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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 …

Good, bad and weird of NFL season

Friday, January 1, 2016

While the NFL generally avoided the alarming off-field episodes that plagued it a year ago, the product on the field rarely was memorable. Except when officials were making incorrect calls, perhaps. Or when a standout receiver was losing …

Bill Belichick voices strong support for Chip Kelly

Thursday, December 31, 2015

PHILADELPHIA – Consider Bill Belichick one of Chip Kelly’s strongest supporters. The four-time Super Bowl champion called Kelly’s firing by the Philadelphia Eagles “really disappointing” and praised his coaching skills. Kelly was dismissed Tuesday with one game remaining …

Look to wrap up No. 1 seed, Pats acknowledge importance of top spot

Thursday, December 31, 2015

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Having failed in New Jersey, the New England Patriots head to Miami this weekend again looking to wrap up the No. 1 seed in the AFC. “I think this game’s really important for us because …

Belichick defends, elaborates on decision to give Jets the ball in overtime

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Bill Belichick stood by his decision Monday to kick off to start Sunday’s overtime in New Jersey. The New York Jets scored quickly to win, 26-20, and boost their playoff hopes. The loss deprived the …

Patriots choose to kick to open OT, fall to Jets, 26-20

Sunday, December 27, 2015

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Bill Belichick won the coin flip and lost the game. And everyone was left trying to make heads or tails of the New England coach’s stunning decision. Eric Decker’s 6-yard touchdown catch from Ryan …

Capsule outlook for Patriots game at Jets

Saturday, December 26, 2015

NEW ENGLAND (12-2) at NEW YORK JETS (9-5) Sunday, 1 p.m., CBS OPENING LINE – Patriots by 3 RECORD VS. SPREAD – New England 7-5-2, New York 8-5-1 SERIES RECORD – Patriots lead 59-53-1 LAST MEETING – Patriots beat Jets 30-23, Oct. 25, 2015 LAST WEEK – Patriots …

Patriots claim defensive back Troy Hill off waivers

Saturday, December 26, 2015

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Patriots claimed defensive back Troy Hill off waivers from the Cincinnati Bengals on Saturday and signed wide receiver Chris Harper to the 53-man roster from the practice squad. The Patriots also released tight end Asante Cleveland and wide receiver Leonard Hankerson. Hill …

Patriots look for No. 1 seed; Jets aim to keep pace in race

Sunday, December 27, 2015

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Division title? Check. A first-round bye? The New England Patriots have that, too. Next up for Tom Brady and Co. is a chance at the No. 1 seed in the AFC playoffs. And they could clinch it against the rival New York Jets on …

Jets’ big task against Patriots: how to stop Gronkowski

Saturday, December 26, 2015

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. – Kacy Rodgers had barely settled himself on the podium before he was hit with the question of the week. How do the New York Jets stop Rob Gronkowski? “That’s a great question and there’s …

Brady happy to welcome Jackson into Patriots’ backfield

Saturday, December 26, 2015

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Tom Brady is looking forward to having Steven Jackson in the backfield for the New England Patriots. “I’ve always watched from afar and seen how tremendous of a player he is, what kind of a …

When it comes to big games, Jets’ Fitzpatrick has been properly schooled

Friday, December 25, 2015

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. – Ryan Fitzpatrick has played in huge games before, so pressure is no big deal to the Jets quarterback. New York against New England this Sunday? Try Harvard-Yale, 2004. “You know, 10-0 season on the …