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New England Patriots

Stadium: Gillette Stadium | Coach: Bill Belichick
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense7th113.4 (14th)272.5 (6th)
Defense14th108.2 (14th)242.1 (17th)

Next Game

Sun, November 30, 4:25 PM EST
Lambeau Field
on CBS Sports
New England Patriots
at
Green Bay Packers

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
Sun Oct 26
W 51 - 23CHI
Recap
Sun Nov 2
W 43 - 21DEN
Recap
Sun Nov 16
W 42 - 20at IND
Recap
Sun Nov 23
W 34 - 9DET
Recap
4:25 pm EST
Sun Nov 30
on CBS Sportsat GB
Preview
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 England9-2-02-1-0
Buffalo6-5-03-2-0
Miami6-5-02-1-0
New York2-9-00-3-0
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Patriots sign two, release two from practice squad
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

The Patriots have released cornerback Daxton Swanson and linebacker Deontae Skinner to make room for just-signed tight end Xavier Grimble and long snapper Charley Hughlett to their practice squad, ESPN has reported.

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Report: Patriots sign Matthew Slater to two-year contract extension
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

The Patriots have signed wide receiver Matthew Slater, who primarily plays on special teams, to a two-year, $4 million contract extension, sources told ESPN. The contract runs through the 2016 season.

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Fantasy Analysis | 1416951333
LeGarrette Blount worth prioritizing on waivers
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com

Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount is highlighted as the top priority for Fantasy owners looking to add a back in Jamey Eisenberg's waiver-wire column this week.

Blount rushed for 78 yards on 12 carries with a pair of touchdowns against a tough Lions' defense in Week 12. However, he played just 21 percent of the team's snaps, and the effective Jonas Gray still lurks as a possible spoiler, depending on the whims of Bill Bellichek.

Jamey identifies Blount as a possible starting Fantasy option down the stretch, but an inconsistent workload could frustrate his Fantasy owners. 

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Fantasy Analysis | 1416803314
Timothy Wright predictably annoying
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer

Guess who's back in the headlines in Fantasy? The same tight end who sent everyone flocking to the waiver wire after his five-catch, 85-yard, touchdown-scoring performance in Week 5 and his seven-catch, 61-yard, touchdown-scoring performance in Week 8. The Patriots' Timothy Wright did one better Week 12 against Detroit, scoring two touchdowns on five catches for 36 yards.

But here's the problem: Aside from those three games -- which are pretty well spaced apart, you'll notice -- he has a total of six catches for 38 yards.

So should we be flocking to the waiver wire to add him again? A tight end doesn't score two touchdowns every week, you know.

Yeah ... but Wright doesn't do anything, not even catch a pass, every week. Why would that change now? The proper response to this performance is indignation that those two touchdowns didn't go to someone else. Don't make it anything more.

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Fantasy Analysis | 1416801781
Julian Edelman back to being PPR stud
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer

Maybe for some PPR owners, Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman never lost must-start status, but with his role limiting his scoring potential and capping his yardage from week to week, he needs to have bunches of catches to keep that distinction. And for a while there, he wasn't getting them.

To be more specific, during a five-game stretch spanning Weeks 4-8, he averaged 4.6 catches for 41.4 yards. And considering he had a nine-catch, 91-yard performance mixed in there, you can imagine how yucky the other four were.

But in three games since, he has averaged 8.3 catches for 76.0 yards, looking more like the player we saw the first three weeks of the season. His performance Week 12 against Detroit was especially encouraging. He was targeted 15 times, catching 11 passes for 89 yards.

Now, if you play in a standard Fantasy league, the occasional 80-yard game isn't going to do much for you, but if you play in a PPR league, a consistent 5-10 catches, which Edelman has gotten back to delivering recently, is a pretty big deal. Time to get him active again.

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