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Oakland Raiders strong safety Usama Young (26) upends New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman (11) after a catch in the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Patriots’ sluggish offense beats Raiders 16-9

Sunday, September 21, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — The New England Patriots had trouble getting into the end zone. Defensive tackle Vince Wilfork made sure the Oakland Raiders stayed out of the end zone in the final minute. An interception by the 325-pound Wilfork near his goal line gave the heavily favored Patriots the ball with 51 seconds left, and they ran out the clock to hold off the Raiders 16-9 on Sunday. “It was a team play,” Wilfork said after his third career interception. “I just happened to catch it.” The ball deflected off Logan Ryan after Rob Ninkovich jarred it loose from intended receiver Denarius Moore. On the previous …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Patriots deal with 1st opening-day loss in 11 years

Monday, September 8, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — The offensive line couldn’t protect Tom Brady. The defensive line couldn’t stop Knowshon Moreno. The bottom line: The New England Patriots’ streak of winning season openers is over at 10 games. So it must have felt …

Aaron Hernandez seeks to suppress phone evidence

Monday, September 8, 2014

FALL RIVER (AP) — Lawyers for former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez are asking a judge to suppress evidence from his cellphone, saying state police investigating a murder case didn’t have a proper warrant to take the phone from them at their office. The motion was …

Week 1 shocker: Patriots in cellar

Monday, September 8, 2014

NEW YORK — Yes, the NFL tends to mess with your mind. So here’s something football fans haven’t seen in a long time: New England alone at the bottom of the AFC East standings. Don’t count on it …

Patriots drop season opener in Miami, 33-20

Sunday, September 7, 2014

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — Rob Gronkowski delivered one of his signature spikes after a touchdown grab, then saw Tom Brady sprinting toward where he stood in the end zone. Brady head-butted his tight end, then whacked him in …

Patriots QB Tom Brady practices after 1-day absence

Friday, September 5, 2014

FOXBOROUGH (AP) — Tom Brady is practicing again with the New England Patriots and looking forward to playing in the season opener. The star quarterback returned to practice Friday after a one-day absence that the team attributed to …

In Year 3, Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill looks to take step forward

Friday, September 5, 2014

DAVIE, Fla. — Ryan Tannehill was barely a teenager when Tom Brady won his first Super Bowl. The 25-year-old Miami Dolphins’ quarterback had all the predictable idols growing up, names like Dan Marino, Troy Aikman, Steve Young, Drew Brees and Peyton Manning on the list. And of course, …

Patriots offensive line fills vacancy left by Logan Mankins

Thursday, September 4, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — Logan Mankins is with Tampa Bay and there’s a question mark at the left guard position he held for nine years with New England. Josh Kline is listed as the starter for the Patriots after limited …

Tom Brady skips practice with calf injury

Thursday, September 4, 2014

FOXBOROUGH (AP) — Tom Brady is nursing a calf injury that forced him to miss practice for New England’s opener Sunday at Miami. The Patriots announced the reason for the quarterback’s absence Thursday in their daily participation and injury report. He was the only player added to the …