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New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady yells on the line of scrimmage during the first quarter of an NFL football game against the Minnesota Vikings, Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)

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 doomed the Minnesota Vikings yesterday, as the Patriots breezed to a 30-7 win, Coach Bill Belichick’s 200th. “I certainly never got into … 0

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 two, well, they’d hardly admit to one. Playing the Minnesota Vikings, though, at least provides … 0

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; Vikings beat Rams, 34-6 PATRIOTS OFFENSE – OVERALL (25), RUSH (21), PASS (18) PATRIOTS DEFENSE … 0

Pats DT Siliga hopes to build on last year’s play

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Sealver Siliga knows about trying to stand out in a crowd. The youngest of 11 siblings finally found steady work with the New England Patriots after being let go by three NFL teams. Now he’s … 0

Arizona training sessions a bonding experience for Patriots secondary

Monday, July 28, 2014

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The downpour began as practice was about to end for the Patriots on Sunday. It was nothing like the conditions in Arizona where four New England defensive backs had prepared for training camp. “You play … 0

Patriots cut WR Greg Orton, sign 2 other WRs

Monday, July 28, 2014

The New England Patriots released wide receiver Greg Orton two days after he suffered a leg injury. Orton was taken off the practice field on a cart Friday just two days after signing as a free agent. He was on the practice squads of Denver for part of … 0

Veteran defensive end Will Smith eager for fresh start with Patriots

Saturday, July 26, 2014

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – After missing last season with a knee injury, Will Smith is thrilled to be back on the field. Now, the 33-year-old defensive end has a job to win. “It feels good,” Smith said yesterday, after … 0

Gronk’s back: Star tight end practices with Pats

Saturday, July 26, 2014

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Rob Gronkowski ran short routes, caught passes and jogged back to the line of scrimmage. He didn’t cut sharply, run hard at defensive backs or participate in 11-on-11 drills. The oft-injured tight end for the … 0

Aaron Hernandez loses effort to dismiss charges

Saturday, July 26, 2014

FALL RIVER, Mass. – A judge has rejected a motion to dismiss charges against Aaron Hernandez stemming from the 2013 slaying of a Boston man whose body was found near Hernandez’s home. Lawyers for Hernandez, a former New … 0

Brady looking to improve in 15th training camp

Thursday, July 24, 2014

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Three quarterbacks took turns throwing as the New England Patriots began training camp yesterday. It’s the 15th for Tom Brady, the fourth for Ryan Mallett and the first for Jimmy Garoppolo. All had plenty to … 0

Gronkowski cleared to play at Patriots training camp

Thursday, July 24, 2014

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Rob Gronkowski was a training camp spectator last summer while recovering from surgery. This summer, after another operation, the New England Patriots star tight end is expected to be on the field for the first … 0

Patriots’ defensive overhaul a top development to watch this season

Monday, July 21, 2014

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The Patriots’ defense struggled for much of last season. And that was before it faced the NFL’s best offense in the AFC championship game. Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos won, 26-16, and piled up … 0

Tim O’Sullivan column: Pieces in place for Pats to win another championship

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Ever since Darrelle Revis signed with the Patriots in March, anticipation for the 2014 season took on a new feel. Being eager for the NFL season to start is nothing new in New England, but this is different. … 0

Patriots’ Edelman to drive pace car at NHMS

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Julian Edelman does it all for the New England Patriots. A highly-productive receiver and return man since joining the team as a seventh-round pick in 2009, Edelman even saw action on defense in 2011. On Sunday, he’ll take … 0

Wilfork excited to be on field after major injury

Friday, June 20, 2014

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Vince Wilfork tore his Achilles tendon. Then he clashed with the New England Patriots about his contract. His future with the team – and in football – was uncertain. But there he was on a … 0