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New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick to a reporter's question during a media availability at the NFL football team's facility Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014 in Foxborough, Mass. The Patriots play the Chicago Bears Sunday in Foxborough. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)

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 game with a season-ending right knee injury, the New York Jets ran over and around New England last Thursday night. They rushed for a season-high 218 yards even though the Patriots held on for a 27-25 win when Nick Folk’s last-play field goal attempt was blocked. But New England suffered a big loss in that game when its most disruptive pass rusher, defensive end Chandler Jones, hurt …

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. Replacing injured players, a list that could include top pass rusher Chandler Jones. Yesterday, an …

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 Titans traded Ayers and their seventh-round draft in 2015 to the Patriots and will receive …

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 …

Pats LB Mayo, RB Ridley placed on injured reserve

Friday, October 17, 2014

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Patriots placed leading tackler Jerod Mayo and top rusher Stevan Ridley on injured reserve yesterday, ending their seasons. The moves were expected after both players damaged their right knees in last Sunday’s …

Patriots beat Jets, 27-25, on blocked field goal

Friday, October 17, 2014

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Tom Brady threw three touchdown passes to lead the New England Patriots to a 27-25 victory over the New York Jets that came down to the last play. Chris Jones blocked Nick Folk’s 58-yard field …

Jets-Patriots capsule

Thursday, October 16, 2014

NEW YORK JETS (1-5) at NEW ENGLAND (4-2) Tonight, 8:30 p.m., CBS/NFL Network OPENING LINE – Patriots by 10 RECORD VS. SPREAD – New York 1-5, New England 3-3 SERIES RECORD – Patriots lead, 56-53-1 LAST MEETING – Jets beat Patriots, 30-27, OT, Oct. 20, 2013 LAST WEEK …

Jets hope to turn season around with upset of Pats

Thursday, October 16, 2014

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Patriots turned their season around in plenty of time. It’s probably too late for the New York Jets, especially if they drop their sixth straight game when they visit the heavily favored …

With RB Ridley hurt, Patriots look to fill gap

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – One thing is certain about the New England Patriots running game. Stevan Ridley won’t be part of it for a while. Just who will play an increased role after the Patriots top rusher suffered a …

Patriots looking impressive, but season-ending injuries dampen the mood

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – With two wins and two more serious injuries, the New England Patriots are getting back to normal. They’ve regained their usual dominance after the second biggest loss of Tom Brady’s career. They also lost their …

Pats’ Mayo, Ridley, Connolly leave with injuries

Sunday, October 12, 2014

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. – New England Patriots Coach Bill Belichick was concerned about the severity of linebacker Jerod Mayo’s right knee injury after a 37-22 victory over the Buffalo Bills yesterday. “Obviously, it was a little bittersweet with …

Brady leads Patriots to 37-22 victory over Bills

Sunday, October 12, 2014

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. – After all these years, Tom Brady still has difficulty pinpointing a reason he and the Patriots consistently beat the Buffalo Bills. Brady threw four touchdowns to up his career record to 23-2 against Buffalo …

Most 300-yard passing games in NFL history

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Tom Brady became the fifth NFL quarterback with 60 300-yard passing games in the regular season. The top five, with regular season and postseason 300-yard games: Peyton Manning 86 9 Drew Brees 81 6 Dan Marino 63 4 Brett Favre 62 4 Tom Brady 60 6 …

Patriots-Bills capsule

Sunday, October 12, 2014

NEW ENGLAND (3-2) at BUFFALO (3-2) Today, 1 p.m., FOX OPENING LINE – Patriots by 3 RECORD VS. SPREAD – New England 2-3, Buffalo 3-2 SERIES RECORD – Patriots lead, 66-41-1 LAST MEETING – Patriots beat Bills, 34-20, Dec. 29, 2013 LAST WEEK – Patriots beat Bengals, 43-17, …