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Air Marty offense mostly grounded with Jets

Thursday, December 18, 2014

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — Marty Mornhinweg’s reputation in NFL circles is that of a guy who likes to throw the ball in an attack-style offense that piles up points. That air approach has been mostly grounded in his two seasons with the New York Jets. The offensive coordinator has had to stick to more of a run-first philosophy, relying more on the running game on a team that has struggled …

Patriots must gear up for Jets’ running game

Thursday, December 18, 2014

FOXBOUROUGH (AP) — The Patriots know they’re preparing for a Jets offense that will run, run and run some more when the divisional foes meet Sunday in New Jersey. “This team wants to run the ball. They let you know the want to run the ball, that’s their motto, that’s what they stand for,” Patriots nose tackle Vince Wilfork said Thursday. “You talk …

Darrelle Revis heads back to MetLife Stadium as Jets’ enemy

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — Darrelle Revis has been back before, as an opposing player taking on the New York Jets. Not this way, though. This time around, he’s an enemy. He’s a member of the playoff-bound New England Patriots now, and walking into MetLife Stadium on Sunday with the Jets’ AFC East rivals …

Patriots expect tough game against Jets, really

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — With straight faces, the New England Patriots always find something to praise about their next opponent, no matter how bad that team’s record may be. “They’ve got a real good defense,” Patriots quarterback Tom Brady said …

Patriots defense getting healthier, stingier

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — Chandler Jones is tackling the quarterback again, Vince Wilfork is stuffing the middle and Darrelle Revis is smothering receivers. The New England Patriots defense is getting stingier and healthier as the playoffs approach. Tom Brady and …

Patriots chase bigger goals after clinching division

Monday, December 15, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — The souvenirs from Darrelle Revis’ first division title in his brilliant eight-year career were safely stowed in his bag. For longtime New England players, the T-shirt with the message “PATRIOTS RUN THE EAST” and the championship …

Commentary: Some teams need home field for playoffs

Monday, December 15, 2014

The Cowboys don’t lose on the road, where the Bengals and Colts aren’t slouches, either. The Patriots, Broncos, Packers and Cardinals don’t lose at home. For most of the other playoff contenders, well, it’s who knows? Some teams …

Pats clinch AFC East with 41-13 win over Dolphins

Sunday, December 14, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — Tom Brady was upset that his New England Patriots hardly looked like a division champion in the first half. So upset that the slow-footed quarterback made a rare scramble for a first down that sparked them …

Much has changed since Patriots-Dolphins opener

Saturday, December 13, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — When the Miami Dolphins played the New England Patriots in the season opener, Knowshon Moreno ran for 134 yards and Tom Brady was sacked four times. Since then, Moreno gained just 14 yards on the ground …

Patriots face Dolphins, positioned to win East

Friday, December 12, 2014

FOXBOUROUGH (AP) — Vince Wilfork says the New England Patriots will have more on their minds Sunday than clinching their sixth straight AFC East title when they host the Miami Dolphins. “For the majority of the time, we’ve …

Judge: 2012 killings, some text messages not allowed in Aaron Hernandez case

Friday, December 12, 2014

FALL RIVER — Prosecutors in a murder case against Aaron Hernandez won’t be allowed to tell a jury about two other killings with which the ex-New England Patriot is charged or the final text messages the victim sent …

Defensive newcomers fitting in with Patriots

Thursday, December 11, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — The New England Patriots needed help on defense so they added three experienced players at midseason. Turns out they’re also solid students. Linebackers Akeem Ayers and Jonathan Casillas and defensive tackle Alan Branch dove into coach Bill Belichick’s complex playbook then produced on the field. “We’re …

Brandon Bolden makes big impact on Patriots special teams

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — Brandon Bolden figured he’d have to make an impact on special teams with the New England Patriots after a solid career as a college running back. Undrafted rookies don’t get the ball very often in the …