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Kyle Van Noy finds more Patriots bulletin board material after beating Eagles

Kyle Van Noy finds more Patriots bulletin board material after beating Eagles

Kyle Van Noy keeps all of his receipts.

The Patriots defense got back on track Sunday in Philadelphia, limiting the Eagles to 10 points to help New England escape with a 17-10 win and improve to 9-1.

Van Noy contributed to that effort with five tackles, a sack, a tackle-for-loss and two quarterback hits. After the game, he continued his time-honored tradition of singling out his team's haters.

So, who is "good ole Tony"? Our guess is Tony Massarotti, considering Van Noy's history of calling out 98.5 The Sports Hub's "Felger & Mazz" radio show. Massarotti also has referenced the fact that this Patriots defense doesn't have traditional "stars" like other units, which makes their incredible success through 10 games all that more impressive.

It's also possible Van Noy is referencing CBS color analyst Tony Romo, who mentioned on Sunday's broadcast that New England's defense doesn't have many household names. You could argue that's a compliment: The Patriots defense is great because the entire unit is talented and works very well together.

You also can't argue with the results: New England is allowing just 10.8 points per game this season and still has a chance to break the 2000 Baltimore Ravens' record for fewest points allowed in a season (165).

But if the haters help Van Noy and his teammates play this well, he'd tell you to keep the digs (real or perceived) coming.

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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.