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Tom Brady: Anyone would take 8-1, but we have to ramp it up

The last time we saw the Patriots on the field, they were losing to the Ravens on Sunday night in an outing that renewed some questions about how good their offense is this year. Any time that topic comes up, it’s a safe bet that Rob Gronkowski’s name will come up as well. As PFT [more]

AFC playoff picture: Steelers would be in

When the Steelers lost their first two games, and lost Ben Roethlisberger for the season, it appeared hopeless. It wasn’t. In fact, if the playoffs started today, the Steelers would be in. Here’s how the AFC playoff race looks through Week 10: LEADERS 1. Patriots (8-1) The clear favorites for home-field advantage, although the Ravens [more]

Antonio Brown changes his tune, again

Receiver Antonio Brown is frustrated, and rightfully so. Caught in the gears of a system that has him serving an unpaid suspension while the NFL figures out whether to formally impose upon him an unpaid suspension, Brown feels at a visceral level that he’s being screwed. And, from time to time, he lashes out. He [more]

Antonio Brown: “F–k the NFL”

And there goes any chance receiver Antonio Brown ever had of playing in 2019, or possibly ever again. Mercurial receiver Antonio Brown, with a meeting at 345 Park Avenue only a week away, has gone unhinged again on Twitter, with this message: “Imagine conforming to a system giving it a 100 percent to see them [more]

Patriots’ Joejuan Williams saves 90 percent of his income

A disturbing number of NFL players go broke in retirement. Patriots rookie defensive back Joejuan Williams will not be one of those players. Williams signed a four-year, $6.6 million contract this year, and he told the Boston Globe that he will live as if he were making 10 percent of that and put 90 percent [more]

Antonio Brown meeting with NFL next week

The NFL’s Personal Conduct Policy investigation into allegations of sexual assault and rape made against Antonio Brown in a civil lawsuit earlier this year is ready to move on to a meeting with Brown. Josina Anderson of ESPN reported on Thursday that Brown will be meeting with league officials next week. Via a league source, [more]

Stephon Gilmore: Ravens loss has to be a learning experience

The Patriots held a practice on Wednesday before scattering to wherever they’ll be spending the rest of their bye week, but memories of last Sunday’s loss to the Ravens aren’t going to evaporate because there’s no game this week. Cornerback Stephon Gilmore was part of a defense that gave up more points than they had [more]

New book ties Aaron Hernandez to a fourth murder

At the time of his suicide, former Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez had been convicted of one murder and acquitted of killing two other men. A new book links Hernandez to a fourth murder — with a direct connection to the first one. In Aaron Hernandez’s Killing Fields, investigative journalist Dylan Howard writes that Hernandez [more]

Seahawks think Josh Gordon will fit in, be supported

Wide receiver Josh Gordon‘s about to embark on his first day of practice with his new Seahawks teammates today. And while they’re his third team in 14 months, and the latest one to give him one more chance, there’s a confidence there that he can become a productive member. “You look at the history of [more]

Jerry Rice praises Julian Edelman for the best footwork in the NFL

The greatest wide receiver of all time has high praise for Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman. Jerry Rice was asked on NFL Network to name the wide receiver with the best footwork in the NFL, and he chose Edelman. “You’re not going to be able to cover him,” Rice said of Edelman, via NBCSportsBoston.com. “You [more]

Pat Shurmur makes another late-game decision aimed at avoiding an uglier final score

For the second time in less than a month, the Giants played in prime time. For the second time in less than a month, the Giants trailed by two scores with less than half of the fourth quarter remaining. For the second time in less than a month, the Giants faced fourth down when trailing [more]

Seahawks have “no expectations” for what Josh Gordon can contribute

Coach Pete Carroll has no expectations for what Josh Gordon will bring to the Seahawks. “I’m telling you, I’m just waiting to see him,” Carroll said Monday, via Curtis Crabtree of Sports Radio 950 KJR and PFT. “I’ve seen him on film. He looks pretty special. He’s got a good history of making plays and [more]

Kellen Winslow II ends criminal case with a plea agreement

Former NFL tight end Kellen Winslow Jr. won’t be re-tried on eight remaining rape and sexual assault charges, after all. Via USA Today, Winslow has agreed to a plea deal that will end the case. As part of the agreement, Winslow likely will serve 12 to 18 years in prison. He avoided a potential life sentence. [more]

49ers, as few expected, become the last unbeaten team

After nine weeks, one unbeaten team remains. And that unbeaten team is, as few expected, the San Francisco 49ers. Betting on the last unbeaten team was available in some places. One oddsmaker had 16 teams to choose from, with San Francisco at the very bottom. The odds were: Patriots +750 (bet $100 to make $750), [more]

Eagles hope DeSean Jackson will be fine after bye

DeSean Jackson‘s return after a six-week absence lasted exactly one series, but they hope one more week off will serve him well. Eagles coach Doug Pederson said during Monday’s appearance on WIP that Jackson should be OK after this week’s bye, and that yesterday’s early exit was precautionary in light of the groin injury that [more]

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