes big impact on Patriots special teams

Thursday, December 11, 2014

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Brandon Bolden figured he’d have to make an impact on special teams with the New England Patriots after a solid career as a college running back. Undrafted rookies don’t get the ball very often in …