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New England Patriots cornerback J.C. Jackson
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Ryan Hannable
January 15, 2019 - 10:12 pm
FOXBORO — The Patriots will be going up against the best offense in the entire NFL Sunday night in the AFC championship when they take on the Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium. Kansas City averaged 35.3 points per game in the regular season and it has had its way against the Patriots over the last two...
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Alex Reimer
January 15, 2019 - 12:36 pm
It’s not a mystery who Tom Brady was referring to when he told CBS’ Tracy Wolfson “everyone thinks we suck” after the Patriots had decimated the Chargers to advance to their eighth straight AFC championship. For the last year, airwaves and column spaces have been filled with speculation and...
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Danton Heinen Boston Bruins
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Matt Kalman
January 15, 2019 - 12:24 am
The Bruins need secondary scoring. Coach Bruce Cassidy’s search for it led him to shuffle two of his forward lines in the second and third period and bench David Backes for the final eight minutes of the Bruins’ 3-2 overtime loss to Montreal at TD Garden on Monday. Cassidy said his decision to flip...
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Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels
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Ryan Hannable
January 14, 2019 - 10:54 pm
Josh McDaniels has called just over 200 games (201 by our count) for the Patriots in his two stints, and it’s hard to remember one as good as Sunday against the Chargers. McDaniels called as close to a perfect game as a coordinator could call in the Patriots’ 41-28 win, which wasn’t indicative of...
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Alex Reimer
January 14, 2019 - 12:28 pm
Tom Brady and Philip Rivers are both Hall of Fame quarterbacks. But Brady is the GOAT, whereas Rivers primarily compiles numbers. We saw the difference between the two on Sunday. Can you believe some people who have watched Brady’s entire career –– hello Mut Man! –– actually thought the Chargers...
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John Tomase
January 14, 2019 - 11:46 am
The smile on Tom Brady's face quickly gave way to a sneer, which frankly he had earned. Speaking to CBS reporter Tracy Wolfson after shellacking the Chargers on Sunday, Brady was asked about the challenge posed by the Kansas City Chiefs in next Sunday's AFC title game. "I know everyone thinks we...
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Ryan Hannable
January 13, 2019 - 9:46 pm
FOXBORO — There’s no doubt the 2018 season wasn’t Tom Brady’s best. Whether it was because of injuries, or perhaps a lack of weapons, Brady did not perform like he has in the past. In the regular season, the 41-year-old ranked 18th in completion percentage, seventh in passing yards, 10th in...
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John Tomase
January 13, 2019 - 4:36 pm
The Patriots have never been more vulnerable, we were told before kickoff on Sunday. Three hours later, they had never been more dominant. That sound you hear is the rest of the NFL scrambling to make sense of what happened in Foxboro during a divisional round playoff game that was supposed to...
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Ryan Hannable
January 10, 2019 - 10:54 pm
FOXBORO — There are many different ways to break down the Patriots-Chargers AFC divisional round matchup. The Patriots’ offensive line against edge rushers Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram, the Patriots’ secondary and how they matchup with the Chargers’ receivers, or even how the Chargers will limit the...
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John Tomase
January 10, 2019 - 4:54 pm
Here's a phrase we heard a lot until he won the MVP award: Mookie Betts isn't Mike Trout. Betts is really good, the logic went, but Trout is otherworldly. Then Betts bested every player in baseball -- including Trout -- with a monster 2018 and we're about to be reminded of the real reason the two...
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