Patriots’ keys to victory over the Cowboys

Foxborough, MA - 10/08/15 - New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) has been getting good protection from his offensive line. The New England Patriots practice in Foxborough. - (Barry Chin/Globe Staff), Section: Sports, Reporter: Michael Whitmer, Topic: 09Patriots, LOID: 8.1.4009433237.

An in-depth look at Sunday’s matchup, as the Patriots try to make it four straight wins.

// Patriots’ defensive tackles can make a big difference

Having a rotation at the position keeps players fresh and capitalizes on their strengths.


// Nothing new from ‘Roger the Dodger’

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell eludes questions like Julian Edelman slips through defenders.


// Patriots give Dion Lewis contract extension

The deal adds two years to the running back’s contract and could keep him in New England through 2017.

Colts 27, Texans 20

// Andre Johnson helps Colts defeat his former team

Johnson had two touchdown catches as the Colts won on Thursday night.


// Dolphins fire defensive coordinator Kevin Coyle

Miami (1-3) ranks last in the NFL in rushing defense at 160.5 yards per game.

// Despite Cowboys’ injuries, Bill Belichick wary of Sunday’s opponent

The “best offensive line in the league” and two returning defensive players make 2-2 Dallas no pushover, the Patriots coach said.

Patriots Notebook

Tom Brady shrugs off Greg Hardy’s comments

The Patriots quarterback said his only focus is on Sunday’s game against Dallas, not trash talk.


// Ryan Tannehill regrets disparaging Dolphins teammates

The incident occurred last Saturday in London, one day before the Dolphins’ loss there to the Jets.

Running back Lance Dunbar was one of the latest Cowboys to go down, suffering a season-ending knee injury  against the Saints last Sunday.


Banged-up Cowboys appear outgunned against Patriots

An analysis of Dallas game film doesn’t give much reason to expect that they can compete Sunday.

// Versatility name of the game for Patriots secondary

Replacing Darrelle Revis, Brandon Browner, Kyle Arrington, and Alfonzo Dennard requires a group effort, and coach Bill Belichick has attacked it multiple ways.


// Josh McDaniels tackles unknowns in practice

The job of the Patriots offensive coordinator this week is to familiarize himself with an unfamiliar foe in Dallas.

Ryan Wendell returned to practice on Monday, spending some time with the second unit.

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Patriots notebook

Patriots center Ryan Wendell returns to practice

Wendell was forced to sit out 2½ weeks, following what the team described as an “illness.”

// Patriots’ long snapping is in good hands with Joe Cardona

It has been smooth sailing at the position with the Naval Academy graduate handling the duties.

Bill Belichick reiterates support for expanded challenge ability

In the wake of Monday night’s blown call, the Patriots coach may gain support for the notion of having replay available for most plays.

Ben Volin | On Football

// Taking stock of Patriots’ ups and downs after three games

The Patriots are off to a blazing 3-0 start, but it’s a bit premature to make definitive statements about the team and its personnel.

Patriots Notebook

// Patriots liked what they saw of Akiem Hicks

The recently acquired defensive lineman impressed coach Bill Belichick during the preseason joint practices with the Saints.

When Julian Edelman takes flight, he moves the chains, and sometimes a pylon, for the Patriots.

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Julian Edelman has gone from unheralded to invaluable for Patriots

The college QB-turned-receiver is off to the best start of his seven-year career, with 30 receptions in three games.

// Tom Brady opens up on youth sports today

Tom Brady doesn’t go off topic too often. He talks football because it’s safe and he has felt burned when he veers away from that, as he did recently when talking about Donald Trump.

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.