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

Total Bust Stephon Gilmore Helps Patriots to Seventh Straight Win

11/26/2017 8:13:42 PM
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — When the New England Patriots’ 2017 season ended on October 1, it was all Stephon Gilmore’s fault. Just four games into his first year with the Pats, the former Bills’ cornerback had ruined ev...

Assessing a Patriots bye week that saw Jimmy depart and Marty return

11/10/2017 1:00:17 PM
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Ever inventive, Bill Belichick doesn’t need a game to keep you entertained. Just give him a bye week and the trade deadline. He’ll make things interesting
Much li...

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...

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