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Promise of pain
Monday night, Cameron Wake will be trying to hurt Tom Brady. Pain – inflicting it, enduring it, the specter of it – is a football fact of life
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It's official: Wentz out for season
Eagles QB Carson Wentz, a favorite in the NFL MVP race, had an MRI on Monday that revealed he suffered a torn ACL on Sunday against the Rams and will miss the remainder of the year.
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Red-hot when it gets cold
Nobody appreciates the month of December quite like Tom Brady and the Patriots.
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Steelers lock up AFC North
The Pittsburgh Steelers won one for injured star Ryan Shazier - and wrapped up the AFC North in the process.
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Curran's Patriots-Dolphins Preview
Just two weeks after the Patriots defeated the Dolphins, the two teams face off again under the bright lights of Monday Night Football
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Doctors believe Wentz has torn ACL
Two sources familiar with the injury tell The Associated Press that doctors believe Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz tore his left anterior cruciate ligament in a win over the Rams
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Chargers continue surge towards playoffs
After a 30-13 rout of the Washington Redskins on Sunday for their fourth straight victory, the Los Angeles Chargers are finding themselves in prime position to compete for a playoff spot.
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Another gem from Jimmy G.
Even after leading the team to its second straight win, 26-16, over the Houston Texans on Sunday, Jimmy Garoppolo isn't convinced the job is his to keep.
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Jaguars take over AFC South
Blake Bortles threw two perfect passes for touchdowns, Jaydon Mickens set up another score with a 72-yard punt return and the Jacksonville Jaguars beat the Seattle Seahawks 30-24 on Sunday.
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Titans fall out of division lead
Phil Dawson kicks four second-half field goals and the Cardinals shut down Tennessee's offense nearly all day in a 12-7 victory that knocks the Titans out of first in the AFC East.
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One Patriot set to return, one ruled out
Chris Hogan hasn't played since Week 8. What can he give the Patriots against the Dolphins? 
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Just a matter of time
The Patriots had a chance to earn their ninth-straight AFC East title before taking the field on Monday night. But the hat-and- t-shirt hoopla will have to wait. 
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Brady off injury report, Van Noy out
Tom Brady and Malcolm Butler were taken off the Patriots final injury report of the week before their Monday night game in Miami.  
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Something to get off his chest
Tom Brady opened his press conference on Saturday by apologizing to offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels for their sideline back-and-forth last weekend.
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New England Patriots QB Tom Brady goes down against the Miami Dolphins.
‘Prepare for the worst, hope for the best’
Some of the borderline-and-beyond hits from the Dolphins two weeks ago are still fresh on the Patriots’ minds. That's why an expect-the-worse approach is critical.
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Brady, Wise return to practice
Both Tom Brady and Deatrich Wise had missed the Patriots' previous two practice sessions. They were back Friday. 
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#FridayBag: Making up for Gronk
Part of a wide-ranging #FridayBag are questions about how the Patriots make up for the loss of Rob Gronkowski Monday night in Miami? Will Chris Hogan be counted on heavily as he returns from injury?
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Brady weighs in on Goodell's contract
The Patriots quarterback has some light-hearted comments about the $200 million deal his Deflategate nemesis received.  
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Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier.
Shazier has surgery to stabilize spine
The Steelers offer no updates on linebacker Ryan Shazier while announcing he had undergone surgery Wednesday night.
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Racing to the playoffs
The Patriots, as usual, are certain to make the playoffs. But who's going in with them? Who'll fall short? DJ Bean handicaps the AFC playoff field.
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Suh relishes the role of instigator vs. Patriots
The Dolphins have pulled very few punches when it comes to their intent to bother Tom Brady. They want to get inside his head.
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Harmon: 'I wouldn't call Gronk a dirty player'
Duron Harmon knows Rob Gronkowski. He knows what Gronkowski did to Tre'Davious White last weekend was wrong. But he also says he knows that Gronkowski isn't a dirty player.
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Brady misses practice again
Tom Brady again sits out practice as the Patriots prepare to play the Dolphins in Miami on Monday night.
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PODCAST: Brady's dustups different than Beckham's, Bryant's, etc.
Tom E. Curran and Phil Perry discuss why Tom Brady’s sideline dustups are different than those of Odell Beckham, Dez Bryant, etc.
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NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.
Owners' patsy? Roger that
Between now and 2023, Roger Goodell’s going to have to go on a diplomatic spree to clean up his legacy and pull public opinion of the NFL brand out of a nosedive.  
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No Brady again at practice
Tom Brady missed back-to-back days of Patriots practice for the first time this season as they prepare to face the Dolphins in Miami on Monday night. 
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How does Rowe change Pats' secondary?
Earlier this season, Eric Rowe was entrusted with replacing Malcolm Butler and Stephon Gilmore when they struggled. What's his role now?
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Hogan's return route timed perfectly
We don't know if Chris Hogan will be healthy enough to play in Miami. But if he can, he'll provide the Patriots offense a boost during Rob Gronkowski's suspension.
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Injured Shazier returns to Pittsburgh
Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier has been transferred from a Cincinnati hospital to Pittsburgh to continue treatment for a spinal injury suffered Monday night against the Bengals.
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PODCAST: What can Goodell do to change image?
Albert Breer, Tom Giles, Michael Holley and Kayce Smith debate whether or not Roger Goodell deserves the lucrative deal he received and what he needs to do to be looked upon more positively.
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Goodell signs on the dotted line
Per a source with knowledge of the situation, the NFL’s Compensation Committee has informed all owners that a new contract for Commissioner Roger Goodell has been executed.
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Cameron Wake of the Miami Dolphins sacks New England Patriots QB Tom Brady.
You again?
The Patriots just saw the Dolphins two weeks ago and, despite Miami hitting Tom Brady pretty hard, had their way with them. Still, it's always a little tougher in down in Miami.  
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Buffalo Bills CB Tre'Davious White (left) and Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger.
Bills want Gronk revenge? Big Ben chimes in
Two of the most pointed reactions to Rob Gronkowski's late hit and suspension have come from Tre'Davious White, who took the hit, and from Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.  
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Brady, Butler absent, Hogan back
The Patriots had one starter return to practice on Wednesday, but several others were missing from the session.
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New England Patriots guard Shaq Mason.
This Shaq has the moves
The resurgent Patriots' running game has gotten a boost from the blocking of third-year guard Shaq Mason, who is poised to clear a path toward the Pro Bowl.   
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Belichick: 'I've got to do a better job' of making players maintain composure
Bill Belichick constantly tells his players to keep their composure on the field.
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In Jones they trust
When it comes to seeing how he feels about players, don't listen to what Bill Belichick says; watch what he does. When you do, his affection for Jonathan Jones is obvious.
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Controversial ex-Patriots coach dies
Ron Meyer, who coached the Patriots from 1982 until being fired in the middle of the 1984 season after a dispute with the front office, has died.
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Josh McDaniels, New England Patriots defensive coordinator, celebrates with QB Tom Brady.
McDaniels mum on Giants job
Josh McDaniels says he's on to Miami, the Patriots' next opponent, but with the Giants job open and his desire for the right head coaching job, it's easy to make the connection.
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Gronkowski loses his appeal
Rob Gronkowski will indeed miss Monday's game in Miami.
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Steelers, Bengals each draw suspensions
The NFL announced one-game suspensions for Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster and Bengals safety George Iloka for their hits in Pittsburgh's 23-20 victory over Cincinnati on Monday night.
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Average grades for above-average team
The Patriots' performance Sunday was relatively mediocre, yet they came away with a 20-point victory over a .500 team. It tells you the level at which they're operating.
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Shazier 'improving' after spinal injury
Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier is carted off the field after injuring his spinal cord in Monday night's game against the Bengals, but the team says his condition is getting better and he may return to Pitt
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Steelers rally, keep pace with Patriots
Chris Boswell kicks a field goal on the final play shortly after Antonio Brown catches a 6-yard touchdown pass as the Steelers pull off another improbable comeback against the stunned Bengals.
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PODCAST: 'Punishment fits the crime' for Gronk
Tom E. Curran, Michael Holley and Tom Giles discuss Rob Gronkowski’s late hit on Tre’Davious White, whether the one-game suspension was the right call, and if he could get it reduced on appeal.
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PODCAST: Was Gronk's suspension justified?
Dan Koppen and Mike Giardi break down the Rob Gronkowski late hit and one-game suspension. With no past history, will Gronk’s suspension be reduced as he goes through the appeal process?
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Pats preparing Plan B
Bill Belichick, saying the Patriots 'address the things that we can address,' are ready to move on without Rob Gronkowski.
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Gronkowski suspended
The Patriots' tight end reportedly will appeal the one-game penalty, which -- if not reduced -- will force him to miss Monday's game in Miami and cost him $281,250 in lost pay.
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Reeling Giants clean house
The New York Giants make a rare in-season house cleaning, firing coach Ben McAdoo and general manager Jerry Reese on Monday
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Gronk's frustrated, and Brady gets it
Tom Brady quietly lobs some support Rob Gronkowski's way, both at the podium Sunday in Buffalo and on WEEI Monday morning.
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Pats are now running with purpose
Behind Dion Lewis and Rex Burkhead, the Patriots have a running game that can carry them even when Tom Brady doesn't have his best day. 
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It was child's play for Pats in Buffalo
The Patriots' win over the Bills felt like a little brother firing futile fists at the stomach of his big brother, who laughs and holds him off with just a palm on the little dude’s forehead.
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Seahawks stay in NFC playoff hunt
The Seahawks stay in the NFC playoff hunt with a 24-10 victory over the Eagles on Sunday night.
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Curran's Patriots-Bills Preview/Review
What predictions did Tom E. Curran get right? Find out in the Preview/Review from Sunday's game between the New England Patriots and Buffalo Bills
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Out of nowhere
Eric Lee was in the Bills locker room two weeks ago as a member of their practice squad. On Sunday, he helped wreck their day as a starter for the Patriots. 
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Gilmore gets the last laugh
Even though the game was out of hand, the Bills were determined to score on their former DB, Stephon Gilmore. He was just as determined not to let them. Guess who won?
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2018 NBC Sports Boston 20 Under 25
Cast your vote!
Each year, we ask you to rank Boston's 20 best professional athletes under the age of 25. Who will it be this time around? It's up to you!
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'Just football'
It didn't take long for Tom Brady and Josh McDaniels to get together after Brady's sideline eruption following New England's first drive.
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'I gotta keep my cool'
Rob Gronkowski regrets his out-of-character late hit on Tre'Davious White, but said it stemmed from built-up frustration over 'seven years' of being manhandled with no calls from the refs.
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Good start for Jimmy G.
Jimmy Garoppolo throws for 293 yards in his first start for the San Francisco 49ers, who beat the Chicago Bears, 15-14, on a 24-yard field goal by Robbie Gould in the closing seconds.
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Ravens continue climb in AFC playoff race
Joe Flacco throws for 269 yards and two touchdowns as the Ravens increase their record to 7-5 with a 44-20 victory over the Lions.
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Best and Worst: Patriots 23, Bills 3
Tom E. Curran highlights the best and worst moments from Sunday's game between the Patriots and Bills
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Best and Worst: Patriots 23, Bills 3
Tom E. Curran highlights the best and worst moments from Sunday's game between the Patriots and Bills
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Gronk explodes, in more ways than one
Rob Gronkowski catches 9 passes for 147 yards and loses his cool late in the game as he makes an eventful return home in the Patriots' victory over the Bills in Buffalo.
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Brady boils over
After a frustrating end to the first possession of the game, tensions flared on the sideline after the Patriots were forced to settle for a field goal.
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Fourth quarter: Patriots 23, Bills 3
The Patriots get another touchdown run from Rex Burkhead and begin pulling away from the Bills. Follow the game here.
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Patriots in Buffalo: The pregame sights
The New England Patriots' fan base is well represented at New Era Field in Buffalo as the Patriots play the Bills.
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Injuries thin Pats' offensive-line depth
If protecting Tom Brady is your No. 1 concern, then you'll consider this worthy of note: The Patriots are on to their third starting right tackle.
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Patriots at Bills: Pregame notes
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Curran's Patriots-Bills Preview/Review
What predictions did Tom E. Curran get right? Find out in the Preview/Review from Sunday's game between the New England Patriots and Buffalo Bills
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Tom Brady responds to Eli Manning being benched
Tom Brady reacts to Eli Manning being benched.
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Injury report: 8 Pats questionable, 2 out
After not practicing again this week, wide receiver Chris Hogan and offensive tackle Marcus Cannon were listed as out on the final injury report for the Patriots game in Buffalo on Sunday.  Tom Brady (...
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Brady feels for Eli, happy for Jimmy G
The revolving door of big-name quarterbacks is starting to move, as Jimmy Garoppolo will make his first start with the 49ers while Eli Manning will be benched by the Giants after 210 straight starts. 
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Hogan, Cannon still out of Pats practice
Neither player has played since Week 8 against the Chargers. 
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Which back gets the ball?
Among the questions in this week's bag: How are the Patriots' running back rotations determined? And, how has the defense made up for the loss of Dont'a Hightower? 
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Report: Pack wants part of Bennett bonus
Bennett, who returned to the Patriots after an unceremonious exit from Green Bay, received a $6.3 million signing bonus when he inked a three-year, $21 million contract with the team in the offseason.
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Sideline stoicism
Bill Belichick hardly reacted to any of the five touchdowns his team scored against the Dolphins. He explained why on Friday.
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Prescott hands Cowboys a one-sided win
Dak Prescott shakes off a hand injury and throws two touchdown passes, including a franchise record-breaker to Dez Bryant, in the Cowboys' 38-14 victory over the Redskins.
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Smashing success
Rob Gronkowski never found himself breaking a table at a Bills tailgate growing up. He saved that for family functions. 
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Sean McDermott, Buffalo Bills coach.
The best Pats team he's seen?
Bills coach Sean McDermott's been around, so it's surprising to hear him say this version of the Patriots is better than any he's gone up against.  
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Brady, two others return to practice
After sitting out Wednesday's practice with an Achilles issue, Tom Brady returns to the field on Thursday as the Patriots prepare to play the Bills on Sunday.
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Tom Brady, New England Patriots QB, (left) and Carson Wentz, Philadelphia Eagles QB.
MVP? Brady over Wentz
Carson Wentz is great, but he's not taking the MVP from Tom Brady this season
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Would McDaniels be interested in becoming Giants head coach?
Albert Breer joins BST to talk about the potential of Josh McDaniels becoming the next head coach of the New York Giants.
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Struggling Shady still a threat
LeSean McCoy's production isn't what it's been in the past, but the Bills' running back is still someone the Patriots' coaches -- and players -- worry about.
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Brady among five Pats who miss practice
Tom Brady's Achilles injury, which kept him out of last Wednesday's practice prior to the game against the Dolphins, sits out again today.
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Buffalo Bills QB Tyrod Taylor.
Which Bills will show up?
The Bills' bizarre season included yanking their starting QB, bringing him back and returning to the playoff hunt. Still, the Patriots usually get to see their bad side.
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Will problems slowing mobile QB resurface?
Seems like a long time ago now, but think back, if you can, to a point in time when the Patriots defense was less stingy, back when they had a hell of a time trying to slow mobile quarterbacks. 
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Brady missing from start of practice
Tom Brady was not at the start of Wednesday's practice at Gillette Stadium, but a couple of key offensive players were. 
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Pats had eyes on new LB for a while
Nicholas Grigsby first caught the Patriots' eye while playing at Pitt, and they followed his journey through the NFL until he became available.
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PODCAST: Patriots-Dolphins and Tomlin's comments
Jerod Mayo weighs in on how Mike Tomlin’s comments will impact the Patriots players.
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NFL reduces stiff penalties
Oakland receiver Michael Crabtree and Denver cornerback Aqib Talib have had their suspensions reduced to one game on appeal.
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It's Jimmy G. time in the Bay Area at last
The San Francisco 49ers are ready for the start of the Jimmy Garoppolo era after announcing Tuesday that the franchise's quarterback of the future will make his first start for the team this week.
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Little to no value - in Belichick's eyes
Why keep going to the screen play if the execution continues to be poor? Josh McDaniels sees more benefit in the calls than his boss.
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The Manning Era comes to an end
The New York Giants are changing quarterbacks for first time in more than 13 years.
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Pats keep their cool in lukewarm outing
The Patriots' biggest achievement on a day when they weren't at their best? Resisting the temptation to stoop to Miami's level.
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Just one problem . . .
We're grateful to Mike Tomlin for injecting a little life into what's become a drama-free Patriots season. Only thing is, Belichick's Pats have beaten Tomlin's Steelers like a drum over the years.
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Ravens making defensive playoff surge
The Baltimore Ravens force two turnovers in the final 5 minutes to secure a 23-16 victory over the Houston Texans on Monday night.
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PODCAST: Why 'sloppy' game will be good for Pats
Mike Giardi and Dan Koppen review the Patriots' win over the Dolphins, the undisciplined nature of Miami, and Kenny Stills' comments after the game
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Pats keep their cool in lukewarm outing
The Patriots' biggest achievement on a day when they weren't at their best? Resisting the temptation to stoop to Miami's level.
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NFL punishes fight with harsh penalties
Oakland Raiders receiver Michael Crabtree and Denver Broncos cornerback Aqib Talib have been suspended two games each without pay for fighting.
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Patriots lose two players for season
The Boston Globe reports the Patriots have placed Martellus Bennett on injured reserve, ending  the tight end's season after only two games with New England.
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The anti-Belichick
Looking past opponents. Anticipating a playoff matchup. Predicting victory. Bill Belichick would never do any of those things . . . but in one sit-down on NBC, Mike Tomlin did them all.
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Course correction
The early weeks of the season were rough for Stephon Gilmore. But now the Patriots' big free-agent signee is playing some of the best football of his career.
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Room for improvement
For all the good that was there to be found in a 35-17 victory over a division opponent, there's also plenty for Belichick and the Patriots to clean up. 
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It's a film festival for Gilmore
On his game-turning interception, Stephon Gilmore knew what play the Dolphins were running before the snap. That's the power of film study.
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Steelers keep pace with Pats . . . barely
Chris Boswell kicks a career-long 53-yard field goal as time expires to give the Steelers a 31-28 victory over Green Bay, keeping them tied with the Patriots at 9-2.
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No escape
The Dolphins, like most teams in the NFL, are light years behind the Patriots. They remain there because they do the same stupid things over and over and over.
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Garoppolo gives 49ers glimpse of future
Jimmy Garoppolo finally gets on the field when starting QB C.J. Beathard is injured and throws for a touchdown in the 49ers' 24-13 loss.
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Jags' loss jumbles AFC playoff race
Phil Dawson hits a career-long 57-yard field goal with 1 second to play giving the Cardinals a 27-24 victory over the Jaguars.
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‘Just football, man’
Dolphins cornerback Bobby McCain and the Pats' Danny Amendola have an ongoing scrap, but McCain gets ejected when he throws a punch.
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Curran's Patriots-Dolphins Preview/Review
What predictions did Tom E. Curran get right? What did he get wrong? Find out in the Patriots-Dolphins preview review
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'They don't know who's coming'
The Dolphins couldn't have forgotten about Trey Flowers, right? It looked like they did before one of his two sacks.
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Don't ask him
Were there any thoughts about taking Tom Brady out of the game late with the game in hand? Bill Belichick contorts his face and has at it.
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Belichick favored initial Vol call
Greg Schiano is a polarizing figure in the world of college football. But ask Bill Belichick about the former Rutgers head coach, and he'll have nothing but good things to say. 
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Pats lose five to injury vs. Dolphins
When Trey Flowers went down late in the third quarter of Sunday's win over the Dolphins, the Patriots medical staff had already had itself a busy day. And it didn't end there.
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Stills thinks his trash talk got to Brady
Dolphins wide receiver Kenny Stills says he spent the game yelling at Tom Brady from the sidelines, and thinks the fact that Brady threw an interception after one of their exchanges is proof that he rattled
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Chiefs' nose dive continues against Bills
Once-dominant Kansas City loses for the fifth time in six games as the Bills escape Arrowhead Stadium with a 16-10 victory.
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Titans keep pace in AFC race . . . barely
Tennessee increases its record to 7-4 with a come-from-behind 20-16 victory over the Colts, its first win in 10 tries at Lucas Oil Stadium.
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Best and Worst: Patriots 35, Dolphins 17
Tom E. Curran highlights the best and worst moments from Sunday's game between the Patriots and Dolphins
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Hit man
Tom Brady throws four touchdown passes, but also takes more of a pounding than he has in recent games, as the Pats put away Miami.
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Pats-Dolphins inactives: Brown is back
Nose tackle Malcom Brown, sidelined since Oct. 22 because of an ankle injury, returns to action today as the Patriots host the Dolphins.
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Dolphins at Patriots: Pregame notes
All the information you need -- and some you don't know you need -- for today's Patriots-Dolphins game.
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San Francisco 49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo.
Garoppolo about to be tagged by 49ers?
Coach Kyle Shanahan hints that San Francisco will slap the franchise tag on Jimmy Garoppolo this offseason and use all of 2018 to evaluate him.  
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Jones backs off threats on Goodell
As soon as Cowboys owner Jerry Jones confirmed he is backing off a threat of legal action over the future of commissioner Roger Goodell, the focus turned to the performance of coach Jason Garrett and his sta
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Curran's Patriots-Dolphins Preview/Review
What predictions did Tom E. Curran get right? What did he get wrong? Find out in the Patriots-Dolphins preview review
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Pats won't face Cutler on Sunday
Dolphins quarterback Jay Cutler, despite practicing each of the last two days, is ruled out of Sunday's game against the Patriots because of a concussion.
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Brady attempts to ease injury concerns
Brady practiced for the second straight day Friday, after which he confirmed that he will be good to go Sunday against the Dolphins. 
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Well-heeled
Worried about Tom Brady's Achilles heel? Don't be . . . we think. The QB's health is among the many questions in a Thanksgiving edition of the 'bag.
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Hogan, Andrews, Cannon out again
Martellus Bennett also missed practice for the second straight day. 
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Patriots creating a league of their own
Bill Belichick says the Pats facing one of their ex-players, as they will this week (Miami's Ted Larsen), is nothing new: 'I think we have more [former] players' in the NFL than any other team.
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Washington Redskins QB Kirk Cousins celebrates a touchdown against the New York Giants.
Redskins add to Giants' woes
Kirk Cousins threw two touchdown passes to compensate for a pick-6, and the Washington Redskins beat the New York Giants 20-10 on Thanksgiving night.
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Report: Jones may still go after Goodell
Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, who has backed down from his threat to sue the NFL over commissioner Roger Goodell's contract extension, is adamant about his fellow owners discussing it at a Dec.
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Tom Brady helping prepare his Thanksgiving biscuits.
Injury won't stop Brady in the kitchen
Tom Brady was limited at practice and played hurt in the kitchen later Thursday as he posted a photo of himself preparing Thanksgiving biscuits for his holiday feast.
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L.A. Chargers QB Philip Rivers looks for a receiver against the Dallas Cowboys.
Here come Chargers, there go Cowboys
Philip Rivers threw for 434 yards and three touchdowns in his first Thanksgiving game in his 14th season and the Los Angeles Chargers beat the fading Dallas Cowboys 28-6 in Dallas.
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Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski of the New England Patriots
Look who's back at Patriots practice
The Patriots were back on the practice field on Thanksgiving morning in Foxboro and Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski returned after missing practice Wednesday.
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Minnesota Vikings QB Case Keenum looks for yardage against the Detroit Lions.
Vikings and unlikely QB extend streak
Case Keenum threw for two touchdowns and ran for a score in the first half to give the Vikings a double-digit lead and they went on to win a seventh straight game, 30-23 over the Lions in the traditional Tha
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Finding reasons for thanks everywhere
A lot has gone into the Patriots' success so far this season . . . including some things you're definitely not aware of.
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After year on sidelines, Revis gets a job
Out of work since being released by the Jets last February, Darrelle Revis is brought on by the Chiefs to help fix their leaky defensive backfield.
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New injury sidelines Brady
Tom Brady misses practice with a new injury -- an Achilles problem -- and is one of six Patriots, including Rob Gronkowski (illness), who sits out as the team prepares for the Dolphins.
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Randy Moss
Straight Hall, homey
Terrell Owens may have been snubbed, but Randy Moss is no T.O. He belongs in Canton ASAP.  
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Pats' stars missing from start of practice
The Patriots were without several starters at the start of Wednesday's practice. 
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New England Patriots LBs Elandon Roberts (left) and Kyle Van Noy.
A linebacker comeback
A once-reeling unit without Dont'a Hightower, Patriots LBs have righted themselves, particularly in coverage of pass-catchers out of the backfield.
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Another award for Gostkowski
Stephen Gostkowski is almost 34 years old, but in Mexico City he provided a reminder that he's not slowing down in his 12th NFL season.
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Three ex-Pats among HOF semifinalists
Former Patriots Randy Moss, Ty Law and Richard Seymour are among 27 semifinalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2018.
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Another trade turns out badly for Patriots
The Patriots have decided to part ways with defensive end Cassius Marsh.
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Belichick's comment draws ire in Mexico
Some Mexicans took exception to Bill Belichick's remarks about earthquakes and volcanoes after the Patriots played in Mexico City.  
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Lewis becoming a small wonder for Pats
Dion Lewis forced 10 missed tackles against the Raiders and looks like he's back to his pre-knee injury self.   
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Pats made quick work of Raiders
The Patriots imposed their will on Oakland from the very start and put together a high-grade performance in coasting to an easy victory.
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Carroll's decisions cost Seahawks in loss
Atlanta Falcons watch Blair Walsh's 52-yard field goal attempt in the final seconds fall short, holding off the Seattle Seahawks for a 34-31 win on Monday night.
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Belichick will find the flaws
The Patriots are flying high, but Dan Koppen says Bill Belichick will 'knock them down,' even after their impressive win over the Raiders, as he strives for perfection.
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Full speed ahead
The Patriots haven't had an outside burner since the days of Randy Moss. But now they've got Brandin Cooks, and he and Tom Brady are the NFL's most productive deep threat. (And the numbers prove it!)
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Belichick: Glenn 'good person deep down'
Bill Belichick was with Terry Glenn as a Patriot assistant in 1996 and then again as head coach in 2000 and '01, and calls him ' a good person with good intentions and a good heart.'
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Bledsoe, other ex-Pats salute Glenn
Drew Bledsoe was among the ex-Patriots taking to Twitter to react to Terry Glenn's untimely death on Monday.
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Belichick: Karras shows why Pats are good
In Bill Belichick's mind, what Ted Karras did on Sunday against the Raiders is one example of why the Patriots are a good team. 
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Ex-Pat Terry Glenn killed in car crash
Terry Glenn, the Patriots' No. 1 draft choice in 1996, is killed at the age of 43 in a one-car accident in Irving, Texas.
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Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch at training camp.
Trump wants NFL to suspend Lynch
Marshawn Lynch sits for the U.S. anthem and stands for the Mexican anthem prior to Sunday's Patriots-Raiders game, and Donald Trump wants the NFL to suspend him for season.
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Pats hit heights in altitude of Mexico City
The Patriots chose to practice all week in thin air, while the Raiders stayed at sea level until the day before the game. It's clear now which approach worked.
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Hard to find Pats' equal in soft AFC
The Patriots had their issues early this season, but what was broken is now fixed. That's bad news for a soft AFC.
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KIckerless Eagles give Cowboys the boot
Carson Wentz throws for two touchdowns and three two-point conversions after Philadelphia lost kicker Jake Elliott to a head injury, and the Eagles all but wrap up the NFC East with a 37-9 victory over the C
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Energized defense doing its part
After struggling early, the Patriots defense has flexed its muscles recently with a solid stretch
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No doubt for Gostkowski
The Raiders gave Stephen Gostkowski plenty of time to think about the 62-yard kick he was about to line up when they called a timeout just before the end of the first half. Didn't matter.
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Curran's Patriots-Raiders preview/review
What predictions did Tom E. Curran get right? What predictions did he get wrong? Find out in the preview/review of Sunday's game between the Patriots and Raiders
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'I'll always be a Navy man'
Bill Belichick stepped to the podium at Estadio Azteca on Sunday night following his team's 33-8 win over Oakland wearing a royal blue hooded sweatshirt (sleeves cut, of course) and a smirk.
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Pats' winning reaching record heights
Quick notes from the Patriots' 33-8 victory over the Raiders in Mexico City.
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Weis shares text he sent to Brady
Charlie Weis shares the text he sent to Tom Brady during the middle of the third quarter of today's game.
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Bills' QB switch blows up spectacularly
Buffalo rookie Nathan Peterman throws five interceptions -- in the first half -- and is replaced by the man he replaced, Tyrod Taylor, in the free-falling Bills' 54-24 loss to the Chargers.
On a streak of their own
The Celtics aren't the only team in town that's hot. Tom Brady picks apart Oakland's pourous defense in leading the Patriots to their sixth straight victory, 33-8 in Mexico City.
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Best and Worst: Patriots 33, Raiders 8
Tom E. Curran highlights the best and worst moments from the Patriots victory over the Raiders in Mexico City
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Dolphins continue sinking in AFC East
The Dolphins lose at end to Tampa Bay, fall to 4-6 and to outskirts of division race.
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Jaguars climbing AFC playoff ladder
The Jaguars move into sole possession of first place in the AFC South with a 19-6 victory over the winless Browns.
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Gillislee again a healthy scratch
For the second straight week, Mike Gillislee is a healthy scratch as the Patriots prepare to play the Raiders in Mexico City,
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New England Patriots OL Ted Karras at camp.
Who'll be at center of things for Pats?
With David Andrews ruled out due to illness, the Patriot may turn to second-year lineman Ted Karras as their starting center.
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Belichick gets a kick out of good punters
If the Patriots are about to go up against one of the more talented punters in the league, you're bound to hear about it from Bill Belichick.
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Down Mexico way
The Patriots can break their franchise record for consecutive road victories with a win todays. And that's not the only thing they can achieve by beating the Raiders in Mexico City.
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Curran's Patriots-Raiders preview/review
What predictions did Tom E. Curran get right? What predictions did he get wrong? Find out in the preview/review of Sunday's game between the Patriots and Raiders
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New England Patriots cornerback Malcolm Butler vs. Emmanuel Sanders of the Denver Broncos.
Butler hasn't done it
Emmanuel Sanders had his way with Malcolm Butler last week. And it's part of a pattern that's seen the Patriots corner get burned too often this season.
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Brady enjoys 'unique experience' of trip
While being away from home isn’t uncommon for the Patriots - just think about all those Super Bowl trips - Tom Brady believes each excursion takes on its own feel, its own flavor and - eventually - its own m
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Injuries again shake up Pats o-line Sunday
The Patriots will be without center David Andrews on Sunday when they play the Raiders in Mexico City.
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New England Patriots safeties Devin McCourty, left, Patrick Chung and Duron Harmon, right.
Safety in numbers
Familiarity and versatility are the keys for Devin McCourty, Pat Chung and Duron Harmon, the Patriots safeties who have the ability to handle whatever the opponent - or their own coaches - throw at them.  
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Robert Kraft shakes hands with Jerry Jones.
Joined forces?
This week's edition of the Friday Bag compares the Patriots' battle with the commissioner to the Cowboys' and looks ahead to Raiders matchup south of the border. 
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New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft (left) and Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones.
In threat to Goodell, Jones insults Kraft
How hard is Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones prepared to fight NFL commissioner Roger Goodell? Enough to reportedly insult Patriots owner Robert Kraft in the process.   
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'Getting better all the time'
Stephon Gilmore got off to a rocky start with the New England Patriots, but now he says things are improving . . . on and off the field.
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Why Burkhead's big night in Denver was no fluke
The Patriots took advantage of Denver's inability to cover backs out of the backfield. Can they do the same to Oakland?
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Air Force Academy football coach Troy Calhoun.
Air Force survival training stories inspire Pats
Practicing in high-altitude at the Air Force Academy gives the Patriots a chance to hear from Academy coach Troy Calhoun about the survival training cadets endure.
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What's the Patriots' 'special' edge?
Special teams may be an under-appreciated phase of football, but the Patriots emphasis on it has given them yet another advantage. 
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Raiders may have perfect player to slow down Gronk
From NBC Sports Bay Area: UConn product Obi Melifonwu has the size and speed to keep up with Rob Gronkowski in Sunday's Patriots-Raiders matchup.
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Packers 'got a good laugh' out of Bennett
Clay Matthews can’t help but chuckle over the circumstances that led to former teammate Martellus Bennett lining up Sunday for the Patriots after apparently being too injured to play in Green Bay.
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Like Brady before him, Elliott surrenders
FRISCO, Texas -- Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott [1] is ending his legal fight with five games remaining on a six-game suspension over alleged domestic violence. Elliott's agents said Wednesday...
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Mr. Versatility
In Pat Chung’s world, life is rarely the same from one play to the next.
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A helping hand
Improvement in the offensive line has played a big role in the Pats becoming more balanced . . . and successful.
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Belichick humbled by 'special' honor
Bill Belichick was 'honored' to be asked to speak to the Naval Academy team prior to its game against SMU last weekend.
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High and low approaches for Pats, Raiders
While the Patriots are preparing to play at altitude by training at altitude, the Raiders are simply practicing in the Bay Area and waiting as long as they can to get to Mexico City. 
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Million-dollar drop?
Even if Rob Gronkowski wasn't specifically thinking about his incentive-laden contract when he had a catch ruled incomplete in Denver, you can't blame him if it was somewhere in the back of his mind.
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Brandon Meriweather on what's it like to play with a concussion
Former NFL safety Brandon Meriweather tells Toucher & Rich what it is like to play through a concussion.
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Patriots receive a rare reward
Tom Brady earns the AFC's Offensive Player of the Week and Dion Lewis is named AFC Special Teams Player of the Week, giving the Patriots two weekly award winners for the first time since 1998.
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Pats good at making foes look bad
The Patriots are the best team in the league this season when it comes to making opposing defenses look silly.
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A Denver nugget for the Pats
The Patriots play perhaps their best all-around game of the season, particularly in the second half, in romping to a 41-16 victory in a place they normally don't find very hospitable.
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