Patriots took away Cowboys’ top weapon

Focusing on dangerous tight end Jason Witten was a key aspect of the Patriots’ defensive game plan Sunday.

The Patriots held Jason Witten to 33 yards on five receptions Sunday.

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The Patriots held Jason Witten to 33 yards on five receptions Sunday.

// Patriots’ defensive game plan worked to perfection

By neutralizing the Cowboys’ top two targets Sunday, they rendered Dallas’ passing attack ineffective.

// Tom Brady defends business partner Alex Guerrero

The Patriots quarterback said he was aware of his trainer’s past issues with the FTC, but stands by his methods.


// While Patriots prepare, Andrew Luck practices with Colts

Indy’s star quarterback has missed the last two games with a shoulder issue, but was back in action Monday and looked good according to his coach.

Steelers 24, Chargers 20

// Le’Veon Bell’s touchdown as time expires lifts Steelers

Bell scored from a yard out on a wildcat run, plowing through defenders to barely cross the goal line.

NFL | Week 5

// Cowboys are mulling over a quarterback switch

Dallas, which is heading into its bye week, could turn to former Patriot Matt Cassel to replace an ineffective Brandon Weeden.


// It was another sweet taste of revenge for Patriots

Their season of payback is continuing right on schedule.

Ben Volin | On Football

// Cowboys actually slowed down Patriots

The Patriots were beaten at their own game by a Cowboys team that came in with a creative game plan.

The Patriots never trailed vs. the Cowboys on Sunday.

Patriots 30, Cowboys 6

Patriots have the horses in rout of shorthanded Cowboys

The Patriots’ defense overwhelmed Dallas as New England marched to 4-0.

Ben Volin | Instant Analysis

// Patriots did what they had to do in rout of Cowboys

After some early struggles the offense dominated, and the defense was solid all day.

Patriots Notebook

// Dont’a Hightower sidelined by rib injury

The linebacker was injured making a tackle in the first quarter on the Cowboys’ Joseph Randle.

// Offensive adjustments were Tom Brady’s best defense

The Patriots quarterback was sacked five times in the first half, but not once in the second after the offense made some changes.

// Greg Hardy sticks to talking football in return

The defensive end had a solid Cowboys debut but declined to talk about his controversial comments.

// Tom Brady says Patriots’ offense needs to play better

Brady was sacked five times in the first half, but completed 10 of 11 passes in the second half to help lift New England.

// Bill Belichick: ‘Tom’s one of the toughest players in the league’

A reporter asked Belichick about the resiliency of the Patriots quarterback after he was sacked five times against Dallas.

Dion Lewis amassed 138 yards in the Patriots’ Week 2 blowout of the Bills.


Dion Lewis rises to the occasion for 3-0 Patriots

Lewis has drawn comparisons to Kevin Faulk — undersized backs with the versatility to run, catch, and pass protect.


// The Patriots are the new sheriff in town

There was a time when the Cowboys were the gold standard in the NFL, but the axis of power has shifted.


// NFL’s view on betting sets a double standard

The league is bending over backward to pretend that fantasy sports isn’t gambling, even though it is.


// Patriots TE Scott Chandler playing at home on the road

Chandler said he has a “decent amount of family’’ heading to AT&T Stadium for Sunday’s game.

// Jabaal Sheard is doing his share in Patriots rotation

The defensive end is not only playing with purpose, he is giving Rob Ninkovich and Chandler Jones a breather.

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.