Is the early part of the NFL season the best time to make trades?

The Patriots traded for Jon Bostic last week.

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Most of the trades aren’t headline grabbers and generally involve backup players.

// Patriots’ even-keel approach has psychological merit

A sports psychologist says Bill Belichick is infusing the right attitude: Don’t get ahead of yourself.

// Patriots get defensive about 2-point conversions

No longer a special teams play, New England is loading up on defensive backs against 2-point tries.


// Patriots are still tweaking the roster

Defensive lineman Khyri Thornton moves to active roster and four players added to practice squad.

Rob Gronkowski more than a fun-loving goof

Gronkowski wouldn’t be such a dominant football player if he were as dense as he tries to portray himself.

// NFL notebook: Irving Fryar gets prison sentence for perpetrating scam

Fryar, the No. 1 pick by the Patriots in 1984, faces five years in prison for his role in a mortgage scheme.

// Bill Simmons bashes ESPN in first new podcast

The former ESPN personality called the network’s coverage of the Deflategate controversy “embarrassing.”

Ravens 23, Steelers 20

// Ravens edge Steelers in overtime

Justin Tucker drilled a 52-yard field goal with 5:08 left in OT to give Baltimore its first win of the season.

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Tom Brady, Stephen Gostkowski take AFC monthly honors

Brady is the Offensive Player of the Month, and Gostkowski was named the Special Teams Player of the Month.

// How does having an early bye week affect NFL teams?

While there are exceptions, teams with byes in Week 4 or 5 usually follow a pattern.

// Fantasy football: Reviewing a pick-six that went all wrong

These six fantasy draft choices turned out to be ill-advised selections, at least through three weeks of a tough season.

// Bettor’s edge: Chicago is my kind of town — for gambling

A road trip to Soldier Field wouldn’t be complete without some action, even if the Bears are among the NFL’s worst teams.


// For Tom Brady, familiarity breeds success

Some of the Patriots’ linemen are new, but the many veterans at other offensive positions make for good chemistry.

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.