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Patriots brace for diverse 49ers running game

The Patriots are reeling. The 49ers were reeling. When the two teams meet this weekend, the 49ers will be running. Patriots coach Bill Belichick knows what’s coming, and he offered up from praise for the San Francisco ground game on Tuesday. “Yeah, they get everybody involved in the running game,” Belichick said. “They hand it [more]

Vic Fangio talks up Malik Reed after two sacks of Cam Newton

Broncos outside linebacker Malik Reed doesn’t always play a big role in Denver’s defense, but he’s making the most of his opportunities. Starting in place of the injured Jeremiah Attaochu, Reed sacked Cam Newton twice in the Broncos’ win at New England on Sunday, and afterward head coach Vic Fangio praised Reed for filling in [more]

Bill Belichick: We all know Jimmy Garoppolo is a good player

The Patriots will be facing a quarterback for the first time for the second straight week, but they’re a bit more familiar with this week’s opponent than they were with Drew Lock of the Broncos. 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo was a 2014 second-round pick in New England and remained with the team until a 2017 [more]

Raheem Mostert, Ben Garland likely headed to injured reserve for 49ers

San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan indicated on Monday that both running back Raheem Mostert and center Ben Garland are likely headed to the injured reserve list. Mostert suffered a left high-ankle sprain in Sunday night’s win over the Los Angeles Rams that will “most likely” land him on IR, per Nick Wagoner of [more]

Bill Belichick: George Kittle is “as good as anybody” I’ve seen

Some would call Rob Gronkowski the greatest tight end in the history of the game. It’s hard to argue he’s not one of the best ever with his four All-Pro nods, three Super Bowl rings and a spot on the NFL’s 100th Anniversary All-Time Team. Gronkowski played nine seasons for Bill Belichick in New England. [more]

Bill Belichick: You have to pick and choose which calls to challenge

Sunday’s loss to the Broncos featured a distinctly unBelichickian performance from Patriots coach Bill Belichick. Twice, he opted not to throw the red challenge flag when the clear and obvious visual evidence suggested that maybe he should have. First, a 35-yard third-yard completion to Broncos tight end Tim Patrick on third and 21 seemed to [more]

Antonio Brown can return in two weeks

The NFL in 2020 quickly has become divided into haves and have nots. One of the haves could soon have a pretty good receiver on the roster. Antonio Brown will be eligible to practice and play in only two weeks. Punished with an eight-game suspension for multiple off-field issues but not entirely cleared for a [more]

Patriots in unfamiliar territory at 2-3 and in third place in the AFC East

The Patriots aren’t accustomed to being where they are right now. After Sunday’s loss to the Broncos, the Patriots are 2-3 and in third place in the AFC East, behind both the Bills and the Dolphins. This is the first time they’ve had a losing record in October or later since 2002. And third place [more]

Drew Lock overcomes multiple interceptions to beat the Patriots in New England

The Denver Broncos escaped New England with a win on Sunday. In doing so, they overcame an obstacle that only one other team to ever beat the Patriots in their building during the Belichick era has managed to handle: Their quarterback had multiple interceptions. Via NFL Research, the only other team to win in New [more]

Cam Newton: Time off showed, I have to be better

Patriots quarterback Cam Newton played in a game for the first time since Week Three on Sunday and he said the “time off showed” after an 18-12 loss to the Broncos. Newton ran for 76 yards and a touchdown while going 17-of-25 for 157 yards and two interceptions through the air on Sunday. Newton missed [more]

Bill Belichick: We need more time together

The Patriots got back on the field Sunday against the Broncos and they looked a lot like a team that has barely practiced since losing to the Chiefs on Monday night in Week Four. New England turned the ball over three times and was down 18-3 to Denver heading into the fourth quarter. A pair [more]

Broncos hold on for 18-12 win in New England

The Patriots were down 15 points with 10 minutes to go in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s game, but they were able to make a game of it against the Broncos. J.C. Jackson intercepted Drew Lock to set up a Nick Folk field goal that cut Denver’s lead to 18-12 and Jonathan Jones intercepted Lock’s [more]

Cam Newton hits 5,000 career rushing yards, Pats trail 18-9

It hasn’t been a great day for the Patriots on offense, but they’re still alive in the fourth quarter after quarterback Cam Newton notched another milestone. Newton went over 5,000 career rushing yards with a 38-yard run in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s game against the Broncos. That gave the Patriots the ball inside the [more]

Broncos stretch lead to 12-3 before half

The Broncos and Patriots had to wait a week to play a game that was originally scheduled for Week Five and they’ll both have to wait until at least the third quarter to get into the end zone. Neither offense was able to score a touchdown through 30 minutes of play at Gillette Stadium, but [more]

Broncos go up 6-0 after intercepting Cam Newton

Patriots quarterback Cam Newton returned to the lineup on Sunday, but his first pass since Week Three didn’t land in the hands of a teammate. Newton’s attempt to hit running back James White with a screen pass was tipped by Broncos defensive end Shelby Harris and defensive end DeShawn Williams snagged the pass before it [more]

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