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New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady laughs over a mention of his age by a reporter asking a question during a media availability at the NFL football team's facility Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014 in Foxborough, Mass. During a follow-up question Brady mentioned that Peyton Manning is older. The Patriots (6-2) will play the Denver Broncos (6-1) Sunday in Foxborough. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)

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 will have his eyes on an improved Denver Broncos defense that could test his limited skills at escaping the pass rush on Sunday. The Broncos (6-1) are the only team with two players having at least seven sacks – linebacker Von Miller with nine and defensive end DeMarcus Ware with seven. “They just tee off on the quarterback. They’ve got every move. They’ve got the speed, speed-to-power,” …

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 2007, then played two years for Seattle and one with Buffalo. He started 47 of …

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 a visit by Manning and the Denver Broncos Sunday. “I think it’s pretty evident in …

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 …

Brady tries to keep even keel during slow start

Thursday, October 2, 2014

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Tom Brady tries not to get too high when things are going well or too low when they’re not. Good thing, considering how poorly the season has gone for him and the New England Patriots …