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FILE - In this Aug. 22, 2014, file photo, New England Patriots running back Shane Vereen (34) looks on from the sidelines in the second half of an NFL preseason football in Foxborough, Mass. Shane and Brock Vereen talk frequently about their NFL experiences. On Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014, the brothers will have a new one when Shane, the Patriots running back, plays against Brock, the Chicago Bears rookie safety. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)

Vereen brothers square off when Bears visit Pats

Friday, October 24, 2014

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The Vereen brothers competed hard against each other while growing up in California. Video games. Stickball. Basketball in the backyard. And, of course, football – in the living room. On Sunday, they’ll be on the same field when New England Patriots running back Shane Vereen and Chicago Bears safety Brock Vereen meet in a game that really …

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 …

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-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, …

Bills seek to end role of playing Patriots’ patsy

Sunday, October 12, 2014

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. – Forget the individual motivation. In the eight months since departing New England and signing with Buffalo, linebacker Brandon Spikes can appreciate what it would mean for the Bills to beat the Patriots today. “I’m …

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 …