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Denver Broncos quarterback Brock Osweiler talks to reporters after an NFL football practice at the team's headquarters Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2015, in Englewood, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

This time, Patriots-Broncos is all about defense

Saturday, November 28, 2015

DENVER — For once, the matchup between the New England Patriots and Denver Broncos isn’t all about the quarterbacks. With Peyton Manning in a walking cast and Tom Brady’s supporting cast in disarray, this showdown in the snow Sunday night likely comes down to which dominant defense handles the atmosphere, the pressure and the passer the best. “Obviously when you say the New England Patriots, you think Tom Brady, but this defense is going to be the best defense we played all year,” Broncos receiver Emmanuel Sanders said. Same goes for the Patriots. Brady was equally impressed by Denver’s pass rushers, led by Von Miller, …

DeMarcus Ware joins Payton Manning on the sideline again

Friday, November 27, 2015

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Here’s a bit of good news for Tom Brady and the New England Patriots, who are dealing with a reshuffled offensive line and rash of injuries at receiver: DeMarcus Ware’s lower back injury will keep him out of Sunday night’s showdown with the Denver Broncos. Ware hasn’t played since aggravating …

Patriots sign DB Dewey McDonald, place WR Aaron Dobson on injured reserve

Thursday, November 26, 2015

FOXBOROUGH (AP) — The New England Patriots signed defensive back Dewey McDonald to the 53-man roster Thursday and placed wide receiver Aaron Dobson on injured reserve. The 25-year-old McDonald was claimed off waivers from the Indianapolis Colts on Oct. 28 and played in two games before being released Nov. 12. He was signed to the practice squad Nov. 14 and released Nov. 18. …

Dolphins try to keep revival going Thursday at New England

Monday, October 26, 2015

DAVIE, Fla. — Dan Campbell needed only two weeks to get the Miami Dolphins out of last place. Reaching first place will take a lot longer, but a win Thursday at New England would be a big step in that direction. The Dolphins (3-3) have saved their season …

Patriots not enamored of Thursday night games

Monday, October 26, 2015

FOXBOROUGH (AP) — Don’t count New England Patriots player rep Matthew Slater as a supporter of Thursday night football. “You know, I can’t sit here as the player rep of this team and say that I’m a huge …

Brady, unbeaten Patriots turn it on in 4th, beat Jets 30-23

Sunday, October 25, 2015

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — The fourth quarter started just in time for Tom Brady to overcome some early drops and lead the Patriots on a comeback. And it ended just in time for New England to hold on for …

No more Rex, but Jets-Patriots rivalry is still hot

Saturday, October 24, 2015

FOXBOROUGH — Darrelle Revis switched sides in the rivalry between the Patriots and Jets and helped New England win a Super Bowl in his only season there. Then he switched back. Again manning the defensive backfield for New York, where he played the first six years of his …

Hearing ends for tipster over Aaron Hernandez jury integrity

Friday, October 23, 2015

FALL RIVER — Imprisoned former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez appeared in court Friday for a hearing called to question an anonymous tipster who raised concerns about the integrity of one of the jurors who convicted him of murder. But it was not immediately clear what happened. …

Jets’ Stevan Ridley ‘fired up’ about possible return vs. Patriots

Thursday, October 22, 2015

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — It has been over a year since Stevan Ridley last cradled a football in a game. It’s also the last time he openly wept on the sideline. On Oct. 12, 2014, the then-New England running back took a handoff from Tom Brady late in …

Patriots’ Tom Brady says he wants to play ‘10 more years’

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — Tom Brady has no plans to retire anytime soon. That means the AFC East — and the rest of the NFL, for that matter — might have to deal with the New England Patriots …

Jets’ Darrelle Revis returns to New England as an enemy — again

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — The last time Darrelle Revis walked off the field at Gillette Stadium, he heard cheers while helping the New England Patriots reach the Super Bowl. He returns to Foxborough on Sunday, but this time, …

NFL’s unbeaten face big tests over next 2 weeks

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — The knock on both the Packers and Broncos, 6-0 teams with byes this weekend before their showdown in Denver on Nov. 1, is that they’ve fattened up on the league’s bottom-feeders. That argument could be …

Colts’ fake punt among NFL’s dumbest plays

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

The Colts’ attempt to fool the Patriots with a fake punt Sunday night only made Indianapolis look foolish. It might not have been the dumbest call or execution of a play in NFL history, but it certainly ranks …