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New England Patriots

Stadium: Gillette Stadium | Coach: Bill Belichick
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense8th109.0 (19th)273.6 (6th)
Defense16th103.5 (10th)248.7 (22nd)

Last Game

Sun, December 21
MetLife Stadium
on CBS Sports
New England Patriots
NY Jets

Game Leaders

Passing: T. Brady (23-35, 182)
Rushing: S. Vereen (6-38)
Receiving: B. LaFell (7-64)

Passing: G. Smith (17-27, 210)
Rushing: C. Ivory (11-53)
Receiving: J. Kerley (3-54)


Sun Sep 7
L 33 - 20at MIA
Sun Sep 14
W 30 - 7at MIN
Sun Sep 21
W 16 - 9OAK
Mon Sep 29
L 41 - 14at KC
Sun Oct 5
W 43 - 17CIN
Sun Oct 12
W 37 - 22at BUF
Thu Oct 16
W 27 - 25NYJ
Sun Oct 26
W 51 - 23CHI
Sun Nov 2
W 43 - 21DEN
Sun Nov 16
W 42 - 20at IND
Sun Nov 23
W 34 - 9DET
Sun Nov 30
L 26 - 21at GB
Sun Dec 7
W 23 - 14at SD
Sun Dec 14
W 41 - 13MIA
1:00 pm EST
W 17 - 16at NYJ
1:00 pm EST
Sun Dec 28
on CBS SportsBUF


New England12-3-04-1-0
New York3-12-00-5-0
Fantasy Analysis | 1419218258
Patriots' backfield remains an enigma
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer

LeGarrette Blount was out for Week 16 at the Jets with a shoulder injury, which meant surely the Patriots would make Jonas Gray their go-to running back. After all, he had a 200-yard, four-touchdown game earlier this season and finally got out of coach Bill Belichick's doghouse with 11 carries for 62 yards last week.

Wrong again.

Gray was the Patriots' only running back to score a touchdown in Week 16, plunging in from 1 yard out in the fourth quarter, but to say he was the go-to back would be disingenuous. He and Shane Vereen tied for the team lead in carries with six, but Brandon Bolden also had five. And Vereen and Bolden were both more productive with their carries, averaging 6.3 yards and 6.4 yards, respectively, than Gray was with his, averaging 0.8 yards.

And then there's the fact that Vereen is far and away the best pass-catcher of the three, but he was hardly involved in the passing game on a quiet day for quarterback Tom Brady.

So basically, you wouldn't have gone right with any of Blount's three replacements, and considering they were all equally involved, you have to wonder how they'll impact Blount's role if he returns Week 17 against Buffalo. Given that it's a tough matchup anyway, you might just want to avoid every Patriots running back.

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Fantasy Analysis | 1419209905
Patriots DST adequate against Jets
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer

The Patriots didn't have a monster defensive performance Week 16 at the Jets, recording just two sacks with one takeaway, an interception by Jamie Collins in the third quarter, but they performed adequately against one of the league's worst offensive teams, allowing 16 points on 307 yards.

It was their fourth game in five allowing less than 20 points. However, it was the just the second time during that same stretch that the Patriots DST didn't score double-digit Fantasy points in standard CBSSports.com leagues.

A lack of big plays are to blame, but those aren't always so predictable from week to week. The Patriots DST has been one of the most consistent in Fantasy this season and has a favorable matchup Week 17 against Buffalo, so keep it active.

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Patriots K Stephen Gostkowski does little in win over Jets
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com

Patriots kicker Stephen Gostkowski was not asked to do much in Sunday's win over the Jets. He converted a 24-yard field goal in the third quarter and finished 1 for 1 with two extra points in a 17-16 victory.

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Danny Amendola, Brandon LaFell each crack 60-yard mark Week 16
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com

With Julian Edelman sidelined with a concussion, Patriots wide receivers Danny Amendola and Brandon LaFell each contributed with 60-plus-yard performances in Sunday's win over the Jets in Week 16.

Amendola had a season-best eight catches for 63 yards on 11 targets. LaFell came down with seven of the 10 passes thrown his way for 64 yards in a 17-16 victory.

New England will close out the regular season at home against Buffalo.

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Shane Vereen, Brandon Bolden each chip in for LeGarrette Blount
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com

With LeGarrette Blount sidelined with a shoulder injury, Patriots running backs Shane Vereen and Brandon Bolden did most of the heavy lifting on the ground against the Jets in Week 16.

Bolden only carried the ball five times for 32 yards, averaging 6.4 yards per attempt. Vereen was more involved, as he rushed for 38 yards on six carries. He also caught one of two targets for 12 yards in a 30-14 victory.

New England will face Buffalo in Week 17.

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