1. Can the New England Patriots Overcome Inability to Stop the Run on Defense?

    Over the last three seasons, pass defense has been the weak link for the New England Patriots . No other NFL team gave up more 20-plus passing plays in that span, with the ...

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  2. Patriots' Playoff Picture: Analyzing the Latest Outlook for New England

    The New England Patriots hit their bye week at an impressive 7-2, atop the AFC East with a two-game lead and currently sitting in second place in the conference...

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  3. Steelers vs. Patriots: Takeaways from New England's 55-31 Win over Pittsburgh

    The New England Patriots put together their most impressive performance of the season on Sunday, dispatching the Pittsburgh Steelers , 55-31, and heading into their bye week at 7-2...

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  4. Pittsburgh Steelers vs. New England Patriots: Score, Highlights and Analysis

    The New England Patriots withstood a third-quarter rally from the Pittsburgh Steelers to get a blowout win and move to 7-2 as they head into their bye week. The Steelers fall to 2-6...

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  5. New England Patriots Rookie, Free-Agent Midseason Progress Report

    The New England Patriots have reached the midpoint of their 2013 season and sit at an impressive 6-2. Most years this record wouldn't be a surprise, but now, given the Pats' injuries ...

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  6. Aaron Dobson Lone Bright Spot for Patriots' Passing Attack

    The New England Patriots ' passing game looked anemic for much of Sunday's game against the Miami Dolphins , but, sparked by the defense and running game, it delivered some clutch plays that helped give New England the win...

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  7. Dolphins vs. Patriots: Takeaways from New England's 27-17 Win over Miami

    The New England Patriots rallied after an ugly first half to overcome a 14-point deficit and defeat the Miami Dolphins 27-17 and move to 6-2 on the season...

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  8. Improved Ground Game Can Fix Patriots' Problems

    If you want a simple way to sum up the New England Patriots ' problems on offense this season, the number "three" would be a good place to start—or more specifically, third downs and third quarters...

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  9. Patriots vs. Jets: Takeaways from New York's 30-27 Overtime Win over New England

    The New York Jets defeated the New England Patriots in overtime on Sunday, their first win against the Pats since the 2010 playoffs...

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  10. Jets Beat Patriots in Overtime 30-27

    The New York Jets defeated the New England Patriots in overtime on Sunday, snapping a five-game losing streak. Geno Smith led the Jets on an impressive opening drive that was capped off with a 12-yard touchdown toss to Jeremy Kerley...

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  11. 7 New England Patriots Who Must Step Up After Key Injuries

    No NFL team has been hit harder by injuries this season than the New England Patriots , and the trend continued this past weekend against the New Orleans Saints , when Jerod ...

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  12. Saints vs. Patriots: Takeaways from New England's 30-27 Win over New Orleans

    The New England Patriots put together their finest first half of football of 2013 against the New Orleans Saints , but they watched their lead disappear with a sloppy second half...

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  13. Patriots Steal Miracle 30-27 Win over Saints

    The 5-1 New England Patriots defeated the 5-1  New Orleans Saints  on Sunday, with Tom Brady throwing the game-winning touchdown with just :5 seconds left on the game clock...

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  14. What's Killing the Patriots Offense in Short-Yardage Situations?

    The New England Patriots offense has been much-maligned this season, especially its revamped passing game that has been inconsistent at best...

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  15. Patriots vs Bengals: Takeaways from New England's 13-6 Loss to Cincinnati

    The New England Patriots dropped their first game of the season on Sunday, a 13-6 shutdown by the Cincinnati Bengals . The Patriots were held to just 248 yards of total offense and were 1-of-12 on third down offensively...

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  16. Grading Patriots' Positional Units at the First Quarter Mark

    The New England Patriots are 4-0, but it's been a far-from-dominating first quarter to their 2013 season. For a team known as an offensive powerhouse and defensive poorhouse in recent seasons, this year has turned that old notion on top of its head...

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  17. Patriots vs. Falcons: Takeaways from New England's 30-23 Win over Atlanta

    The New England Patriots survived a late rally by the Atlanta Falcons , with Aqib Talib breaking up a pass on fourth down to prevent the game-tying touchdown to seal the 30-23 win for the Pats...

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  18. Patriots Hold off Falcons 30-23

    The New England Patriots needed a fourth-down stop at the end of the game to hold on for a 30-23 win over the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday night. The   Falcons  took an early 3-0 lead after an impressive first drive that saw them run the no-huddle...

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  19. What Will Amendola and Gronk's Return Mean for the Patriots?

    The New England Patriots ' collection of injuries in 2013 are well documented, especially on offense. Despite missing their top tight end, top wide receiver and top receiving back, ...

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  20. Buccaneers vs Patriots: Takeaways from New England's 23-3 Win over Tampa Bay

    Tom Brady found rookie receiver Kenbrell Thompkins for two touchdowns, while the defense allowed just three points, to lead the New England Patriots to a dominating 23-3 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday...

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  21. Patriots Defeat Buccaneers 23-3

    The New England Patriots dispatched the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 23-3 on Sunday, in a throwback game for the Patriots where they won with good defense and timely scoring...

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  22. 3 Areas Where the Patriots Must Improve to Down the Buccaneers on Sunday

    On Sunday, the New England Patriots have the chance to go 3-0 for the first time since their undefeated regular season of 2007...

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  23. Jets vs. Patriots: Takeaways from New England's 13-10 Win over New York

    The New England Patriots managed to hold on for a 13-10 over the New York Jets on Thursday night in a game featuring an unrecognizable Patriots offense that could barely pick up a first down...

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  24. Jets vs. Patriots: Breaking Down New England's Game Plan

    With the "butt-fumble game" from Thanksgiving still fresh on everyone's minds, thanks to the ESPN's Worst of the Worst , it's easy to forget the New England Patriots and New York ...

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  25. Examining the Patriots' Base Nickel Defense

    This offseason we counted the continuity on the New England Patriots ' defense as a strength that would help them improve, especially for their pass defense which has ranked 28th and 23rd in Football Outsiders' DVOA rankings the last two seasons.

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