What We Learned From Week 2 of the N.F.L. Season

Bill Belichick sees a path toward making the Patriots a dynastic contender again, the Cowboys’ talent got a chance to shine, and Sam Darnold looks … happy.

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Which A.F.C. Teams Could Challenge Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs?

The Kansas City Chiefs fortified their offensive line in pursuit of another championship, but the Bills, Browns and a bevy of first-year starters should shake up the order.

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Patriots Cut Cam Newton After Covid-Related Disruptions

Newton was sidelined early last season with the virus and missed practices last week because of a mix-up over protocols. The rookie quarterback Mac Jones will be New England’s starter.

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Some Dramatic Quarterback Successions Start at the N.F.L. Draft

If the draft last week revealed anything, it was that there’s no tactful way to replace a healthy starting quarterback.

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Antonio Brown Settles Suit With Sexual Assault Accuser

A statement released by lawyers for Brown and his accuser said, “Having reflected on their relationship, both feel that the time has come to move on.”

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Patriots and 49ers Among N.F.L. Free Agency’s Biggest Spenders

The 2021 salary cap has put a crunch on some teams looking to shore up their rosters. Others have opened their wallets.

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Jimmy Kimmel Tackles ‘Weirdest Super Bowl’ Ever

“This was the first Super Bowl ever where I had to yell, ‘Be quiet — I’m trying to hear the poem!’” Kimmel said.

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Tom Brady’s Super Bowl Win Is a Familiar End to an Odd Season

The N.F.L. season persisted through challenges wrought by the coronavirus pandemic, political discord and a national reckoning on race to reach a familiar ending.

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At the Super Bowl, Antonio Brown Tries to Move On. Many Cannot.

The Buccaneers receiver has been one of the most electrifying players in the N.F.L., but he is facing accusations of sexual assault and harassment.

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Madonna? Harry Potter? Churchill? Tom Brady May Be Beyond Compare

Tom Brady rose from obscurity to become a standard-bearing quarterback hero, jousting with many characters along the way. We asked experts in various fields if they could cite similar sagas through history.

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Why I Still Want a Tom Brady Super Bowl Victory

In the Super Bowl, Americans need a show of superheroic strength.

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Retirement in Florida? Tom Brady’s Next Move Might Be to the Super Bowl

The inglorious interception at the end of his career in New England seems a distant memory as he leads the Buccaneers into the N.F.C. championship game on Sunday.

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Can’t Measure Heart? N.F.L. Teams Are Trying

Championships can be won and lost when players’ competitive fire kicks in and they exhibit faster-than-normal speed to make a crucial catch or chase down a tackle.

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Calls Grow for Belichick to Decline Presidential Award

President Trump plans to award New England Patriots Coach Bill Belichick the Presidential Medal of Freedom this week, despite calls for Belichick to decline it in the fallout from the Capitol riot.

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How The New England Patriots’ Dynasty Fell

Empires never fall in a day. The Patriots have been quietly crumbling from within for years.

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NFL Week 12: What We Learned

The Titans demolished the Colts, the Chiefs won again and the Broncos, with no quarterback, were crushed in a week defined as much by the coronavirus as the action on the field.

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What Went Wrong for the Patriots? Everything

Bill Belichick blamed “offense, defense, special teams, running, passing, defending the run, defending the pass, ball security, tackling, blocking.”

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N.F.L. Again Moves Patriots and Titans Games Over Coronavirus

For the second consecutive week, the league had to move games, including another postponement for the Tennessee Titans, who have the league’s biggest outbreak. The Patriots also had a second rescheduling.

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Russell Wilson Leads the N.F.L. M.V.P. Race, but Josh Allen Is …

Smart money is on the Seattle quarterback receiving at least a vote or two this year. But the better bet, counter-intuitively, might be the Bills’ Josh Allen.

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N.F.L. Adds New Covid-19 Protocols to Keep Season on Track

The league introduced new measures, including video surveillance to monitor the wearing of masks while in team facilities or traveling, after postponing games because of an outbreak.

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Patriots-Chiefs Game Postponed After Positive Coronavirus Tests on Both Teams

Cam Newton was reportedly among those who tested positive. Sunday’s game will be rescheduled to Monday or Tuesday, the N.F.L. said.

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NFL Week 4 Predictions: Our Picks Against the Spread

Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs face New England, the Bears try to continue their improbable start and the whole league waits to see what will happen with Tennessee and Pittsburgh.

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Tom Who? Cam Newton Is Moving New England Past Brady

Cam Newton is winning over New England, a racially complicated area accustomed to Hall of Fame quarterback play. All it’s taken are a couple wins, endorsements from his taciturn coach and a whole lot of charm.

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Patriots Turn to Burkhead and the Run After Newton Falters Early

New England struggled to get its passing offense going against the Raiders but got timely dashes from running backs Rex Burkhead and Sony Michel.

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NFL Week 3 Predictions: Our Picks Against the Spread

With a matchup between the Ravens and the Chiefs looming on Monday, the rest of the week feels like an appetizer.

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Robert Kraft, After Long Fight, Has Solicitation Case Dismissed

Nineteen months after charging the New England Patriots team owner with solicitation of prostitution, Florida prosecutors dropped a case in which video evidence against him was thrown out.

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N.F.L. Week 1: Recap and Highlights From Sunday’s Games

Cam Newton looked terrific, Tom Brady looked fairly terrible, and there were upsets all over the place in a wild slate of games.

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What to Know About N.F.L. Week 1

Some familiar faces joined new teams — looking at you, Tom Brady and Cam Newton — and young stars like Lamar Jackson are ready to pick up where they left off in a season unlike any other.

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Tom Brady Enters a New Career Phase as a Tampa Bay Buccaneer

After 20 years — and six Super Bowl wins — in New England, the most recognizable quarterback in the N.F.L. is working to rebrand his new home Tompa Bay.

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2020 N.F.L. Season Preview: A Look at All 32 Teams

Mahomes and Lamar Jackson headline an exciting new era of the N.F.L., which is on track for an on-time return to the field, just as planned.

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Court Upholds Decision to Dismiss Video in Robert Kraft Case

The Patriots’ owner refused to take a plea in the case involving visits to a Florida spa, instead arguing that police surveillance violated his Fourth Amendment rights.

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Can Cam Newton Be Superman Again?

Newton went from paradigm-shifting M.V.P. to discarded free agent. Joining the New England Patriots could give him the perfect relaunch.

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Bill Belichick Never Tipped His Post-Brady Plan. Now It’s Clear.

The Cam Newton signing shows why league observers have nearly unshakable faith in decisions made by the New England Patriots’ coach. “People are just so used to Bill Belichick figuring it out.”

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Florida Court Will Hear Video Appeal in Robert Kraft Case

An appellate court will decide whether video evidence is admissible in the case against the New England Patriots owner. It was thrown out by a court in Palm Beach County, Fla., in May 2019.

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New England Patriots Sign Cam Newton and Face N.F.L. Penalty

On Sunday, the team signed the former league M.V.P. to a one-year deal and was fined $1.1 million and a third-round pick in the 2021 draft for its role in a videotaping an opponent’s sideline.

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2020 N.F.L. Draft: What We Learned

Green Bay delivered the shock of the night drafting Jordan Love as a potential successor to Aaron Rodgers, Miami’s rebuild is coming to fruition and New England is still New England.

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What Will the New England Patriots Do in the N.F.L. draft?

Whatever his plan for the Patriots’ new era, the taciturn coach is not tipping his hand. “Not sure exactly how that’s going to go,” he said about finding a quarterback to replace Tom Brady.

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NFL Mock Draft Expert Picks

Though professional and armchair analysts probably won’t get many picks correct, mock drafts sometimes consolidate around a few safe bets.

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Tom Brady Says He Will Leave the Patriots

The 42-year-old quarterback, who becomes an unrestricted free agent for the first time in his career, cut ties with the Patriots after helping them win six Super Bowls.

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