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Minnesota Vikings quarterback Matt Cassel, left, throws under pressure from New England Patriots defensive end Chandler Jones during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)

Patriots not happy with offense after 30-7 victory over Minnesota

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Patriots host the Oakland Raiders this week hoping to rediscover their normally potent offense. The Patriots moved to 1-1 with Sunday’s 30-7 win at Minnesota. But after the game, which saw the defense pick off four of Matt Cassel’s passes and turn a blocked field goal into a touchdown, much of the talk was … 0

Patriots smother Cassel, Vikings in 30-7 victory

Monday, September 15, 2014

MINNEAPOLIS – The New England Patriots took full advantage of Adrian Peterson’s absence, though he might not have made much of a difference. Six sacks, four interceptions from Matt Cassel and a blocked field goal for a touchdown doomed the Minnesota Vikings yesterday, as the Patriots breezed to a 30-7 win, Coach Bill … 0

Patriots to get a close-up look at Vikings’ dynamic Patterson

Sunday, September 14, 2014

MINNEAPOLIS – There’s not much to regret for the New England Patriots over the last decade-plus. They’ve been by most accounts the NFL’s most successful franchise during that time. Even if there is a legitimate second guess or two, well, they’d hardly admit to one. Playing the Minnesota Vikings, though, at least provides … 0

Three-down linebackers more scarce as pass plays increase

Sunday, August 24, 2014

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Hall of Fame linebacker Andre Tippett had a simple answer for how often he left the field when the opponent had the ball. “Never.” A slight exaggeration? Perhaps. What’s certain is that an NFL linebacker’s … 0

Brady, Patriots dominate Panthers, 30-7

Saturday, August 23, 2014

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Tom Brady threw two touchdown passes. Stephen Gostkowski kicked a 60-yard field goal. The New England Patriots didn’t allow a point for more than 58 minutes. More importantly, they’re not getting carried away with their … 0

Panthers, Patriots take different approach to game

Friday, August 22, 2014

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The Carolina Panthers already have played their big preseason game. Now the New England Patriots will play theirs. The third exhibition game usually is the one in which game-planning for the opponent and playing time … 0

Patriots release DL Forston, TE Williams

Friday, August 22, 2014

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Patriots released defensive lineman Marcus Forston and tight end D.J. Williams. Forston had three tackles in three games for the Patriots last season. Williams had no catches in two games. The Patriots originally signed Forston in May 2012 as an undrafted free … 0

Cowboys worth more than $3 billion, tops in NFL

Thursday, August 21, 2014

NEW YORK – The Dallas Cowboys are the first U.S. sports franchise to top $3 billion in value. For the eighth straight year, the Cowboys are worth the most of all 32 NFL franchises, according to Forbes. They’re … 0

Brady ready for increased action against Carolina

Thursday, August 21, 2014

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Tom Brady left the practice field yesterday and for the first time this season strode through the locker room to the media-room podium rather than making the short jaunt to the sideline to address reporters. … 0

LaFell getting accustomed to new home with Patriots

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Brandon LaFell had played with a successful quarterback when he decided to leave the Carolina Panthers in free agency. Now his quarterback is Tom Brady. “I’m blessed, man. I’m real blessed,” LaFell said yesterday, as … 0

Gronkowski has no setbacks after moving up to light contact in practice

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Go ahead and hit Rob Gronkowski on his right knee. See if he cares. The tough tight end is anxious to get into a game and take his chances less than eight months after surgery. … 0

Flying flags: Penalties aplenty in Pats’ win

Sunday, August 17, 2014

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Patriots put up big numbers in their preseason victory over the Philadelphia Eagles – 476 yards, 35 first downs and nearly 40 minutes in time of possession. The officials racked up their … 0

Brady wins preseason debut, Patriots top Eagles, 42-35

Saturday, August 16, 2014

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Tom Brady and the New England Patriots’ other two quarterbacks each threw touchdown passes. The Philadelphia Eagles’ trio was plagued by turnovers. Brady’s scoring pass came after he threw an interception that Cory Williams returned … 0

Tim O’Sullivan: What to look for in Patriots’ preseason game vs. Philadelphia

Friday, August 15, 2014

Final scores don’t really matter in preseason games, but the 23-6 final tally was an accurate portrayal of the Patriots performance in their loss to Washington last week. Like Bill Belichick said after his team’s preseason opener, “I … 0

Patriots, Eagles continue strides during rainy practice

Thursday, August 14, 2014

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The Philadelphia Eagles have made huge strides since practicing with the New England Patriots a year ago. From a 4-12 record to 10-6 and their first playoff berth in three years. From learning a different … 0