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Jimmy Garoppolo mimicks Peyton Manning in Patriots practice

Friday, October 31, 2014

FOXBOROUGH (AP) — New England rookie quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo spent the week simulating Peyton Manning and his hurry-up offense. Except for one part of it. Garoppolo didn’t use Manning’s now-signature “Omaha!” when calling put the plays at the line. “No ‘Omahas’ — I had my own set of words, I guess,” Garoppolo said Friday, as the Patriots continued their work toward Sunday’s showdown with Manning and the Denver Broncos. Barring …

Aqib Talib even-keeled about his return to New England

Friday, October 31, 2014

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Another year, another homecoming for a Patriot-turned-Bronco star. Last season, it was Wes Welker returning to Foxborough, and that one didn’t go very well. His punt return gaffe late in overtime led to Stephen Gostkowski’s 31-yard field goal that completed New England’s comeback from a 24-0 halftime deficit. Aqib Talib is hoping for a happier homecoming Sunday when the Denver …

Peyton Manning-Tom Brady rivalry began in obscurity

Thursday, October 30, 2014

DENVER — The greatest quarterback rivalry in NFL history began quietly with plenty of empty seats on a cloudy, cool and windy afternoon at Foxboro Stadium on Sept. 30, 2001. Baby-faced backup Tom Brady, a sixth-round draft pick from Michigan the year before, made his first career NFL start in place of Drew …

Bill Belichick, Andy Reid have history with franchise QBs

Sunday, September 28, 2014

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Tom Brady and Bill Belichick arrived in New England together, one an overlooked sixth-round pick out of Michigan and the other a failed head coach during his first stint in Cleveland. Over the more than a decade, they’ve learned together. Grown together. They’ve won …

Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce, Patriots Rob Gronkowski have much in common

Friday, September 26, 2014

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Travis Kelce snagged the pass from Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith. He raced toward the sideline and then turned up field, diving from about the 4-yard line and just nicking the pylon. The 20-yard touchdown …

Patriots preparing to slow Chiefs running game

Thursday, September 25, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — Vince Wilfork has played only two career games in Kansas City. That’s more than enough for New England’s All-Pro nose tackle to know exactly how loud Arrowhead Stadium will get on Monday night. “They’re probably one …

Chiefs coach Andy Reid hopeful Jamaal Charles is available vs Patriots

Thursday, September 25, 2014

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Chiefs coach Andy Reid could have quite the pleasant problem come Monday night. Pro Bowl running back Jamaal Charles is expected to return to the field after missing last week’s win in Miami with …

Patriots linebacker Dont’a Hightower improving in solid defense

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — Dont’a Hightower and the New England Patriots defense have made great strides since their season-opening loss. Their past two opponents totaled one offensive touchdown. And the third-year linebacker had 15 tackles and two sacks in those …

Patriots defense steps up while offense finds its way

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

FOXBOROUGH (AP) — With the offense sputtering and looking for production, the New England defense has stepped up to lead the Patriots to wins the past two weeks. After getting hit with 23 unanswered points in the second …

Patriots offense still struggling after 3 games

Monday, September 22, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — The New England Patriots have plenty of time to get their offense rolling. The question is: Do they have the players? The offensive line is struggling to protect quarterback Tom Brady and open holes for running …

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 …

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 …

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 …