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New England Patriots

Stadium: Gillette Stadium | Coach: Bill Belichick
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense18th103.3 (20th)242.1 (15th)
Defense12th126.3 (24th)208.0 (1st)

Last Game

Thu, October 16
Gillette Stadium
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NY Jets
at
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Game Leaders

NYJ
Passing: G. Smith (20-34, 226)
Rushing: C. Ivory (21-107)
Receiving: E. Decker (4-65)

NE
Passing: T. Brady (20-37, 261)
Rushing: S. Vereen (11-43)
Receiving: S. Vereen (5-71)

Schedule

Sun Sep 7
L 33 - 20at MIA
Recap
Sun Sep 14
W 30 - 7at MIN
Recap
Sun Sep 21
W 16 - 9OAK
Recap
Mon Sep 29
L 41 - 14at KC
Recap
Sun Oct 5
W 43 - 17CIN
Recap
Sun Oct 12
W 37 - 22at BUF
Recap
Thu Oct 16
W 27 - 25NYJ
Recap
1:00 pm EDT
Sun Oct 26
FOXCHI
4:25 pm EST
Sun Nov 2
DEN
8:30 pm EST
Sun Nov 16
at IND
1:00 pm EST
Sun Nov 23
DET
4:25 pm EST
Sun Nov 30
at GB
8:30 pm EST
Sun Dec 7
at SD
1:00 pm EST
Sun Dec 14
MIA
1:00 pm EST
Sun Dec 21
at NYJ
1:00 pm EST
Sun Dec 28
BUF

Standings

AFC
East
Overall
W-L-T
Division
W-L-T
New England5-2-02-1-0
Buffalo4-3-01-1-0
Miami3-3-01-1-0
New York1-6-00-1-0
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Report: Patriots expected to sign DE Alan Branch
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com

The Patriots are expected to sign free-agent defensive end Alan Branch, the Boston Globe reports.

Branch was released by the Bills after a DUI arrest in August. The Patriots reportedly are going to be without defensive end Chandler Jones (hip) for about a month, leaving a need to add depth on the defensive line.

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Report: Patriots DE Chandler Jones (hip) out multiple weeks
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com

Patriots defensive end Chandler Jones missed practice Tuesday with a hip injury and is expected to be sidelined for about a month, the Boston Globe reports.

Jones recorded four tackles and a sack in the team's Week 7 win over the Jets last Thursday after entering the contest listed as probable. He has posted 4.5 sacks over six games this season.

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Fantasy Analysis | 1413928863
Prioritizing waiver-wire picks at wide receiver
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com

In his Week 8 waiver-wire column, Jamey Eisenberg takes a look at the wide receivers most worth adding ahead of this week's games.

The list is headlined by new Seahawks' No. 1 Doug Baldwin (33 percent owned), with Odell Beckham (68 percent) of the Giants, Davante Adams (21 percent) of the Packers, Allen Robinson (34 percent) of the Jaguars and Brandon LaFell (56 percent) of the Patriots rounding out the remainder of the top five.

If you need to drop someone to make room for any pickups this week, he also recommends possibly parting ways with the Vikings' Cordarrelle Patterson (81 percent) or the Steelers' Markus Wheaton (35 percent). 

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La Canfora: Titans trading LB Akeem Ayers to Pats
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com

The Titans agreed to trade linebacker Akeem Ayers to the Patriots, reports CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora. New England will give up a sixth-round pick and receive Ayers plus a seventh-rounder, per La Canfora.

The Tennessean said the trade will go through once Ayers passes a physical.

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Fantasy Analysis | 1413915762
Patriots' running back situation mostly clear
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer

Forget about Brandon Bolden. The Patriots' use of him against the Jets in Week 7 -- he played only one snap -- pretty much tells the story there. Granted, they've had their share of about-faces at the running back spot over the last few years, so I wouldn't dare claim to know what they're thinking, but if they've decided their next-best choice at the position is Jonas Gray, who at least saw the field for 11 plays Thursday, it's pretty clear what direction they intend to go, right?

With that in mind, I cautiously, carefully and with a preemptive tinge of regret plan to start Shane Vereen Week 8 against Chicago and hopefully every week thereafter. Yes, he played 80 percent of the snaps in Week 7, and yes, he scored two touchdowns. But you'll notice both of them came through the air. True, he also got more than two-thirds of the Patriots' carries, but I can't help but wonder if in a different matchup, one that encouraged them to pound the ball instead of rushing just 15 times as a team, they would have been more creative. That would work to Vereen's detriment, obviously.

For more of my biggest takeaways from Week 7, be sure to check out my latest post to the Fantasy Football Today blog.

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