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Patriots place Stallworth on IR, Deion Branch reportedly return…

Patriots place Stallworth on IR, Deion Branch reportedly returning

profootballtalk.com ESPN.com Updated Dec 11, 2012
The Patriots will be shuffling their wide receiver corps once again. Donte’ Stallworth is heading to injured reserve with an ankle injury a week after he rejoined the team as a free agent. Stallworth certainly got the most out of his brief stay on the a
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  • Plenty To Learn From

    Plenty To Learn From

    CNNSI.com Dec 11, 2012
    The 49ers squandered a 31-3 lead, but beat the Patriots 41-34. Winning in this fashion could prove quite valuable in the weeks ahead for San Francisco, says Chris Burke.
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  • Patriots Gab Game Ball Edition

    Patriots Gab Game Ball Edition

    patriotsgab.com Dec 11, 2012
    If we were giving out game balls to the best players from Monday Night’s beat down of the Houston Texans then these are the players that are most deserving of it: 1. Tom Brady. He came out sharp and scored 3 touchdowns on the Patriots first three posses
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  • Tom Brady is nominated for NFL’s FedEx player through the air

    Tom Brady is nominated for NFL’s FedEx player through the air

    patriotsgab.com Dec 11, 2012
    After Tom Brady’s 296 passing yards and four tochdown performance is nominated for NFL’s Fedex air player. You can go and help Brady to win the deserving award by heading over to NFL.com and clicking to vote or you can follow the link here >
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  • Blogger Blitz: Who should Pats root for?

    Blogger Blitz: Who should Pats root for?

    ESPN.com Dec 11, 2012
    AFC East blogger James Walker talks about who the Patriots should be rooting for if they want to secure home-field advantage.
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  • Tom Brady recalls RGIII moment

    Tom Brady recalls RGIII moment

    ESPN.com Dec 11, 2012
    It was one of many plays during the New England Patriots' 42-14 victory over the Houston Texans on Monday night. But this was the play that got Patriots quarterback Tom Brady fired up the most. In the third quarter, Brady uncharacteristically scrambled …
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  • The Patriots Did Not Shut Down J.J. Watt Last Night

    The Patriots Did Not Shut Down J.J. Watt Last Night

    deadspin.com Dec 11, 2012
    Reading what people have written about splendid Texans defensive end J.J. Watt from last night's Patriots romp, you'd think New England's line squashed Watt. "Kudos to Dante Scarnecchia and the New England offensive line for keeping Brady so clean,…
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  • Patriots' dominance by the numbers

    Patriots' dominance by the numbers

    ESPN.com Dec 11, 2012
    The New England Patriots picked up their biggest win of the season by thrashing the Houston Texans, 42-14, Monday at Gillette Stadium. It was a major statement by New England (10-3). Here are some astounding numbers to chew on from Monday's game, courte…
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  • Awards Watch: Who's new OPOY favorite?

    Awards Watch: Who's new OPOY favorite?

    CNNSI.com Dec 11, 2012
    The pulse of the NFL season changes weekly. Every Tuesday, SI.com will break down the front-runners for the major NFL awards.
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  • Tuesday morning one-liners

    Tuesday morning one-liners

    profootballtalk.com Dec 11, 2012
    A vote in favor of tweaks, not an overhaul, for the Bills. The Dolphins are on pace for the worst four-year stretch in franchise history. Patriots WR Brandon Lloyd didn’t have much to say after his biggest game in a while. Said Jets S Yeremiah Bell, “
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  • Texans humbled, trying to move on quickly

    Texans humbled, trying to move on quickly

    profootballtalk.com Dec 11, 2012
    Don’t think for a moment the Patriots didn’t notice the letter jackets. Because what they gave the Texans most last night was a lesson in the difference between good and great. “They just taught us how to play championship football,” Texans lineba
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  • Tom Brady: I’m no RG3, but I can run for a first down

    Tom Brady: I’m no RG3, but I can run for a first down

    Among the many big plays in the Patriots’ 42-14 destruction of the Texans, a six-yard run by Tom Brady barely registers. But Brady’s run on third-and-5 did extend a Patriots drive, and he was fired up and pumping his fist on the field. Afterward, Brad
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  • The Patriots rope the cattle. Beat Texans 42-14

    The Patriots rope the cattle. Beat Texans 42-14

    QB Tom Brady and WR Brandon Lloyd celebrate after scoring a touchdown. The Monday Night Football game on ESPN tonight was one of the most anticipated games in years featuring two of the best teams in the NFL. It was the Texans top 3 ranked defense going…
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  • Don Banks: AFC-leading Texans make poor statement in blowout lo…

    Don Banks: AFC-leading Texans make poor statement in blowout loss to Pats

    CNNSI.com Dec 11, 2012
    The Texans made the wrong kind of statement in a 42-14 drubbing by the Patriots. Houston might still claim the AFC's top seed, says Don Banks, but Monday proved who's the real No. 1.
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  • Patriots are the new Super Bowl favorites

    Patriots are the new Super Bowl favorites

    ESPN.com Dec 11, 2012
    FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- In the full deck that is the NFL, Bill Belichick is the Joker and Tom Brady is the Ace of Spades. No NFL contender has this level of elite coaching and elite quarterbacking on the same team. That is what separates the New England Pa…
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  • Fourth and Short: It's Only One Game, Houston

    Fourth and Short: It's Only One Game, Houston

    grantland.com Dec 11, 2012
    Patriots-Texans looked like Monday Night Football's most mouthwatering tilt for about 19 minutes of game time last night. By the time New England fini...
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  • About Last Night: Patriots Remind Texans They're the Patriots

    About Last Night: Patriots Remind Texans They're the Patriots

    grantland.com Dec 11, 2012
    In case you were out living a life of leisure, here's what you missed in sports on Monday. In a battle of top AFC teams, Tom Brady threw for 296 yar...
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  • Video - NFL32OT: Patriots On Fire 01:55

    NFL32OT: Patriots On Fire

    Dec 11
    Episode 235: Antonio Pierce breaks down whether the Patriots offense is unstoppable. Pierre Garcon joins NFL32 to discuss who is the best wide receiver in the NFC East.
  • Video - Heath Evans' top 5 teams 00:59

    Heath Evans' top 5 teams

    Dec 11
    Which five teams does Heath Evans believe are the best in the NFL? Find out if there are any surprises in his rankings.
  • Video - Blogger Blitz: Rooting For The Colts 00:52

    Blogger Blitz: Rooting For The Colts

    Dec 11
    AFC East blogger James Walker talks about who the Patriots should be rooting for if they want to secure home-field advantage
  • Video - Should Patriots Be Super Bowl Favorites? 06:19

    Should Patriots Be Super Bowl Favorites?

    Dec 11
    Stephen A. Smith, Pierre Garcon and Skip Bayless discuss the big win over the Texans.

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    Dec 11
    Having experienced the unique pressures of the NFL, why would Nick Saban vacate his Alabama throne for Cleveland?
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    Dec 11
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  • Peter King: Tagliabue ruling points finger at Saints organization, coaches

    Dec 11
    In vacating the 31 games' worth of player suspensions and fines handed to four players over the Saints' bounty sanctions, former NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue today, in effect, slammed the Saints' coaching staff and organization for the existence of a…
  • Do not blame Roger Goodell for New Orleans Saints bounty scandal

    Dec 11
    Everything that's gone wrong for Saints is fault of man in charge during scandal, Sean Payton, writes Jeffri Chadiha.