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New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady laughs as he responds to a reporter's question during a media availability at the NFL football team's facility Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014, in Foxborough, Mass. The Patriots will play the Detroit Lions on Sunday in Foxborough.(AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)

Brady likely to have increased role against Lions

Thursday, November 20, 2014

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Tom Brady didn’t have to throw much or especially well for the New England Patriots to get their sixth straight win. He figures to play a bigger role when they go for their seventh. One week after they relied on the running game – 37 carries for 201 yards and four touchdowns by Jonas Gray – in …

Top tight ends use size to pile up receptions

Thursday, November 20, 2014

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Rob Gronkowski makes a twisting, leaping, one-handed catch. The super-sized tight end swats away would-be tacklers. He celebrates touchdowns with a powerful spike that, somehow, doesn’t knock the air out of the ball. “Imagine trying to cover that,” said Tom Brady, whose defensive teammates with the Patriots only have to …

Steelers release running back LeGarrette Blount

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

PITTSBURGH – LeGarrette Blount’s early exit Monday night cost the volatile running back his job. The Pittsburgh Steelers cut Blount yesterday, less than 24 hours after he jogged off LP Field with the clock still running in a 27-24 victory over the Tennessee Titans. Coach Mike Tomlin called the decision to part ways …

Patriots showing dramatic improvement – and they’ll need more of it

Saturday, November 8, 2014

The Patriots’ improvement from the September debacle in Kansas City to last Sunday’s Denver beatdown has been more emphatic than a Rob Gronkowski spike. New England’s production, and perception, has changed so drastically that the Pats have gone …

Texans to start ex-Patriot Mallett at quarterback

Thursday, November 6, 2014

HOUSTON – Ryan Mallett’s wait to be a starter is over. After toiling in the shadow of Tom Brady for three seasons in New England and backing up Ryan Fitzpatrick for nine games this year, Coach Bill O’Brien …

Coach happy with resurgence of Patriots offensive line

Thursday, November 6, 2014

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Dave DeGuglielmo was excited to return to his roots when he became offensive line coach of the New England Patriots this year. He was back in the state where he was born, raised and played …

Patriots No. 1 in AP Pro32 rankings

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

NEW YORK – Tom Brady and the New England Patriots are back where they have been for so much of the Bill Belichick era. On top of the NFL. The Patriots dominated Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos, …

With win over Broncos, Patriots position themselves in front of AFC race

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Patriots were reeling from the second worst loss of the Belichick-Brady era when the disappointed but determined quarterback took a moment to look ahead. “We need to make sure we never have …

Brady outduels Manning; Patriots roll over Broncos, 43-21

Monday, November 3, 2014

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The chant began midway through the fourth quarter with the latest matchup between the all-time great quarterbacks long ago decided: “Brady’s Better.” On this day, Tom Brady and his New England Patriots certainly were the …

Broncos-Patriots capsule

Sunday, November 2, 2014

DENVER (6-1) at NEW ENGLAND (6-2) 4:25 p.m., CBS OPENING LINE – Broncos by 3 RECORD VS. SPREAD – Denver 4-3, New England 4-4 SERIES RECORD – Broncos lead, 28-20 LAST MEETING – Broncos beat Patriots, 26-16, AFC championship game, Jan. 19, 2014 LAST WEEK – Broncos beat …

Marquee matchup: Manning vs. Brady for 16th time

Sunday, November 2, 2014

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Tom Brady says Peyton Manning “does everything right.” Manning has read that Brady “wants to play until he’s into his mid-40s ... and he could probably do it.” As usual, the stars of the richest …

Talib even-keeled about his return to New England

Saturday, November 1, 2014

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. – Another year, another homecoming for a Patriot-turned-Bronco star. Last season, it was Wes Welker returning to Foxborough, and that one didn’t go very well. His punt return gaffe late in overtime led to Stephen Gostkowski’s 31-yard field goal that completed New England’s comeback from a …

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 …

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 …

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 …