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Quarterback Tom Brady looks fine. The Patriots' passing attack should pick up right where it left off. No worries in that phase of the game across New England.
The running game? Well, that's a different story.
As is often the case in the Bill Belichick era, the backfield is in a state of flux. Players going. Players coming. You name it. Uncertainty rules the day.
When New England (No. 2 in the AP Pro 32) was winning three Super Bowls in four years from 2002-2005, the team featured a power running game that could control the ball for long periods of time late in the game. Antoine Smith wasn't a Hall of Fame back, but he helped win two titles.
Now, there's a void. Despite a 13-3 regular season and an AFC championship last year, New England had problems keeping the ball away from opponents at the end of games. A strong, reliable running game would have helped that.
And then came the offseason. That's when Benjarvus Green-Ellis, the primary back for the past two...
BEST OF MAXIM
Tom Brady celebrates his birthday on Friday, August 3, 2012. He will be turning 35. At 35, that is right around the time where athletes start to decline, but still have enough to be excellent, if not to start into the decline phase.
Tom Brady singing “Call Me Maybe” by Carly Rae Jepsen (by godlike899)
“Tom Brady came out strong in training camp, zipping throws around the yard from the outset....
The Associated Press released an inaugural NFL poll voted on by 12 analysts from around the country. Your favorite team and mine, the New England Patriots earned second on the list behind Aaron Rodgers' Green Bay Packers.
Earning 369 points, just five behind the Pack, New England scraped two first-place votes, which was three behind Green Bay and current Super Bowl Champions...
By: Rich Bergeron
New England Patriots Quarterback Tom Brady turned 35 on Friday, a year in which most quarterbacks start to slow down. Only four quarterbacks in the history of the NFL were able to win a Super Bowl after turning 35.
John Elway is the only man to do it twice, and he was also the last one to do it. Elway is still at the helm of the Denver Broncos in a management capacity...
There's no greater trinket to own from the NFL than a Super Bowl ring, and if you've got the cash, now could be your chance to own one of the rare pieces of NFL lore.
Up for sale, on eBay no less, is a New England Patriots Super Bowl XXXVI ring. It can be yours for the low price of $63,000.
Super Bowl XXXVI was the Patriots first of three championships under Bill Belichick...
One man's injury is another man's opportunity.
Under the best of circumstances, the New England Patriots' offensive line was going to be reshuffled this season after starting left tackle Matt Light announced his retirement in the spring.
Then came a knee injury to All-Pro guard Logan Mankins that has kept him off the field in the early days of training camp and Sebastian...
Michael Irvin spent some time at New England Patriots where he not only got a glimpse of this year’s Patriots squad, but he also got the chance to tell head coach Bill Belichick how much he admires him. But Irvin didn’t stop there, oh no. Irvin proceeded to take things to the next level by telling Belichick that he believes that his name should be on the Lombardi trophy.
Mike Columbare truly believes he was bred to be a Boston sports fan. The Malden, Mass. native roots for all of the local teams unwaveringly, and attributes that devotion to the sports culture that his parents surrounded him with growing up. For the past 12 years, Mike has traveled to Fenway Park to camp out for Opening Day tickets. According to his girlfriend Erin Galvin, "there...
Bill Belichick has earned the respect of his peers through his hard work, dedication and success. If it were up to former Cowboys receiver and current NFL analyst Michael Irvin, Belichick would be immortalized alongside the great Vince Lombardi. "I think the world of Belichick," Irvin told the Boston Herald's Jeff Howe recently. "I told him this, 'Man, if it...
Amanda Swinhart / For the Boston Globe
New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez told Shalie Manza Young of the Boston Globe that head coach Bill Belichick ended up kissing his elbow after he injured it during practice.
“I had a little bruise on my elbow and I was whining about it, and he was just showing me the love of a father figure and he gave me a kiss on the elbow,”...
I’ve talked a lot about parity in my previews before. One team that hasn’t been subject to the ups and down of the NFL over the last decade is the New England Patriots. Since 2001, the Patriots have 9+ games every season, won double digit games in 10 of 11 seasons, made the playoffs 9 times, won 12+ 6 times and 13+ 5 times. They’ve made it to the playoffs 9 times, the...
You can have your quarterback battle in Tennessee -- no matter who wins, Jake Locker is taking over within a short amount of time. You can have your quarterback scrap in Cleveland -- old rookie or not, Brandon Weeden is still far better than Colt McCoy. You can have your running back squabble in New England -- whoever is deemed the starter, coach Bill Belichick is still likely to...