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

Patriots execute novel approach to win late-season game
12/24/2016 6:00:13 PM
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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Flying home from Denver after last week’s victory, the New England Patriots had a productive brainstorming session that generated the following idea: Keep winning.

“We won that game and we got on an airplane and we said, ‘Look, we’re finishing strong,’” Patriots...

Media rushes to judge Patriots and shame Floyd
12/24/2016 1:01:45 PM
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — The ritual shaming of Michael Floyd consisted mostly of a single question spinning through a week’s worth of news cycles.
After the Patriots claimed the former first-round wide receiver — cut by the Cardinals on Dec. 14 following an arrest for drunk driving — Boston media spent a good, hard week peppering various members of the Pa...

Patriots finally show us what they are: Whatever they need to be
12/18/2016 10:36:29 PM
DENVER — Standing here in the wake of the New England Patriots disappointing 20-18 loss in last year’s AFC Championship game, you could look at a roster boasting Chandler Jones, Jamie Collins and Rob Gronkowski and feel like you knew what the 2016 Patriots were going to be.
The team that showed up in Denver on Sunday had none of those men. At various times since...

Patriots beat Ravens, survive Cyrus Jones
12/13/2016 1:45:25 AM
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Like a child, yearning to find out how a hammer interacts with a flat-screen television, Cyrus Jones edged a bit closer to chaos with each ensuing punt and kickoff the Baltimore Ravens sent in his direction.
Finally, in the third quarter, as a legion of grownups pled with him to put the hammer down, Jones instead delivered a crushing blow, smashing...

Deflategate's Bogus Journey: Lack of formal complaint thwarts NFL's quest for truth
12/12/2016 8:18:58 PM
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Several centuries ago, the National Football League experienced a soul-quaking episode when it learned that certain footballs had less than the right amount of air inside of them.
As the internal air pressure of footballs is the single-most-important factor in maintaining competitive balance, the league locked down the facility of its Foxborough fr...

Bennett is one step ahead of NFL's complex shoe rules 
12/4/2016 8:13:17 PM
(Dave Brown Photo) The cleats Martellus Bennett wore for the NFL's My Cause, My Cleats promotion.

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Martellus Bennett never set out to fill anyone’s shoes but his own. The NFL has made that a surprisingly difficult chore.
When the P...

After 10 years on FieldTurf, Brady expresses preference for grass
11/26/2016 3:26:05 PM
IMG_3378-(1).jpgAs of Saurday, the Patriots have played on FieldTurf for 10 years. This week Tom Brady said he'd like to see the team play on a natural surface again.

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — In the f...

Pats defense closing in on worst turnover-free stretch in franchise history
11/22/2016 7:29:16 PM
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Footballs bounce. They bounce wildly and unpredictably. They sometimes bounce to people they aren’t supposed to.
And yet, through the last 15 quarters, not one football has bounced into the hands of the New England Patriots defense. The Pats have not forced a turnover since Malcolm Butler picked off Steelers backup Landry Jones in the first q...

Seattle flips script at the goal line to beat Pats and their struggling D
11/14/2016 1:37:33 AM
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Desperately needing a ratings boost for its broadcast partners, the NFL cued up one of its greatest hits on Sunday night, with a twist.
In the never-ending saga of goal-line strategies between Pete Carroll and Bill Belichick, it was Carroll’s team that won with a defensive stand inside its own 2-yard line as the Seahawks seized on a questiona...

The New England Patriots, and their racist friend
11/13/2016 8:35:16 PM
Can't shake the devil's hand and say you're only kidding.
— They Might Be Giants, Your Racist Friend

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Famous people are routinely admonished to stay in their respective corners. Stick to acting. Stick to sports. Stick to sports talk radio. Stick to taking photographs of yourself in a mirror and posting them on Inst...

Reviewing the film to see where it went wrong for Collins and Patriots
11/6/2016 1:35:20 AM

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Tom Brady’s suspension brought a unique sense of intrigue to the first month of the Patriots’ season. There was mystery and mayhem. At one point it seemed Julian Edelman could wind up under center. Or maybe even you could wind up under center. It was a crazy time.  But then Brady returned, and the drama dissipated.

Win over Bills proves Patriots' value
10/30/2016 7:23:55 PM
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — At the beginning of October, Rex Ryan spent a week impersonating Bill Belichick, and his Bills beat the Patriots 16-0 at Gillette Stadium. For Halloween, the Buffalo coach arrived in a far-more-convincing Rex Ryan costume, and the Patriots humbled his team with a 41-25 victory at New Era Field.
While this is the conclusion of a revenge story that ...

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