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Odell Beckham shares Bill Belichick's customary funny pregame advice

Odell Beckham shares Bill Belichick's customary funny pregame advice

When the Patriots host the Cleveland Browns for their Week 8 matchup, they'll get an up-close look at one of the most talented wide receivers in football: Odell Beckham, Jr.

And even though Beckham brings a lot of swagger to the field, the Patriots coach does the exact same thing.

On Wednesday, Beckham relayed Belichick's customary pregame words of warning when their teams face off.

"Going against Bill Belichick — this is somebody I have much respect for. Probably talk to him before and after the game," said Beckham, per ESPN's Jim Trotter. "He tells me the same thing every time. He's like, 'I hope you enjoy the day, because there's not going to be much for you.' That's what he's told me, and that's what he does every single time. It's just tough. He's going to coach it up, and they're going to be ready and prepared."

Sunday will mark just the second meeting between Beckham and Belichick, and both saw their share of success in the first matchup.

In November 2015, Beckham hauled in an 87-yard touchdown pass from Eli Manning on the Giants' second play from scrimmage, but the Patriots defense clamped down on him after that. holding him to just three catches for 17 yards on 11 targets for the rest of the game, a 27-26 New England victory. Beckham's Giants also faced the Patriots in the preseason in every year from 2014-2018, but he never played in any of those contests.

Who will have the edge this week? The Patriots own the league's top defense, allowing just 6.9 points per game with a league-high 18 interceptions — while Beckham has 29 catches for 436 yards in six games this season. 

So while Beckham might do a little damage, the smart money is on the Patriots defense holding him — and Baker Mayfield, who has thrown a league-high 11 picks — in check again.

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Patriots release statement in response to Bengals' videotaping allegations

Patriots release statement in response to Bengals' videotaping allegations

The New England Patriots have released an official statement in response to the Cincinnati Bengals' allegations of videotaping their sideline.

The statement explains that a three-person video crew was sent to Cleveland for the Bengals-Browns game to film a feature on the Pats scouting department for Patriots.com's "Do Your Job" series.

The Patriots acknowledge that their failure to inform the Bengals of the taping was an "unintended oversight" and admit the video crew unknowingly broke league rules by filming the field from the press box. They also echoed head coach Bill Belichick's statement that the team is independent of the production crew.

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Read the full statement below:

The NFL currently is investigating the matter, but this appears to be a giant misunderstanding based on what Belichick and the Patriots organization had to say.

The Patriots (10-3) will visit the Bengals (1-12) for their Week 15 matchup on Sunday.

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Tom Brady addresses boos from Patriots fans: 'They have every right'

Tom Brady addresses boos from Patriots fans: 'They have every right'

It had been quite a while since the Gillette Stadium crowd booed their beloved New England Patriots. After all, the Pats rode a 21-game home win streak into Sunday's game vs. the Kansas CIty Chiefs.

But the boos were loud and clear at the end of the first half with the offensive sputtering and the Patriots trailing 20-7. In his Monday appearance on Westwood One with Jim Gray, quarterback Tom Brady shared his thoughts on the harsh reaction from the fans in Foxboro.

"Well that's part of being in sports is everybody's got a chance to cheer you or boo you," Brady told Gray. "There's been plenty of times where they've been cheering us and again, you take the good with the bad. They have every right to boo when we're not playing the way that we're capable.

"For me, I'm focused on what I've got to do to go in there and do a better job. We've been through it before, it won't be the last time and that's OK it doesn't hurt our feelings."

Does Brady hear the boos?

"Yeah, you have 70,000 people out there. It's pretty loud," Brady said with a laugh. "But, you know, that's what fans do."

If anyone understands the lofty expectations that come with playing in New England, it's No. 12.

The Patriots will visit the Cincinnati Bengals for their Week 15 matchup, so fortunately they won't have to worry about the boo birds from their own fans on Sunday. If they return home after falling to a 1-12 team, however, that'll be a different story.

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