AFC Beast: Pats’ divisional dominance still drives opponents

Football 12/24/18, 17:38

The New England Patriots have set a benchmark for divisional dominance in the NFL for over nearly two decades.Their mastery of the AFC East with coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady leading the way — 10 straight titles and 16 in 19 seasons since 2000 — has proven to ...

Loss spoils Bills rookie Allen’s first meeting with Brady

Football 12/24/18, 16:26

Josh Allen had mixed emotions after an inconsistent performance in his first meeting with boyhood idol Tom Brady."I wanted to beat him, for sure," the Bills rookie quarterback said following Buffalo's 24-12 loss at New England on Sunday. "He's one of the greatest to ever do it and as a ...

NFL ICYMI: As of now, Brady, Patriots not what they’ve been

Football 12/17/18, 02:50

Tom Brady scrambled and heaved up a wobbly pass off his back foot, the sort of thing a less-experienced, less-accomplished and, well, less-cool QB might do.The ball was picked off, and the New England Patriots were on their way to a second consecutive defeat.More importantly — and more interestingly — ...

Patriots ‘on to Pittsburgh’ after stunning loss to Dolphins

Sports 12/10/18, 19:19

More times than not, the sight of Rob Gronkowski approaching the end zone has signaled good things happening for the New England Patriots.Yet there was the image of Gronkowski awkwardly crashing to the ground in a desperate attempt to prevent Kenyan Drake from crossing the goal line during Sunday's last-second ...

NFL ICYMI: Good as Belichick is, Pats erred on Miami Miracle

Sports 12/10/18, 03:10

Bill Belichick is universally recognized as one of the best coaches — if not THE best coach — in NFL history, and he owns the Super Bowl titles to prove it. That doesn't mean he — or his entire New England Patriots staff — is infallible.Exhibit A: The Miami Miracle.With ...

Too much talk, too few catches for Vikings receiver Thielen

Football 12/02/18, 21:39

Vikings receiver Adam Thielen was so revved up about some potential Patriots skullduggery during the fourth quarter that an official had to hold him back from New England coach Bill Belichick on the sideline.But after the game, Thielen walked back his behavior and took responsibility for the kerfuffle, which ended ...

Belichick wins 250th with Pats in 24-10 victory over Vikes

Sports 12/02/18, 20:06

Tom Brady passed for 311 yards and a touchdown, Bill Belichick earned his 250th victory, including playoffs, as Patriots coach and New England beat the Minnesota Vikings 24-10 on Sunday.Brady completed 24 of 32 passes and now has 579 touchdown passes, including the playoffs, tying him with Peyton Manning for ...

Aaron Hernandez was emotional, yet hopeful, after arrest

Football 11/30/18, 12:34

Newly released jailhouse telephone calls show that the late New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez expected to be released from jail and resume his football career shortly after his arrest on a murder charge.Hernandez, convicted of one killing and acquitted of two others, took his own life in prison.The Boston ...

Patriots look to continue December dominance against Vikings

Football 11/29/18, 16:50

The month of December has been a special time for the New England Patriots during the Bill Belichick and Tom Brady era.Since the pair arrived in 2000, the Patriots are 64-13 during the final month of the regular season. Brady has been the starter for all but six of those ...

Broncos primed for late-season run after beating Steelers

Football 11/25/18, 23:08

Von Miller channeled Bill Belichick after the Denver Broncos' stirring 24-17 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers.He finished all six of his answers in his poker-faced postgame news conference by saying, it's "on to Cincinnati."The surging Broncos (5-6) visit the sliding Bengals (5-6), who have lost five of six, next weekend ...

Patriots face growing list of issues heading into bye week

Football 11/12/18, 19:02

The Patriots have been adept at masking most of their issues this season.After a 1-2 start by New England that seemed to offer at least a sliver of opportunity for someone to end its streak of nine straight AFC East titles, it hushed those rumblings by running off six straight ...

Vrabel’s Titans rout New England 34-10, snap Pats’ streaks

Football 11/11/18, 17:25

Tom Brady added another big chunk of NFL history to his resume.The Tennessee Titans made sure the Patriots quarterback didn't finish his 300th game.New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, center, is sacked by a group of Tennessee Titans defenders in the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. ...

Vrabel gets 1st crack coaching against Belichick, Patriots

Football 11/08/18, 15:32

Mike Vrabel won three Super Bowl rings over eight seasons with the New England Patriots. He even caught eight passes — all for touchdowns and all thrown by Tom Brady.Then Bill Belichick traded the linebacker away to Kansas City in 2009."We didn't talk for a couple months, maybe a year," ...

Titans now face Patriots on short week after snapping skid

Football 11/06/18, 18:30

Tennessee's three-game skid is over, and the Titans are back to .500 after a big road victory.But before they can catch their breath, the Titans have a short week before they host the surging New England Patriots in what will be Tennessee's lone home game in November.Coach Mike Vrabel understands ...

Patriots secondary expecting challenge from Rodgers, Packers

Football 10/31/18, 20:04

It didn't take Bill Belichick long to recall what Aaron Rodgers did against his defense the previous time that the Packers faced the Patriots."He killed us," Belichick said of New England's 26-21 loss in Green Bay in 2014. "He does everything well. ... He's one of the great quarterbacks in ...

Versatile Van Noy finds home, place on Patriots defense

Football 10/25/18, 19:37

Bill Belichick will probably never see it, but Patriots linebacker Kyle Van Noy left a thank you note on social media for his coach anyway on Thursday"Happy anniversary to me and my trade day! What a day that turned out to be!" Van Noy wrote on Twitter to commemorate the ...

Belichick: Don’t compare Bears’ Mack to LT just yet

Football 10/17/18, 19:35

No matter how dominant Chicago Bears star pass rusher Khalil Mack is, New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick wanted to make one thing clear.He's no L.T."Wait a minute, we're talking about Lawrence Taylor now," Belichick said Wednesday. "Yeah, I'm not putting anybody in Lawrence Taylor's class. So, you can put ...

ICYMI in NFL Week 6: Mark your calendar for Brady-Mahomes II

Football 10/15/18, 03:17

Anyone who missed the Game of the Season — Tom Brady and the New England Patriots 43, Pat Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs 40 — can take solace in knowing there very well could be a rematch a little more than three months away.And no one, except for players ...

Patriots streaking, Chiefs hoping not to repeat history

Football 10/15/18, 02:57

Young quarterbacks have always had a tough time winning in Gillette Stadium during the Bill Belichick and Tom Brady era.Add Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes to the list.The Patriots had their best offensive night of the 2018 season, amassing 500 total yards while getting another clutch performance from Brady, ...

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