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Minnesota Vikings quarterback Matt Cassel, left, throws under pressure from New England Patriots defensive end Chandler Jones during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)

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 defense pick off four of Matt Cassel’s passes and turn a blocked field goal into a touchdown, much of the talk was …

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 doomed the Minnesota Vikings Sunday, as the Patriots breezed to a 30-7 win, coach Bill …

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 quarterback. Brady relieved an injured Drew Bledsoe in the second game of the ’01 season …

Tom Brady, Patriots still a constant in AFC East

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

NEW YORK — Tom Brady has seen plenty of other quarterbacks come and go in the AFC East. While the faces across the sideline keep changing, Brady has been a constant since leading the New England Patriots to …

Brandon LaFell getting accustomed to new home with Pats

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Brandon LaFell had played with a successful quarterback when he decided to leave the Carolina Panthers in free agency. Now his quarterback is Tom Brady. “I’m blessed, man. I’m real blessed,” LaFell said yesterday, as …

NFL expands practice squad to 10

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

NEW YORK — NFL teams can carry 10 players on their practice squads for the next two seasons. The league and the players’ union agreed Tuesday to increase the number of practice squad members from eight to 10. “It’s the No. 1 way for teams to develop players …

NFL games taking over Thursday nights on CBS

Monday, August 18, 2014

NEW YORK — “The Big Bang Theory” is one of the few television shows that can approach the NFL in viewership. CBS executives still didn’t hesitate to temporarily move TV’s top-rated comedy to a different night to make …

Gronk in contact drills for 1st time since surgery

Monday, August 18, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — Go ahead and hit Rob Gronkowski on his right knee. See if he cares. The tough tight end is anxious to get into a game and take his chances less than eight months after surgery. “If …

Flying flags: Penalties aplenty in Pats’ win

Sunday, August 17, 2014

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — The New England Patriots put up big numbers in their preseason win over the Philadelphia Eagles — 476 yards, 35 first downs and nearly 40 minutes in time of possession. The officials racked up their …

Tom Brady wins preseason debut, Pats top Eagles 42-35

Saturday, August 16, 2014

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Tom Brady dove in vain at Cary Williams as the Eagles cornerback returned an interception for a touchdown on the opening series. Then the turnovers went in the Patriots direction. New England scored touchdowns on …

Tom Brady, LeSean McCoy lead respective offenses of 2013 playoff teams

Thursday, August 14, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — Still wearing their uniforms, Tom Brady and LeSean McCoy smiled and chatted with each other after their teams’ joint practice. Two of the busiest and best players at their positions won’t have such relaxing moments when …

Patriots acquire DL Jerel Worthy from Packers

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

GREEN BAY, Wis. — The New England Patriots have acquired injured lineman Jerel Worthy from the Green Bay Packers in a trade pending a physical for the defensive end. Worthy’s agent, Chafie Fields, said Wednesday the deal was …

Patriots, Eagles practice on rainy day

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — The Philadelphia Eagles have made huge strides since practicing with the New England Patriots a year ago. From a 4-12 record to 10-6 and their first playoff berth in three years. From learning a different system …