4-2, 1st in AFC East

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

The Patriots are scheduled to have their first practice of the week at 1:05 p.m. ET as they begin preparations to face the Bears. The top injury situation to monitor is with starting right tackle Marcus Cannon, who left Sunday's game with a head injury. Six-year veteran LaAdrian Waddle is the top backup.

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Hernandez told Pats he feared for family's safety

Aaron Hernandez was worried about the safety of his fiancee and daughter when he came to Bill Belichick in February 2013 seeking a trade, the Patriots coach told authorities, according to documents obtained by The Boston Globe.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Linebackers coach Brian Flores, who is coordinating the Patriots' defense, described his view of the unit through six games. "I'd say we've played how we wanted to play in pockets," he said. "I thought the first half (against the Chiefs) was a great example of that and we had some success. We've just got to do a good job of just playing more consistent."

Hernandez story author details what Pats knew about his issues (1:52)

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Ian Eagle (play-by-play), Dan Fouts (analysis) and Evan Washburn (sideline) are on the CBS call for Patriots-Bears on Sunday. The top CBS team of Jim Nantz, Tony Romo and Tracy Wolfson draws the Redskins-Cowboys game.

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Ex-Hernandez teammates describe odd behavior

Interviews by The Boston Globe of former Patriots teammates of Aaron Hernandez illustrate an erratic and troubling player in his last season with the team.


Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Rob Gronkowski: Fan throwing beer at Tyreek Hill goes too far.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Matthew Slater: Issues on kickoff coverage require more physicality and using hands/tackling better.

Stephen A. bails on Max's new Brady-cliff theory (2:05)
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Chiefs LB: Feared flag so let Brady go on TD

Chiefs linebacker Breeland Speaks says he feared getting flagged when he was wrapping up Tom Brady, so he let him go and the quarterback scored.

Rex still amazed by Brady, Belichick duo (1:36)

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Patriots offensive snaps: Josh Gordon plays 63 as his role in offense increases (he had 18 apiece in Weeks 4-5). "I think we were preparing for that all week at practice. I was expecting a little heavy of a workload," he said, as Julian Edelman (71), Chris Hogan (47), Cordarrelle Patterson (6), Phillip Dorsett (3) and Matthew Slater (1) round out WR corps.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Patriots defensive snaps: Jason McCourty (54) remains the starter at CB, with Eric Rowe (17) returning from missing three games due to injury and playing in sub packages.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Quick-hit personnel thoughts from Patriots' win:‬ UP — K Stephen Gostkowski, LB Dont'a Hightower, LB Elandon Roberts, RB Sony Michel‬; DOWN — CB Jason McCourty, S Devin McCourty, S Duron Harmon, Kickoff coverage.

Edelman: Mahomes is 'playing lights out' (1:54)

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

From ESPN Stats & Information: This is the first game in NFL history to end 43-40. The 83 combined points are 3 points shy of the most combined points in a Patriots home game all-time. The most was 86 in a 43-43 tie between the Boston Patriots and Oakland Raiders in 1964 and tied in 2013 when the Patriots won 55-31 over the Steelers.

Tristan H. Cockcroft ESPN Senior Writer 

Sony Michel is the first Patriots running back with 18-plus carries in three straight games since LeGarrette Blount in 2016 (two such streaks that year). Before that, Stevan Ridley (2012) was the last. It's pretty clear Michel is going to get the usage required for RB1 numbers.


1(23)Isaiah WynnOGGeorgia
1(31)Sony MichelRBGeorgia
2(24)Duke DawsonCBFlorida
5(6)Ja'Whaun BentleyILBPurdue
6(4)Christian SamOLBArizona State
6(36)Braxton BerriosWRMiami (FL)
7(1)Danny EtlingQBLSU
7(25)Keion CrossenCBWestern Carolina
7(32)Ryan IzzoTEFlorida State