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Why did Patriots run up score on Dolphins? Kyle Van Noy sets the record straight

Why did Patriots run up score on Dolphins? Kyle Van Noy sets the record straight

The Miami Dolphins didn't stand a chance Sunday against the New England Patriots.

So, why was Tom Brady -- and both starting units, as a matter of fact -- still on the field late in the fourth quarter with New England up by 30-plus points? Was Bill Belichick unnecessarily running up the score on former assistant Brian Flores?

Our own Tom E. Curran posed this question to Kyle Van Noy on Tuesday's upcoming episode of "Quick Slants," and the Patriots linebacker gave a pretty insightful answer.

“It’s football," Van Noy told Curran. "We’re trying to dominate the opponent. We only get 16 chances.

"People think that’s a lot, but it’s really not. You get to showcase your talents and all the hard work you put in in the offseason, so you want to be able to play as many snaps as you can, because you never know when your last is.

"And with the mindset that we have here, we’re trying to dominate."

Van Noy offers good perspective here. Fans would prefer Brady and New England's other stars sit late in blowouts to avoid injury, but if you're a Patriots player, you want to play every snap possible, because any NFL career can be taken away on one play.

Oh, and because the Patriots want to win by as much as possible.

Van Noy dropped plenty more wisdom in his "Quick Slants" debut, which you can watch on NBC Sports Boston at 6 p.m. ET.

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Patriots vs. Bengals live stream: Watch NFL Week 15 game online

Patriots vs. Bengals live stream: Watch NFL Week 15 game online

The New England Patriots will play their final road game of the regular season in Sunday's Week 15 matchup against the Cincinnati Bengals.

The defending Super Bowl champions are desperate for a win after two consecutive losses. The Patriots have not lost three or more games in a row since 2002, and another defeat Sunday could drop them from the No. 2 seed to the No. 3 seed in the AFC playoff picture, which would put them in significant danger of not earning a first-round playoff bye.

On paper, this game is a complete mismatch. The Patriots defense is one of the NFL's best and should limit a bad Bengals offense that's largely responsible for their league-worst 1-12 record. The Patriots offense has been pretty bad of late, too, and if Tom Brady and Co. don't jump out to a quick lead, this game could get surprisingly competitive.

And, of course, there's the story of the Patriots being investigated by the NFL for videotaping the Bengals' sideline during Cincinnati's Week 14 road game in Cleveland. This investigation is still ongoing, as of this writing.

Will the Patriots earn a much-needed victory, or will the Bengals shock the world and hand New England a potentally devastating loss in the AFC playoff race?

Here’s how and when to watch Patriots vs. Bengals online. Be sure to also watch “Pregame Live” at 11 a.m. ET and “Postgame Live” at 4 p.m. ET, all on NBC Sports Boston. Michael Holley, Albert Breer, Tom E. Curran, Phil Perry, Ted Johnson, D.J. Bean and former Patriots quarterback Matt Cassel will break down the game from every angle.

When: Sunday, Dec. 15 at 1 p.m. ET
TV Channel: CBS
Live Stream: FuboTV

Tom E. Curran's Patriots vs. Bengals preview>>>

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Report: Pats' punishments for videotaping could include fines, draft picks

Report: Pats' punishments for videotaping could include fines, draft picks

While the investigation into the New England Patriots' illicit videotaping of the Cincinnati Bengals' sideline last weekend is ongoing, The Washington Post's Mark Maske is reporting that the punishment could be aligned in severity with similiar game-day violations committed by other NFL teams in recent years.

That means fines in the range of six figures and/or a reduced round value on a draft pick — or worse still, the loss of one altogether:

"The NFL is likely to penalize the New England Patriots for their admitted violation of league video policy last weekend and is contemplating disciplinary measures in line with those imposed on teams in recent seasons for infractions of game-day rules, according to people familiar with the deliberations.

That could mean a fine in the hundreds of thousands of dollars and potentially the loss or reduction in value of a draft choice, typically a lower-level pick."

CURRAN: Preventable controversy is the last thing Belichick needed>>>

Looking for something similar to what the Patriots were levied for Spygate? Maske points out that punishment was clearly an exception, not a guardrail:

The Patriots have admitted wrongdoing in last Sunday's incident in Cleveland, in which a credentialed Patriots video crew member was caught filming the Bengals' sideline during their game against the Browns. New England has said the camera crew was there to feature a scout as part of their "Do Your Job" video series.

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