Patriots’ Shane Vereen, brother Brock Vereen of Bears ready for contact

A family reunion is on tap Sunday at Gillette Stadium for the Patriots running back and the Bears safety.

BEARS AT PATRIOTS | 1 P.M. SUNDAY (FOX)

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A close look at Sunday’s matchup, on offense and defense, and the key player for the Bears.

PATRIOTS NOTEBOOK

Brandon Browner ready to take on Bears receivers

The Patriots cornerback knows he’ll face a tall task against Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffrey.

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The Patriots coach refused to provide any details about why the cornerback missed Tuesday’s practice.

PATRIOTS NOTEBOOK

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The Bears running back leads the league in receptions and has been piling up the YAC yardage.

New Patriot Akeem Ayers says, ‘I have a ton to learn’

The linebacker practiced again with his new team, and is trying to get up to speed as quickly as he can.

John Bramlett in a 1970 photo/ AP Photo/NFL Photos

Former Patriot John ‘Bull’ Bramlett dies at 73

Bramlett was a linebacker for the Patriots in 1969-70 and also played for three other teams.

The Bears have had their problems this season, but they will be getting points in Foxborough. AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh

THE BETTOR’S EDGE

Betting football: Chicago should be able to bear up

The Bears have a lot of weapons on offense, and the Patriots are banged up in key areas.

Philadelphia’s Nick Foles came out of nowhere to throw 27 touchdown passes last year AP Photo/Matt Rourke

FANTASY FOOTBALL

Fantasy football: Injuries can beget opportunities

When injuries strike, second and third stringers can produce unexpectedly valuable results.

Nick Foles and the Eagles hope to emerge from Arizona with a win on Sunday.

Michael Perez/AP

Sean Leahy | Week 8 NFL Preview

Eagles-Cardinals clash pits two of NFL’s best

Arizona and Philadelphia are two of the NFL’s four teams with just one loss, and both will face off in the desert on Sunday.

broncos 35, chargers 21

Denver Broncos throttle San Diego Chargers

Peyton Manning finished 25 of 35 for 286 yards. Sanders caught nine passes for 120 yards, and Ronnie Hillman added 109 yards on 20 carries.

nfl notebook

Notebook: Jadeveon Clowney expects to return Sunday

The outside linebacker returned to practice last week for the first time since having arthroscopic surgery on his right knee.

Bill Belichick’s team will face a series of challenging quarterbacks over the next six games.

christopher l. gasper

Patriots’ contender status about to be tested

After facing middling QBs for most of the season, in the next 6 games the Patriots will see Jay Cutler, Peyton Manning, Andrew Luck, Matthew Stafford, Aaron Rodgers, and Philip Rivers.

Tom Brady thinks he can improve his mobility

“I joke all the time, I don’t have one cell in my body that ever tells me to run,” Brady said. But the Patriots QB is trying to change that.

Chris Jones earns player of week honors

The Patriots defensive lineman was tabbed AFC special teamer of the week after his field goal block sealed a win over the Jets.

Belichick era database

INTERACTIVE DATABASE

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

Past seasons

2013 season recap

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

From the archives

Super Bowl XLVI

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

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