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Rich Hill

Dolphins have been great at winning close games since the start of 2016

The Patriots can’t let Miami hang around.

The Miami Dolphins have been able to exceed expectations in close games since Adam Gase was named head coach in 2016 and the New England Patriots know they can’t allow the Dolphins to hang around on Sunday.

You look at a team like the Dolphins that have won so many close games in the last two years, have come from behind in the fourth quarter,” Patriots head coach Bill Belichick said, “[and] have won, I mean, until Oakland beat them a couple...

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Stephon Gilmore's football journey leads him to fresh start with Patriots

Beating Alabama and connecting with teammates were Stephon Gilmore's top football memories before joining New England, where he hopes to win a title.

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Rich Hill

Injury update: Patriots star duo Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski give updates on their injuries

The Patriots offensive players should be able to play on Sunday.

The New England Patriots were without QB Tom Brady (Achilles) and TE Rob Gronkowski (illness) for Wednesday’s practice, but they returned to the field in a limited capacity for Thursday. We will post Friday’s practice and injury report when available, but both Brady and Gronkowski spoke with the media on Friday and gave their own injury updates.

“I feel great,” Brady said about his injury. “Yeah, ready to go, so...

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Patriots-Dolphins injury report: Patriots declare 3 players out for Sunday, Martellus Bennett “doubtful”

The Patriots released their final injury report of week 12.

The New England Patriots released their final injury report of week 12 ahead of Sunday’s game against the Miami Dolphins. The Patriots removed QB Tom Brady (Achilles) and TE Rob Gronkowski (illness) from the report, although they were still limited at Friday’s practice.

Dolphins DT Ndamukong Suh didn’t practice on Friday for non-injury related reasons and should be available on Sunday.

OUT

Patriots: C David Andrews (illness),...

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Tom Brady: 'Nothing to worry about' with Achilles injury

Both Brady and Rob Gronkowski (illness) return to Patriots practice and say they're good to go against the Dolphins.

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Tom Brady downplays Achilles injury: 'I feel great'

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has not missed a game due to an injury since 2008, and the veteran has assured fans that an Achilles injury he is currently dealing with will not keep him from playing this Sunday.“I feel great. I’m ready to go. I’ll be excited for Sunday,” Brady said, via CBS Boston. “It was good to get a little extra treatment and I feel great for this time of the year. It’ll be a fun week. It’s nothing to worry about.”Those who own Brady in...

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Jay Cutler will not play against Patriots due to concussion

It’s official: Jay Cutler will not play on Sunday against the New England Patriots because of his concussion.The Miami Dolphins quarterback was knocked out of his team’s last game and was placed in concussion protocol. He missed practice during the week, though he did throw some passes on Thursday.On Friday, Dolphins head coach Adam Gase said that Cutler will miss the game and that Matt Moore will start. Moore has seen action in three games this season and has thrown for three touchdowns...

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Rich Hill

So the Chiefs signed former Patriots CB Darrelle Revis to a 2-year deal

He’s baaaaack.

The Kansas City Chiefs defense is going through some serious problems. Over the first four weeks of the season, they ranked 11th in points allowed and 6th in opposing passer rating. They ranked 23rd in rushing yards per attempt and yards allowed per play, and 27th in yards but that also aligns with most teams that have leads and play prevent late.

Since week 5, the Chiefs rank 16th in opposing passer rating, 17th in points allowed, 29th in rushing yards per attempt, and 30th...

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Rich Hill

Patriots-Dolphins injury update: Jay Cutler is out, Dolphins will start Matt Moore at quarterback

The Dolphins will play their back-up quarterback.

Miami Dolphins quarterback Jay Cutler has not cleared the concussion protocol and will not play on Sunday against the New England Patriots. Instead, the Dolphins will play back-up quarterback Matt Moore.

Jay Cutler is OUT for Sunday. Matt Moore will start.

— Adam Beasley (@AdamHBeasley) November 24, 2017

Moore started the 2016 finale for the Dolphins against the Patriots and completed 24 of 34 (70.6%) for 205 yards, 2 touchdowns, and 1...

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Rich Hill

LaAdrian Waddle can’t catch a break and will have to block Dolphins DE Cameron Wake

He’s probably up for the task.

New England Patriots right tackle LaAdrian Waddle was thrust into the starting line-up in week 3 against the Houston Texans and had to defend the likes of Jadeveon Clowney, Whitney Mercilus, and J.J. Watt. He was put back in the starting line-up halfway through week 8’s game against the Los Angeles Chargers against Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram.

Waddle has started the past two games after the bye week against the Denver Broncos with Von Miller and Shane Ray...

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David Andrews, Chris Hogan, Marcus Cannon likely out versus Dolphins

The Patriots could be without two starting O-linemen and a starting receiver this Sunday, with the trio having missed the entire week of on-field work.

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Bill Belichick on Jonathan Jones: “There’s no such thing as too much speed.”

The Patriots speedy cornerback has carved out a nice niche for himself.

New England Patriots cornerback Jonathan Jones did not get drafted because he stood at 5’9, 186 pounds at the NFL combine and nothing he did was able to impress the scouts.

It didn’t matter that Jones ran a 4.33s 40 yard dash, the fastest at the combine for a defensive back. It didn’t matter that Jones threw up 19 reps on the bench press, the most at the combine for a defensive back. It didn’t matter that Jones...

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Bill Belichick breaks down play that shows how the Patriots simply wanted it more than the Raiders

Belichick also looked at the Patriots swing around the half.

BB breaks down the best plays from Sunday's win in Mexico: pic.twitter.com/w3fP4pOgjA

— New England Patriots (@Patriots) November 24, 2017

New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick joined Scott Zolak to break down how the team swung the game and broke the score open around the half against the Oakland Raiders.

First, Belichick looks at how Jonathan Jones did a nice job with the tackle around the goal line before the half...

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Oddsmakers think the AFC is down to just 4 teams for the conference title

Any guesses on the final four teams?

The AFC has just four teams that have a real chance of winning the conference, according to Las Vegas oddsmaker Bovada, and there’s a surprise pick to be a possible six seed.

The New England Patriots (11/10; 47.6%) have the best odds of winning the conference, with the Pittsburgh Steelers (2/1; 33.3%) in second place. The Kansas City Chiefs (8/1; 11.1%) continued their decline, while the Jacksonville Jaguars (9/1; 10.0%) have crept up the rankings.

The only...

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Marima

New England Patriots links 11/24/17 - Patriots need to stick a fork in the AFC East

Daily news and links for Friday

TEAM TALK

Patriots - Dolphins Thursday Injury Report. Transactions: Patriots sign WR Bernard Reedy to the practice squad; Release DL Mike Purcell from the practice squad. Erik Scalavino shares his practice notes and locker-room buzz from Wednesday at Gillette. Paul Perillo scouts the matchups: The Dolphins weak secondary will have trouble containing the hottest passing attack in football. What They're Saying: Miami Dolphins.

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Mike Reiss picks...

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Tom Brady expresses thanks for support and for biscuits

Tom Brady is back at Gillette Stadium on Friday morning for practice a day after enjoying biscuits like grandma used to make.

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Top storylines for Sunday's NFL Week 12 action

Thanksgiving’s slate of NFL action offered up a ton on our plates. It started with the Minnesota Vikings continuing their utter domination. Then, the night was capped off with an all-NFC East battle between the Washington Redskins and New York Giants.Sunday’s Week 12 action promises to bring us even more intrigue. Can Marcus Mariota overcome last week’s struggles to help his Tennessee Titans keep pace with Jacksonville in the AFC South? Can the Los Angeles Rams rebound after last...

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Bernd Buchmasser

POLL: Would you rather see the Patriots activate Malcolm Mitchell or Vincent Valentine off injured reserve?

Cast your vote!

Due to an offseason rule change, each NFL team now has the possibility to bring two players back to their active roster that previously have been placed on the injured reserve list. The first player the New England Patriots opted to designate as a returnee was linebacker Shea McClellin, who suffered a setback in practice and thus remained on injured reserve.

Despite McClellin not getting activated to the active 53-man roster, New England only has one return designation left...

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Rich Hill

Don’t count out the AFC East: Patriots divisional record is far from perfect

The Patriots always win the division, but don’t expect them to go 6-0.

The New England Patriots are undefeated against the AFC East this year, but that’s not very impressive. They’ve played just one game- a 24-17 victory over the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium back in week 6- since the league made the curious decision to stack the schedule with divisional games at the end of the year.

The Patriots close out the season with five of their final six games against divisional opponents. A...

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With 2 games against the Dolphins over the next 3 weeks, the Patriots aren’t getting ahead of themselves

New England is taking this one week at a time.

The New England Patriots host the Miami Dolphins on Sunday before hitting the road and playing the Buffalo Bills in week 13 and squaring off against the Dolphins in Miami in week 14. With two games against the Dolphins over the next three weeks, you might expect the Patriots to have a few wrinkles in their game plan to make sure that Miami isn’t seeing the same scheme twice.

That mentality makes sense in theory, but not in the reality of the...

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