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Patriots' Kyle Van Noy has priceless reaction to Sam Darnold's 'seeing ghosts' admission

Patriots' Kyle Van Noy has priceless reaction to Sam Darnold's 'seeing ghosts' admission

Halloween isn't until next week, but the New England Patriots defense put quite a scare into New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold in Week 7.

The Pats defense confused, rattled and knocked down Darnold throughout Monday night's game at MetLife Stadium. The second-year QB finished with 11 completions on 32 pass attempts for 86 yards with zero touchdowns and four interceptions. He also lost a fumble.

Darnold was mic'd up for ESPN's broadcast, and during the first half, the network played sound of the Jets quarterback on the sideline admitting "I'm seeing ghosts."

Patriots linebacker Kyle Van Noy, who recovered Darnold's fumble in the second quarter, couldn't believe the 22-year-old quarterback actually said he was seeing ghosts.

"Oh, he did? Oh, man," Van Noy said when told of Darnold's comments. "That's the boogeyman. It's real."

Van Noy interrupted the next question to ask "(Darnold) really said that? Oh man. That's crazy for him to say that. That makes it real, you know what I'm saying? That's crazy. I mean, I can't believe he said that ... I'm lost for words for a second. But I think it's just a testament to how well we're playing, to be honest. We played really well tonight; I'm happy about it."

The Patriots linebackers call themselves the "Boogeymen", and they lived up to that nickname Monday night. Darnold finished with a horrendous 3.7 passer rating -- the lowest against the Patriots in a single game since Bill Belichick took over as head coach in 2000.

Darnold made comments earlier in the week about finding a weakness in the Patriots defense. He also noted "they're not unbeatable." Clearly, the Patriots heard these remarks and were determined to make Darnold's life miserable.

Mission accomplished for Van Noy and the Patriots defense.

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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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