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Texans' DeAndre Hopkins, Patriots' Stephon Gilmore exchange pleasantries following WR's tweet

Texans' DeAndre Hopkins, Patriots' Stephon Gilmore exchange pleasantries following WR's tweet

The New England Patriots weren't too pleased with their 28-22 loss to Houston on Sunday, and Texans wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins rubbed it in with a rather interesting tweet. 

"When you see 10, double him," Hopkins tweeted, along with a photo of him making a reception over Patriots cornerback Stephon Gilmore.

Against the Patriots, Hopkins wasn't double-teamed much anyway, and it's rather odd that he appeared to call out the Patriots defense against him when he targeted eight times and had only five receptions for just 64 yards and no touchdowns. Most of that was while being covered one-on-one by Gilmore, who was quick to clap back with a tweet of his own that tried to set the record straight.

While the Patriots defense had a rather uncharacteristic game, they'll be looking to bounce back against a high-powered Kansas City Chiefs offense this weekend. 

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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.

 

 

Let the Terrell Suggs speculation begin: Ravens reunion? Patriots pickup?

Let the Terrell Suggs speculation begin: Ravens reunion? Patriots pickup?

Could the Patriots be seeing a familiar, old rival in the playoffs? Or could they be seeing him on their own defense for their playoff run?

The Arizona Cardinals released longtime Pats nemesis Terrell Suggs, 37, on Friday and he'll be on waivers until Monday. While the Patriots, at 10-3, are far down on the waiver list to claim him, the former Pro Bowl linebacker's old team, the Baltimore Ravens, with the NFL's best record at 12-2, are last in line, so a potential reunion appears to be a long shot.

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If he goes unclaimed, he'll be a free agent, calling to mind two years ago when the Pats snapped up pass rusher James Harrison, then 39, after Harrison passed through waivers following his release from the Steelers. 

While it's not the Patriots defense, but an offense that hasn't scored more than 20 points in a game since Halloween, that could use a boost this season, the idea of the guy who once refused to say Tom Brady's name (he'd call him "the pretty boy up north") surfacing in New England was too good to resist for a couple of ex-players: