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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 …

Kraft suffered along with fans in rout of Patriots

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Robert Kraft looked down from his seat high above the field and watched his New England Patriots fall apart. The offense led by Tom Brady struggled to move the ball. The defense that had been …

Patriots completely melt down in blowout loss to Chiefs

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Jamaal Charles proved he is back to full speed for the Kansas City Chiefs. Tom Brady is still stuck in neutral for the New England Patriots. Charles returned from an injury to score three …

Chiefs, Patriots could be battle in trenches

Monday, September 29, 2014

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – It doesn’t seem to matter much to Chiefs Coach Andy Reid whether it’s Jamaal Charles or Knile Davis in the backfield. Or Cyrus Gray, for that matter. After building a reputation as a guru …

Patriots-Bills game in October moved from CBS to Fox

Monday, September 29, 2014

Changing networks An AFC East showdown will air on Fox as part of the NFL’s new “cross-flexing.” The league said yesterday that the Oct. 12 game between the New England Patriots and Buffalo Bills will be on Fox instead of CBS, which owns the AFC package. The policy …

Chiefs’ Kelce, Pats’ Gronk have much in common

Saturday, September 27, 2014

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Travis Kelce snagged the pass from Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith. He raced toward the sideline and then turned up field, diving from about the 4-yard line and just nicking the pylon. The 20-yard touchdown …

Chiefs’ Reid hopeful Charles available vs. Pats

Friday, September 26, 2014

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Chiefs Coach Andy Reid expects star running back Jamaal Charles to be ready for Monday night’s game against the New England Patriots. Charles was back on the practice field yesterday after missing last week’s …

Patriots’ Hightower improving in solid defense

Thursday, September 25, 2014

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Dont’a Hightower and the New England Patriots defense have made great strides since their season-opening loss. Their past two opponents totaled one offensive touchdown. And the third-year linebacker had 15 tackles and two sacks in …

With offense off, Patriots D steps up

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – With the offense sputtering and looking for production, the New England defense has stepped up to lead the Patriots to wins the past two weeks. After getting hit with 23 unanswered points in the second …

Patriots offense still struggling after three games

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Patriots have plenty of time to get their offense rolling. The question is: Do they have the players? The offensive line is struggling to protect quarterback Tom Brady and open holes for …

Other than Edelman, Pats receivers aren’t catching on

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Julian Edelman has been plenty busy, but the Patriots’ other receivers haven’t done much through the first three games. Player Catches TDs Julian Edelman 22 1 Kenbrell Thompkins 6 0 Brandon LaFell 4 0 Danny Amendola 3 0 Aaron Dobson 1 0 …

Patriots’ sluggish offense beats Raiders, 16-9

Sunday, September 21, 2014

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Patriots had trouble getting into the end zone. Defensive tackle Vince Wilfork made sure the Oakland Raiders stayed out of the end zone in the final minute. An interception by the 325-pound …

Patriots big favorites despite mediocre start

Sunday, September 21, 2014

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Patriots have been mediocre in splitting their first two games. Yet they’re two-touchdown favorites today. No surprise, considering they’re facing the Oakland Raiders. The visitors for the Patriots’ home opener have lost …