The legend of Tom Brady really got going a little over 16 years ago when he engineered his first comeback win over the Patriots' upcoming opponent.
The Patriots finished atop our board for the first time in 2017. The Cowboys are on the rise in the NFC East. And the Rams look dominant in the NFC West. Here's how all 32 teams are stacking up.
With Rex Burkhead back from injury, the Patriots got contributions from all four of their main running backs in Sunday's win over the Falcons.
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Alex Cora will enjoy the World Series before transitioning to Boston Red Sox Manager. He will be the 47th skipper in franchise history.
Cornerback Johnson Bademosi is making an impression on the Patriots in place of the injured Stephon Gilmore.
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While the Celtics were on the road last week, coach Brad Stevens called Gordon Hayward to see if he needed anything while still hospitalized following surgery. Hayward had one request: A basketball. So Stevens' wife, Tracy, delivered one to his room. Stevens: "He might have started that chair-shooting [exercises] already."
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Celtics injury updates: Marcus Smart (ankles) did not practice and remains day-to-day; Marcus Morris (knee) participated in non-contact portion of practice Monday but will not play this week. Morris will be reevaluated next week, according to coach Brad Stevens.
The use of SkyCam during the Patriots-Falcons telecast earned near-universal viewer approval. But there are reasons why it's not used every week.
In Foxborough, it was February all over again
Tom Brady went 17-of-23 with two touchdowns when the Falcons sent four or fewer pass rushers Sunday. Ever since falling behind 28-3 in Super Bowl LI, Brady has lit up the Falcons' four-man pass rush. (ESPN Stats & Info)
Without Gordon Hayward, the Celts are 1-2 and well out of the top 10 of our rankings. Kyrie Irving's efficiency will need to improve, as he is shooting 37 percent from the floor.
Patriots coaches had an unusual problem when they went to review parts of Sunday night's 23-7 victory over the Falcons on their film with a sideline view: They couldn't see anything because of the fog.
"What she's been though is pretty challenging," Brady said of his mother. "You can't take anything for granted, so I love the time I get with her."
David Harris saw his most extended action of the season and was able to take advantage and make some plays for the Patriots.
A justice on Massachusetts' highest court has denied prosecutors' request to reinstate the murder conviction of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez.
Heading into the prime-time game on Sunday night, Vegas sportsbooks were in an odd position of needing the New England Patriots to cover against the Atlanta Falcons. That's exactly what happened, giving sportsbooks a win on an otherwise ho-hum Sunday.
From a wild finish Thursday night in Oakland to a fogged-out one Sunday night in Foxborough, Week 7 of the NFL hasn't lacked for dramatic storylines.
Matt Ryan & Co. were routed by the Patriots on Sunday, but they can't blame the fog. At 3-3, Atlanta's playoff hopes are fading quickly. The 5-2 Patriots, meanwhile, have improved on defense but still have issues.
The Patriots played what was easily their best defensive game of the season, shutting down the Falcons in a lopsided Super Bowl LI rematch.
Buster Olney and Keith Law discuss the reported managerial decisions in New York, Washington and Boston, preview the World Series and more (1:07). Plus, Mark Simon gives his analytical keys to the Fall Classic (25:14) and Todd Radom is back with another uniform/logo quiz (22:59).
Taking a first look at which Patriots players are up and which are down after Sunday night's victory over the Falcons.
A thick fog that hung over Gillette Stadium during Sunday night's game was a bigger issue for fans than it was for the players.
It took seven weeks, but with the defense seemingly turned around, New England looks like itself again -- a serious contender.