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Minnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder walks on the field before an NFL football game against the Washington Redskins, Sunday, Nov. 2, 2014, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)

Broncos bring in Christian Ponder to add depth at QB

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. – Forget Brady vs. Manning XVII, which won’t happen this weekend and maybe ever. The Denver Broncos (8-2) and New England Patriots (10-0) are focused on protecting their quarterbacks from dominant defenses in their Sunday night showdown so they don’t join so many other NFL signal-callers on the sideline, including Peyton Manning. In Massachusetts, Brady is busy preparing …

Boston Bobby comic strip

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

NFL: Officials erred on Bills final play against Pats

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. – Coach Rex Ryan took the diplomatic approach. The Buffalo coach was told the NFL acknowledged the Bills should have had the chance to run at least one more play in their loss to New England on Monday night. “Sometimes mistakes do happen,” Ryan said Wednesday. “Your reaction at the …

Brady concerned with Broncos defense, not Manning’s absence

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Tom Brady is too busy concerning himself with what he calls “the best defense in the NFL” to spend much time thinking about missing another matchup with Peyton Manning. That’s not keeping the New England Patriots quarterback from tipping his helmet to his long-time adversary. …

If Amendola is out, Brady could be hurting for targets

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Tom Brady is running out of receivers. Two more New England pass-catchers – Aaron Dobson and Danny Amendola – left Monday night’s game with injuries, leaving Brady to fill in with backups, running backs and …

Court sets date for oral arguments in Brady case

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

A federal appeals court has set a March date for oral arguments in the NFL’s appeal of a ruling lifting New England quarterback Tom Brady’s four-game suspension in the “Deflategate” controversy. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals …

Patriots improve to 10-0, beat Bills 20-13

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Tom Brady called out Rex Ryan and then he beat the Bills – again. After shouting the name of the Buffalo coach as an audible, Brady led New England to a 20-13 victory over the …

Rex vexed by unbeaten Patriots

Sunday, November 22, 2015

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – It’s over. So says Buffalo Coach Rex Ryan, who conceded the AFC East to the undefeated New England Patriots this week even though the Bills – and everyone else in the division – still have a mathematical chance to catch the Super Bowl champions. “They …

Patriots-Bills capsule

Sunday, November 22, 2015

BUFFALO (5-4) at NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (9-0) Monday, 8:30 p.m., ESPN OPENING LINE – Patriots by 9 RECORD VS. SPREAD – Bills 4-4-1, Patriots 5-3-1 SERIES RECORD – Patriots lead, 68-42-1 LAST MEETING – Patriots beat Bills, 40-32, Sept. 20, 2015 LAST WEEK – Bills beat Jets, 22-17; …

Running game: a Tom Brady play for presidency

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Never mind what Tom Brady says about making a play for the White House: Fans are clinging to 0.0001 odds he’ll reconsider the ultimate running game someday. For a cover story, GQ magazine asked its 2015 Man of …

Patriots shrug off adversity because Bill Belichick has a plan for everything

Friday, November 20, 2015

Eight years ago, during another one of those seasons when everything was going right for the New England Patriots, Coach Bill Belichick ordered a practice to a surprising and immediate halt. Randy Moss, the team’s star wide receiver …

Patriots’ Gronkowski not changing style to avoid flags

Friday, November 20, 2015

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Don’t expect a few yellow flags to change the way New England’s Rob Gronkowski plays football. Despite compiling a team-high seven penalties this season, the Patriots’ tight end balked at the suggestion of altering his …

Former NFL QB Doug Flutie says both parents die in same hour

Thursday, November 19, 2015

BOSTON – Former NFL quarterback Doug Flutie said both of his parents died within an hour of each other. Flutie said Wednesday on his Facebook page that father Dick died of a heart attack in a Florida hospital …

Edelman tough to replace for Pats, but Amendola will try

Thursday, November 19, 2015

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Julian Edelman’s shoes will be tough to fill, but the New England Patriots have a capable candidate in Danny Amendola. Edelman broke his left foot during the first quarter of New England’s last-second win over …

Bills view Patriots game as barometer

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. – The Buffalo Bills are not ready to concede the AFC East title to the New England Patriots. The Bills (5-4) are four games back of the Patriots (9-0) in the division and play Monday night at New England. “They haven’t won yet, so we …