Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Red Sox have discussed free agent Greg Holland as setup man. Can Holland return to form from before Tommy John elbow surgery? Royals manager Ned Yost: "I don't know if he will ever be what he was ... and I mean, stuff-wise, 97-98 mph. But the thing about Greg Holland is I've never met anybody that's more of a fierce, fearless competitor than he was. When you have that in your DNA, you can get by at 92-93 mph. It wouldn't surprise me that he gets back to being the dominant guy."

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If the regular season ended today...

...the Patriots would have a first-round bye, but the Raiders would actually be the AFC's top seed, thanks to tiebreakers. That said, Oakland's footing is far from secure. Playoff picture

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Tom Brady: 'It's always been about winning'

Brady has been pretty successful in that regard, bagging his NFL-record 201st career victory Sunday against the Rams. "I've been fortunate to be on a lot of great teams," he said afterward. Sights and sounds


Believe in BC at Quick Lane Bowl

The 2015 Eagles failed to win a game in ACC play. Adam Rittenberg likes the 2016 Eagles to come home from Detroit with a bowl win over their former ACC opponents. Bowl predictions

Patriots will continue to find ways to create offense (1:03)
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Brady shredded Rams with short passes

Per ESPN Stats & Info, Tom Brady's average pass traveled only 5.1 yards past the line of scrimmage on Sunday, his smallest average this season. But Brady's dink-and-dunk game was effective.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Like Carlos Beltran, Matt Holliday now off the board for Red Sox, who have talked to Mike Napoli, according to source. Pedro Alvarez could represent left-handed option. Or Red Sox could bank on Hanley Ramirez-like revival from Pablo Sandoval and full season of Andrew Benintendi.

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Red Sox to make most noise this week?

When it comes to the trade market, never count out Dave Dombrowski. With the Sox still needing to find a DH to replace David Ortiz and seeking pitching, Adam Rubin sees them stealing the show in Maryland. Winter meetings roundtable

Patriots were just fine without Gronk (0:43)

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

The Patriots' offense reinvented itself without Rob Gronkowski in a 26-10 win over the Rams, but one question going forward: Will No. 4 WR Danny Amendola be available after he was spotted leaving the stadium with crutches and a walking boot?

Brady sets wins record in Patriots victory (1:17)