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New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan, right, watches from the sideline in the first half of an NFL football game against the Tennessee Titans, Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/James Kenney)

Playing Patriots still special for Rex Ryan, Jets

Saturday, December 20, 2014

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Rex Ryan still isn’t backing down. Sure, his future with the New York Jets appears dim. But the coach is conceding nothing, and that means he has every intention of beating the New England Patriots on Sunday. And, no, he wouldn’t take back his statement shortly after he was hired in 2009 that he didn’t come …

Offensive line comes together for Patriots

Friday, December 19, 2014

FOXBOROUGH (AP) — The New England offensive line, maligned through the early weeks of the season, has rebounded to do a terrific job protecting the team’s 37-year-old prime asset. Quarterback Tom Brady contributed to the team’s highlight film with a 17-yard scramble that ended in a hard hit instead of a slide last week against Miami. On Nov. 2, some Brady footwork led …

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 …

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 …

Pats have easy schedule, but opening loss to Miami

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — The New England Patriots have history and a favorable schedule on their side as they steam toward gaining home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs. New England hosts Miami this week, visits the New York Jets and then wraps up the regular season with a home game …

Patriots win before friendly fans on the road

Monday, December 8, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — Winning in front of thousands of friendly fans is routine for the New England Patriots — even when they’re playing 3,000 miles from home. The support of the crowd behind the New England sideline and the …

Brady’s TD pass clinches 23-14 win for Patriots

Monday, December 8, 2014

SAN DIEGO — A week in San Diego turned out quite well for Tom Brady and the New England Patriots. It was all football, all the time, and it showed Sunday night. Brady threw a 69-yard touchdown pass …

Bill Belichick: Patriots have a lot to get ready for

Friday, December 5, 2014

SAN DIEGO (AP) — New England coach Bill Belichick says his Patriots have a lot to get ready for with the streaking San Diego Chargers coming up this weekend. “They have a lot of weapons; they do a lot of things well,” Belichick said Friday as the Patriots …

Chargers coordinator Chuck Pagano on defending Rob Gronkowski: ‘Pray a lot’

Friday, December 5, 2014

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski has made news before New England’s game with the Chargers. San Diego’s task is limiting his impact on Sunday night. “It’s going to be a huge challenge for us,” …

Aaron Hernandez doesn’t want jury to hear of ‘bad acts’

Friday, December 5, 2014

BOSTON — Former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez asked a judge Friday to bar prosecutors from telling a jury at his upcoming murder trial about evidence of his other alleged crimes, including the fatal shootings of two Boston men in 2012. In a motion filed Friday, Hernandez’s …

Rosy backdrop for Brady, Patriots in San Diego

Thursday, December 4, 2014

SAN DIEGO — Tom Brady squeezed through a mob of cameramen and reporters and stepped onto a small riser in a courtyard at the University of San Diego. Noticing the backdrop, he smiled. “A rose garden,” the New …

Patriots settle in for week in Southern California

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The New England Patriots settled into their home away from home on Wednesday. The Patriots practiced at the University of San Diego in preparation for Sunday night’s game against the Chargers. After losing to the Green Bay Packers on Sunday, the Patriots flew to …