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New England Patriots

Stadium: Gillette Stadium | Coach: Bill Belichick
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense10th107.4 (18th)265.1 (8th)
Defense13th104.3 (12th)244.9 (21st)

Last Game

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

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

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

Schedule

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

Standings

AFC
East
Overall
W-L-T
Division
W-L-T
New England12-3-04-1-0
Miami8-7-03-2-0
Buffalo8-7-03-2-0
New York3-12-00-5-0
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Trial for former Patriots star Aaron Hernandez will last 6-10 weeks
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com

Former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez attended a pre-trial hearing on Monday and was informed by prosecutors that his murder trial is expected to take six to 10 weeks, according to the Associated Press.

Hernandez has pleaded not guilty to the killing of Odin Lloyd, as well as the fatal shooting of two men in 2012 after an encounter at a Boston nightclub. The hearing at Bristol County Superior Court in Fall River has been scheduled for Jan. 6. Jury selection will begin on Jan. 9 and will take until approximately Jan. 20, prosecutors said. Approximately 45 witness are expected to be called during the trial.

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Fantasy Analysis | 1419223294
Danny Amendola fills in capably
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer

Getting a chance for extensive playing time with Julian Edelman sidelined by a concussion, Patriots wide receiver Danny Amendola took over as quarterback Tom Brady's preferred underneath route runner, leading the team with 11 targets. He caught a season-high eight passes for 63 yards.

The Patriots are notoriously tight-lipped about injuries, so no one can say for sure if Edelman will also miss Week 17 against Buffalo, but it's nice to know Amendola can step in with similar numbers if he does. For Edelman owners, he's worth adding as handcuff in case Edelman can't go, and in PPR leagues, he might be worth adding whether or not you own Edelman.

Just understand that, like Edelman, you shouldn't be counting on him for big yardage, just lots and lots of opportunities.

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Fantasy Analysis | 1419220356
Tom Brady has out-of-character performance
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer

The Patriots have played some weird games against Jets in recent years, including a 27-25 squeaker when they were at their hottest back in Week 7. So perhaps it's not surprising quarterback Tom Brady wasn't at his best Week 16 at the Jets as the Patriots eked out another victory, this time by just one point.

He completed 23 of 35 passes for 182 yards with one touchdown and one interception. He was coming off a streak of 10 games with both 200-plus passing yards and two-plus touchdowns.

Brady was playing without his top target, wide receiver Julian Edelman, who was out with a concussion. But with Rob Gronkowski and Brandon LaFell still at his disposal and Danny Amendola filling in capably, that likely wasn't the reason for his struggles. The matchup shouldn't have been either given where the Jets rank against the pass, but in three of his last four games against the division rival, Brady has thrown for less than two scores. And in all four, he's thrown for less than 300 yards.

Maybe it's just a matter of them being too familiar with each other. In any case, you shouldn't let this performance discourage you from starting Brady Week 17 against Buffalo unless of course the Patriots have already secured homefield advantage throughout the playoffs by that point.

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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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