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New York Jets running back Chris Ivory (33) runs away from New England Patriots defensive end Rob Ninkovich (50) during the second half of an NFL football game Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Despite problems, Patriots have won three straight

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – A three-day break gave the New England Patriots time to savor three straight wins. Now they can focus on fixing the problems the winning streak couldn’t hide. A suspect run defense. A mediocre offensive line. Replacing injured players, a list that could include top pass rusher Chandler Jones. Yesterday, an NFL source said the defensive end could …

Patriots acquire linebacker Akeem Ayers from Titans

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee Titans traded linebacker Akeem Ayers to the New England Patriots in what Coach Ken Whisenhunt said gives the linebacker a fresh start. Whisenhunt said on his radio show last night the trade probably was the best for both Ayers and the team. The Titans traded Ayers and their seventh-round draft in 2015 to the Patriots and will receive …

Belichick, Brady praise rival Manning on touchdown record

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – New England Patriots Coach Bill Belichick and star quarterback Tom Brady both paid tribute to rival Peyton Manning yesterday, a day after Manning broke Brett Favre’s record for career touchdown passes. “He’d probably be waiting a lot longer to pass that record if he hadn’t played against me so many …

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 …

Patriots-Raiders capsule

Saturday, September 20, 2014

OAKLAND (0-2) at NEW ENGLAND (1-1) 1 p.m., CBS OPENING LINE – Patriots by 14 RECORD VS. SPREAD – Oakland 1-1, New England 1-1 SERIES RECORD – Patriots lead, 17-15-1 LAST MEETING – Patriots beat Raiders, 31-19, Oct. 2, 2011 LAST WEEK – Raiders lost to Texans, 30-14; …

Patriots hope to continue home dominance

Saturday, September 20, 2014

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Stevan Ridley’s father switched his allegiance from the Oakland Raiders once his son was drafted by the New England Patriots. The running back’s dad sure picked a winner. The Patriots are 25-4, including playoff games, at Gillette Stadium starting in 2011, when Ridley was drafted. …

Raiders could be down two starters on defense

Saturday, September 20, 2014

ALAMEDA, Calif. – Already staggering from back-to-back poor performances, the Oakland Raiders will likely be without two of their starting linebackers for tomorrow’s game in New England. Middle linebacker Nick Roach is still recovering from a concussion he suffered during the preseason and has only recently returned to …

Brady’s favorites carry bulk of pass offense

Thursday, September 18, 2014

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Tom Brady is very comfortable throwing to Julian Edelman and Rob Gronkowski. The other Patriots he sends out on pass patterns? Not so much. Of Brady’s 44 completions this season, 20 have gone to Edelman …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Patriots-Vikings capsule

Sunday, September 14, 2014

NEW ENGLAND (0-1) at MINNESOTA (1-0) 1 p.m., CBS OPENING LINE – Patriots by 3 RECORD VS. SPREAD – Patriots 0-1, Vikings 1-0 SERIES RECORD – Patriots lead, 7-4 LAST MEETING – Patriots beat Vikings, 28-18, on Oct. 31, 2010 LAST WEEK – Patriots lost to Dolphins, 33-20; …

Gronk ready for Game 2 in return from knee injury

Friday, September 12, 2014

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Rob Gronkowski looks to be in midseason form, at least when he’s spiking the ball after a touchdown. The rest of his game might take a while to get there. The New England Patriots star …

Pats defense focusing on Vikings’ Peterson after poor start

Thursday, September 11, 2014

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Patriots let Knowshon Moreno run for 134 yards in their season opener. Now they must face Adrian Peterson. Scary? “You know what? I love it,” defensive tackle Sealver Siliga said yesterday. “This …

Patriots’ McDaniels wants improvement vs. Vikings

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – New England offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels knows the Patriots’ offense needs a better performance against Minnesota than it showed against Miami. After taking a 20-10 halftime lead, the Patriots wilted in the Florida heat and …