PHILADELPHIA – If Lane Johnson had to read mean tweets, like they do periodically on Saturday Night Live, from New Englanders, it wouldn’t be pretty.

This is the first of what could be many meetings between two dynamic young AFC quarterbacks when Deshaun Watson and the Houston Texans visit Lamar Jackson and the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday.

Patrick Mahomes entered the season as the odds-on favorite to win his second straight NFL MVP award. But, just past the midway point of the regular season, I’d rank the Kansas City Chiefs quarterback no higher than fifth in the race.

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FOXBOROUGH — Joe Cardona began playing tackle football as soon as he was old enough to put on pads. From an early age he felt a deep connection to the sport, and the lessons he learned at a young age — selflessness, teamwork, the importance of hard work and perseverance — played a key role i…

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FOXBOROUGH — Objectively speaking, the New England Patriots’ royal blue uniforms of the 1990s were pretty wild. Worn for seven seasons between the original red and white “Pat Patriot” uniform and the modern navy blue look, the uniforms featured huge shoulder logos, italicized numbers and fai…

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — The New England Patriots’ three-month exhibition season, two months longer than the rest of the NFL, is officially over here at the famed Meadowlands Sports Complex.

NEW YORK (AP) — Astros manager AJ Hinch has heard the chatter — that Rays starter Tyler Glasnow was offering a sneak peek on his off-speed deliveries, that Houston had a poker-worthy tell on Yankees hard throwers James Paxton and Luis Severino.

The NFL trade deadline is less than two weeks away on Oct. 28, and after six weeks of football we now have a better idea of who’s a contender, who’s a pretender and what each team’s areas of need are going into the second half of the season.

FOXBOROUGH — Brandon Bolden has always embraced his role. Throughout his first seven years in the league, the 29-year-old running back primarily served as a special teams ace, the sort of jack-of-all trades who makes a team better by doing all of the little things.

Around the Horn is a weekly column from Chris Mason, where the Daily News beat writer offers nine thoughts from the Red Sox clubhouse and around Major League Baseball. This week’s installment focuses on the divisional round series and the start of Boston’s offseason. 

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Tom Brady appeared to have bouts of depression during and after the New England Patriots “ugly” win in Buffalo.

New England Patriots kicker Stephen Gostkowski has reportedly been placed on injured reserve. He will now miss at least the next eight weeks and could possibly be out for the year if the Patriots decide not to make him one of the two players they are allowed to bring back.

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Amesbury, MA - Henry G. Totzke II, of Amesbury, passed away on Monday, Oct 28, after a lengthy illness. Hank was born in Detroit, MI, in 1934. He was the only child of Henry and Jane Totzke of Detroit. A stint in the service brought him to California, where he settled down and, with a couple…

Newburyport - Constance Ann (Hanewich) McGlew, 70 a resident of Newburyport, MA died Thursday evening November 7, 2019 at Mass General Hospital in Boston. She was born in Newburyport, MA on February 15, 1949. Constance is survived by her children, Nicholas, Melissa, Michael, Jennifer and Dav…