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Two teams that staged one of the most memorable sporting events ever are back at it, only this time not for a title. They're trying to find themselves in a new season.
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New England Patriots RB James White scores the winning TD in Super Bowl 51 against the Atlanta Falcons.
Curran's Patriots-Falcons Preview: Troubled cast for sequel
The Patriots and Falcons each have their problems as they meet again after a spine-tingling Super Bowl. Who rights themselves this time?
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Amica Game Recap: Everybody chips in to get win over 76ers
Mike Gorman and Brian Scalabrine bring you this Amica Game Recap to break down the Boston Celtics first win of the season.
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Raiders' Lynch suspended game for shoving official
Oakland running back Marshawn Lynch was suspended for one game without pay by the NFL on Friday for shoving a game official
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Patriots-Falcons injury report: Gilmore, Rowe out
As expected, after not practicing all week, Patriots cornerbacks Stephon Gilmore (concussion) and Eric Rowe (groin) have been ruled out for Sunday night’s game against the Atlanta Falcons.  
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Tom Brady: Injuries like his, Gordon Hayward's 'big reality check for all of us'
"We all think we’re invincible to some degree," Tom Brady said of injuries that can alter an entire season. 
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New England Patriots receivers Chris Hogan (15), Brandin Cooks (14) and Danny Amendola (80) celebrate a TD.
What’s next for Patriots’ banged-up receiver corps?
Time for Tom E. Curran, Mike Giardi and Phil Perry to tackle your Patriots questions, including, how’s the health of the Pats’ receivers?
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Stephon Gilmore, Eric Rowe miss Friday's practice
Assuming the Patriots are without Gilmore and Rowe, a secondary that has struggled this season will face an even bigger challenge against Atlanta’s passing attack Sunday night.  
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Dion Lewis - Protect and swerve
Bill Belichick has said it many times, though in not so many words: This is a meritocracy. Opportunities go to those who deserve them. Playing time is earned.
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Belichick: Patriots preparing for everything from slumping Julio Jones
Julio Jones is looking for his first touchdown this season. Will it come against the Patriots? 
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THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL: Raiders score on final play for 31-30 win over Chiefs
Derek Carr throws a two-yard touchdown pass to Michael Crabtree on the final play after the game was extended by two straight defensive holding calls as the Raiders snap a four-game losing streak.
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QUICK SLANTS PODCAST: Patriots' locker room chemistry altered?
On this episode of Quick Slants the Podcast with Tom Curran and Tom Giles discuss if there is an issue inside of the Patriots locker room and how the chemistry has been altered by a few missing pieces.
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Opportunity knocks for Bademosi
Johnson Bademosi is intent on proving he’s more than a niche player. With injuries piling up, he may have the perfect opportunity against Julio Jones.
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Patriots-Falcons practice report: Gilmore (concussion/ankle) still out with Falcons, Jones on deck
Stephon Gilmore and Eric Rowe again sit out Patriots practice, throwing into question their availability for Sunday's game against the Falcons.
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'Twinkle Toes' Gronk? In Belichick's eyes, anyway
Rob Gronkowski has plenty of nicknames. But his newest one, courtesy of Bill Belichick, isn't exactly the symbol of intimidation.
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New England Patriots defensive end Chris Long.
Ex-Patriot Chris Long donating his salary to educational equality program
Chris Long already gave up his first six game checks to provide two scholarships for students in Charlottesville, Virginia. Now, he's using the next 10 to launch the Pledge 10 for Tomorrow campaign.
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Gronk tells Hayward to "dominate" rehab
Rob Gronkowski has gone through serious injuries in the past and come back from them. He had some advice for Gordon Hayward as he stares at a lengthy recovery period.
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Patriots-Falcons practice report: Gilmore, Rowe absent; Hogan added
Stephon Gilmore and Eric Rowe weren't spotted at the beginning of Patriots practice today, and it turns out they were two of the four Pats who didn't participate.
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Harvey Langi's wife, Cassidy, reunites with her husband, the Patriots rookie linebacker, at the hospital.
Patriots LB Harvey Langi's wife posts emotional video of hospital reunion
Days after Patriots linebacker Harvey Langi and his wife, Cassidy, were injured in car accident, she posted a video on Instagram of their tearful reunion in the hospital.
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New England Patriots RB James White scores the winning TD in Super Bowl 51 against the Atlanta Falcons.
Know Thine Enemy - Has Super Bowl meltdown scarred Falcons?
As the Atlanta Falcons head to Foxboro, you may recall that they blew a hefty lead on the way to NOT winning their first Super Bowl title.
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Quinn hoping Falcons won't be focused on 28-3 this week
Can't live in the past, says Dan Quinn. For the Falcons, that may be easier said than done this week.
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McClellin practices with Patriots for first time since training camp
Shea McClellin could provide a layer of depth to the Patriots defense if he's able to return off of injured reserve. 
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Patriots CBs Gilmore, Rowe missing from practice
Both Stephon Gilmore and Eric Rowe were missing from the start of Patriots practice on Wednesday afternoon.
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Garoppolo fills in for Brady, earns nod from Patriots
Tom Brady missed two practices last week and was limited for one other, leaving Jimmy Garoppolo to pick up the slack at quarterback. 
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Butler never flips 'off' switch, even in locker-room games
Malcolm Butler's competitive streak, which Bill Belichick says is evident even in 'trash ball in the locker room,' has helped him rebound from a shaky start to the season.
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Belichick ignoring noise? Or changing narrative?
Why has Bill Belichick been so surprisingly positive of his team’s performance in tight wins?
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New England Patriots cornerback Malcolm Butler defends New York Jets receiver Robby Anderson.
Can this defense be fixed?
With breakdown after breakdown week after week, this Patriots defense is a long way from championship caliber. It's on the players to get it right.
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Have the offseason changes negatively affected the Patriots locker room?
Mike Giardi and Dan Koppen look at a number of issues still remaining for the Patriots (despite upping their record to 4-2) in a new episode of "The Ex-Pats Podcast"
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Patriots linebacker spot about to get a boost?
The Patriots could add some depth to the second level of their defense if they get one player off of injured reserve in the coming weeks.
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A winning, if worrisome, performance
There remain plenty of things for the Patriots to fix, but -- unlike some other teams in the league -- they still came away with a victory Sunday. Here's how they graded out.
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A winning, if worrisome, performance
There remain plenty of things for the Patriots to fix, but -- unlike some other teams in the league -- they still came away with a victory Sunday. Here's how they graded out.
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PODCAST: Unfair to expect same greatness from Pats?
Tom E. Curran, Kayce Smith and Michael Holley talk about Bill Belichick saying it’s “incomprehensible” that people expect the Patriots to be on the same level as last year.
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MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL: Titans end 11-game skid to Colts with 36-22 win
Tennessee Titans beat the Indianapolis Colts 36-22 on Monday night to snap an 11-game skid tied for the NFL's longest active losing streak against one team.
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Belichick: 'Incomprehensible' expectations for '17 Pats
Bill Belichick knows big things were expected from his team this season, but he gives a long explanation for how those expectations should have been tempered headed into 2017.
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Malcom in the middle keeps Jets grounded
The Patriots held the Jets to only 74 rushing yards Sunday and third-year defensive lineman Malcom Brown was a big reason why.
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Boomer Esiason: Colin Kaepernick saga has been misrepresented; 'no way in the world' Packers should pay him
Appearing on Toucher & Rich Monday morning, Esiason stressed the lack of attention played to both Kaepernick’s ability and his contract demands when noting why the 29-year-old remains out of the league. 
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Brady reaches out to Rodgers after hearing of injury
Tom Brady has said many times how much he respects Aaron Rodgers. After he found out Rodgers was injured, he dropped him a line.
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Kaepernick files grievance against NFL owners, charging collusion
Former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick files a grievance against the NFL, alleging that he remains unsigned as a result of collusion by owners following his protests during the national anthem.
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SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL: Giants stun Broncos 23-10 for first win
Eli Manning ignored the loss of four wide receivers, and the reeling New York Giants capped a stormy week of injuries and infighting by stunning the Denver Broncos 23-10 on Sunday night.
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All's well that ends well . . . or not
'All’s well that ends well' isn’t really what the Patriots 16-season run of success has been about, and that’s why this win comes with caveats and yeah buts.
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Alan Branch sees 22 snaps after being benched last week
Alan Branch says he had a pretty significant change in 'mentality' Sunday from the one he took into his team's last game down in Tampa. 
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Curran's Patriots-Jets preview/review
What predictions did Tom E. Curran get right? Find out in his preview/review on Sunday's game between the Patriots and Jets
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AFC: Novak's late kick leads Chargers past Raiders, 17-16
Los Angeles Chargers took advantage of a key missed extra point by Giorgio Tavecchio to beat the Oakland Raiders 17-16 on Sunday.
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AFC: Steelers hand Chiefs first loss of season, 19-13
Le'Veon Bell runs for 179 yards and a touchdown, Antonio Brown makes an acrobatic touchdown catch in the fourth quarter and the Pittsburgh Steelers hold on to beat the Kansas City Chiefs, 19-13
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INTERCONFERENCE: Rams score twice on special teams, beat Jaguars, 27-17
Pharoh Cooper returned the opening kickoff 103 yards, one of two special teams touchdowns that helped the Los Angeles Rams beat the Jacksonville Jaguars 27-17 on Sunday.
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Bademosi did 'tremendous job' filling in for Gilmore on short notice
Instead of turning to Jon Jones to take the majority of snaps in Stephon Gilmore’s absence, the Patriots looked to special teams whiz Johnson Bademosi
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Gillislee strong start stopped short after second career lost fumble
Mike Gillislee came out of the gates with power and speed. But his day came to a screeching halt when he fumbled in the first quarter.
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You can hate the rule, but not the call
The Austin Seferian-Jenkins touchdown that was overturned and became a death-blow dealing touchback on Sunday is the latest example of this rule that PFT’s Mike Florio calls the worst in the NFL.
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Gronk return provides immediate shot in the arm for Patriots
Rob Gronkowski re-joined the Patriots offensive huddle at MetLife Stadium and provided an immediate boost
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Head referee says Jets touchdown-turned-fumble call was 'pretty obvious'
NFL referee Tony Corrente explained what went down on the field when Austin Seferian-Jenkins was ruled to have fumbled out of the end zone for a touchback.
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Patriots-Jets game notes: Brady sets NFL record for regular-season wins
Tom Brady breaks a tie with Brett Favre and Peyton Manning for most regular-season wins by a QB in NFL history.
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For Patriots, best is better
The Patriots had their hands full with the surprising Jets, but came away with a 24-17 victory that gave them sole possession of first place in the AFC East. Here's a quick look at today's scoring plays.
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Brady picks up record-breaking win, but isn't thrilled
Tom Brady set a record, surpassing Brett Favre and Peyton Manning's mark for regular-season wins in a career, yet he wasn't all that thrilled with how it happened.
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Lewis makes his case, helps Pats running attack vs. Jets
For the first time in 2017, and maybe since 2015, Dion Lewis was the focal point of the offense and the media's attention.
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Aaron Rodgers suffers broken collarbone, may miss remainder of season
The course of the NFC North race, and the NFC playoff race, is drastically altered Sunday when Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers suffers a broken collarbone during Green Bay's 23-10 loss to the Vikings.
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AFC EAST: Dolphins rally from 17-0 deficit, stun Falcons 20-17 in Atlanta
Jay Cutler throws a pair of touchdown passes, Cody Parkey kicks a pair of field goals and the Miami Dolphins rally from a 17-0 halftime deficit to stun the Falcons.
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INTERCONFERENCE: Barth's field goal gives Bears o.t. win over Ravens
Connor Barth kicks a 40-yard field goal with 2:08 left in overtime, and the Chicago Bears use a 167-yard rushing effort by Jordan Howard to beat the Baltimore Ravens, 27-24.
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AFC: Watson sets record in leading Texans past winless Browns, 33-17
Deshaun Watson throws for 225 yards and three touchdowns, becoming the first rookie in NFL history with at least three TD passes in three straight games, as the Texans defeat the Browns.
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For Patriots, best is better
The Patriots had their hands full with the surprising Jets, but came away with a 24-17 victory that gave them sole possession of first place in the AFC East. Here's a quick look at today's scoring plays.
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Meet the new boss, same as the old boss
Gronk looks fine in his return to action and the Pats benefit from a most unusual replay call as they win their AFC East showdown against the Jets and move into sole possession of first place.
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Best and Worst: Patriots 24, Jets 17
Tom E. Curran highlights the best and worst moments from Sunday's game between the Patriots and Jets
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Best and Worst: Patriots 24, Jets 17
Tom E. Curran highlights the best and worst moments from Sunday's game between the Patriots and Jets
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Patriots-Jets inactive list: Pats missing Rowe and Gilmore
The Patriots will be thin on defensive corners Sunday as both Eric Rowe and Stephon Gilmore are on the day's inactive list.
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New England Patriots LB Harvey Langi.
Langi suffered head and neck injuries in car crash
Langi's father-in-law, Rick Wahlin, provides details of the Friday night accident, which left Langi and his wife Cassie in serious but stable condition.
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WATCH: The Patriots arrive at MetLife Stadium
The Patriots have made it to MetLife Stadium for today's game against the Jets. Watch several of them -- including Tom Brady and Bill Belichick -- arrive, via Mike Giardi's Twitter account.
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Will it be a record-setting day?
Tom Brady can break Peyton Manning's and Brett Favre's mark for most regular-season wins by an NFL quarterback today when the Pats play the Jets. Click here for all the information about today's game.
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Patriots downgrade Gilmore, Burkhead to out for Sunday vs. Jets
Patriots cornerback Stephon Gilmore (concussion) and running back Rex Burkhead (ribs) have been ruled out for the game Sunday against the Jets in East Rutherford, N.J.  
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New England Patriots LB Harvey Langi.
Patriots rookie LB Harvey Langi and wife injured in car accident
Patriots rookie linebacker Harvey Langi and his wife were involved in a car accident in Foxboro on Friday night. 
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Tom Brady-New England Patriots-New York Jets preview by Tom E. Curran.
Will the real Jets or Pats stand up?
Remember 19-0? Remember when people thought the Jets wouldn't win a game? Now, New England and New York are both 3-2 and meet for a measuring stick match in New Jersey.   
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Curran's Patriots-Jets preview/review
What predictions did Tom E. Curran get right? Find out in his preview/review on Sunday's game between the Patriots and Jets
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Belichick doesn't think Patriots have fully utilized any of their backs yet
The Patriots haven't gotten a 100-yard rushing performance yet this season.
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McCourty appreciates safety shift
As Duron Harmon has become more of an every-down option as the team's free safety, Devin McCourty has been freed up to play a little more free safety
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Gronkowski 'good to go' and 'ready to roll' against the Jets
The veteran tight end missed Week 5 with the injury, but says he's ready to go vs. the Jets.
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Muhammad Wilkerson (96) leads the New York Jets defense.
Jets' DE Wilkerson, RB Powell questionable for Sunday vs. Patriots
The Jets could be without two key players as they host the Patriots Sunday in an AFC East showdown of 3-2 teams.  
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Eric Rowe misses Friday's Patriots practice, ruled out for Sunday's game
Rob Gronkowski (thigh) and Tom Brady (shoulder) were both there for the media portion. Both players were limited in Thursday’s practice.  
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A rush on trade questions
If it's Friday, that means it's time for the #FridayBag . . . led by the never-ending query of whether the Pats should trade Jimmy Garoppolo for defensive help.
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Belichick has high praise for Jets, low opinion of their critics
Bill Belichick says anyone who feels the Jets aren't competitive doesn't know what they're talking about.
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Getting back in the middle of things
Dont'a Hightower thinks missing the chance to build defensive cohesion was the biggest downside of his injury-induced layoff. But his return to middle linebacker is bringing the unit together.
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THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL: Eagles now 5-1 after 28-23 win over Panthers
Carson Wentz throws for 222 yards and three touchdowns to help the Eagles beat the Panthers 28-23 to improve to an NFC-best 5-1.
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Elliott's six-game suspension begins, as appeals court sets aside injunction
A federal appeals court clears the way for the NFL to impose a six-game suspension on Cowboys star Ezekiel Elliott over domestic violence allegations.
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Roger Goodell's wife used burner Twitter account to defend her husband
Jane Skinner Goodell tweeted back at multiple tweets about Roger Goodell, including one when he visited Gillette Stadium in the preseason.
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Patriots add former Jets, Giants TE Will Tye to their practice squad
The Patriots picked up some depth at the tight end position when they added Will Tye to the practice squad Thursday.
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Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski of the New England Patriots
Pats-Jets practice participation/injury report: Brady and Gronk return
Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski, who sat out Wednesday's practice, returned to the field for the Patriots on Thursday, albeit in limited participation.
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New England Patriots QB Tom Brady in video for Unreal candy.
Brady takes acting to new level in video for candy company
Tom Brady, master thespian? The Patriots QB shows off his acting chops in an over-the-top video performance for Unreal chocolate candies. 
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Kraft tells BBC Patriots had a choice on anthem
Robert Kraft, in an interview with the BBC, said Patriots players were given a choice to stand or not for the national anthem and criticized "inflammatory comments" made about players who demonstrated.
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New York Jets QB Josh McCown throws against the Cleveland Browns.
Belichick says 'there's a lot to like about' accurate Jets QB McCown
Bill Belichick lauds the mistake-free, accurate QB play of Jets veteran Josh McCown, 38.   
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What does Jermaine Kearse have up his sleeve for Patriots as a Jet?
Jermaine Kearse was the near villain of Super Bowl 49 for Patriots fans with his miracle catch. Now he'll put those talents on display Sunday with the Jets.
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Quickness, extended plays leading to hits? Brady says no, 'I am what I am'
Is Tom Brady getting hit more this season because he's using his quickness to extend plays? Yeah ... no.
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Belichick compares Amendola return to Brown's in 2001
Bill Belichick has had some fun with his all-22 breakdowns on Patriots.com this season. 
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Brady offers some protection for Patriots offensive line
Tom Brady takes a proactive approach to protecting his offensive line on Wednesday. 
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Brady calls Amendola 'uncoverable'- 'He's getting away from people no matter what'
Danny Amendola couldn't help but smile when he heard what his quarterback had to say about him.
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Pats-Jets practice report: Brady, Gronkowski on the field but sit out
The Patriots are without their two biggest offensive weapons -- Tom Brady (right shoulder) and Rob Gronkowski (thigh) -- for Wednesday's practice session.
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Jets weren't supposed to be like this
They were the consensus pick to be the worst team in football. Instead, the Jets host the Patriots Sunday with an identical record as their longtime rival. 
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Know Thine Enemy: Jets weren't supposed to do this
They were the consensus pick to be the worst team in football. Instead, the Jets host the Patriots Sunday with an identical record as their longtime rival.
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Belichick: Brady 'as physically and mentally tough as any player I've coached'
Before Tom Brady returned to practice Wednesday, Bill Belichick offered some of the highest praise he's ever given a player.  
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Tom Brady returns to Patriots practice; Solder, Rowe missing
After missing the Tuesday workout in order to undergo an MRI on his left shoulder, Tom Brady was present for the New England Patriots first fully-padded practice of the week Wednesday.  
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BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: How concerning is Brady's injury?
Tom Curran, Michael Holley and Kayce Smith discuss the level of concern over Tom Brady having a left shoulder sprain and why he is getting hit more than ever this season.
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QUICK SLANTS PODCAST: Why's Brady getting hit so much?
Tom E. Curran, Phil Perry and Jerod Mayo discuss the reasons why Tom Brady is getting hit so much. Plus, they look ahead to this week vs. Jets
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Feeling the pain of poor protection
The fact that Tom Brady's hurt can't be a surprise to anyone who's seen the fearsome beating he's taken so far this year. It's not a surprise to the Pats, who know they need to protect him better.
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Goodell to NFL owners: 'We believe everyone should stand for anthem'
NBC News has obtained a letter sent by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell to team owners regarding the ongoing controversy surrounding players’ etiquette during the national anthem.
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Brady has MRI on shoulder, but expected to play vs. Jets
Tom Brady undergoes an MRI on his left shoulder Tuesday, causing him to miss practice. The MRI is negative and Brady is expected to play Sunday.
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Belichick: David Harris has done all he's asked
David Harris has played one more defensive snap through five games this season than undrafted rookie linebacker Harvey Langi.
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Tom Brady missing from start of Tuesday's practice
Tom Brady was one of a pair of players absent from the start of Tuesday's Patriots practice on the fields behind Gillette Stadium. 
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Phil Perry's report card: Just good enough
It wasn't an honors performance, but the Patriots managed to make the grade in last Thursday night's victory over the Buccaneers.
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EX-PATS PODCAST: Takeaways from the Pats win over Bucs
Mike Giardi and Dan Koppen discuss their takeaways from the Patriots win over Bucaneers and discuss how long Tom Brady can keep taking hits at this pace
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MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL: Vikings beat Bears, 20-17
Minnesota Vikings spoiled prized rookie quarterback Mitchell Trubisky's debut with a 20-17 victory over the Chicago Bears
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Solder's struggles tied to missing camp?
Nate Solder essentially missed all of training camp and the preseason, yet when they kicked off the season he assumed his normal spot at left tackle and stayed there.
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McDaniels: Ealy 'big part of challenge'
Kony Ealy said that he "definitely" expects to be ready to face the New England Patriots at MetLife Stadium.
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Patriots sign two new practice-squad players, release QB Heinicke, OL King
The New England Patriots, as they often do, shake things up on their practice squad Monday. 
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New England Patriots defensive lineman Trey Flowers.
Trey Flowers has been iron man for Patriots
It really hasn't mattered what the situation is. The Patriots have had Trey Flowers out there and in a variety of roles.  
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Miami Dolphins offensive line coach Chris Foerster resigned after this video emerged.
Dolphins offensive line coach resigns after drug video emerges
After video of Miami Dolphins offensive line coach Chris Foerster snorting white powder emerged, he has resigned and says in a statement that he'll focus on "getting the help I need."     
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QUICK SLANTS PODCAST: Special guest Bill Burr rants on "Deflategate"
Comedian Bill Burr talks with Tom Curran about the double-standard regarding the Patriots and "Defaltegate", and how the Giants and Colts seem to not be punished
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Texans' title chances take devastating hit: Watt, Mercilus out for year
The Patriots' path to the AFC Championship may have gotten a little easier, as two of the Texans' best defensive players -- J.J. Watt and Whitney Mercilus -- suffer season-ending injuries.
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Brady: It's a bottom-line business and that's what matters to Pats
The Patriots didn't earn many style points during Thursday night's win in Tampa, but Tom Brady says that, during any given week, the bottom line is all that matters.
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SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL: Undefeated Chiefs beat Texans, 42-34
Kansas City Chiefs remain undefeated with a 42-34 victory over the Houston Texans on Sunday night in a game where J.J. Watt broke his left leg.
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AFC: Flacco, Ravens beat Raiders without Carr, 30-17
The Baltimore Ravens beat the short-handed Oakland Raiders 30-17 on Sunday.
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AFC EAST: Cutler silences boos as Dolphins beat Titans, 16-10
Jay Cutler finally silenced the boobirds with a fourth-quarter touchdown pass, and the Dolphins beat the Titans, 16-10.
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AFC EAST: Jets earn third win with victory over Browns, 17-14
Josh McCown came back to Cleveland and beat the team that cut him, 17-14.
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AFC: Jaguars defense pummels Big Ben, Steelers, 31-9
Ben Roethlisberger throws five interceptions as the Jaguars and their impressive defense rout the Steelers, 31-9.
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AFC EAST: Green leads Bengals to win over Bills, 20-16
A.J. Green and the Cincinnati Bengals squeaked out a 20-16 victory against the Buffalo Bills on Sunday.
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Are Pats conserving Lewis for long haul?
Among the questions Tom E. Curran, Phil Perry and Mike Giardi tackle: Are Patriots protecting Dion Lewis for later in the season?  Have defensive communication issues been solved?
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New England Patriots WR Danny Amendola looks for yardage after making a catch against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Keeping Amendola was best offseason move
With injuries at wide receiver, how smart do the Patriots look now for retaining the services of Danny Amendola?  
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'I don't think we've played our best football yet'
After returning from a hamstring injury, Matthew Slater wants to see the Patriots improve their consistency.
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QUICK SLANTS PODCAST: Breaking down Patriots win vs. Buccaneers
Can the Patriots defense build off Thursday's win against the Buccaneers? Tom E. Curran and Phil Perry break down the victory.
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New England Patriots cornerback Malcolm Gilmore (left) and QB Tom Brady in action against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Curran: Butler dishes it out, Brady takes it
Among the afterthoughts from the Patriots' escape from Tampa Bay: Notice the way Malcolm Butler hits and the way Tom Brady gets hit.
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Pats were wary of wind on perfect night for Stephen Gostkowski
The veteran kicker nailed all four of his field goal attempts. Bill Belichick discussed why Gostkowski didn't attempt a fifth.
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Belichick on Branch being left behind: 'This isn't about one player'
Bill Belichick went into specific detail Friday about why Alan Branch was left behind for Thursday’s win over the Bucs. No, he didn’t. Of course, he didn’t. 
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New England Patriots cornerback Stephon Gilmore.
Gilmore after bounce-back night: ‘I took it personal’
There’d been plenty of questions about free-agent acquisition Stephon Gilmore’s ability in his first four games with the Patriots. He answered critics with his coverage of Bucs WR Mike Evans Thursday.   
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Perry: For a night, Patriots don't care they won ugly
Thursday's win wasn't pretty, but inside the Patriots locker room, there is a sense of relief, a sense of pride for having responded after being backed into a corner.
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BEST OF BST PODCAST: Patriots cling to 19-14 win over Bucs
Mike Felger, Troy Brown, Albert Breer, and Charlie Weis break down the Patriots win over the Bucs, and more.
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Curran's Patriots-Buccaneers preview/review
What predictions did Tom E. Curran get right? Find out in the Patriots-Buccaneers preview/review.
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Five quick thoughts: Improved performance from Pats secondary
The Patriots get the 19-14 win against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and the secondary was, dare we say it, quite good.
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Best and Worst: Patriots 19, Buccaneers 14
DJ Bean highlights the best and worst moments from Thursday's game between the New England Patriots and Tampa Bay Buccaneers
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Best and Worst: Patriots 19, Buccaneers 14
DJ Bean highlights the best and worst moments from Thursday's game between the New England Patriots and Tampa Bay Buccaneers
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Breer: People in Buffalo not shocked by Gilmore's struggles
Albert Breer says that his sources in Buffalo are "0% shocked" in Stephon Gilmore's struggles with the New England Patriots.
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Report: Gronkowski not expected to play against Bucs
Rob Gronkowski, who popped up on the injury report Tuesday with a thigh contusion, apparently will not be able to play tonight against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
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Time to get back in middle of things
None other than Jerod Mayo thinks the Patriots need to return Dont'a Hightower to middle linebacker if they hope to improve their communication . . . and their overall defense.
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Giardi: Time for Gilmore to earn his keep . . . now
It's not all his fault, but a lot of the Pats' secondary woes can be pinned on big-ticket free agent Stephon Gilmore. With Bill Belichick at the helm, you have to think the clock is ticking,
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From best to bust
Last December, Bill Belichick was lauding Alan Branch as the Patriots' top defensive lineman. Tonight, he won't even be in Florida when the Patriots face the Bucs.
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Out of the frying pan, into the fire
After an abysmal defensive showing Sunday, the Patriots get just what they don't need on a short week: A young, on-the-rise team that's tough at home and eager for a signature victory. 
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Curran's Patriots-Buccaneers preview/review
What predictions did Tom E. Curran get right? Find out in the Patriots-Buccaneers preview/review.
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BEST OF BST PODCAST: Previewing Sox playoffs, Bruins opener, Pats vs. Bucs
The BST crew previews all of the big games that will take place Thursday.
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Gasper: I refuse to believe the Patriots defense is this bad
Chris Gasper explains why he is not ready to lose faith on the Patriots defense.
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Pats-Bucs injury report: Burkhead and Rowe out, Gronkowski questionable
Rob Gronkowski is a surprise addition to the Patriots' injury report, as a thigh injury not reported on Monday or Tuesday has him listed as 'questionable' for Thursday's game against the Bucs.
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Winston on playing 'inspiration' Brady: 'A chance to witness greatness'
Jameis Winston said it's a "blessing" to be able to play against one of his idols.
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Belichick provides scouting report on 'impressive' Bucs opponent
Here's what Belichick had to say about the Buccaneers on Tuesday, with some editor's notes to round out the current picture on that particular player.
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Bean: Pats no strangers to recovery missions
This isn't the first time the Pats have started 2-2 while allowing a lot of points in the Brady Era, and they've always recovered. The question this year: How much will they improve? And how soon?
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Alan Branch: Let me lend a hand
After a rugged performance in the season opener, Alan Branch has seen his playing time decrease. He calls it 'upsetting,' and hopes to work his way back into the lineup.
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Great insight from Mayo on defensive woes
Jerod Mayo talks with Tom E. Curran about what problems he is seeing the Patriots defense have on the field, and what can be done to fix it by Thursday.
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Gronkowski: Would be nice if refs called offensive PI consistently
Rob Gronkowski ripped NFL officials on Tuesday. He did it as kindly and as gently as he could, but it was clear he wasn't happy.
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Should Patriots sign Darrelle Revis to help the secondary?
Mike Felger, Bob Ryan, Trenni Kusnierek, and Marc Bertrand debate if the Patriots should look to sign Darrelle Revis to help the struggling defense.
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McCourty: Patriots defensive backs working overtime to make corrections
Patriots defensive backs didn't sugarcoat it after their Week 4 loss to the Panthers. Maybe they need to watch more film. Maybe they need to meet more. Maybe they need to work harder.
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Pats-Bucs practice participation/injury report: Rowe misses practice
 Of the two players who left Sunday's game because of injury, one (Elandon Roberts) is back at practice and one (Eric Rowe) isn't.
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Lombardi on Pats: 'You can't just outscore people . . . This isn't the ABA'
Former Patriots assistant to the coaching staff Mike Lombardi says the Patriots aren't a "playoff-caliber" team right now.
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Carolina Panthers WR Devin Funchess makes a TD reception against New England Patirots CB Eric Rowe.
Bucs OL: 'Yeah, a little bit' excited to face struggling Patriots defense
Patriots opponents aren't typically looking forward to seeing Bill Belichick and Tom Brady on the schedule. Now . . .
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Patriots to wear white color rush uniforms for Bucs game
The Pats will wear the uniforms Thursday night in Tampa against the Bucs.
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Pats at a loss to explain Sunday's defeat
The truly scary thing about the Pats' dismal defensive showing Sunday? The players had no real answers for why things were so bad. And bad they were, as the grades will show.
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At a loss
The truly scary thing about the Pats' dismal defensive showing Sunday? The players had no real answers for why things were so bad. And bad they were, as the grades will show.
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THE EX-PATS PODCAST: How has the Patriots defense changed so much in one season?
Mike Giardi and former Patriots center Dan Koppen breakdown the Patriots last second loss to the Carolina Panthers 33-30, as the defense once again was a major concern.
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MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL: Butker's field goals send Chiefs to 29-20 win
Harrison Butker responded to his first-half miss Monday night by drilling three field goals in the second half, the last a go-ahead 43-yarder with 8 seconds remaining that helped Kansas City beat the Washing
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BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: Time to panic about Patriots defense?
Tom Giles, Michael Holley, Michael Hurley, and Tom Curran talk about the Patriots' loss to the Panthers and how poorly the Pats defense has played so far this season.
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Hightower: 'We gotta hold each other to a higher standard...that starts today'
On Monday at Gillette Stadium, the Patriots dissected the film of their 33-30 loss to the Panthers and went over the corrections they'll need to make before seeing the Buccaneers on Thursday night.
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New England Patriots linebacker Elandon Roberts takes down Buffalo Bills fullback Jerome Felton.
Pats-Bucs practice participation/injury report: Roberts, Rowe hurting
Linebacker Elandon Roberts and cornerback Eric Rowe, both of whom were forced from Sunday's loss to the Panthers because of injury, don't participate in Monday's practice.
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New England Patriots cornerback Stephon Gilmore.
Giardi: Is Gilmore dissatisfied with the way he’s been used?
You have to wonder if the Patriots are utilizing struggling cornerback Stephon Gilmore the best possible way. Bill Belichick wasn't exactly forthcoming about it.
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Belichick on Gilmore penalties: 'Only matters what the guy who has the flags thinks'
The Patriots were docked 55 yards thanks to seven penalties during Sunday's loss to the Panthers, 33-30. But it wasn't necessarily the sum of the yards they gave up that hurt them, it was the timing.
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Harmon: Enough with defensive lapses
After allowing 30-plus points for the third time in four games, Duron Harmon says its time for he and defensive teammates to 'look in the mirror.'
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New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski against the Carolina Panthers.
Brady: Boger's officiating crew over-eager with penalty calls against Patriots
Tom Brady didn't like the work of the officials on Sunday. He said that on Rob Gronkowski's offensive pass interference penalty, "they were cued up ready to throw it."
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SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL: Seahawks use 2nd-half surge to rout Colts, 46-18
The Seattle Seahawks use a second-half rally to beat the Indianapolis Colts 46-18 on Sunday night.
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Curran: We've got a lack of communication
Defensive lapses cost the Patriots Sunday's game, and raise more questions about a defense that four games, and an offseason ago, won a Super Bowl
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AFC: Broncos hold on for a 16-10 win over Raiders
The Denver Broncos seal their 16-10 win over Oakland on Sunday on safety Justin Simmons' interception of EJ Manuel at the Denver 8 in the closing minutes.
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Brady once again turns to Amendola in gotta-have-it situation
When Tom Brady absolutely needed a touchdown in the fourth quarter against the Panthers, he turned to one of his most reliable targets.
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Curran's Patriots-Panthers preview/review
What predictions did Tom E. Curran get right? Find out in the preview/review of Sunday's game between the Patriots and Panthers
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Hightower starts in return from knee injury
Dont'a Hightower played 37 snaps and came up with a big play defensively in the fourth quarter in his first game back after suffering a knee injury in the season-opener.
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New England Patriots QB Tom Brady throws against the Carolina Panthers.
Pats' troubles hitting home
Sunday's loss to the Panthers drops the Patriots' record to 1-2 at Gillette Stadium . . . a place where they've have traditionally been dominant with Tom Brady and Bill Belichick.
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Gilmore finds himself in a tight corner
Two blown coverages that led to TDs, two key third-down penalties that extended Carolina scoring drives . . . Stephon Gilmore had a rough day for the Pats. Can he turn things around?
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AFC: Bell, Steelers run over Ravens 26-9 in first-place duel
Le'Veon Bell rushes for 144 yards and two touchdowns, and the Steelers beat the Ravens 26-9 on Sunday in a duel for first place in the AFC North.
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AFC: Dalton throws 4 TD passes, Bengals blow out Browns, 31-7
Andy Dalton throws three of his four touchdown passes in the first half and the Bengals roll to a 31-7 win
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Houston Texans QB Deshaun Watson rushes against the Tennessee Titans.
AFC: DeShaun Watson accounts for 5 TDs as Texans down Titans, 57-14
Rookie Deshaun Watson threw for four touchdowns and ran for another as the Houston Texans scored the most points in franchise history in 57-14 rout of the Tennessee Titans on Sunday.
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Chandler Catanzaro celebrates his game-winning field goal for the New York Jets against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
AFC EAST: Jets beat Jaguars 23-20 on field goal in OT
Chandler Catanzaro kicked a 41-yard field goal with 28 seconds left in overtime, lifting the New York Jets to a wacky 23-20 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday.  
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Buffalo Bills RB LeSean McCoy rushes against the Atlanta Falcons.
AFC EAST: Bills sit atop division after 23-17 win over Falcons
Stephen Hauschka kicked a tiebreaking, 56-yard field goal with less than 5 minutes remaining and the Buffalo Bills made a last-minute defensive stand to beat Atlanta 23-17 and move to 3-1 and in first place
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An offensive defense
Cam Newton and the Panthers' previously toothless offense gashes the Patriots all afternoon and pulls out a last-second, 33-30 victory. Here are five quick takeaways from Phil Perry.
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New England Patriots QB Tom Brady throws against the Carolina Panthers.
Best and Worst: Panthers 33, Patriots 30
Tom E. Curran highlights the best and worst moments from the Patriots 33-30 loss to the Carolina Panthers in Foxboro.  
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New England Patriots LB Dont'a Hightower kneels before the game against the Carolina Panthers.
Best and Worst: Panthers 33, Patriots 30
Tom E. Curran highlights the best and worst moments from the Patriots game with the Carolina Panthers in Foxboro.
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Miami Dolphins quarterback Jay Cutler tries to escape the New Orleans Saints rush.
AFC EAST: Saints blank Dolphins 20-0 in London
Drew Brees threw for 268 yards and two touchdowns and the Saints scored all but three of their points in the second half as they defeated the Miami Dolphins 20-0 on a rainy Sunday afternoon at London's Wembl
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No Patriots kneel during national anthem prior to game vs. Panthers
One week after 16 players took a knee, all Patriots players stood for the national anthem prior to Sunday's game against the Panthers at Gillette Stadium.
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Patriots vs. Panthers: The pregame sights
The pregame sights from the Gillette Stadium parking lots prior to kickoff between the Patriots and Panthers.
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Patriots-Panthers inactives: Harris out; Hightower, Cannon, Rowe in
Dont'a Hightower, sidelined since Opening Night, is active for Sunday's Patriots-Panthers game, as is offensive lineman Marcus Cannon and cornerback Eric Rowe.
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Report: Kraft played key role in NFL players, owners meeting with Goodell
An ESPN report details last week's meeting of NFL players and owners with commissioner Roger Goodell over national anthem protests and the key role of Patriots owner Robert Kraft.
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Getting ready for the game
Here's all the information -- where to watch, game previews and scouting report, even the weather -- you'll need for today's game.
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Getting ready for the game
The Patriots and the Panthers are both 2-1, but neither can say they don't have problems to correct. Here's all the information -- where to watch, game previews and scouting report, even the weather -- you'...
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Easy pickings?
A drama-free Sunday would serve the Patriots well as they face a short week after hosting the Panthers. Carolina might just provide that.   
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Curran's Patriots-Panthers preview/review
What predictions did Tom E. Curran get right? Find out in the preview/review of Sunday's game between the Patriots and Panthers
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Patriots-Panthers injury report: Burkhead doubtful, Hightower questionable
Rex Burkhead is listed as doubtful despite returning to practice Friday and Dont'a Hightower, who reportedly is expected to play, is questionable.
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Report: Hightower expected to play Sunday vs Panthers
Patriots linebacker Dont'a Hightower, who missed the past two games with a sprained knee ligament, is expected to play Sunday against the Panthers in Foxboro, Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald reports.  
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Rex Burkhead returns to Patriots practice
The running back was spotted on the field, though he looked to be moving gingerly in stretches. 
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Why the struggles on third-and-short?
Among the questions Tom E. Curran, Phil Perry and Mike Giardi tackle: What's going on in short-yardage situations? And how does Tom Brady keep absorbing these hits?
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Panthers trading Ealy, signing Peppers worked better for them than for Patriots
Bill Belichick praised the play of the 37-year-old Peppers Friday at Gillette Stadium. 
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