BOSTON Teams

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Patriots 17, Rams 0 (halftime): The Patriots are controlling the clock and the defense is continuing to evolve, albeit against an inferior foe. One example came on a corner blitz by Logan Ryan as coordinator Matt Patricia showed a double A-gap blitz look with Kyle Van Noy and Shea McClellin. As Patricia continues to get more comfortable with new defensive personnel like Van Noy and McClellin, it will open up more opportunities in the evolution of the team's scheme.

Mike Sando ESPN Senior Writer 

With Detroit leading the high-flying Saints 10-0, note that the Lions have held seven of their first 11 opponents under 21 points. That was tied for the NFL lead with the Cowboys, Seahawks, Ravens, Patriots, Chiefs and Vikings. Which two teams do not belong? It has to be the Cowboys and Lions. Just shows how well they have controlled games offensively, and how their defenses are probably better than anticipated.

Matt Bowen ESPN Staff Writer 

Chris Hogan TD on the fade route...Tight split to create more room with an outside release. And a great throw from Tom Brady. Put the ball on the back shoulder. It's now a 14-0 Patriots lead over the Rams.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Patriots RB LaGarrette Blount rushed for a 43-yard touchdown on fourth-and-1 on the team's opening drive to give New England a 7-0 lead over the Rams. The TD is Blount's 13th of the season, putting him one shy of Curtis Martin's single-season record of 14 rushing TDs in a season.

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NFL's top four teams (3:03)

KC Joyner ESPN Insider 

Tight ends with the least favorable matchups in fantasy football in Week 13 (0-100 scale, with 100 being most favorable): Vernon Davis (0), Jared Cook (15), Tyler Eifert (15), Ladarius Green (35), Martellus Bennett (35), Greg Olsen (35)

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

A "Gronk Zone" sign is altered creatively at Gillette Stadium.

KC Joyner ESPN Insider 

Running backs with the most favorable matchups in fantasy football in Week 13 (0-100 scale, with 100 being the most favorable): Melvin Gordon (94), Matt Forte (92), David Johnson (88), Jordan Howard (88), LeSean McCoy (86), Carlos Hyde (86), LeGarrette Blount (81), Jonathan Stewart (77)

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Before adding players for '17, Red Sox up to ~$188 million for competitive balance tax. Breakdown: ~$136M committed to Price, Hanley, Porcello, Sandoval, Pedroia, Kimbrel, Buchholz, Young; ~$24M, based on MLBTR projections, for arb-eligible Kelly, Pomeranz, Abad, Ross, Bogaerts, Bradley, Holt, Leon, Workman; ~$10M for pre-arbs on 40-man (Betts, E-Rod, Benintendi, Shaw, etc.); ~$13 million for benefits; at least $5 million for in-season moves.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Pre-game flavor, Rams style, part 2.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Pre-game flavor, Rams style, part 1.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Patriots inactives: WR Matthew Slater, RB DJ Foster, OT LaAdrian Waddle, DT Darius Kilgo, CB Justin Coleman, DT Woodrow Hamilton, S Jordan Richards. It is notable that safety Nate Ebner, who missed two practices with a concussion, is active. He leads the Patriots with 12 special teams tackles.

ESPN Stats & Info

Tom Brady should cruise to record victory

A Jeff Fisher upset special is always a possibility, but both NFL Nation reporters expect a Patriots win. ESPN's FPI pegs the Pats as better than 9-1 favorites to capture Brady's 201st career win. Predictions (Insider)

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Brady is still a must-start for Field despite no Gronk (1:02)

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Former Patriots DT Dominique Easley, now with the Rams, takes the turn on to Gillette Stadium field for the first time as a visitor.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Up close with Rams rookie QB Jared Goff before he takes the field, as a Rams staffer fastens a pouch for him to keep his hands warm. Cool day in Foxborough, Mass., with temps in the 30s.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Rams coach Jeff Fisher, who is in the news today with a 2-year contract extension, walks out to the Gillette Stadium field.

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Are the Raiders the new favorite in the AFC? (2:17)

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Patriots RB LeGarrette Blount looks back with a smile upon his arrival to Gillette Stadium.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

What is it like when Patriots rookie WR Malcolm Mitchell gets a head of steam? Coming right at you ...

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Patriots WR Julian Edelman goes through his one-hand catch routine before today's game against the Rams.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

With Carlos Beltran off board, Red Sox could turn to another short-term free-agent option (Matt Holliday? Mike Napoli?). If they prefer a left-handed hitter, it's worth watching if they engage Mets on either Jay Bruce or Curtis Granderson.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Patriots host the Rams at 1 p.m. ET. Temperatures are expected to be in the high 30s, sunny and clear at Gillette Stadium. QB Tom Brady arrived for the game at 8:10 a.m. ET.