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Doug Pederson marvels at Patriots QB Tom Brady's success late in career

Doug Pederson marvels at Patriots QB Tom Brady's success late in career

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is the oldest starter at his position in the NFL, but you wouldn't know it just by watching him play each Sunday.

Brady is completing 64.8 percent of his passes for 2,536 yards with 14 touchdowns and five interceptions through nine games. The 42-year-old veteran isn't posting MVP-caliber stats, but he's made enough plays to help New England earn an AFC-leading 8-1 record entering Sunday's Week 11 matchup against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. 

Eagles head coach Doug Pederson is quite impressed with how well Brady has played late in his career.

"You're kind of in awe of his play," Pederson told reporters Wednesday, via John McMullen of 93.7 ESPN. "Where he is in his career, and how he's gotten himself physically and mentally, really, to play every season and every play of every game. You're really not going to show him anything he hasn't seen from a schematic standpoint. He's smart, he knows exactly where to go with the football. He can direct his offense and get guys in positions to be successful.

"And he does a great job with the football and protecting it. It's hard to get to him, No. 1 -- he gets the ball out extremely fast. It's just really impressive to watch where he is in his career and the age and all of that. As a former quarterback, to sit back and watch him play has been very impressive to me."

The Patriots and Eagles last met in Super Bowl LII, where Brady shredded Philly's defense for a Super Bowl-record 505 yards and three touchdowns. It wasn't good enough to win the Lombardi Trophy, however, as the Eagles prevailed with a 41-33 victory for their first Super Bowl championship in franchise history. 

Brady should again tally impressive stats Sunday because the Eagles pass defense, particularly at cornerback, has struggled throughout the 2019 season. The Eagles defense ranks 20th in pass coverage, 27th in tackling and 17th in defense overall, according to Pro Football Focus' grades.

The Patriots passing attack also could receive a boost in Week 11 if rookie wide receiver N'Keal Harry makes his regular season debut. Harry is eligible to play Sunday and is making good progress in practice.

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Report: Julian Edelman, Ted Karras make trip with Patriots, Cowart out for Bengals game

Report: Julian Edelman, Ted Karras make trip with Patriots, Cowart out for Bengals game

Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman and center Ted Karras, who were each listed as questionable with injuries, made the trip to Cincinnati with the team Saturday but backup defensive tackle Byron Cowart was downgraded to out with a concussion, according to ESPN's Mike Reiss.

Edelman, the team's leading receiver, has been battling shoulder and ankle injuries. Karras, the starting center, missed the loss to the Kansas City Chiefs last Sunday with a knee injury. Both were limited in practice this week. 

The Patriots (10-3), coming off back-to-back losses to the Houston Texans and Chiefs, play the Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium on Sunday at 1 p.m.

Patriots-Bengals Preview from Tom E. Curran: No cinch in Cincy

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Patriots-Bengals Preview from Tom E. Curran: No cinch in Cincy

Here we have two teams at opposite ends of the food chain. The 10-3 Patriots and the 1-12 Bengals. Unfortunately, they have one thing in common. Neither one scores much. The Bengals high for the season is 23 points and that was in Week 4. They’ve only scored more than 20 points twice. 

The Patriots have scored fewer than three offensive touchdowns in five out of six games and the lone game they scored three – in Houston – two came in the very late stages after falling behind 21-3. So this game has the potential to look like a Patriots-Bengals from the not-so-distant past. Not the “On to Cincinnati” game people remember from 2014, but the ugly slog in the rain a year earlier when the Patriots lost 13-6 at Cincy. 

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So many elements are the same now for the Patriots offense – limited talent at wideout and a lack of protection up front. 

Because of the Patriots' offensive struggles, what seemed for months like a simple walkover has the potential to be uncomfortably competitive.