12:10 PM EST, Thu November 27, 2014
Pats Pulpit 2 hours ago
Thanksgiving and the New England Patriots: A Look Back

Thanksgiving and the New England Patriots: A Look Back

Five times the New England Patriots have played a football game on Thanksgiving. Let's take a look at them. Thanksgiving, the one holiday that combines three of the best things in life: family, food and football. The latter, unfortunately, will take place without the Patriots this year, as they are currently preparing to face the Green Bay Packers on Sunday. While the team is looking into the not too distant future, we take our time to look into the past. The Patriots have played the Thanksgiving Classic five times, and have won three of those games. Interestingly enough, they have played...
New England Patriots Blog | ESPN Boston 8 hours ago

Patriots-Packers through a stats-based lens

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- A look at Sunday's New England Patriots at Green Bay Packers game through a stats-based lens (via ESPN's Stats & Information): 1. Brady and Rodgers: QBR kings. This marks the first starting quarterback matchup of Tom Brady and the Patriots against Aaron Rodgers and the Packers....
Boston Herald 12 hours ago

With talented CBs, Patriots built for matchup vs. Packer's WRs

FOXBORO — This might sound strange, but the Patriots’ defensive plan for Green Bay might be relatively easy in comparison to some of their recent opponents.The Patriots are built for this matchup against the Packers, who boast the second-highest scoring offense in the NFL but have just two certifiable...
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel 13 hours ago

Patriots secondary poses a tough challenge for Packers

Patriots cornerbacks Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner will play a considerable role Sunday in determining if receivers Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb continue on a tear for the Packers

How Have the Patriots Fared in So-Called Super Bowl Previews?

With a lot on the line in Green Bay this weekend, let's take a quick look back at how the Patriots have performed in previous so-called Super Bowl preview games the past few years.
Patriots Football Coverage | WEEI 23 hours ago

It Is What It Is Cast: What Patriots need to do to leave Lambeau with win

WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Chris Price preview Sunday's Patriots-Packers game, one that many are calling a possible Super Bowl preview.
Boston Herald 12 hours ago

Tim Wright’s a 
risk reward

FOXBORO — The Logan Mankins trade didn’t make a lot of sense at the time it went down. In some ways, it still doesn’t.And yet, after two months to get past the shock of watching the Patriots peddle their best offensive lineman because he was making too much money, one can revisit the trade and find it not quite as lopsided or foolhardy as it once seemed.The team’s 9-2 record is part of the reason. But there’s a lot more keeping this trade from being one of the worst moves Bill Belichick has made in his illustrious career.

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'A lot of good snaps' from DT Alan Branch

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Bill Belichick’s weekly breakdown of plays following a victory, on Patriots.com, highlighted strong work on offense, defense and special teams – a fitting recap because last Sunday’s win over the Lions was a complete-team effort. Alan Branch showing up. A sack in the first quarter (7:27) showed how the combination of good coverage married up with good rush to produce the desired result. This is generally one of Belichick’s preferred plays to show in these breakdowns and one thing he said confirmed what was pointed out in film review: defensive tackle Alan Branch...
Boston Herald 12 hours ago
Danny Amendola returns in prominent role

Danny Amendola returns in prominent role

FOXBORO — When Danny Amendola came to the Patriots last year, the slot receiver was expected to help fill the hole in production created by Wes Welker’s departure to the Denver Broncos.That never happened.However, Amendola, who at various stages in his career has been a dangerous return man, has finally found a way to help the team win. As evidenced by his 81-yard kickoff return last Sunday against the Detroit Lions that helped set up a second-quarter touchdown, Amendola is filling a role, even if it wasn’t the one he was brought in for.

Tom Brady lauds Aaron Rodgers

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady arrived for his weekly news conference Wednesday wearing a gray sweatshirt without sleeves, giving it the look of a muscle shirt. Brady relayed that he took it from receiver Brandon LaFell. "When you've got guns like this, you've got to show these things off," Brady cracked. "I've been working hard on these things." Brady then touched on a number of topics, including facing Aaron Rodgers for the first time with both as starters.
Boston Globe 18 hours ago

Brandon LaFell, Dan Connolly Limited Participants at Practice

Wide receiver Brandon LaFell, offensive lineman Dan Connolly, long snapper Danny Aiken, and running back Shane Vereen were all new additions to the Patriots' Wednesday injury report.

Packers-Patriots Wednesday injury report: Lang sits

 Photo/ESPNWisconsin.com T.J. Lang (and his towel) spent practice riding a recumbent stationary bike Wednesday, trying good-naturedly block reporters photos of him. GREEN BAY – Although reinjuring his ankle wasn’t exactly ideal considering it was just starting to feel better, T.J. Lang doesn’t think he’ll have any problem playing in Sunday’s game against the New England Patriots at Lambeau Field.The veteran guard, who initially sprained his left ankle against New Orleans on Oct. 26, reinjured it at Minnesota last Sunday. But unlike the first time, when he was unable to finish the...

Patriots' injury report: Chandler Jones, eight others limited

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Defensive end Chandler Jones (hip) was a limited participant in the New England Patriots' walk-through practice on Wednesday. This is the first time Jones has participated in a practice since injuring his hip during Week 7 against the New York Jets. It is a good sign to see Jones edging closer to a return with his first practice, even if it was just a walk-through. Long snapper Danny Aiken (concussion) is a new addition to the injury report, as he was limited on Wednesday.

"The Price is Right" with WEEI.com's Chris Price, 11-26-14

We find out what Chris Price was right and wrong about when he made a few predictions before the Lions game. Also, we hear some new ones regarding Sunday's game against the Green Bay Packers.
Boston Herald 20 hours ago

Lions C Raiola fined $10,000 by NFL

NEW YORK — Detroit Lions center Dominic Raiola has been fined $10,000 by the NFL for unnecessary roughness for a striking an opponent at New England on Sunday.The play was on a third-and-9 from the Detroit 35 with 57 seconds remaining. He struck the Patriots' Zach Moore.The league cited him for violating a rule that prohibits "striking, swinging at, or clubbing the head, neck, or face of an opponent with the wrist(s), arm(s), elbow(s), or hand(s)."
Boston Globe 21 hours ago

Patriots Practice Attendance: Chandler Jones Seen at Walkthrough

The New England Patriots' defensive line is getting healthy just in time for the stretch run to the playoffs.

Chandler Jones at Patriots' walk-through

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- New England Patriots defensive end Chandler Jones returned for the team’s walk-through practice on Wednesday. Jones has been out with a hip injury since Week 7. He played the entirety of that game against the Jets, but has not played in a game or practice since then. While the practice was just a walk-through, this is a good sign in his recovery that the team has him present. Defensive lineman Sealver Siliga was also spotted entering the Dana-Farber Field House.

Follow-up thoughts on Matthew Slater's contract extension

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- A few follow-up thoughts on special-teams captain Matthew Slater's contract extension through 2016, which was reported by ESPN.com NFL Insider Field Yates. Slater could have driven a harder bargain. This reminds me a little bit of linebacker Tedy Bruschi when he re-signed with the Patriots at one point later in his career. Could Bruschi have hit the market and driven a harder bargain at the time? Absolutely. But he made the decision that staying in New England was his only option, so he worked out the best deal he could with that in mind.

Report: Patriots Sign Matthew Slater To 2-Year Extension

The Patriots have extended one of their most prominent special teams players, and a team captain, to a two-year contract.

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