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New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12), long snapper Danny Aiken (48) and kicker Stephen Gostkowski (3) run during a stretching session before practice begins at the NFL football team's facility Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014 in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)

Patriots hope to continue dominance at Gillette

Friday, September 19, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — Stevan Ridley’s father switched his allegiance from the Oakland Raiders once his son was drafted by the New England Patriots. The running back’s dad sure picked a winner. The Patriots are 25-4, including playoff games, at Gillette Stadium starting in 2011, when Ridley was drafted. They’re two-touchdown favorites to make that 26-4 when they open their home season …

Heading cross country hard for West Coast teams

Friday, September 19, 2014

The Oakland Raiders have to deal with more than just Tom Brady and Darrelle Revis at New England on Sunday. They’ll also be fighting mental fogginess and the physical effects of jetlag. Their internal clocks will make it feel like it’s 6 a.m. when they drag themselves onto the early bus heading to the stadium four hours before the 1 p.m. kickoff. “When …

Darrelle Revis a success in New England

Thursday, September 18, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — Darrelle Revis didn’t divulge much when asked about his preference for facing a rookie quarterback. New England’s shutdown cornerback officially is a Patriot. “I can’t give you all of that,” the five-time Pro Bowler said with a laugh when questioned about potentially baiting Oakland rookie Derek Carr into a mistake or …

Raiders rookie Derek Carr focuses on job at hand

Thursday, September 18, 2014

ALAMEDA, Calif. — As a rookie quarterback seeking his first NFL win against Bill Belichick’s New England Patriots, Derek Carr has too much to worry about himself to focus on questions about his coach’s job security. But if …

Tom Brady’s favorites carry bulk of pass offense

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — Tom Brady is very comfortable throwing to Julian Edelman and Rob Gronkowski. The other Patriots he sends out on pass patterns? Not so much. Of Brady’s 44 completions this season, 20 have gone to Edelman and …

Patriots’ defense faces the unknown in Oakland rookie QB Derek Carr

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

FOXBOROUGH (AP) — The New England Patriots’ defense is preparing for a bit of the unknown in Oakland rookie quarterback Derek Carr this Sunday. Carr has played two games in the NFL, so there’s not a whole lot …

Patriots still not quite right with ball

Monday, September 15, 2014

FOXBOROUGH (AP) — The New England Patriots host the Oakland Raiders this week hoping to rediscover their normally potent offense. The Patriots moved to 1-1 with Sunday’s 30-7 win at Minnesota. But after the game, which saw the …

Brady, Patriots bounce back to trounce Vikings

Sunday, September 14, 2014

MINNEAPOLIS — The New England Patriots took full advantage of Adrian Peterson’s absence, though he might not have made much of a difference. Six sacks, four interceptions from Matt Cassel and a blocked field goal for a touchdown …

Patriots not used to slow starts

Friday, September 12, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — The New England Patriots have a little recent team history on their side when they look to even their record Sunday at Minnesota. The Patriots have not started a season 0-2 since 2001, which means it hasn’t happened to them since Tom Brady became the starting …

Vikings RB Adrian Peterson indicted on child abuse, inactive for Sunday’s game vs Patriots

Friday, September 12, 2014

Star Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson has been indicted in Texas on a charge of child abuse after using a branch to spank his son, and was swiftly benched by the team on Friday for this weekend’s …

Rob Gronkowski ready for Game 2 in return from knee injury

Thursday, September 11, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — Rob Gronkowski looks to be in midseason form, at least when he’s spiking the ball after a touchdown. The rest of his game might take a while to get there. The New England Patriots star tight …

Patriots defense focusing on RB Adrian Peterson after poor start

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — The New England Patriots let Knowshon Moreno run for 134 yards in their season opener. Now they must face Adrian Peterson. Scary? “You know what? I love it,” defensive tackle Sealver Siliga said Wednesday. “This is …

Tom Brady and Matt Cassel square off for 1st time

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Take away the super model wife, the Ugg boots commercials and the three Super Bowl trophies. Take away the two MVP awards and the guest appearances on “Saturday Night Live” and “The Simpsons.” Take …