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LeGarrette Blount is really loving playing for Patriots now: ‘I’m having a blast. I’m not counting numbers’

10.23.16 at 10:23 pm ET
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PITTSBURGH — On Friday in front of his locker in Foxboro, LeGarrette Blount promised he’d talk after the game against the Steelers.

After carrying the ball 25 times for 127 yards and two touchdowns, he delivered Sunday.

“I’m having a blast. I’m not counting numbers,” Blount beamed. “I’ve always loved it here. I’m going to continue to love it here. I have a great coaching staff, great teammates. It’s really family-oriented. We’re always going to do what we have to do to get the job done.”

Blount’s game Sunday marked his third 100-yard game of the season and 13th career. He already has a career-high eight touchdowns in seven games. After the game, he gave credit to the offensive line for opening huge holes, especially in the second half, when he collected 74 yards on 12 carries.

“They’re great,” Blount said. “They’re amazing. They’re always amazing. They played as good as we can ask them to play. They did everything we needed them to do to open the holes and put us in a good position. On a few of my runs, I didn’t get touched till I got tackled. They played a really good game, all of them.”

Blount only got stronger in the second half, and that was never more evident than when he ripped off runs of 11 and 25 yards on back-to-back runs, preceding the 36-yard touchdown strike from Tom Brady to Rob Gronkowski.

“It’s always fun to run the football,” Blount said. “As a running back, you’re going to always want the football. If we have 80 plays, you’re going to want 80 carries. You’ve just got to be patient and when the opportunity presents itself, you’ve just got to make the most of it.
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Stephen Gostkowski on another missed PAT: ‘Right now, I stink’

10.23.16 at 9:34 pm ET
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Oct 23, 2016; Pittsburgh, PA, USA;  New England Patriots kicker Stephen Gostkowski (3) kicks off against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the third quarter at Heinz Field. New England won 27-16. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Stephen Gostkowski, shown here kicking off, missed another extra point Sunday in Pittsburgh. (Charles LeClaire/USA Today Sports)

PITTSBURGH — It’s so bad, even Stephen Gostkowski knows the questions are coming.

Gostkowski stood at his locker after Sunday’s 27-16 win in Pittsburgh and nodded as reporters gathered around.

There was only one reason for the media to be there after a game in which he didn’t attempt a single field goal. Gostkowski missed an extra point for the second straight week after not having missed a regular season extra point in nine years.

“Right now, I stink,” Gostkowski admitted.

Gostkowski pushed his extra point wide right after New England’s third touchdown in the third quarter.

Gostkowski, of course, is the same player who kicked three field goals and pinned the Cardinals back in their own territory in a 23-21 win at Arizona in the season opener. That work earned him the first AFC special teams player of the week honor of the season.

Bill Belichick continues to express confidence that whatever Gostkowski is working through in his mechanics and his mindset.

“We’ll work through it,” Belichick said. “Nobody works harder than Steve. Steve’s a very talented player. He’s mentally tough. He’s a good football player. Again, this is a tough place to kick. I’m not making any excuses. The kicker on the other side of the field had trouble too, but we have to hit them.”

Going back to the AFC championship in Denver, Gostkowski has now missed three extra points in his last seven games. Gostkowski is 19-for-21 on extra points and 9-for-12 in field goals this season.

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Roger Goodell notes public misunderstanding with NFL’s domestic violence cases

10.23.16 at 9:27 pm ET
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Roger Goodell inferred there is some public misunderstanding with the NFL's domestic violence cases. (Matthew Emmons/USA TODAY Sports)

Roger Goodell inferred there is some public misunderstanding with the NFL’s domestic violence cases. (Matthew Emmons/USA TODAY Sports)

For the past few years domestic violence has been a big topic of discussion with the NFL and even more so this week with the case of Giants kicker Josh Brown.

Brown received a one-game suspension to start this season for a domestic violence incident with his wife, but more information with the case came out this week which caused both the NFL and the Giants to get a lot of negative and loud reaction as to why he was only suspended one game and why did the Giants re-sign him.

Brown didn’t travel to London with the Giants this weekend as he was placed on the commissioner’s exempt list as the league looks more into the matter.

Speaking on BBC as part of the pregame coverage of the Giants-Rams game Sunday, Goodell spoke on the domestic violence cases with the league and cited public misunderstanding.

“I understand the public’s misunderstanding of those things and how that can be difficult for them to understand how we get to those positions,” Goodell said via Pro Football Talk. “But those are things that we have to do. I think it’s a lot deeper and a lot more complicated than it appears but it gets a lot of focus.”

Goodell repeated the league will look deeper into the Brown case.

“Well you have to go and get the facts,” Goodell said. “We have asked repeatedly for those facts and the information that’s been gathered by law enforcement both orally and in writing. And we weren’t able to get access to it. So you have to make decisions on whatever information you have. We take this issue incredibly seriously. This is something we’ve been working on with policy changes, to educating our players to make sure they understand how they deal with issues with their family, give them resources to be able to deal with this.

“But when it happens we’re not going to tolerate it. So we have some new information here, we’ll evaluate that in the context of our policy and we’ll take it from there.”

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Tom Brady not completely satisfied with win: ‘We can play better than we played today’

10.23.16 at 9:12 pm ET
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Tom Brady knows the Patriots can play better. (Jason Bridge/USA Today Sports)

Tom Brady knows the Patriots can play better than they did on Sunday. (Jason Bridge/USA Today Sports)

Even though the Patriots beat the Steelers 27-16 in Pittsburgh on Sunday to improve to 6-1 on the season, Tom Brady isn’t completely thrilled, as he knows the offense can play better than they did on Sunday.

The biggest issue for the Patriots came in the second and early stages of the third quarter. After totaling 166 yards on their first three drives of the game, they had just 29 on their next three, which allowed the Steelers to get back in the game after building a 14-0 lead.

Things turned around as the Patriots scored on two straight possessions to end the third and start the fourth to pull away for good.

With all the talent on the roster, Brady isn’t satisfied with the poor stretches of play.

“We have a lot of veteran players that have been around for a long time,” Brady told reporters. “We shouldn’t be messing too many things up at the end of the day. We’ve practiced a lot together, played a lot of games together. We should take advantage of opportunities when we get them. There weren’t a ton out there today based on how they played us. We made some later in the game that helped us. We can play better than we played today.”

Part of the Steelers game plan on defense was to take away the big plays, notably with Rob Gronkowski and Martellus Bennett, which left the middle of the field open for Julian Edelman.

“They were certainly aware of [Rob Gronkowski] and Martellus,” Brady said. “Julian got a lot of opportunity today. He hasn’t got a ton the last few weeks, but today he had a lot of opportunities with the ball. Running the ball was good and kind of possessing those passes. We had some third downs that we should have made there in the first half, which our execution wasn’t great on. We just have to keep putting pressure on the defense. If you do that, eventually you’re going to make some plays that they will over adjust to something.”

Edelman has his most productive game of the season hauling in nine catches for 60 yards.

The Patriots did turn the ball over twice as Chris Hogan fumbled on the first offensive play of the game and Edelman fumbled a punt in the second half.

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Mike Petraglia, Doug Kyed on LeGarrette Blount, Rob Gronkowski powering Patriots to win

10.23.16 at 8:53 pm ET
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PITTSBURGH — Without Ben Roethlisberger the Patriots outlast the Pittsburgh Steelers 27–16 Sunday in Pittsburgh. LeGarrette Blount ran for 127 yards while Rob Gronkowski tied Stanley Morgan with his 68th career touchdown catch. Mike Petraglia and special guest Doug Kyed have your post game report from inside Heinz Field.

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Rob Gronkowski reacts to tying Patriots all-time touchdown record in typical Gronk fashion

10.23.16 at 8:28 pm ET
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In the Patriots’ 27-16 win over the Steelers, tight end Rob Gronkowski tied Stanley Morgan for the most touchdowns in team history with 68 when he caught a 36-yard pass from Tom Brady in the third quarter to put the Pats up 20-13 at the time.

Gronkowski was asked about the achievement after the game and responded as only he would.

“One more I have 69 touchdowns, if you know what I mean,” he said with a smile. “Only you know what I mean, baby.”

The tight end finished the game with four catches for 93 yards and a touchdown.

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Poll: Who was Patriots’ MVP in Sunday’s win over Steelers?

10.23.16 at 7:43 pm ET
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