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  • newJudge denies Hernandez change of venue request

    Judge denies Hernandez change of venue request

    Plagiarism apparently isn’t grounds for moving the location of a murder trial. According to the Associated Press, Judge Susan Garsh has rejected a request by former Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez to move the Odin Lloyd murder case out of Bristol County, Massachusetts. Specifically, Judge Garsh ruled that Hernandez’s lawyers had not shown that local…
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  • newRonnie Hillman limited again on Thursday with shoulder injury

    Ronnie Hillman limited again on Thursday with shoulder injury

    Ronnie Hillman has 283 yards rushing in Denver’s last three games.  Whether he gets a chance to build on that remains in doubt, to some degree. Via Jeff Legwold of ESPN.com, Hillman was limited again in practice with a shoulder injury that he suffered on Wednesday.  Hillman has said that he’ll play on Sunday in…
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  • newHernandez’s lawyers advance unusual argument to support change of venue

    Hernandez’s lawyers advance unusual argument to support change of venue

    Former Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez remains on track to stand trial in January for the June 2013 murder of Odin Lloyd.  His lawyers remain interested in moving the trial out of Bristol County, the site of the crime. According to John R. Ellement of the Boston Globe, Hernandez’s lawyers have fashioned a somewhat unusual…
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  • newTom Brady named AFC offensive player of the month

    Tom Brady named AFC offensive player of the month

    A month ago, there were people wondering if Tom Brady was too old. Those people are getting hard to find at the moment. The Patriots quarterback was named AFC offensive player of the month after four straight standout games. Brady had a 129.1 passer rating, with 1,268 yards and 14 touchdowns, leading the Patriots to…
    - 21 hours ago, 30 Oct 14, 7:23am -
  • Ronnie Hillman limited after hurting shoulder in practice

    Ronnie Hillman limited after hurting shoulder in practice

    Broncos running back Ronnie Hillman has made the most of the opportunity provided by Montee Ball’s injury over the past few weeks and there’s been talk that he’s earned a bigger piece of the pie in the backfield even after Ball returns to action. That makes it a very bad time for Hillman to get injured, which…
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  • Belichick, Welker say they’ve moved on

    Belichick, Welker say they’ve moved on

    Patriots coach Bill Belichick was furious with his former receiver, Wes Welker, after last year’s AFC Championship Game. Welker knocked then-Patriots cornerback Aqib Talib out of the game with a block that Belichick called “one of the worst plays I’ve seen.” But as they prepare to face each other on Sunday, Belichick and Welker both…
    - 1 day ago, 30 Oct 14, 3:50am -
  • Buccaneers re-sign Mike Kafka to practice squad

    Buccaneers re-sign Mike Kafka to practice squad

    Two days after waiving him from the 53-player roster, the Buccaneers re-signed quarterback Mike Kafka to their practice squad on Wednesday, per the NFL’s transactions. The 27-year-old Kafka has been under contract to Tampa Bay, whether on the roster or practice squad, for all but a handful of days since February 10. With his knowledge…
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  • Branch resolves DUI charge

    Branch resolves DUI charge

    With a November 1 deadline for resolving pending DUI charges to avoid the mandatory two-game suspension under the new substance-abuse policy, newly-signed Patriots defensive lineman Alan Branch has done just that. Per a source with knowledge of the situation, Branch has wrapped up the charges that followed an August arrest.  The incident prompted the Bills…
    - 2 days ago, 29 Oct 14, 10:13am -
  • Patriots gave up next to nothing to acquire Jonathan Casillas

    Patriots gave up next to nothing to acquire Jonathan Casillas

    As expected, the Patriots gave up very little to acquire linebacker Jonathan Casillas in a trade with the Buccaneers today. New England traded its fifth-round pick to Tampa Bay for Casillas and the Buccaneers sixth-round pick, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. In other words, the Patriots didn’t so much give up a pick for Casillas…
    - 3 days ago, 28 Oct 14, 2:52pm -
  • Bucs trade Jonathan Casillas to Patriots

    Bucs trade Jonathan Casillas to Patriots

    Mark Barron isn’t the only player traded away by the Buccaneers just before the NFL trade deadline. Tampa Bay also traded linebacker Jonathan Casillas to New England, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network. The 27-year-old Casillas has been a backup for most of his NFL career and has played in five games with the…
    - 3 days ago, 28 Oct 14, 1:22pm -

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  • newRaiders at Seahawks Injury Report
    A look at the Raiders injury situation as they prepare to take on the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday.
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  • newWeek 9: Fantasy Versus Vegas
    Using Vegas' odds, lines and spreads, Fantasy Football Expert gets a feel for how a game might pan out. It's not a perfect science; however, it illustrates trends generated by some of the world's best handicappers. Vegas expects New England Patriots QB Tom Brady (pictured above) to put on a scoring show against the Denver Broncos.
    - 11 hours ago, 30 Oct 14, 4:56pm -
  • new2015 NFL Mock Draft 1.0
    We're at the halfway mark of the NFL season, so here's our first crack at a mock draft. Hey, Oakland Raiders, you're on the clock!
    - 17 hours ago, 30 Oct 14, 11:45am -
  • newBelichick: Manning Is The Best QB I've Faced
    Over the last 17 seasons, Bill Belichick has coached against Peyton Manning many times, as they've contended for the AFC crown. As the Patriots prepare to host the Broncos this week, Belichick offered up some high praise for Manning.
    - 19 hours ago, 30 Oct 14, 9:06am -
  • newWeek 9: IDP Insider
    Every week, Fantasy Football Expert Stephen Englert provides a must-start IDP list and two recommendations per position if you need to hit the waiver wire. Carolina Panthers LB Luke Kuechly is one of the top IDPs to own week-in and week-out.
    - 20 hours ago, 30 Oct 14, 8:32am -
  • Denver Broncos Mid-Week Injury Report
    How did the Broncos injury report shake out, after today's practice at Dove Valley?
    - 1 day ago, 29 Oct 14, 4:50pm -
  • Denver Broncos Week 9 Preview: New England
    On Sunday, the 6-1 Broncos will travel to Foxboro to take on the 6-2 Patriots. The ramifications of this game are manifold. MHH Lead Analyst, Chad Jensen, previews the matchup.
    - 2 days ago, 29 Oct 14, 8:27am -
  • Week 9: Secret Stars + FREE Contest Entry
    With a $27 entry, you have a chance at $1,000,000 at DraftKings! If you're new to the site, you earn a free Week 9 entry into a contest with $100K in prizes -OR- entry into that contest is just $2! Take your shot at winning big money on DraftKings. San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick (pictured above) is one of our picks to have a great Week 9.
    - 2 days ago, 29 Oct 14, 6:59am -
  • Top NFL producing high schools
    What high schools have produced the most current NFL players?
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  • NFL Roster Breakdown: Veteran Home Turf
    National Recruiting Analyst Jamie Newberg looks at the home states, regions and colleges of current NFL veterans with four years or more in the league. How does your state rate in producing football old timers?
    - 3 days ago, 28 Oct 14, 2:37pm -

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  • newThursday's Sports Briefs (The Associated Press)
    Baseball's business season began when 121 players became free agents, a group that includes World Series champion San Francisco's Pablo Sandoval, Michael Morse, Jake Peavy, Sergio Romo and Ryan Vogelsong. James Shields, Nori Aoki and Jason Frasor of AL champion Kansas City also were among the players who became free. Top free-agent pitchers also include Max Scherzer and Jon Lester.
    - 4 hours ago, 31 Oct 14, 12:28am -
  • newSilva's Week 9 Matchups (Rotoworld)
    Evan Silva breaks down every fantasy option's matchup in every Week 9 game.
    - 7 hours ago, 30 Oct 14, 9:21pm -
  • newBrady, Manning set to add another chapter to storied rivalry (Reuters)
    By Simon Evans (Reuters) - Two of the mosts successful quarterbacks of all-time face each other when Tom Brady and the New England Patriots host Peyton Manning's Denver Broncos on Sunday but the clash is all about the present. While both have already secured places in the Pro Football Hall of Fame their recent form suggests they have plenty of fight left. The way they are plyaing, the duo could very well face each other in an AFC playoff battle in January. ...
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  • newNational Football League roundup (Reuters)
    (The Sports Xchange) - Washington Redskins coach Jay Gruden moved Thursday to the precipice of declaring Robert Griffin III his starting quarterback for Sunday's game at Minnesota, a big step forward from the coach's dancing around the topic on Wednesday. "The progress that he has made has had us put him in with the ones and prepare to be the starter," Gruden said of Griffin, who returned to full practice on Wednesday after missing the last six-plus games with a dislocated left ankle suffered early in the Week 2 rout of Jacksonville. ...
    - 12 hours ago, 30 Oct 14, 4:42pm -
  • newPatriots defense preps to slow Broncos' Manning (The Associated Press)
    Devin McCourty won't allow himself to get caught up in Peyton Manning's pre-snap antics on Sunday. New England's Pro Bowl safety can't afford to. ''I would say the chess game is pretty one-sided. It's like being a kid going against a father in chess,'' McCourty said of trying to anticipate Manning's moves.
    - 13 hours ago, 30 Oct 14, 3:15pm -
  • newJudge rejects Hernandez bid to move murder trial (The Associated Press)
    A Massachusetts judge on Thursday denied a request from former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez to move his trial in the fatal shooting of a semi-professional football player to a different county. Hernandez, a former tight end for the Patriots, is charged in the 2013 killing of Odin Lloyd, who was dating the sister of Hernandez's fiance. Lloyd's body was found in an industrial park about a mile from Hernandez's home in North Attleborough. In Fall River Superior Court Thursday, Hernandez's lawyer, Michael Fee, urged a judge to move the trial out of Bristol County, citing what he…
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  • newManning-Brady rivalry began in obscurity (The Associated Press)
    The greatest quarterback rivalry in NFL history began quietly with plenty of empty seats on a cloudy, cool and windy afternoon at Foxboro Stadium on Sept. 30, 2001. Baby-faced backup Tom Brady, a sixth-round draft pick from Michigan the year before, made his first career NFL start in place of Drew Bledsoe, who had suffered a sheared blood vessel in his chest one week earlier. On the other side was QB blue blood Peyton Manning, the top overall pick in the 1998 draft out of Tennessee, and the heavily favored Indianapolis Colts. ''That's prepared me because, whatever expectations people put on…
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  • newBroncos-Patriots Capsule (The Associated Press)
    DENVER (6-1) at NEW ENGLAND (6-2)
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  • newIf Patriots can't stop Julius Thomas, they can't beat Broncos (NBC on Yahoo Sports)
    The Broncos-Patriots matchup this weekend will feature two of the best tight ends in football, but only one of them is on pace to catch over 20 touchdowns this season. The Pro Football Talk crew discusses why Julius Thomas will be the key to Denver's offensive success against New England.
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  • new2014 Week 8 Patriots Power Rankings

    2014 Week 8 Patriots Power Rankings

    Check out what the 'experts' are saying about the Patriots after Week 8,Wow, what a difference a week - and an offensive shellacking of the Bears - makes.  The Patriots have been bumped up an average of 5 points in the rankings, with many of the experts scoffing at those who could have ever thought New England and Tom Brady were finished.  I guess the experts also ignored the voices (cough Broncos fans cough) claiming the Patriots haven't beaten any good teams.  A win is still a win folks.Last year the Patriots had the same 6-2 record at the midway point of the season, with each gam…
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  • newWeek 9 Patriots vs Broncos: How to Defend Against Manning and Denver's Offense

    Week 9 Patriots vs Broncos: How to Defend Against Manning and Denver's Offense

    The Broncos have the best array of weapons in the league. How can the Patriots try and stop them?You can't. You just can't. The Patriots need to go into the game against the Denver Broncos and realize that you can't stop the Broncos offense when you attack them head on.Demaryius Thomas is too quick. Emmanuel Sanders is too quick. Julius Thomas is too quick. Wes Welker is too quick. Ronnie Hillman is too quick.Peyton gets rid of the ball faster than anyone in the league and his passing attack is predicated on manufacturing quick space off the snap. Those are the rub routes, the pick p…
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  • newPatriots Quarterback Tom Brady Named AFC Offensive Player of the Month

    Patriots Quarterback Tom Brady Named AFC Offensive Player of the Month

    The Patriots quarterback might not have won the weekly award, but he certainly claimed the whole month.The Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has been named the AFC Offensive Player of the Month, tying Peyton Manning for the most monthly awards in history, but you know that Brady would trade them all for another victory.Brady won the award for the month of October without having won any of the weekly prizes. Brady posted the 4th best October by a quarterback all time, which is why he probably narrowly edged out Peyton for the title (Peyton posted the 6th best October all time).Here's how…
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  • newNew England Patriots Links 10/30/14 - Revis-Talib Secondary to Brady-Manning for Sunday

    New England Patriots Links 10/30/14 - Revis-Talib Secondary to Brady-Manning for Sunday

    Daily News and Links for 10/30/14TEAM TALK Patriots-Broncos Wednesday Injury Report. Erik Scalavino shares some news, notes and locker room chatter from Wednesday at Gillette. Matt Chatham believes that Rob Gronkowski's reemergence changes the whole AFC picture. Patriots sign DL Alan Branch; release LB Deontae Skinner. Press Conference Transcripts - Bill Belichick and Tom Brady. Patriots Today - New Patriots debut at practice. (1.33 min. video) Patriots Today - Gronk goes back to school. (2.58 min. video) Press Pass - Patriots prepare for Manning and more. (2.01 min. video) Pr…
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  • How Would You Build the Patriots Defense?

    How Would You Build the Patriots Defense?

    The Patriots defense has added new faces and lost a few old ones; how should they move forward?The Patriots have lost linebacker Jerod Mayo for the season. Defensive end Chandler Jones is out for an indefinite period of time (hopefully for a couple more weeks, but who knows at this point). Defensive tackle Sealver Siliga should be out for the next few weeks, too.In response, the Patriots have made a considerable number of midseason moves. New England traded for linebackers Akeem Ayers and Jonathan Casillas, and signed defensive lineman Alan Branch. The team had a need to bolster their…
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  • Patriots Release Deontae Skinner

    Patriots Release Deontae Skinner

    To make room for Alan Branch, the Patriots released linebacker Deontae Skinner.The New England Patriots officially announced the addition of defensive lineman Alan Branch today, and subsequently announced that they had released rookie linebacker Deontae Skinner.The release of Skinner comes as a mild surprise. The 6'2" 250 lbs Mississippi State prodct had made a strong impression after being promoted from the practice squad on September 13th. He had the ability to play on special teams and contribute as a run stuffer in base packages. His deficencies in pass coverage were glaring, altho…
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  • Patriots Expected to Announce Alan Branch Signing Today

    Patriots Expected to Announce Alan Branch Signing Today

    After more than a week of waiting, the Patriots are finally expected to announce the signing of free agent defensive tackle Alan Branch today.Over a week after news broke that the New England Patriots would be signing defensive lineman Alan Branch, it looks like the Patriots will make that move official today. Mike Reiss of ESPN Boston reports:Free-agent DT Alan Branch is here at Gillette Stadium. Look for him to practice today and an official signing to be announced by Patriots.— Mike Reiss (@MikeReiss) October 29, 2014 The big-bodied Branch already had a locker at Gillette,…
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  • Bill Belichick Calls New Linebacker Jonathan Casillas a "Four Down Player"

    Bill Belichick Calls New Linebacker Jonathan Casillas a "Four Down Player"

    The Patriots head coach believes that Casillas can be a big part of the Patriots defensive plans.Bill Belichick gave his highest praise to new acquisition Jonathan Casillas on his morning conference call. He considers Casillas a "four down player." That's a term reserved for first round picks (Devin McCourty) and players who stick around for a long while (Rob Ninkovich, Kyle Arrington, Brandon Bolden). It means that Casillas has the skill set to play against the run, against the pass, and on special teams.It means that Belichick thinks that Casillas can have an impact this season.But…
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    • newBorges: When Manning and Brady meet, winner pulls out all stops
      FOXBORO — Many trees have sacrificed their limbs to have The Legend of Brady vs. Manning forever emblazoned in newsprint. Many cases of laryngitis have developed over the airwaves singing The Ballad of Brady-Manning. So it is once again.Yet seldom has that been the true story of this rivalry nor, very likely, will it be on Sunday. The conventional storyline of duels in sun, snow, sleet and dome between these two is not the story of who wins the majority of the time. That story is written not by dueling quarterbacks but by dueling defenses.
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    • newJonathan Casillas aims to be quick learner
      FOXBORO — Jonathan Casillas compares getting up to speed with his new playbook like studying for a college final, cramming in all the various schemes and responsibilities.And as far as tests go, getting ready to face the best offense in football in the Denver Broncos is about as tough as they come.
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    • newPatriots Notebook: Discipline key vs. Denver ‘O’
      FOXBORO — Peyton Manning’s offense doesn’t present many, if any, opportunities for safety Devin McCourty to make an educated guess about which side of the field to shade.
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    • newAqib Talib: Return to Pats
      FOXBORO — Aqib Talib still has nothing but love for the Patriots. In fact, Talib nearly re-signed with the Pats last offseason before landing a six-year, $57 million contract with the rival Denver Broncos.
      - 6 hours ago, 30 Oct 14, 10:42pm -
    • newTalk Pats-Broncos with Jeff Howe Friday at 11 a.m.
      Join Patriots beat writer Jeff Howe Friday at 11 a.m. for the Herald Huddle live chat. Jeff will take your questions and comment on your opinions regarding the Pats' huge AFC showdown with the Denver Broncos in Foxboro. Check in early and stay the full hour to get your fill as we talk about Brady-Manning XVI and all the subplots involved.
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    • No-huddle great way for Tom Brady, Patriots to control the tempo
      FOXBORO — Remember that series in the beginning of the third quarter of Sunday’s blowout win over the Bears when the Patriots offense spread it out and went no-huddle?When Tom Brady just put his foot down on the accelerator, even though the Pats were up by 31 points?That was reminiscent of two years ago, when the Patriots ran their no-huddle like no other team in the NFL, and completely controlled an opponent.
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    • Peyton Manning, Tom Brady face same noise
      FOXBORO — The debate about which quarterback is better will rage on for a long time, but Tom Brady and Peyton Manning actually have quite a bit in common.Both have been remarkably consistent at an elite level throughout their careers. Both have put up some of the best passing numbers the game has seen. Both are locks for the Hall of Fame.And they both have faced the questions that creep in when a player reaches his mid-to-late 30s. How long can they remain at the top of their game? At what point do their skills deteriorate? Has their decline already begun?
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    • Heated rivalry turns corner with Darrelle Revis, Aqib Talib
      FOXBORO — Aqib Talib for Darrelle Revis?Sign ’em up.And now, roll ’em out.The Patriots were more than thrilled to replace an immensely productive cornerback with the best cover corner of his generation last offseason. Not that there was any second-guessing necessary, but Revis has a chance to validate the upgrade Sunday when the Patriots host the Broncos with the AFC’s top seed on the line.
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    • Patriots Notebook: Jimmy Garoppolo enjoys week
      FOXBORO — This week, Garoppolo-Osweiler I just isn’t catchy enough.As the Patriots and Denver Broncos get set for Brady-Manning XVI, the backup quarterbacks are merely “the other guys.”
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    • Guregian: A 5-step plan for stopping Peyton Manning
      For the Patriots defense, the upcoming mission isn’t new. Stopping Peyton Manning is a yearly chore, one that seems to get more difficult every time out.During the offseason, Bill Belichick made a few Manning-centric moves, most notably bringing in cornerbacks Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner.With the game on tap Sunday, how will Belichick design the defense to stall Manning, especially without having linebacker Jerod Mayo and defensive end Chandler Jones in the mix?
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      • newGame of the Week Sponsored by Chevy Silverado: Broncos vs Patriots
        Act 16: The Battle for QB Supremacy.Nobody thought about the other guy when Peyton Manning’s 6-foot-5, 230-pound frame trotted onto the grass at Foxboro Stadium Sept. 30, 2001. Manning was a No. 1 overall pick, just 25, the new face of Indianapolis and soon the NFL. Archie’s son was football royalty, an NFL aristocrat.Warming up on the opposite side of the 50 was a sixth-round pick making his first NFL start — a doughy neophyte named Tom Brady. Brady was Manning’s plebeian polar opposite. The week before, $103-million man Drew Bledsoe incurred the wrath of Jets linebacker Mo Lewis.…
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      • newJudge rejects request to move Aaron Hernandez murder trial
        Aaron Hernandez isn’t ballin today. A Superior Court judge has denied a request to relocate the first-degree murder trial of the former Patriots star from Bristol County.The judge rules from the bench on Aaron #Hernandez change of venue motion: she says no. Trial will proceed as scheduled in Fall River Jan 9 — Lisa Kraus Edwards (@LAKEdwards) October 30, 2014Hernandez’s defense team requested the venue switch because they believe media coverage is undermining his right to a fair trial. Attorneys for Hernandez actually hired a pollster who says too many Bristol County residents have al…
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      • newNew England Patriots: 4 matchups to watch for against the Broncos
        The New England Patriots (6-2) have their hands full this Sunday, as the Denver Broncos (6-1) visit Gillette for a 4:25 p.m. showdown that will be aired on CBS. This game will mark the 15th matchup between two of the NFL’s greatest quarterbacks. Three-time super bowl winner Tom Brady takes on the NFL’s leader in Touchdown passes Peyton Manning. Not only is this a big matchup between these two prolific quarterbacks, but it may also have a big impact on home field advantage come playoff time.Here are my 4 key matchups against the Broncos:Tom Brady looks to continue his hot streak against…
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      • newAkeem Ayers Eased Into Patriots Defense Thanks To Blowout Win Over Bears
        FOXBORO, Mass. — Akeem Ayers was placed in a nearly impossible situation on Sunday, but the New England Patriots — and Chicago Bears — made the linebacker’s life much easier.Ayers was traded at midseason —  a tough task in any sport, but an exceptionally difficult one in football with thick playbooks, unfamiliar terminology and different coaching styles.The linebacker played just four days after the deal was made official and had to learn in 96 hours what took the rest of the team three months of OTAs, minicamp, training camp and preseason to procure.“(The Patriots) made…
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      • Tom Brady: Facebook Posts Are ‘Fun For The Fans,’ Allow Me To Open Up
        Tom Brady is about 10 years late to the Facebook party, but he’s made the wait worth his fans’ while.The New England Patriots quarterback has upped his social media game this season, with brilliant throwback Thursday posts, photoshopped images and celebratory post-game photos. Brady explained the process behind his increased Facebook usage in a conference call with the Denver Broncos media.“I have a great friend of mine, Ben, who helps me out with it,” Brady said Wednesday. “He’s done a great job. Social media — I’m kind of an old school — I’ve been very reluctant over…
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      • Bryan Stork, Dan Connolly (Concussions) Removed From Patriots Injury Report
        FOXBORO, Mass. — The New England Patriots are regaining their health as they prepare for the most difficult matchup on their 2014 schedule.Offensive linemen Bryan Stork and Dan Connolly (concussions) were removed from the Patriots’ injury report on Wednesday after starting Sunday against the Chicago Bears.Defensive end Chandler Jones (hip) was the lone player who didn’t participate in practice.Defensive lineman Dominique Easley (knee), safety Nate Ebner (finger), offensive lineman Cameron Fleming (finger) and special teamer Matthew Slater (shoulder) were limited in practice.Quarter…
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      • New England Patriots massive tilt with Broncos awarded Week 9 top game honors
        The leaves are turning. Halloween decorations are up throughout the neighborhood. And the days are getting shorter and shorter. What do those things signal? Football games are getting more and more important.This week certainly backs up that notion, as the NFL’s slate of games features plenty of match-ups with playoff implications. That may sound nutty in Week 9, but that’s truly the case.With that as the backdrop, here are the “Fab Five” – the best games on the docket – for Week 9:GAME NO. 5A couple of wild card contenders square off in MiamiSan Diego Chargers at Miami Dolph…
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      • Report: Alan Branch Resolves DUI Charge, Unlikely To Be Suspended
        Alan Branch reportedly is unlikely to miss any time after officially signing with the New England Patriots on Wednesday.Branch resolved his August DUI charge before a Nov. 1 deadline, a source with knowledge of the situation told ProFootballTalk. Branch would have been handed a mandatory two-game suspension under the NFL’s new substance abuse policy if he hadn’t wrapped up the charges.Branch practiced with the Patriots on Wednesday, wearing No. 97, after the defensive tackle’s status with the team was up in the air for over a week. Branch worked out with the Patriots last Tuesday an…
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      • Brady: Maybe at Manning's age I'll be playing that well
        FOXBORO, Mass. — Tom Brady hopes to still be at the top of his game in 497 days. The New England Patriots quarterback, born one year, four months and 1o days later than Peyton Manning, was quick to point out on Wednesday that he’s younger than the Denver Broncos quarterback. Brady’s declaration came one question after a reporter brought up Brady’s age, and followed up with “no offense.” “He’s always been someone I’ve really looked up to and studied and admired.” Brady said of Manning on Wednesday during his weekly news conference. “I mean, he is older than me and has mor…
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      • Tom Brady posts hilarious Photoshopped pic to wish Boston Celtics good luck (photo)
        Tom Brady: NFL’s Player King of Social Media? You better believe it. One of the more surprising off-the-field developments of the NFL season has been how quickly and brilliantly the New England Patriots quarterback has taken to utilizing his official Facebook account to amuse and entertain, not to mention connect with his legions of devoted...Read MoreThe post Tom Brady posts hilarious Photoshopped pic to wish Boston Celtics good luck (photo) appeared first on Sportress of Blogitude.
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      • One Preview: Two all-time greats set for another epic showdown
        Enjoy this while you can, football fans. Peyton Manning and Tom Brady are among the NFL's all-time greatest quarterbacks, and the two square off for the 16th time on Sunday.
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      • Bill Belichick: Peyton is the best I've coached against
        Bill Belichick has coached against some truly great quarterbacks: Dan Marino, John Elway, Joe Montana. So why does he believe that Peyton Manning is the best signal-caller he's ever faced?
        - 2 days ago, 29 Oct 14, 8:19am -
      • Buccaneers trade Jonathan Casillas to Patriots
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      • Pats tell Darrelle Revis to stay home due to tardiness
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        - 9 days ago, 22 Oct 14, 1:26pm -
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        - 9 days ago, 21 Oct 14, 6:50pm -