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New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12), Dion Lewis (33) and Josh Kline (67) watch as Julian Edelman (11) spikes the ball after scoring a touchdown during the first half of an NFL football game against the Buffalo Bills, Sunday, Sept. 20, 2015, in Orchard Park, N.Y. (AP Photo/Bill Wippert)

Questions linger, but Patriots poised to be AFC’s team to beat in 2016

Friday, February 12, 2016

The football-watching world’s obsession with the New England Patriots was put on hold after their elimination from the playoffs with their near-miss defeat to the Denver Broncos in the AFC title game. There has been a temporary cessation in the DeflateGate talk and the always fierce debate over whether the Patriots are cheaters or victims of the jealousies of less-successful …

Patriots request waivers for running back Ball

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

The New England Patriots requested waivers on running back Montee Ball. The move Tuesday to cut the former Wisconsin standout comes a day after Ball found out that he wouldn’t face felony charges after an apparent argument with his girlfriend. Ball spent time on the Patriots practice squad late in the season. He …

Second-guessing of Belichick begins with the man in the hoodie

Monday, January 25, 2016

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – You still see T-shirts around the home of the New England Patriots with Coach Bill Belichick’s scowling face and the mantra “In Bill We Trust.” But more than any time since the hoodied football guru began filling the team’s trophy case, fans here are beginning to question his judgment. Two …

Patriots DL Chandler Jones admitted, released at hospital

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Patriots defensive lineman Chandler Jones was admitted to a hospital on Sunday and released the same day, the team said in a statement that did not elaborate on the nature of the medical issue. The …

Hot Chiefs, cold Patriots to meet in AFC playoffs

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Patriots are about to find out if momentum means anything in an NFL season. The defending Super Bowl champions have lost four of their past six games as they head into Saturday’s …

Belichick: Surging Chiefs hard to plan against

Monday, January 11, 2016

There are two Kansas City games on Bill Belichick’s mind right now. One is the Chiefs’ most recent one, when they beat the Houston Texans, 30-0, on Saturday in the first round of the NFL playoffs. The other …

Broncos hardly the first to face a QB quandary in playoffs

Friday, January 8, 2016

DENVER – Peyton Manning or Brock Osweiler? Well, the Broncos settled on Manning. Certainly, Broncos Coach Gary Kubiak could’ve justified placing either quarterback in the starting lineup. And if Denver loses next Sunday, then certainly Kubiak’s choice will …

Patriots’ Brady says right ankle is feeling better

Thursday, January 7, 2016

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Danny Amendola had a good chuckle when he was asked if he was ever concerned that quarterback Tom Brady wouldn’t be able to play in New England’s playoff opener. “Oh, no,” the Patriots receiver laughed …

NFL Week 17 Overreactions: Brady vs. Manning coming soon

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Get ready for Brady-Manning 17. No surprise the two top seeds in the AFC are New England and Denver. It’s been that way four years in a row now. Now that Peyton Manning is back and Tom Brady …

Brady has sprained ankle, should be ready for playoff opener

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

The bye week will come in handy for New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, who could use the rest after Miami defensive lineman Ndamukong Suh landed on his right ankle in Sunday’s game. Brady threw only 21 passes …

As NFL playoffs arrive, lack of dominant team allows for several favorites

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

LAS VEGAS – The playoffs are here, and nobody seems to know what to make of them. Not fans of the NFL, where the usual suspects are a bit suspect this time around. Not in this city’s sports …

Loss to Dolphins leaves Patriots winning only two of last six games

Sunday, January 3, 2016

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. – A whipsaw hit sent Tom Brady’s legs one direction and his upper body the other, leaving him face down in the turf. Brady rose – slowly – but the hits kept coming from the …

Capsule overview of the Patriots-Dolphins game

Saturday, January 2, 2016

NEW ENGLAND (12-3) at MIAMI (5-10) Sunday, 1 p.m., CBS OPENING LINE – Patriots by 4 RECORD VS. SPREAD – Patriots 7-6-2, Dolphins 4-11-0 SERIES RECORD – Dolphins lead 52-48 LAST MEETING – Patriots beat Dolphins, 36-7, Oct. 29, 2015 LAST WEEK – Dolphins lost to Colts, 18-12; …

Gap grows between Patriots and Dolphins; they meet Sunday

Saturday, January 2, 2016

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. – This year the Miami Dolphins really, truly, sincerely believed they could gain ground on the New England Patriots, and perhaps even catch their longtime AFC East nemesis. Instead the yawning gap only grew. The …

Winter Classic: Canadiens top Bruins, 5-1, at home of Patriots

Friday, January 1, 2016

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The Montreal Forum was the Canadiens’ home for one of the most successful dynasties in professional sports. The Bruins and Celtics filled the Boston Garden rafters with championship banners. The Original Six rival Canadiens and …