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Pats taking no prisoners

Monday, November 24, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — The New England Patriots have piled up points and big victory margins against NFL division leaders. Now they’re preparing to face another one and leaving all those routs behind. “Nobody is happier than I am when we win, but right now all that doesn’t really mean anything going into Green Bay,” coach Bill Belichick said Monday. “They’re playing real good football now.” The Patriots will be playing in … 0

Brady passes Pats over Lions

Sunday, November 23, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — The New England Patriots showed off their passing game one week after a brilliant rushing performance. The outcome was the same: a blowout win over a top team. Throw in a defense that held the Detroit Lions without a touchdown and two outstanding special teams plays, and the team with the AFC’s best record rolled over the team with the NFL’s … 0

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. … 0

Pats improve offensive balance

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

New England is using balance to break out of its offensive slump. A statement win over Cincinnati on Sunday night helped even though the stats show the Patriots have had a mediocre offense so far this year. New England is 10th in the AFC in total offense; ninth … 0

Patriots savor revival victory

Monday, October 6, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — Tom Brady fired a pass for a 20-yard gain on the very first play. It was like a dart that punctured the criticism that followed him after his offense’s awfulness in the previous game. Over-the-hill? An offensive line that can’t protect him? Receivers who can’t get … 0

Bengals visit Pats Sunday in prime-time showdown

Friday, October 3, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — One team is thriving with a stingy defense. The other is struggling with an inept offense. Both face a critical test when they meet Sunday night. Are the unbeaten Cincinnati Bengals that good? Are the New … 0

Patriots president expresses support for Goodell

Thursday, October 2, 2014

BOSTON — New England Patriots president Jonathan Kraft expressed support Thursday for commissioner Roger Goodell and said the NFL will go forward with him in charge. “Roger’s our commissioner and we are very happy with him,” said Kraft, whose father, Robert, owns the Patriots. Goodell originally suspended Ray … 0

Patriots’ defense looking to rebound from big loss

Thursday, October 2, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — There weren’t too many bright spots for the New England Patriots’ defense during a 27-point blowout to Kansas City. The fact that it occurred in a Monday night game is one small positive. Kansas City’s 41-14 dismantling of the Patriots in front of a national audience … 0

Bengals out to drop, stop Brady again

Thursday, October 2, 2014

CINCINNATI — The Bengals gave Tom Brady one of the worst afternoons of his career the last time they got together. They sacked Brady the first time he dropped to pass. They prevented the Patriots from getting into the end zone on a first-and-goal from the 1-yard line. … 0

Brady tries to keep an even keel during slow, troubling start

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — Tom Brady tries not to get too high when things are going well or too low when they’re not. Good thing, considering how poorly the season has gone for him and the New England Patriots offense. The winner of two MVP awards in both the regular … 0

Long night for Kraft, struggling Pats

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — Robert Kraft looked down from his seat high above the field and watched his New England Patriots fall apart. The offense led by Tom Brady struggled to move the ball. The defense that had been stingy couldn’t stop the Kansas City Chiefs from reeling off long … 0

Patriots preparing to slow down Chiefs’ running game

Friday, September 26, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — Vince Wilfork has played only two career games in Kansas City. That’s more than enough for New England’s All-Pro nose tackle to know exactly how loud Arrowhead Stadium will get on Monday night. “They’re probably one … 0

Patriots’ Hightower making strides on improved defense

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — Dont’a Hightower and the New England Patriots defense have made great strides since their season-opening loss. Their past two opponents totaled one offensive touchdown. And the third-year linebacker had 15 tackles and two sacks in those games. Those were against Miami, Minnesota and Oakland, three teams … 0