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2018 Schedule
7-3, 1st in AFC East
Stephen A. has no patience for talk of Brady's decline (1:47)
How can Pats keep Gronk healthy? (1:38)

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Tom Brady, after seeing "Hamilton" on Tuesday night, says: "I love Hamilton. It's my third time seeing it. It's a great show. Anyone who is here should go see it. It was great in New York and it was really good last night. I loved it.”

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

The Patriots have signed veteran free-agent LB Ramon Humber, who is at practice today wearing No. 50. Humber, 31, has carved out a niche in the NFL as a top special-teams player and was with the Patriots in the 2016 offseason. Improving special-teams coverage is a top priority for the Patriots as they evaluate the team at the bye week.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Bill Belichick had players in full pads for the lone practice of the bye week. It is cold and windy in Foxborough, as the skinny goalposts are tilted as a result of the gusts. The music was turned up noticeably louder than the norm, which could have been a message for those on the field to bring their energy.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

After practice Wednesday, Patriots players will be off Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday for the bye week, before returning Monday for meetings. Bill Belichick said rest is one of the more important parts of the bye.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

The Patriots have activated rookie CB Duke Dawson off injured reserve to their 53-man roster, a source tells ESPN's Field Yates. To make room for Dawson, the team has released RB Kenjon Barner and LB Nicholas Grigsby. The release of Grigsby, a core special teamer, seems to be reflective of Bill Belichick placing an emphasis on improving coverage units. Belichick called kickoff coverage "an issue" earlier in the day.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Tom Brady was asked in his weekly Westwood One interview if he believes his play has slipped from last year. "Everything is different from one year to the next. I think you keep working at it in the same way, and those things haven't changed for me. I'm sure some of my statistics have changed, but I feel good out there. Do I want to play better? I absolutely want to play better. I want to play as best as I possibly can for my team. .... Certainly [Sunday] was not a great performance."

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Patriots WR Julian Edelman's ankle injury is not considered serious and he's not expected miss much, if any, time, a source tells ESPN's Adam Schefter. Edelman will be monitored, but the outlook appears positive for now.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Patriots offensive snaps: Chris Hogan's 54 snaps as the No. 3 WR, coupled with his lack of targets(1)/catches (0), stands out. This was a 3-wide game with little distribution to targets other than Josh Gordon (12 targets/4 catches) and Julian Edelman (12 targets/9 catches).

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Patriots defensive snaps: Limited workload for designated pass-rusher Adrian Clayborn (8) shows how D didn't get Titans into favorable situations.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Stephon Gilmore, who appeared to be battling a cold, acknowledged after Sunday's game that it wasn't his best. Of Titans receiver Corey Davis (7 catches, 125 yards, TD), he said, "He just had a better day today. ... I could have won that matchup a little bit more, but he made some plays. I have to give my hats off to them."

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Fan in critical condition after fall at Titans game

An adult fan is in critical condition after falling from a seating area in the lower bowl during the Tennessee Titans' game against the New England Patriots on Sunday, police in Nashville said.

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Titans' Lewis calls beating 'cheap' Pats 'personal'

After his 68 total yards of offense helped Tennessee thrash his old team, former New England running back Dion Lewis didn't hold back with his comments about beating the Patriots.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

The Patriots trail the Titans 24-10 at halftime, and they deserve to be in the hole based on the way they played, with a lack of energy and execution early. The Patriots will likely need a pass-catcher other than Josh Gordon and Julian Edelman to step up in the second half, as the options outside of those two players have been quiet.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Patriots starting left tackle Trent Brown left the game late in the second quarter due to an illness. He was announced as questionable to return, and after halftime, he was back on the field for one series before departing again due to a back injury. Brown had missed practices on Wednesday and Thursday due to an illness. LaAdrian Waddle is the top backup.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Poor coverage on the opening kickoff return, struggles to get off blocks, being a step slow in coverage (Stephon Gilmore with early trouble) and a Josh Gordon third-down drop on a laser over the middle contributed to the Patriots falling behind 17-3 early. This is the fourth time this season the Patriots have trailed by at least 10 points in a game. The last time before today was Week 7 at the Bears (won 38-31).

Team Stats

Passing Yards268.7
Rushing Yards108.5
Points For28.0
Points Against23.6