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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; Patriots beat Colts, 42-20 AP PRO32 RANKING – Lions No. 6, Patriots No. 1 LIONS OFFENSE – OVERALL (21), RUSH (30T), PASS …

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 there’s a surprise. In the past seven seasons, they gave up the most points three …

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 about it,” the running back said after yesterday’s practice. After walking to the locker room …

Brady leads Patriots to 37-22 victory over Bills

Sunday, October 12, 2014

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. – After all these years, Tom Brady still has difficulty pinpointing a reason he and the Patriots consistently beat the Buffalo Bills. Brady threw four touchdowns to up his career record to 23-2 against Buffalo …

Most 300-yard passing games in NFL history

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Tom Brady became the fifth NFL quarterback with 60 300-yard passing games in the regular season. The top five, with regular season and postseason 300-yard games: Peyton Manning 86 9 Drew Brees 81 6 Dan Marino 63 4 Brett Favre 62 4 Tom Brady 60 6 …

Patriots-Bills capsule

Sunday, October 12, 2014

NEW ENGLAND (3-2) at BUFFALO (3-2) Today, 1 p.m., FOX OPENING LINE – Patriots by 3 RECORD VS. SPREAD – New England 2-3, Buffalo 3-2 SERIES RECORD – Patriots lead, 66-41-1 LAST MEETING – Patriots beat Bills, 34-20, Dec. 29, 2013 LAST WEEK – Patriots beat Bengals, 43-17, …

Bills seek to end role of playing Patriots’ patsy

Sunday, October 12, 2014

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. – Forget the individual motivation. In the eight months since departing New England and signing with Buffalo, linebacker Brandon Spikes can appreciate what it would mean for the Bills to beat the Patriots today. “I’m …

Patriots’ Revis likely to face Bills rookie Watkins

Saturday, October 11, 2014

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Another week, another tough matchup for Darrelle Revis. The New England cornerback, who has been lining up against the opposition’s top receiver in five games with his new team, wouldn’t commit to doing it again …

Ridley helps Patriots’ offense emerge

Friday, October 10, 2014

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Stevan Ridley cracked a wry smile. Despite struggling through the first four weeks of the season, New England’s offense was never broken, or searching for an identity. The Patriots running back insists that it’s been …

Tight end Wright getting comfortable with Patriots

Thursday, October 9, 2014

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Tim Wright hurried to learn a different offense when he was traded to the New England Patriots less than two weeks before the season. The second-year tight end feels much more comfortable now. Comfortable enough …

Patriots improve offense by using balance

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – New England is using balance to break out of its offensive slump. A statement win over Cincinnati on Sunday night helped, even though the stats show the Patriots have had a mediocre offense so far this year. New England is 10th in the AFC in …

No unbeaten teams this year – and maybe for a while

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

After lopsided losses Sunday by Arizona and Cincinnati, it’s become more evident than ever that perfection is virtually unattainable in the NFL. Yes, we recall 2007 and how the Patriots came perhaps within a fluke catch by a …

Brady back to showing he can still play after Patriots’ rout

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Tom Brady fired a pass for a 20-yard gain on the very first play. It was like a dart that punctured the criticism that followed him after his offense’s awfulness in the previous game. Over-the-hill? …

Patriots bounce back from debacle with 43-17 rout of previously undefeated Bengals

Monday, October 6, 2014

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – What a turnaround for Tom Brady and the New England Patriots. Brady finally looked like a quarterback who has 50,000 yards in his career, becoming the sixth to reach that milestone and throwing for two …

Patriots-Bengals capsule

Sunday, October 5, 2014

CINCINNATI (3-0) at NEW ENGLAND (2-2) 8:30 p.m., NBC OPENING LINE – Bengals by 1 RECORD VS. SPREAD – Cincinnati 3-0, New England 1-3 SERIES RECORD – Patriots lead, 14-9 LAST MEETING – Bengals beat Patriots, 13-6, Oct. 6, 2013 LAST WEEK – Bengals had bye, beat Titans, …