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Small tweaks have helped Pats' defense to dominate in 2019

Nov. 7, 2019 5:11 PM EST

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — The dominance of the Patriots' defense was at the center of each of their eight consecutive victories to open the season. Its knack for forcing turnovers, limiting opponents' rushing yards and ability to force three-and-outs helped it demoralize opposing offenses on a weekly basis....

Offensive production increases as Pats' schedule toughens

Oct. 28, 2019 5:06 PM EDT

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — After the Patriots dominated the New York Giants in a 35-14 victory two weeks ago, Tom Brady was asked whether he thought the offense had been good enough to that point. After a brief pause, he responded, "We'll see. We're 6-0, so try to get to 7-0." Two wins later the Patriots are...

ICYMI in NFL Week 8: Pats D finds end zone again

Oct. 28, 2019 3:26 AM EDT

Big news: The Patriots defense allowed a touchdown. Not big news: The Patriots defense scored one, too. Impressive as the entire New England operation has looked in reaching the halfway point of the NFL season at 8-0, the defense is playing at a level rarely seen in the NFL. When Dont'a Hightower returned a...

Browns turn it over 3 straight plays, lose to Patriots 27-13

Oct. 27, 2019 9:32 PM EDT

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — This one slipped out of Cleveland's hands. On three plays in a row. The Browns turned the ball over on back-to-back-to-back plays in the first quarter on a rainy New England Sunday, leading to a pair of Patriots touchdowns that changed a three-point lead into a runaway and a 27-13...

Belichick wins 300th, perfect Patriots beat Browns 27-13

Oct. 27, 2019 9:26 PM EDT

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Bill Belichick was 39 years old when he coached the Cleveland Browns to a win over the New England Patriots in 1991 — his first as an NFL coach. As Belichick trotted toward the center of the field Sunday, his trademark cutoff hooded sweatshirt soaked in rain following the...

Patriots blitz Jets, gain more confidence with Browns next

Oct. 22, 2019 6:02 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The New England Patriots have thrived this season thanks to a defense that's limited opponents' abilities to get in the end zone and an offense that's found ways to adjust to injuries. You can add one thing to that list: an ability to be unpredictable. New England disguised a myriad of...

Patriots force 4 turnovers, beat Giants 35-14 to reach 6-0

Oct. 11, 2019 12:46 AM EDT

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Under coach Bill Belichick, the Patriots have made a habit of besting young quarterbacks. They can add Giants rookie Daniel Jones to that list. Tom Brady had two touchdown runs and moved ahead of Peyton Manning for second place on the NFL's all-time passing yards list as New...

Patriots offense regains footing against woeful Redskins

Oct. 7, 2019 6:50 PM EDT

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Following a 16-10 win at Buffalo in Week 4, questions began to crop up about the New England Patriots' offense that struggled to get the ball in the end zone in their first serious test of the season. The Patriots had the perfect opponent in Week 5 to have a bounce-back game. New...