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Green Bay Packers cornerback Jarrett Bush wears Bose headphones before an NFL football game against the New Orleans Saints in New Orleans, Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Bush determined to play for Packers vs. Patriots

Friday, November 28, 2014

GREEN BAY, Wis. – In Jarrett Bush’s mind, the only place he’s questionable for tomorrow’s game against the New England Patriots is on the official injury report. The Green Bay Packers special teams ace missed last Sunday’s game at Minnesota – just the seventh time out of a possible 139 games of his nine-year NFL career that he did not …

Contrary to Belichick’s words, Brady and Rodgers have plenty in common

Friday, November 28, 2014

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers really do have a lot in common. During this season’s first month, the star quarterbacks of the Patriots and Packers were facing questions about their teams’ slow starts. It’s no coincidence New England and Green Bay are now playing at extremely high levels. Consistent, outstanding …

Editorial: Be thankful, New England sports fans

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Life tends to hit its stride on Thanksgiving. Dinnertime isn’t a hurdle to be cleared, hugs are doled out a little less awkwardly, and excess calories and laziness aren’t only accepted, they’re expected. For a day, the tiresome mental newsreel that plays on an endless loop in the stressed-out mind is silenced by the present moment. And everybody gives thanks because there is …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Patriots trade for linebacker Jonathan Casillas

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

The New England Patriots acquired reserve linebacker Jonathan Casillas from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers before yesterday’s trading deadline. Casillas started the first three games of the season before losing the strong-side linebacker’s job to Danny Lansanah, who has returned two interceptions for touchdowns. The Bucs sent him and …

Patriots must refocus after blowout win with explosive Broncos up next

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – A smiling Jonas Gray stood at the more prominent locker he got after being promoted from the Patriots practice squad. He showed he belongs by rushing for 86 yards in his second NFL game, a …

Brady throws 5 TDs as Patriots rout Bears, 51-23

Monday, October 27, 2014

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Nearly every time Tom Brady dropped back, he hit his target. In one of the best performances of his brilliant career, the New England Patriots quarterback threw five touchdown passes and completed 30 of 35 …

Brady-Gronkowski most prolific scoring tandem in Patriots history

Monday, October 27, 2014

With Tom Brady’s three touchdown passes to Rob Gronkowski, the pair has the most TD connections in Patriots history. QB Player TDs Tom Brady Rob Gronkowski 48 Drew Bledsoe Ben Coates 45 Tom Brady Randy Moss 39 Steve Grogan Stanley Morgan 39 …

Bears hope for more road success in game vs. Pats

Sunday, October 26, 2014

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – It’s been a rough stretch for the Chicago Bears with three losses in four games, and a loud, emotional locker room after the latest one. Now they must play in strange surroundings and get booed …

Patriots sacks leader Chandler Jones to miss game

Saturday, October 25, 2014

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Defensive end Chandler Jones, who leads New England with 4½ sacks, will not play this weekend against the Chicago Bears. The Patriots listed Jones as out for tomorrow’s game with a hip injury. He is expected to be sidelined for about a month. Jones, a …

Vereen brothers square off when Bears visit Pats

Friday, October 24, 2014

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The Vereen brothers competed hard against each other while growing up in California. Video games. Stickball. Basketball in the backyard. And, of course, football – in the living room. On Sunday, they’ll be on the …

Another injury puts pressure on Patriots defense

Thursday, October 23, 2014

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The “next man up” approach will be tested again after another injury to a key defender for the New England Patriots. Maybe this time they’ll do better. With top tackler Jerod Mayo missing his first …

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. …