Patriots

Arizona Cardinals quarterback Drew Stanton looks to pass under pressure from Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh (90) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Patriots brace for Lions’ D

Friday, November 21, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — 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 times. In their stingiest season in that period, … 0

Blount back with Pats for stretch run

Thursday, November 20, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — LeGarrette Blount’s teammates are glad to have him back in a New England Patriots uniform. Which one he wears, though, is still up in the air. Some players had trouble recognizing the 6-foot, 250-pound running back on Thursday after he signed and donned No. 60 for his first practice. “I didn’t know if he was a new offensive lineman or a … 0

Brady’s arm, hair impressing Lions

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Tom Brady has played as well as any quarterback in the NFL during the New England Patriots’ six-game winning streak, but Brady’s former teammate, current Detroit Lions safety James Ihedigbo, said there’s something else about the four-time Super Bowl-champion signal caller that impresses him most. “He’s Tom Brady,” Ihedigbo joked. “His hair.” The well-coiffed Brady has seen his passing yardage dip for a … 0

Brady, Patriots top AP Pro32 rankings

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

NEW YORK — Tom Brady and the New England Patriots are back where they have been for so much of the Bill Belichick era. On top of the NFL. The Patriots dominated Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos 43-21 on Sunday in the much-anticipated matchup between two of … 0

Patriots crush Denver

Sunday, November 2, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — The chant began midway through the fourth quarter with the latest matchup between the all-time great quarterbacks long ago decided: “Brady’s Better.” On this day, Tom Brady and his New England Patriots certainly were the superior … 0

Brady focused on Denver D, not Manning

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — Fans get another chance to gauge the relative greatness of Tom Brady and Peyton Manning when the quarterbacks meet for the 16th time. Brady will be analyzing something more important. The New England Patriots star will have his eyes on an improved Denver Broncos defense that … 0

Pats praise Peyton’s courage

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — New England Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia didn’t hesitate Tuesday when asked about Peyton Manning’s arm strength three years after major neck surgery. “I think Peyton Manning’s arm strength is just fine,” Patricia said on a conference call, as the Patriots began to prepare for a … 0

Patriots prepare for biggest test against Broncos

Monday, October 27, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — A smiling Jonas Gray stood at the more prominent locker he got after being promoted from the Patriots practice squad. He showed he belongs by rushing for 86 yards in his second NFL game, a 51-23 rout of the Chicago Bears on Sunday. A much tougher … 0

Brady, Pats rout Bears, 51-23

Sunday, October 26, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — Nearly every time Tom Brady dropped back, he hit his target. In one of the best performances of his brilliant career, the New England Patriots quarterback threw five touchdown passes and completed 30 of 35 passes. And four of the incompletions were drops. The Patriots stayed … 0

Bears hope for more road success in game vs. Pats

Friday, October 24, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — It’s been a rough stretch for the Chicago Bears with three losses in four games, and a loud, emotional locker room after the latest one. Now they must play in strange surroundings and get booed by … 0

Vereen brothers square off when Bears visit Patriots

Thursday, October 23, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — The Vereen brothers competed hard against each other while growing up in California. Video games. Stickball. Basketball in the backyard. And, of course, football — in the living room. On Sunday, they’ll be on the same field when New England Patriots running back Shane Vereen and … 0

Injury bug again stings Pats’ D

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — The “next man up” approach will be tested again after another injury to a key defender for the New England Patriots. Maybe this time they’ll do better. With top tackler Jerod Mayo missing his first game with a season-ending right knee injury, the New York Jets … 0

Patriots snag Titans LB Ayers

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee has traded linebacker Akeem Ayers to the New England Patriots in what coach Ken Whisenhunt says gives the linebacker a fresh start. “A situation that was probably the best for both parties,” Whisenhunt said Tuesday night on his weekly radio show. “Somebody that was … 0