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

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...

Ninkovich ends improbable career on his terms
7/30/2017 3:04:54 PM
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Underestimated by professional, college and high school coaches — not to mention his own mother — Patriots defensive end Rob Ninkovich willed his way to an improbable 11-year NFL career. Nearly derailed many times by non-believers, he ended that career on his own terms Sunday, announcing his retirement at Gillette Stadium on the fourth day of training camp....

The Patriots will never escape the obsession with perfection
7/26/2017 9:40:16 PM
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — History has not let the New England Patriots outrun the perturbing, unfinished business of 2007.
Even with three AFC titles and two rings since Bill Belichick’s Irish Goodbye at the end of Super Bowl XLII, there still looms an obsessive-compulsive fixation on the one thing Belichick and Tom Brady have not done: Finish a season with a...

SBLI: These Patriots surmounted countless obstacles and never figured out how to quit
2/5/2017 10:53:37 PM
HOUSTON — On the second day of training camp, Bill Belichick rolled his eyes toward the Heavens and appealed to a higher power.
“Jesus Christ,” he said. And it was good.      
Blessed or not, the 2016 Patriots played like a team under divine protection. Beset on all sides by the inequities of NFL disciplin...

Ryan's MVP award has 24-hour shelf life
2/5/2017 1:08:41 AM
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Matt Ryan just won an MVP Award that has a 24-hour shelf life.
The Falcons quarterback beat out runner-up Tom Brady for the NFL’s Most Valuable Player award on Sa...

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