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Antonio Brown gets thoughtful advice from ex-teammate Le'Veon Bell

Antonio Brown gets thoughtful advice from ex-teammate Le'Veon Bell

Both Le'Veon Bell and Antonio Brown's storied tenures in Pittsburgh had unhappy endings in the past year, albeit for different reasons.

After holding out for the entire 2018 season, Bell inked a $52.5 million ($25 million guaranteed) contract with the New York Jets in free agency. As for Brown, the star wide receiver's exit largely was a result of sour grapes between him and his longtime quarterback, Ben Roethlisberger.

Now, the two ex-Steelers stars will face off twice a year after Brown forced his way out of Oakland to join the New England Patriots.

That brief yet tumultuous stint with the Raiders certainly didn't do anything to help Brown's image, but Bell can relate to his former teammate and still sees him as a "good person." In an interview with ESPN's Dianna Russini, the Jets' new star running back explained why he doesn't hold anything against Brown and even offered some advice for the 31-year-old.

“Sometimes it’s kind of hard to overcome, like, when a lot of negative things are happening or people are saying a lot of negative things about you,” Bell told Russini. “It’s like a snowball effect, right? Even what happened to me, when I had my suspension and things like that, I don’t ever want to get too low on myself. I hope Antonio’s doing the same thing. If I had to give him advice, that’s what I would give him.

"If you know AB personally, you’ll know that he’s a good person. He’s not really trying to harm anybody, you know? Maybe something he wants and he gotta go achieve it, but he might go a different way about it than other people would. But, you know, it is what it is.”

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Brown is off to a solid start in New England, tallying four receptions for 56 yards and connecting on his first touchdown from Tom Brady during Sunday's win over the Dolphins. With his Pats debut out of the way, AB looks ahead to his first game in Foxboro as a Patriot next week against, you guessed it, Bell's Jets.

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Patriots vs. Bengals live stream: Watch NFL Week 15 game online

Patriots vs. Bengals live stream: Watch NFL Week 15 game online

The New England Patriots will play their final road game of the regular season in Sunday's Week 15 matchup against the Cincinnati Bengals.

The defending Super Bowl champions are desperate for a win after two consecutive losses. The Patriots have not lost three or more games in a row since 2002, and another defeat Sunday could drop them from the No. 2 seed to the No. 3 seed in the AFC playoff picture, which would put them in significant danger of not earning a first-round playoff bye.

On paper, this game is a complete mismatch. The Patriots defense is one of the NFL's best and should limit a bad Bengals offense that's largely responsible for their league-worst 1-12 record. The Patriots offense has been pretty bad of late, too, and if Tom Brady and Co. don't jump out to a quick lead, this game could get surprisingly competitive.

And, of course, there's the story of the Patriots being investigated by the NFL for videotaping the Bengals' sideline during Cincinnati's Week 14 road game in Cleveland. This investigation is still ongoing, as of this writing.

Will the Patriots earn a much-needed victory, or will the Bengals shock the world and hand New England a potentally devastating loss in the AFC playoff race?

Here’s how and when to watch Patriots vs. Bengals online. Be sure to also watch “Pregame Live” at 11 a.m. ET and “Postgame Live” at 4 p.m. ET, all on NBC Sports Boston. Michael Holley, Albert Breer, Tom E. Curran, Phil Perry, Ted Johnson, D.J. Bean and former Patriots quarterback Matt Cassel will break down the game from every angle.

When: Sunday, Dec. 15 at 1 p.m. ET
TV Channel: CBS
Live Stream: FuboTV

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Report: Pats' punishments for videotaping could include fines, draft picks

Report: Pats' punishments for videotaping could include fines, draft picks

While the investigation into the New England Patriots' illicit videotaping of the Cincinnati Bengals' sideline last weekend is ongoing, The Washington Post's Mark Maske is reporting that the punishment could be aligned in severity with similiar game-day violations committed by other NFL teams in recent years.

That means fines in the range of six figures and/or a reduced round value on a draft pick — or worse still, the loss of one altogether:

"The NFL is likely to penalize the New England Patriots for their admitted violation of league video policy last weekend and is contemplating disciplinary measures in line with those imposed on teams in recent seasons for infractions of game-day rules, according to people familiar with the deliberations.

That could mean a fine in the hundreds of thousands of dollars and potentially the loss or reduction in value of a draft choice, typically a lower-level pick."

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Looking for something similar to what the Patriots were levied for Spygate? Maske points out that punishment was clearly an exception, not a guardrail:

The Patriots have admitted wrongdoing in last Sunday's incident in Cleveland, in which a credentialed Patriots video crew member was caught filming the Bengals' sideline during their game against the Browns. New England has said the camera crew was there to feature a scout as part of their "Do Your Job" video series.

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