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New York Jets running back Chris Ivory (33) runs away from New England Patriots defensive end Rob Ninkovich (50) during the second half of an NFL football game Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

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 NFL source said the defensive end could …

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 a lot longer to pass that record if he hadn’t played against me so many …

Patriots’ Revis likely to face Bills rookie Watkins

Saturday, October 11, 2014

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Another week, another tough matchup for Darrelle Revis. The New England cornerback, who has been lining up against the opposition’s top receiver in five games with his new team, wouldn’t commit to doing it again …

Ridley helps Patriots’ offense emerge

Friday, October 10, 2014

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Stevan Ridley cracked a wry smile. Despite struggling through the first four weeks of the season, New England’s offense was never broken, or searching for an identity. The Patriots running back insists that it’s been …

Tight end Wright getting comfortable with Patriots

Thursday, October 9, 2014

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Tim Wright hurried to learn a different offense when he was traded to the New England Patriots less than two weeks before the season. The second-year tight end feels much more comfortable now. Comfortable enough …

Patriots improve offense by using balance

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – New England is using balance to break out of its offensive slump. A statement win over Cincinnati on Sunday night helped, even though the stats show the Patriots have had a mediocre offense so far this year. New England is 10th in the AFC in …

No unbeaten teams this year – and maybe for a while

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

After lopsided losses Sunday by Arizona and Cincinnati, it’s become more evident than ever that perfection is virtually unattainable in the NFL. Yes, we recall 2007 and how the Patriots came perhaps within a fluke catch by a …

Brady back to showing he can still play after Patriots’ rout

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Tom Brady fired a pass for a 20-yard gain on the very first play. It was like a dart that punctured the criticism that followed him after his offense’s awfulness in the previous game. Over-the-hill? …

Patriots bounce back from debacle with 43-17 rout of previously undefeated Bengals

Monday, October 6, 2014

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – What a turnaround for Tom Brady and the New England Patriots. Brady finally looked like a quarterback who has 50,000 yards in his career, becoming the sixth to reach that milestone and throwing for two …

Patriots-Bengals capsule

Sunday, October 5, 2014

CINCINNATI (3-0) at NEW ENGLAND (2-2) 8:30 p.m., NBC OPENING LINE – Bengals by 1 RECORD VS. SPREAD – Cincinnati 3-0, New England 1-3 SERIES RECORD – Patriots lead, 14-9 LAST MEETING – Bengals beat Patriots, 13-6, Oct. 6, 2013 LAST WEEK – Bengals had bye, beat Titans, …

Bengals visit Patriots in bid to stay unbeaten

Sunday, October 5, 2014

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – One team is thriving with a stingy defense. The other is struggling with an inept offense. Both face a critical test when they meet tonight. Are the unbeaten Cincinnati Bengals that good? Are the New …

Patriots release Thompkins, sign Davis from practice squad

Sunday, October 5, 2014

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Patriots released wide receiver Kenbrell Thompkins yesterday and signed linebacker Ja’Gared Davis to the 53-man roster from the practice squad. Thompkins caught six passes for 53 yards in two games this season. Last year, he had 32 receptions for 466 yards and …

Patriots still unsure on Browner, Tyms vs. Bengals

Saturday, October 4, 2014

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Coach Bill Belichick said yesterday no decision has been made on whether the New England Patriots will activate cornerback Brandon Browner or wide receiver Brian Tyms in time for tomorrow night’s game against the Cincinnati …

Patriots’ defense looking to rebound from big loss

Friday, October 3, 2014

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – There weren’t too many bright spots for the New England Patriots’ defense during a 27-point blowout to Kansas City. The fact that it occurred in a Monday night game is one small positive. Kansas City’s …