Dave Brown is a freelance correspondent who covers the New England Patriots for the Concord Monitor.

Special teams provide all the beauty in Pats win over Chargers
10/29/2017 7:57:54 PM
Slater-(1).jpgPatriots special teams captain Matthew Slater
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — The offense sputtered in the red zone. The defense was its charming, bendable self (aside from Melvin Gordon’s 87-yard touchdown run). Philip Rivers w...

As the fog lifts, Pats re-emerge as contenders
10/23/2017 12:50:30 AM
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — In the moments after Lady Gaga performed at Super Bowl LI, a dense cloud of pyrotechnic smoke lingered over the field at Houston’s NRG Stadium.  The Patriots emerged from that...

Who said the Jets are tanking?
10/15/2017 10:47:25 AM
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — History has instructed us never to doubt the New York Jets’ capacity for futility. Of the six NFL franchises with a lower all-time winning percentage than New York’s .456, only the Cardinals (fou...

Time to appreciate a rare glimpse of the Patriots' humanity
10/5/2017 1:53:08 PM

FOXBOROUGH — Bill Belichick warns you all the time: Everything you’ve seen in the past is meaningless.
It does not matter that the Patriots’ secondary has three Pro Bowlers. It does not matter that Stephon Gilmore played like a $65 mil...

Inexplicably bad start for Gilmore, Patriots defense gets worse
10/1/2017 8:00:26 PM

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Cam Newton was down on the turf, sacked and defeated, smothered beneath the Patriots’ rookie defensive end Deatrich Wise Jr.  After squandering a 14-point lead in the fourth quarter, Newton’s Panthers would have to surrender the ball to New England with a...

With Patriots facing a dire outcome, Brady makes everything OK
9/24/2017 7:33:29 PM

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Forcing their fans to endure the unmerciful drama of a close football game in September, the New England Patriots were on the verge of several dubious feats.
With a surprisingly feisty Texans squad holding a 33-28 lead with 2 minutes, 28 seconds left ...

Let's all give the Patriots defense a minute to find itself
9/16/2017 8:19:52 PM
IMG_6696-JPG.jpegPatriots linebacker Dont'a Hightower will miss Sunday's game with a knee injury.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — In a week of plot twists that shipped him 3,047 miles from th...

Season not over: The Patriots can survive the Alex Smith fiasco
9/8/2017 2:16:56 AM
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Surely, at some point, the New England Patriots were going to have to part ways with the much-hyped, but implausible dream of a perfect season.
But who though...

Pats are prepared for loss of Edelman because they've been preparing for loss of Edelman
9/6/2017 11:04:30 PM
IMG_6003-JPG.jpegChris Hogan is a potential Plan B for Julian Edelman.

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — A Patriots training camp that began with spirited predictions of perfect dominance ended with the sober reality that anterior cruci...

Done with Twitter, done with critics, Pats CB Cyrus Jones hopes a revival is in the stars
8/31/2017 2:02:24 PM
FOXBORORUGH, Mass. — Cyrus Jones is a Sagittarius.
We know this because his Twitter feed has told us nothing else since October 6, 2016. That’s when the Patriots’ cor...

Patriots' deep receiving corps will be tough to crack
8/11/2017 6:00:25 PM
IMG_6347-JPG.jpegPhoto By: Dave Brown. Austin Carr has an uphill battle to make Pats roster.

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Slicing up the Jaguars for a collective 12 receptions, 160 yards and one of the best touchdown catches you’ll ever see, Jacob Hollister and A...

40 stats that prove Tom Brady is better than Peyton Manning
8/3/2017 11:34:32 AM
Photo courtesy New England Patriots
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — On his 40th birthday, Tom Brady stands alone as the most iconic player in NFL history.
Brady is the enduring hero in football’s narrative. Long after the game has beco...

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