New England Patriots

Stadium: Gillette Stadium | Coach: Bill Belichick
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense4th117.0 (7th)269.2 (4th)
Defense8th88.6 (3rd)237.9 (12th)

Last Game

Sun, February 5
NRG Stadium
TV: FOX
New England Patriots
at
Atlanta Falcons
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Game Leaders

NE
Passing: T. Brady (43-62, 466)
Rushing: L. Blount (11-31)
Receiving: J. White (14-110)

ATL
Passing: M. Ryan (17-23, 284)
Rushing: D. Freeman (11-75)
Receiving: J. Jones (4-87)

Schedule

Sun Sep 11
W 23 - 21at ARI
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Sun Sep 18
W 31 - 24MIA
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Thu Sep 22
W 27 - 0HOU
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Sun Oct 2
L 16 - 0BUF
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Sun Oct 9
W 33 - 13at CLE
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Sun Oct 16
W 35 - 17CIN
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Sun Oct 23
W 27 - 16at PIT
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Sun Oct 30
W 41 - 25at BUF
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Sun Nov 13
L 31 - 24SEA
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Sun Nov 20
W 30 - 17at SF
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Sun Nov 27
W 22 - 17at NYJ
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Sun Dec 4
W 26 - 10LAR
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Mon Dec 12
W 30 - 23BAL
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Sun Dec 18
W 16 - 3at DEN
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Sat Dec 24
W 41 - 3NYJ
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Sun Jan 1
W 35 - 14at MIA
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Sat Jan 14
W 34 - 16HOU
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Sun Jan 22
W 36 - 17PIT
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Sun Feb 5
W 34 - 28at ATL
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Standings

AFC
East
Overall
W-L-T
Division
W-L-T
New England14-2-05-1-0
Miami10-6-04-2-0
Buffalo7-9-01-5-0
New York5-11-02-4-0
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Patriots' Tom Brady: Says career far from over
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Brady told Patriots owner Robert Kraft he might play six or seven more years, NFL Network's James Palmer reports.

Still playing at an elite level as he approaches his 40th birthday (in August), Brady seems to have plenty of gas left in the tank, though six or seven more years might be a stretch. At some point, he might decide there is nothing left to accomplish, as he's the only quarterback with five Super Bowl victories in NFL history, and he also owns a slew of regular-season records. Brady should have fun this upcoming season, with WR Brandin Cooks providing an element of downfield speed that the offense hasn't had in years.

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Patriots' Malcolm Butler: Could remain with Patriots
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

According to Patriots owner Robert Kraft, the team doesn't intend on trading Butler, Kevin Patra of NFL.com reports.

Butler visited the Saints a couple weeks ago to gauge their interest in him as a restricted free agent. Although the parties were unable to strike a deal, Butler's future is complicated by the fact that the Patriots placed a first-round tender on him. That enables New England to match any offer extended to Butler, or receive a first-round pick should they opt not to. Because of those stipulations, a trade seemed to be Butler's most likely route of departure, but Kraft's comments Monday suggest the cornerback could stick around. After signing Stephon Gilmore to a $65 million contract this offseason, the Patriots have a ready-made replacement for Butler, but potentially retaining him on a $3.91 million tender would nonetheless represent excellent value for this season's defense.

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Patriots' Danny Amendola: Depth role if he stays
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Amendola projects as the No. 4/5 receiver if he stays with the Patriots, ESPN.com reports.

Scheduled for a 2017 base salary of $6 million, Amendola needs to take a significant pay cut to avoid being released. The Patriots traded for Brandin Cooks to join a receiving corps that already had Julian Edelman and Chris Hogan, leaving Amendola and Malcolm Mitchell as the likely No. 4 and 5 receivers, in some order. Amendola accepted a pay cut the past two offseasons, but he'll probably be asked to take an even larger reduction this time around.

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Patriots' Dont'a Hightower: Jets wary of results of physical exam
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Jets were uncomfortable with the result of Hightower's physical, ESPN.com reports.

The Jets initially offered the 27-year-old linebacker a five-year, $62.5 million contract, but it seems they dropped out of the running after getting the results of his physical. Hightower subsequently re-signed with the Patriots -- who surely have a good feel for his injury risk -- on a four-year, $43.5 million contract that includes $19 million guaranteed. He did miss at least three games in each of the last three seasons, though never more than four in a single campaign. Hightower's shoulder and knee are the mostly likely causes of the Jets' concern, but neither was a big enough problem to prevent the ever-cautious Patriots from offering him a hefty sum.

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Patriots' Justin Coleman: Inks exclusive-rights tender with Patriots
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Coleman signed his exclusive-rights tender with the Patriots on Thursday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

The Patriots tendered Coleman before the start of free agency last week. Even with Coleman returning to the Patriots, the club's acquisition of Stephon Gilmore complicates his path to seeing regular snaps. Things could change depending whether Malcolm Butler remains with New England, however.

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