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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 to a circus catch by tight end …

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 …

Patriots must gear up for Jets’ running game

Thursday, December 18, 2014

FOXBOUROUGH (AP) — The Patriots know they’re preparing for a Jets offense that will run, run and run some more when the divisional foes meet Sunday in New Jersey. “This team wants to run the ball. They let you know the want to run the ball, that’s their motto, that’s what they stand for,” Patriots nose tackle Vince Wilfork said Thursday. “You talk …

Jonas Gray on center stage in Patriots run game

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — Have you heard the one about the little-known running back who went from standup comic in college to sudden sensation for the AFC’s best team? Please welcome to the stage Jonas Gray. “Back in the day,” …

Patriots win with strong passing, running, defense

Monday, November 17, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — Need a quarterback to throw for four touchdowns or a running back to rush for four? The New England Patriots have those. How about a defense to dominate the NFL’s highest scoring team? The Patriots have …

Jonas Gray runs wild as Patriots blow out Colts 42-20

Monday, November 17, 2014

INDIANAPOLIS — Tom Brady keeps finding ways to beat Indianapolis. On Sunday night, he relied on New England’s running game to deliver the body blows. Then he came up with the knockout punch. Jonas Gray rushed for a …

Colts K Vinatieri shows no sign of slowing down

Friday, November 14, 2014

INDIANAPOLIS — Adam Vinatieri’s graying temples and grayer beard reveal one part of his remarkable career. At age 41, he is the NFL’s oldest player. He’s not slowing down. Nine years after the league’s best clutch kicker made …

Colts looking for a win against Patriots

Friday, November 14, 2014

INDIANAPOLIS — Andrew Luck has lived with his mistakes from last year’s loss to the Patriots all through the offseason. It’s time to move on. The Colts’ quarterback, who threw four interceptions in last season’s playoff loss to …

Patriots linebacker Jonathan Casillas enjoying being with elite team

Friday, November 14, 2014

FOXBOROUGH (AP) — Jonathan Casillas isn’t about to forget Oct. 28, 2014. That’s the day he went from the bottom of the NFL to near the top. “It’s a blessing to basically go from the worst to the best,” the linebacker said Friday when asked about the trade-deadline …

Patriots apologize after thanking racist tweeter

Friday, November 14, 2014

FOXBOROUGH (AP) — The New England Patriots are apologizing after sending out a tweet to thank a “fan” with a racist Twitter handle. The Patriots were holding a promotion to celebrate becoming the first NFL team with 1 million Twitter followers. The team asked fans to retweet a …

Patriots defense prepping to stop Colts QB Luck

Thursday, November 13, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — New England quarterback Tom Brady this week praised nearly everything about Indianapolis quarterback Andrew Luck. On Thursday, Pats defenders said they also admire the guy they’re hoping to stop. “He’s a leader, he’s everything you want …

Colts gear up for Patriots QB Tom Brady

Thursday, November 13, 2014

INDIANAPOLIS — The Colts defense is well aware of the task at hand. The players know exactly what Tom Brady is capable of. “Probably the best quarterback in the NFL right now,” Indianapolis cornerback Greg Toler said. “A …

Tom Brady backups to battle when Browns face Texans

Thursday, November 13, 2014

BEREA, Ohio — There won’t be a parade and there’s not a sponsor lined up, but Sunday’s Browns-Texans matchup will be a pseudo bowl game — the Tom Brady Backup Bowl. Cleveland quarterback Brian Hoyer and Houston’s Ryan …