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Denver Broncos quarterback Brock Osweiler talks to reporters after an NFL football practice at the team's headquarters Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2015, in Englewood, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

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 the passer the best. “Obviously when you say the New England Patriots, you think Tom Brady, but this defense is going to be the best defense we played all year,” Broncos receiver Emmanuel Sanders said. Same goes for the Patriots. Brady was equally impressed by Denver’s pass rushers, led by Von Miller, …

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 him out of Sunday night’s showdown with the Denver Broncos. Ware hasn’t played since aggravating …

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 Nov. 12. He was signed to the practice squad Nov. 14 and released Nov. 18. …

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 …

Tom Brady: tough to replace ‘great player’ like Julian Edelman

Monday, November 16, 2015

The New England Patriots are celebrating another victory and lamenting the loss of another key contributor. The Patriots (9-0) remained unbeaten with a last-minute, 27-26 victory over the New York Giants on Sunday, but it came at the …

Stephen Gostkowski’s 54-yard FG keeps Patriots unbeaten, 27-26

Sunday, November 15, 2015

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — There’s an air of invincibility and inevitability about the New England Patriots. Invincible because since January, they haven’t lost. Inevitable because of the feeling they will find a way — something they did in …