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New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan, right, watches from the sideline in the first half of an NFL football game against the Tennessee Titans, Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/James Kenney)

Jets’ Ryan on sense of humor: ‘I’m not dead yet’

Saturday, December 20, 2014

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. – Rex Ryan’s sense of humor is still going strong. Despite a 3-11 record and facing an uncertain future, the New York Jets coach has kept the one-liners and self-deprecating jokes coming. He refuses to pout, even if tomorrow’s game against the New England Patriots might be his last at home with the team. “I’m just going …

O-line comes together for Patriots

Saturday, December 20, 2014

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England offensive line, maligned through the early weeks of the season, has rebounded to do a terrific job protecting the team’s 37-year-old prime asset. Quarterback Tom Brady contributed to the team’s highlight film with a 17-yard scramble that ended in a hard hit instead of a slide last week against Miami. On Nov. 2, some Brady footwork led …

Patriots must gear up for Jets’ running game

Friday, December 19, 2014

FOXBOUROUGH, Mass. – The Patriots know they’re preparing for a Jets offense that will run, run and run some more when the divisional foes meet Sunday in New Jersey. “This team wants to run the ball. They let you know the want to run the ball, that’s their motto, that’s what they stand for,” Patriots nose tackle Vince Wilfork said yesterday. “You talk …

Brady passes Patriots to 34-9 win over Lions

Monday, November 24, 2014

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Patriots showed off their passing game one week after a brilliant rushing performance. The outcome was the same: a blowout win over a top team. Throw in a defense that held the …

Patriots produce on offense

Monday, November 24, 2014

Tom Brady 38-for-53, 349 yards, 2 TDs Julian Edelman 11 catches, 89 yards Brandon LaFell 9 catches, 98 yards Tim Wright 5 catches, 2 TDs LeGarrette Blount 12 carries, 78 yards, 2 TDs 439 total yards – 349 passing, 90 rushing …

Patriots-Lions capsule

Sunday, November 23, 2014

DETROIT (7-3) at NEW ENGLAND (8-2) 1 p.m., Fox OPENING LINE – Patriots by 7 RECORD VS. SPREAD – Detroit 5-5, New England 6-4 SERIES RECORD – Patriots lead, 6-4 LAST MEETING – Patriots beat Lions, 45-24, Nov. 25, 2010 LAST WEEK – Lions lost to Cardinals, 14-6; …

Lions’ stingy defense faces high-scoring Pats

Sunday, November 23, 2014

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – It’s no surprise that the New England Patriots lead the NFL in scoring. In the past four seasons, they’ve done that twice and finished third twice. But the Detroit Lions allowing the fewest points? Now …

Blount happy to be back in Patriots backfield

Saturday, November 22, 2014

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – There was no name over his locker stall and he had yet to officially secure the number he’ll wear tomorrow. Still, it was clear LeGarrette Blount was happy to be back with the New England Patriots. “It feels real good. I was excited to hear …

RB Blount rejoins Pats after being cut by Steelers

Friday, November 21, 2014

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – LeGarrette Blount’s teammates are glad to have him back in a New England Patriots uniform. Which one he wears, though, is still up in the air. Some players had trouble recognizing the 6-foot, 250-pound running …

Blount’s stats with Patriots in 2013

Friday, November 21, 2014

Blount reunion LeGarrette’s stats with the Patriots last season, when he played in 16 regular-season games (seven starts) and two playoff games: Regular season 153 carries, 772 yards, 5.0 avg., 7 TDs Postseason 29 carries, 172 yards, 5.9 …

Brady likely to have increased role against Lions

Thursday, November 20, 2014

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Tom Brady didn’t have to throw much or especially well for the New England Patriots to get their sixth straight win. He figures to play a bigger role when they go for their seventh. One …

Top tight ends use size to pile up receptions

Thursday, November 20, 2014

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Rob Gronkowski makes a twisting, leaping, one-handed catch. The super-sized tight end swats away would-be tacklers. He celebrates touchdowns with a powerful spike that, somehow, doesn’t knock the air out of the ball. “Imagine trying …

Steelers release running back LeGarrette Blount

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

PITTSBURGH – LeGarrette Blount’s early exit Monday night cost the volatile running back his job. The Pittsburgh Steelers cut Blount yesterday, less than 24 hours after he jogged off LP Field with the clock still running in a …

Jonas Gray on center stage in Patriots run game

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Have you heard the one about the little-known running back who went from standup comic in college to sudden sensation for the AFC’s best team? Please welcome to the stage Jonas Gray. “Back in the …

Patriots looking more and more versatile as season progresses

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Need a quarterback to throw for four touchdowns or a running back to rush for four? The New England Patriots have those. How about a defense to dominate the NFL’s highest scoring team? The Patriots …