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Robert Kraft On Mannings: We Have One Son Who Has Won Four Super Bowls

Feb 11, 2016 1:29 PM

Robert Kraft called Bill Belichick and Tom Brady as "the greatest coach and quarterback of all time."

Kraft had an interesting response to Peyton Manning winning his second Super Bowl to also join Eli Manning with two wins.

"I happened to see Archie [Manning] there," Kraft said. "He has two sons who have won two Super Bowls [each]. But with all due respect, we have one son who has won four."

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Patriots, Panthers Have Best 2016 Super Bowl Odds (All Teams Listed)

Feb 8, 2016 10:41 AM

The New England Patriots are the favorites to win the 2016 Super Bowl at 9-1.

The Patriots lost to the Denver Broncos in the AFC Championship Game, while the team with the second best odds, the Carolina Panthers, lost to the Broncos in the Super Bowl.

The Broncos have the ninth best odds at 18-1.

New England -- 9-1
Carolina -- 10-1
Seattle -- 11-1
Green Bay -- 12-1
Pittsburgh -- 12-1
Arizona -- 15-1
Cincinnati -- 15-1
Indianapolis -- 15-1
Denver -- 18-1
Dallas -- 24-1
Kansas City -- 25-1
Minnesota -- 25-1
Philadelphia -- 35-1
Baltimore -- 38-1
Giants -- 42-1
Jets -- 42-1
Buffalo -- 45-1
Houston -- 45-1
Atlanta -- 50-1
LA Rams -- 50-1
Washington -- 50-1
Miami -- 60-1
Detroit -- 60-1
Oakland -- 60-1
Chicago -- 65-1
New Orleans -- 65-1
San Diego -- 75-1
Jacksonville -- 85-1
San Francisco -- 110-1
Tampa Bay -- 110-1
Cleveland -- 200-1
Tennessee -- 220-1

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NFL Found No Inflation Violations During Spot Checks

Feb 2, 2016 9:31 PM

The NFL claims to have found no issues with the inflation of footballs while checking at various games during the 2015 season.

“It wasn’t a research study. They simply were spot checks. There were no violations this year. We’re pleased that we haven’t had any violations and we continue the work, obviously, to consistently and importantly enforce the integrity of the game and the rules that are designed to protect it,” Goodell said.

Some scientists have come forward to say that the low PSI measurements on the footballs used by the Patriots in last year’s AFC Championship Game could have simply been a result of the footballs being used during a game played in cold weather. 

The NFL will continue to pursue their appeal of their four-game suspension for Tom Brady.

“I have great admiration for Tom,” Goodell said. “I know him personally. Obviously I respect his playing ability – he’s an extraordinary player – a sure Hall of Famer and I have nothing but admiration for him. But I have to make sure that we continue to do the things that are necessary to protect the integrity of the game and I will do that without compromise.”

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Team With Better Defense 10-7 In Brady-Manning Games

Jan 26, 2016 1:16 PM

The team with the better defense is 10-7 in the 17 Brady-Manning games.

The better defense is the one defined as being better by Football Outsiders.

Tom Brady had the better defense 10 times in his head-to-head meetings compared to seven for Manning.

Brady has won seven times with the better defense and four times with the worse defense, while Manning has won three times with the better defense and three times with the worse defense.

The Patriots won the first six Brady-Manning matchups and had the better defense in all of them.

Michael David Smith/Pro Football Talk

Tags: Denver Broncos, Indianapolis Colts, New England Patriots

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Tom Brady Hit 20 Times In AFC Title Game, Most Of Any QB This Season

Jan 25, 2016 1:58 PM

The Kansas City Chiefs touched Tom Brady just once in the Divisional Round and the Denver Broncos watched the tape and knew they had to get to him.

“We talked about it all week. We knew it was going to be one of those quick passing games,” DeMarcus Ware said. “We said the defensive line, we have to be able to get pressure on them in all situations. It might not be a sack, but we have to let them know that our presence is there.”

Brady was sacked four times and hit a total of 20 times, which was the most hits taken by any quarterback in any game this season.

Brady took 99 hits in his previous 17 games, an average of 5.8 per game.

“They’ve got some great pass rushers,” Brady said. “They have interior pass rushers, they’ve got some outside rushers. I think you complement that with great coverage. It was just tough for us to ever get into a rhythm.”


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Pats Considered Trying To Lure Jim Harbaugh Out Of Retirement In 2001

Jan 22, 2016 12:15 PM

When Drew Bledsoe first was injured during the 2001 season, the New England Patriots considered trying to lure Jim Harbaugh out of retirement with Tom Brady set to start.

The Patriots had selected Brady with a sixth round pick in the 2000 draft and expectations were moderate.

They also scouted Eric Zeier, Billy Joe Tolliver and Bert Emanuel.

“I don’t think we’re talking about John Elway here,” said Bill Belichick before Brady's first start.

Kent Babb/Washington Post

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2015 Championship Game Matchups (DVOA Infographics)

Jan 20, 2016 4:17 PM

The following infographics show the percentile rankings for all four 2015 NFL playoff teams in the NFC and AFC Championship Games in the categories of DVOA for offense, defense, pass offense, rush offense, pass defense and rush defense. 

The infographics show the strengths and weaknesses of every team.

New England Patriots at Denver Broncos

Arizona Cardinals at Carolina Panthers

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Panthers, Cardinals Were Two Of Five Teams In Top-10 Off., Def. DVOA

Jan 19, 2016 6:21 PM

The NFL final four is set this season with the Arizona Cardinals playing at the Carolina Panthers in the NFC Championship and the New England Patriots playing at the Denver Broncos.

Both the Cardinals and Panthers finished the regular season ranked in the top-10 in both offensive and defensive DVOA.

The Broncos were a top-10 defensive team, ranking first, while the Patriots were a top-10 team on offense at fifth. The Broncos ranked 25th defensively, while the Patriots were 12th on offense.

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NFL Final Four Matchups Since 2005 (Infographic)

Jan 18, 2016 9:11 PM

The New England Patriots are in the AFC Championship Game for the fifth straight season and for the 10th time during the Bill Belichick-Tom Brady era.

The NFC Championship features the Arizona Cardinals and Carolina Panthers, who last were one win away from the Super Bowl in 2008 and 2005 respectively.

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2015 Divisional Round Playoff Matchups (DVOA Infographics)

Jan 15, 2016 12:17 AM

The following infographics show the percentile rankings for all eight 2015 NFL playoff teams in the Divisional Round in the categories of DVOA for offense, defense, pass offense, rush offense, pass defense and rush defense. 

The infographics show the strengths and weaknesses of every team as the second round begins.

Kansas City Chiefs at New England Patriots

Green Bay Packers at Arizona Cardinals

Seattle Seahawks at Carolina Panthers

Pittsburgh Steelers at Denver Broncos

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Rob Gronkowski Receives Injection In Knee At Hospital
The Patriots still believe Rob Gronkowski will play in Sunday's game against the Kansas City Chiefs.

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Chandler Jones' Reportedly Hospitalization By Synthetic Marijuana
Chandler Jones could land in the NFL's league substance abuse program.

Darin Gantt/Pro Football Talk

Chandler Jones Overdosed On Pills At Gronkowski's House
The pills taken by Chandler Jones are not yet known.

Mike Florio/Pro Football Talk

Wild Card Playoff Matchups (DVOA Infographics)
The infographics show the percentile rankings for all 12 2015 NFL playoff teams in the categories of DVOA for offense, defense, pass offense, rush offense, pass defense and rush defense.

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Bob Quinn Hired By Lions As General Manager
Dan Quinn was most recently the Patriots' director of pro scouting.

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Cardinals Given Best Super Bowl Chance At 29 Percent
The Panthers rank second at 20 percent with the Patriots third at 18 percent.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Tom Brady's Sprained Right Ankle 'Feeling Better'
Tom Brady walked without a noticeable limp.

Mike Reiss/ESPN

Seahawks Lead NFL In DVOA For 4th Straight Season (Infographic)
The Seahawks, Bengals, Cardinals, Panthers and Chiefs finished the 2015 regular season in the top-10 in both Offensive and Defensive DVOA.

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Tom Brady's Diet Mostly Plant-Based, Excludes Nightshade Foods
Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen primarily eat vegetables.

Hilary Sargent/Boston Globe

Tom Brady Has Sprained Right Ankle, Not Likely To Miss Time
The MRI on Tom Brady didn't reveal any breaks or fracture.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Dolphins Requests Interviews With Patriots' McDaniels, Matt Patricia
Josh McDaniels spent parts of two seasons as the head coach with the Denver Broncos before being fired with a 3-9 record in 2010.

Adam Schefter/ESPN (via PFT)

Full NFL Playoff Schedule With Times, TV Listings
The NFL has announced its television schedule for the 2015 playoffs.

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Patriots Will Consider Resting Starters In Week 17
The Patriots have already clinched a first round bye and could secure homefield advantage with a win over the Jets in Week 16.

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Patriots Sign Steven Jackson
The Patriots have placed LeGarrette Blount and Dion Lewis on season-ending injured reserve.

Josina Anderson/ESPN

Patriots Promote Fullback Joey Iosefa Over Montee Ball
The Patriots promoted fullback Joey Iosefa to the active roster Saturday.

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Tom Brady Misses Practice, Listed As Questionable For Week 15
Ian Rapoport reports that Tom Brady's illness "didn't sound like an issue."

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Joey Bosa, Paxton Lynch Go 1st, 2nd In First McShay Draft
Todd McShay has Joey Bosa going first overall to the Titans in his initial mock for the 2016 NFL Draft.

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Patriots Place LeGarrette Blount On Injured Reserve
For the season, LeGarrette Blount has 165 carries for 703 yards and six touchdowns.


LeGarrette Blount Could Miss Time With Hip Injury
Brandon Bolden and James White could be the Patriots' running backs for the foreseeable future.

Ed Werder/ESPN

Julian Edelman Returns To Practice
Julian Edelman has 61 catches for 692 yards and seven touchdowns this season.

Mike Reiss/ESPN

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