2018 ScheduleAll times ET

2018 Schedule
9-5, 1st in AFC East
John Cena talks post-WWE life and Patriots football (3:06)

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

The Jets have signed Patriots practice-squad OT Eric Smith to their 53-man roster. The Patriots had been paying Smith a salary ($340,000) as if he was on the 53-man roster. The Patriots have Trent Brown, Marcus Cannon and LaAdrian Waddle on their OT depth chart, with Cole Croston also on the practice squad. Also, 2018 first-round pick Isaiah Wynn (Achilles) will be back in the mix next season.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Shawn Smith has been assigned as referee for Sunday's Patriots-Bills game. Smith was promoted to referee in 2018. His crew averages the second-most penalties called per game this season (18.6).

Mike Clay ESPN Writer 

Most end zone targets without catching at least one of them this season: 8 - Ryan Griffin. 7 - Rob Gronkowski. 5 - Taylor Gabriel, Jermaine Kearse, Michael Gallup. 4 - Quincy Enunwa, Ricky Seals-Jones, Robert Foster

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Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

David Andrews: Prideful o-line feels it is letting team down.

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Adam Schefter Podcast: Yates On Young QBs, Hoge On Football War

Adam Schefter talks to Field Yates about fantasy heartbreak, young QBs, proving his dad wrong on Baker Mayfield and more (:39). Plus, a conversation with Merril Hoge about the Steelers' chances after their big win over New England, his fight against the war on football and more (30:41).

Stephen A. not giving up on Patriots (0:59)
Ryan: The Patriots are in trouble (1:12)

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Patriots defensive snaps: Rookie CB J.C. Jackson is one obvious bright spot as his workload expands (57) and the moment doesn't seem too big for him against top competition. The Patriots played a lot of dime defense (6 DBs) in the game.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Patriots offensive snaps: Just 62 total, with the primary grouping the 3-WR set with Chris Hogan as the third option. James White (25), Sony Michel (23) and Rex Burkhead (16) splitting RB workload.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Quick-hit personnel thoughts: UP — CB Stephon Gilmore (vs. Antonio Brown 4/49/1); CB J.C Jackson (vs. JuJu Smith-Schuster 4/40); punt team (stellar goal-line play); WR Cordarrelle Patterson (clutch third-down conversion); DOWN — Trent Brown/offensive line (multiple penalties), WR drops (Julian Edelman, Josh Gordon among them); offensive coaching; run defense (142 yards for Jaylen Samuels).

Saturday: Patriots are getting sped up (1:00)
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Steelers ride rookie Samuels past Patriots 17-10

Rookie running back Jaylen Samuels, making his second start in place of injured James Conner, ran for a career-high 142 yards and made a critical third-down reception in the fourth quarter as Pittsburgh snapped a three-game losing streak by holding...

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3dDavid Purdum

Pittsburgh sportsbook sees bigger bets on Pats

A new sportsbook down the street from Heinz Field in Pittsburgh saw more money wagered on the Patriots than the Steelers, though 83 percent of money-line bets were on the hometown team.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

The Patriots trail the Steelers 14-7 at the half, as the defense settled down after a slow start to keep things from getting out of hand. But as the defense figured some things out, the Tom Brady-led offense sputtered after a strong start of its own, which has resulted in a disjointed performance in a competitive game. The Patriots' special teams, headlined by a downed punt at the 1, have been stellar.

Bill Barnwell ESPN Staff Writer 

Chris Hogan had 19.2 yards of separation from any defender when he caught that touchdown pass, making him the most wide-open receiver on a reception this season per the NFL's Next-Gen Stats. The Steelers just totally blew that coverage against a simple scissors route combination from the Pats.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

With the Vikings beating the Dolphins, it means the Patriots can clinch the AFC East championship with a win over the Steelers. Also, it highlights how the four teams that beat the Patriots lost the following week, as they found it hard to match the level it took to take down New England.

Team Stats

Passing Yards278.4
Rushing Yards116.6
Points For26.7
Points Against22.1