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New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski (87) lies injured on the field against the Denver Broncos as teammate tight end Scott Chandler (88) trees to help him up during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 29, 2015, in Denver. (AP Photo/Joe Mahoney)

No longer perfect, Patriots look to clinch top playoff spot

Monday, November 30, 2015

FOXBOROUGH — At least New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick doesn’t have to answer — or, more precisely, not answer — questions about an undefeated season anymore. The Patriots’ quest for a second perfect regular season came to an end Sunday night with a 30-24 overtime loss to the Denver Broncos. What’s worse, tight end Rob Gronkowski was injured late …

DOUBLE WHAMMY Gronkowski injures knee as Patriots lose for first time in OT

Monday, November 30, 2015

DENVER — Tom Brady lost yet another one of his trusted targets and this time he also lost a game. C.J. Anderson scored on a 48-yard run with 12:32 left in overtime, powering the Denver Broncos past the New England Patriots 30-24 on a snowy Sunday night. Watching from the cozy indoors at …

This time, Patriots-Broncos is all about defense

Saturday, November 28, 2015

DENVER — For once, the matchup between the New England Patriots and Denver Broncos isn’t all about the quarterbacks. With Peyton Manning in a walking cast and Tom Brady’s supporting cast in disarray, this showdown in the snow Sunday night likely comes down to which dominant defense handles the atmosphere, the pressure and …

DeMarcus Ware joins Payton Manning on the sideline again

Friday, November 27, 2015

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Here’s a bit of good news for Tom Brady and the New England Patriots, who are dealing with a reshuffled offensive line and rash of injuries at receiver: DeMarcus Ware’s lower back injury will keep …

Patriots sign DB Dewey McDonald, place WR Aaron Dobson on injured reserve

Thursday, November 26, 2015

FOXBOROUGH (AP) — The New England Patriots signed defensive back Dewey McDonald to the 53-man roster Thursday and placed wide receiver Aaron Dobson on injured reserve. The 25-year-old McDonald was claimed off waivers from the Indianapolis Colts on Oct. 28 and played in two games before being released …

Former UMass WR Julian Talley works out for Patriots

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

The New England Patriots, who are searching for wide receiver depth to counteract their recent injury woes, brought in former UMass receiver Julian Talley for a workout, according to ESPNBoston.com. Talley was cut from the New York Giants’ …

Tom Brady says despite no matchup, he still respects Peyton Manning

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

FOXBOROUGH (AP) — Tom Brady is too busy concerning himself with what he calls “the best defense in the NFL” to spend much time thinking about missing another matchup with Peyton Manning. That’s not keeping the New England Patriots quarterback from tipping his helmet to his long-time adversary. …

With Danny Amendola out, Patriots QB Tom Brady could be hurting for targets

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

FOXBOROUGH — Tom Brady is running out of receivers. Two more New England pass-catchers — Aaron Dobson and Danny Amendola — left Monday night’s game with injuries, leaving Brady to fill in with backups, running backs and a …

Patriots improve to 10-0, beat Bills 20-13

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

FOXBOROUGH — Tom Brady called out Rex Ryan and then he beat the Bills — again. After shouting the name of the Buffalo coach as an audible, Brady led New England to a 20-13 victory over the Bills …

Rex Ryan vexed by unbeaten Patriots

Sunday, November 22, 2015

FOXBOROUGH — It’s over. So says Buffalo coach Rex Ryan, who conceded the AFC East to the undefeated New England Patriots this week even though the Bills — and everyone else in the division — still have a mathematical chance to catch the Super Bowl champions. “They are …

LeSean McCoy, Karlos Williams provide Bills’ ground-game a 1-2 punch

Thursday, November 19, 2015

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — Karlos Williams can’t imagine anyone in the NFL having a more ideal backup role than the one he has in Buffalo playing behind LeSean McCoy. “I’m just blessed to be able to have him go out there and tear them up and loosen up …

Julian Edelman tough to replace for Pats, but Danny Amendola will try

Thursday, November 19, 2015

FOXBOROUGH — Julian Edelman’s shoes will be tough to fill, but the New England Patriots have a capable candidate in Danny Amendola. Edelman broke his left foot during the first quarter of New England’s last-second win over the New York Giants last Sunday, leaving quarterback Tom Brady without …

Bills view Patriots game as barometer

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — The Buffalo Bills are not ready to concede the AFC East title to the New England Patriots. The Bills (5-4) are four games back of the Patriots (9-0) in the division and play Monday …