Bill Belichick won two Super Bowl titles as the defensive coordinator of the New York Giants and has claimed another five as head coach of the New England Patriots, but none of those championships might have happened if he took his coaching talents to Minnesota in 1984.

The term “slow burn” has been used a lot of late to describe certain streaming shows, and it certainly could have been used last night to describe the New England Patriots’ 25-6 triumph over the Buffalo Bills on Monday Night Football. Tom Brady, Rob Gronkowski and crew weren’t slack for the early part of the ESPN game on the Bills’ home turf, but in the second half they truly leaned in. Facing that, after Thurman Thomas’ number-retirement ceremony, it couldn’t have been made any easier for Buffalo as they saw a touchdown taken away by NFL officials on replay too.

There’s a high-profile Super Bowl-winning coach who thinks we all need to slow down on the Khalil Mack hype. With the New England Patriots preparing to play the Chicago Bears on Sunday, Bill Belichick was asked if Mack ranks up there with Lawrence Taylor as “one of the better” pass rushers he’s seen. Belichick, the defensive coordinator for the New York Giants through Taylor’s ’80s prime, took the question as a personal affront.

Pardon us, but there's no deflating the focus whenever Andrew Luck and the Colts head to Gillette Stadium. Like everyone else, Pro Picks would be leaving its readers flat if it didn't mention the saga of footballs without enough air that penetrated the

The Dolphins can get an early grip on the AFC East with a win against Tom Brady in New England on Sunday. (AP) Here’s a look at the Week 4 matchups, including the broadcasting TV network for each game. You can also livestream games within your market

It wasn’t a blowout, but the Detroit Lions won comfortably 26-10 over the New England Patriots on NBC’s Sunday Night Football. That translated into a 13.6 rating/23 share in the metered market households (excluding live streaming). That was off by a fraction

NFL footballs (Getty Images) Notable injuries: Jared Veldheer is OUT with a concussion. Meanwhile, Justin Simmons and Chris Harris Jr. are both back to start this defensive series. — Andrew Mason (@MaseDenver) September 16, 2018 Slay has a concussion

Myles Jack squeezed into his locker stall, his leather chair pushed to one side, his sweaty clothes scattered across the floor. With the Patriots (1-0) and Jaguars (1-0) meeting again Sunday in Jacksonville, it's sure to be a topic of conversation outside - maybe even inside - the locker rooms. The Jags allowed a third-and-18 conversion in the fourth quarter of the AFC championship game at New England in late January, a lapse that was instrumental in the Patriots overcoming a 10-point deficit and one that still haunts Jacksonville's players and coaches more than 250 days later.

The NFL preseason came to a close and New England Patriots rookie quarterback Danny Etling made sure to bust out one last highlight on Thursday night. Etling ran a read-option play late in the fourth quarter in the Patriots’ final preseason game against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium on Thursday, and decided to keep the ball and run out to the right side. Etling ran the ball 86 yards into the end zone for a touchdown, putting up critical points that led the Patriots to a 17-12 win.

Programming note: NFL free agency is underway! Check out Matt Maiocco's 49ers free agent tracker and watch SportsNet Central nightly at 6 and 10:30 p.m. for all the latest football news. Wide receiver Julian Edelman, a Bay Area native, is scheduled to visit the 49ers on Friday, a source confirmed. The 49ers will meet with Edelman at the team's Santa Clara facility, and the club also has interest in New York Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks, ESPN reported. Edelman, a five-year veteran from Kent State, caught 105 passes for 1,056 yards and four touchdowns with the New England Patriots last season.

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