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Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles, right, brushes himself off as teammates Alex Smith, left, and Eric Fisher watch after scoring on an 8-yard touchdown pass during the third quarter of an NFL football game against the New England Patriots Monday, Sept. 29, 2014, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Charles sends Chiefs to 41-14 rout of Patriots

Monday, September 29, 2014

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Jamaal Charles proved he is back to full speed for the Kansas City Chiefs. Tom Brady is still stuck in neutral for the New England Patriots. Charles returned from an injury to score three touchdowns Monday night, Brady was picked off twice by the opportunistic Chiefs, and Kansas City routed New England 41-14 to hand Bill …

Bill Belichick, Andy Reid have history with franchise QBs

Sunday, September 28, 2014

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Tom Brady and Bill Belichick arrived in New England together, one an overlooked sixth-round pick out of Michigan and the other a failed head coach during his first stint in Cleveland. Over the more than a decade, they’ve learned together. Grown together. They’ve won together. Now, as Brady approaches yet another milestone — 50,000 yards passing, which he could …

Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce, Patriots Rob Gronkowski have much in common

Friday, September 26, 2014

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Travis Kelce snagged the pass from Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith. He raced toward the sideline and then turned up field, diving from about the 4-yard line and just nicking the pylon. The 20-yard touchdown catch last week against Miami was certainly highlight worthy. As for the little shimmy Kelce …

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 …

Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels wants improvement vs Vikings

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

FOXBOROUGH (AP) — New England offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels knows the Patriots’ offense needs a better performance against Minnesota than it showed against Miami. After taking a 20-10 halftime lead, the Patriots wilted in the Florida heat and …