Patriots’ defense has been better than advertised

From left: Malcom Brown (90), Sealver Siliga (96), and Alan Branch (97) are walking the walk this season.

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The unit has been one of the best in the league, despite the loss of Darrelle Revis, Brandon Browner, and Vince Wilfork.


// NFL officials have been off their game this season

Officials have made egregious mistakes in high-profile situations, most of which the NFL has admitted to.

// Waiting game is finally over for Brock Osweiler

Osweiler, Peyton Manning’s backup for 3½ seasons, showed he was ready to be a starter last week.


// Danny Amendola officially out for Sunday night’s game

Amendola is the Patriots’ third-leading receiver with 49 catches for 520 yards.


// Patriots’ keys to victory over the Broncos

A close look at Sunday night’s matchup, with an emphasis on who has the edge in the passing and running games.

// Jamie Collins back at Patriots practice

The talented linebacker was added to the injury report Nov. 7, and had not been spotted at any practices or games since then.

Broncos notebook

// Vernon Davis has adjusted his route in Denver

The star tight end is comfortable in his new surroundings, especially with QB Brock Osweiler.


// Cowboys’ Tony Romo done for season

The quarterback has a small fracture in the same collarbone that had already sidelined him for seven games this year.

FILE - In this Sept. 27, 2014, file photo, Florida State's quarterback Jameis Winston warms up prior to an NCAA college football game against North Carolina State in Raleigh, N.C. Florida State University released a document Friday morning, Oct. 10, 2014, defending itself in the handling of the sexual assault investigation of quarterback Jameis Winston, detailing its own timeline of events. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome, File)

Jameis Winston’s accuser tells her story in documentary

The documentary aired on CNN in the same week that a former Florida State official detailed favorable treatment of football players.

// NFL Update: A look at the matchups in Week 12

A breakdown of this weekend’s games, including a pivotal NFC East matchup.

CLEVELAND, OH - OCTOBER 18: Cornerback Aqib Talib #21 of the Denver Broncos against the Cleveland Browns at Cleveland Browns Stadium on October 18, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio. Broncos defeated Browns 26-23. (Photo by Andrew Weber/Getty Images)


Aqib Talib knows challenge Broncos face in Patriots

Talib is the NFL’s interceptions leader among cornerbacks over the past eight years.


// Broncos’ DeMarcus Ware unlikely to play vs. Patriots

The linebacker is still bothered by a back injury and did not practice Thursday.

// Run or pass, Jabaal Sheard has it covered on the D-line

In his first year with the Patriots, Sheard is making a good impression as he continues to make important stops.


// Danny Amendola is upgraded on practice report

The Patriots receiver, who hurt his knee against Buffalo, was a limited participant in practice Thursday after missing Wednesday.

// Fantasy football: It’s crunch time for season-long leagues

The regular season in most leagues concludes in two weeks, and playoff positions are at stake.

// The bettor’s edge: Patriots’ road dominance waning

Since 2010, New England is under .500 against the spread as a road favorite.


// NFL roundup: Tony Romo hurt as Panthers beat Cowboys to stay undefeated

Romo injured the same left collarbone that sidelined him for seven games.

// Packers honor Brett Favre in ceremony

The franchise unveiled Favre’s name and retired No. 4 on the stadium facade, with several former teammates and Packers great Bart Starr on hand.


// Even with no Manning, Al Michaels sees a compelling matchup

The NBC announcer believes Patriots-Broncos will be a huge draw Sunday night, despite a loss of some star power.


// Patriots-Broncos shapes up as a defensive struggle

Neither offense is operating at full speed, and both defenses are having strong seasons.

Belichick era database


// Patriots during the Bill Belichick era

Look back on the Boston Globe’s coverage of every game the Patriots have played since Bill Belichick became the head coach in 2000.

From the archives

Super Bowl XLVI

// Giants break Patriots’ hearts again

Look back at complete coverage of the Patriots' loss loss to the Giants in Super Bowl XLVI.

Past seasons

2013 season recap

// An ugly end in Denver

Track the high and low points of the Patriots’ 2013 season before their eventual loss to the Broncos in the AFC title game.