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New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady laughs over a mention of his age by a reporter asking a question during a media availability at the NFL football team's facility Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014 in Foxborough, Mass. During a follow-up question Brady mentioned that Peyton Manning is older. The Patriots (6-2) will play the Denver Broncos (6-1) Sunday in Foxborough. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)

Brady focused on Denver defense, not on Manning

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — Fans get another chance to gauge the relative greatness of Tom Brady and Peyton Manning when the quarterbacks meet for the 16th time. Brady will be analyzing something more important. The New England Patriots star will have his eyes on an improved Denver Broncos defense that could test his limited skills at escaping the pass rush on Sunday. The Broncos (6-1) are the only team with two players having at least seven sacks — linebacker Von Miller with nine and defensive end DeMarcus Ware with seven. “They just tee off on the quarterback. They’ve got every move. They’ve got the speed, speed-to-power,” Brady …

Patriots praise Peyton Manning’s neck surgery recovery

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

FOXBOROUGH (AP) — New England Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia didn’t hesitate Tuesday when asked about Peyton Manning’s arm strength three years after major neck surgery. “I think Peyton Manning’s arm strength is just fine,” Patricia said on a conference call, as the Patriots began to prepare for a visit by Manning and the Denver Broncos Sunday. “I think it’s pretty evident in …

Patriots prepare for biggest test against Broncos

Monday, October 27, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — A smiling Jonas Gray stood at the more prominent locker he got after being promoted from the Patriots practice squad. He showed he belongs by rushing for 86 yards in his second NFL game, a 51-23 rout of the Chicago Bears on Sunday. A much tougher test looms — the Denver …

Tight end Tim Wright getting comfortable with Patriots

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — Tim Wright hurried to learn a different offense when he was traded to the New England Patriots less than two weeks before the season. The second-year tight end feels much more comfortable now. Comfortable enough to …

Patriots improve offense by using balance

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

FOXBOROUGH (AP) — New England is using balance to break out of its offensive slump. A statement win over Cincinnati on Sunday night helped even though the stats show the Patriots have had a mediocre offense so far this year. New England is 10th in the AFC in …

Brady back on target heading into game vs. Bills

Monday, October 6, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — Tom Brady fired a pass for a 20-yard gain on the very first play. It was like a dart that punctured the criticism that followed him after his offense’s awfulness in the previous game. Over-the-hill? An …

Brady back in form, Patriots beat Bengals 43-17

Monday, October 6, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — What a turnaround for Tom Brady and the New England Patriots. Brady finally looked like a quarterback who has 50,000 yards in his career, becoming the sixth to reach that milestone and throwing for two touchdowns …

Patriots still unsure on Brandon Browner, Brian Tyms vs Cincinnati

Friday, October 3, 2014

FOXBOROUGH (AP) — Coach Bill Belichick said Friday no decision has been made on whether the New England Patriots will activate cornerback Brandon Browner or wide receiver Brian Tyms in time for Sunday night’s game against the Cincinnati …

Patriots’ defense looking to rebound from big loss

Thursday, October 2, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — There weren’t too many bright spots for the New England Patriots’ defense during a 27-point blowout to Kansas City. The fact that it occurred in a Monday night game is one small positive. Kansas City’s 41-14 dismantling of the Patriots in front of a national audience …

Judge orders bullets in Aaron Hernandez case thrown out

Thursday, October 2, 2014

FALL RIVER — Bullets found in an apartment rented by ex-New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez and a magazine found in his Hummer were thrown out as evidence in his murder case Thursday by a judge who said …

Patriots president expresses support for NFL commissioner Roger Goodell

Thursday, October 2, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — New England Patriots president Jonathan Kraft expressed support Thursday for commissioner Roger Goodell and said the NFL will go forward with him in charge. “Roger’s our commissioner and we are very happy with him,” said …

Bengals looking to drop, stop Tom Brady again

Thursday, October 2, 2014

CINCINNATI — The Bengals gave Tom Brady one of the worst afternoons of his career the last time they got together. They sacked Brady the first time he dropped to pass. They prevented the Patriots from getting into …

Tom Brady tries to keep even keel during slow start

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — Tom Brady tries not to get too high when things are going well or too low when they’re not. Good thing, considering how poorly the season has gone for him and the New England Patriots offense. …