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February 2, 2012 | Bill Plaschke
From Indianapolis -- The biggest man in the Super Bowl yawns, a gaping chasm of a yawn, and it's as if all the air in the hotel conference room is sucked up under his backward camouflage baseball cap. It's 8:30 a.m. and, clearly, the biggest man in the Super Bowl has just climbed out of bed, his eyes clouded and his face unshaven and his belly bouncing through a tight red T-shirt pulled over his saggy gym shorts. Vince Wilfork, the New England Patriot who hauls at least 350 unruly pounds around on his bulging 6-foot-2 frame, has us right where he wants us. "In the locker room ... we always joke and jive about who is the best athlete," he said Thursday.
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January 10, 2014 | By Sam Farmer
Of the four divisional games, this is the only one that's not a rematch from the regular season. Indianapolis is coming off a historic comeback victory over Kansas City that was both exhilarating and emotionally draining. There's no respite Saturday night for the Colts, as they head into one of the NFL's toughest challenges - a January game in Foxborough, Mass. The Colts have had a tendency to fall behind early in games - as they did in the wild-card round, when they found themselves in a 28-point hole - and a repeat performance likely would be fatal against Tom Brady and the door-slamming Patriots.
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December 9, 2012 | By Lance Pugmire
Story line: Two of the AFC's top teams have only three prior meetings but could be destined for a playoff rematch. New England's Tom Brady has thrown just one pass for an interception in the last six games, and will confront a defense weakened by injuries to four starters. Houston's J.J. Watt will be active, however, and his 15 deflected passes caused Patriots Coach Bill Belichick to joke he was going to have defenders hold brooms in front of Brady in practice. Texans said: "You know you're going to have to raise your level of play and play as good as you can possibly play.
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December 9, 2012 | By Lance Pugmire
Story line: Two of the AFC's top teams have only three prior meetings but could be destined for a playoff rematch. New England's Tom Brady has thrown just one pass for an interception in the last six games, and will confront a defense weakened by injuries to four starters. Houston's J.J. Watt will be active, however, and his 15 deflected passes caused Patriots Coach Bill Belichick to joke he was going to have defenders hold brooms in front of Brady in practice. Texans said: "You know you're going to have to raise your level of play and play as good as you can possibly play.
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February 4, 2012 | By Sam Farmer
Giants Three players who need to come through Jacquian Williams Linebacker The team's fastest linebacker, it was Williams who forced the decisive fumble in the victory over San Francisco. He's nursing a sprained foot. Aaron Ross Cornerback Considering New England's weapons on the outside, Ross needs to have a good game opposite the more reliable and consistent Corey Webster. David Baas Center Eli Manning took a beating in the overtime victory at San Francisco.
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April 23, 2012 | By Sam Farmer
The draft will be held Thursday, Friday and Saturday in New York. Times NFL writer Sam Farmer examines the needs for each team by division. Today, the East divisions: AFC East Yet again, the Dolphins are looking for their franchise quarterback. They have the eighth pick and might use it on Texas A&M's Ryan Tannehill, providing he's still on the board. The team needs a receiver, too, since it traded Brandon Marshall. The right side of the offensive line is a work in progress, and the team is perpetually looking for pass rushers.
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July 29, 2011 | By Sam Farmer
The New England Patriots brought out the best in often-disgruntled players such as Corey Dillon and Randy Moss. So why not Albert Haynesworth? Now, the Patriots will get their chance. On Thursday, the team reportedly traded a fifth-round draft pick in 2013 to Washington for Haynesworth, a two-time All-Pro defensive tackle who is occasionally awesome but far more often apathetic. The deal is contingent on Haynesworth passing a physical, which is no guarantee. Haynesworth and Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan never clicked.
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February 4, 2012 | By Sam Farmer
Patriots pass offense vs. Giants pass defense This is a closer matchup than some might think, even with Tom Brady running the league's second-most productive offense. Nobody is better at attacking the middle of the field. The health of tight end Rob Gronkowski's ankle is an issue. New York has a ferocious defensive front featuring at least four exceptional pass rushers on the field at any given time. It was that pass rush (with different personnel) that tilted the scales the last time these teams met in the Super Bowl.
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November 29, 2010 | Sam Farmer
The top of the 2008 NFL draft was widely thought to be more Fatburgers than Roethlisbergers, more White Castles than Matt Cassels, more Fig Newtons than Cam Newtons. A record seven offensive tackles were taken in the first round, compared to two quarterbacks, and ? for the first time since 1990 ? no receivers. The only remarkable thing about that collection of pro prospects was how completely unremarkable it looked at the time. Two-and-a-half seasons later, several of those players ?
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January 10, 2014 | By Sam Farmer
Of the four divisional games, this is the only one that's not a rematch from the regular season. Indianapolis is coming off a historic comeback victory over Kansas City that was both exhilarating and emotionally draining. There's no respite Saturday night for the Colts, as they head into one of the NFL's toughest challenges - a January game in Foxborough, Mass. The Colts have had a tendency to fall behind early in games - as they did in the wild-card round, when they found themselves in a 28-point hole - and a repeat performance likely would be fatal against Tom Brady and the door-slamming Patriots.
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April 23, 2012 | By Sam Farmer
The draft will be held Thursday, Friday and Saturday in New York. Times NFL writer Sam Farmer examines the needs for each team by division. Today, the East divisions: AFC East Yet again, the Dolphins are looking for their franchise quarterback. They have the eighth pick and might use it on Texas A&M's Ryan Tannehill, providing he's still on the board. The team needs a receiver, too, since it traded Brandon Marshall. The right side of the offensive line is a work in progress, and the team is perpetually looking for pass rushers.
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February 4, 2012 | By Sam Farmer
Patriots pass offense vs. Giants pass defense This is a closer matchup than some might think, even with Tom Brady running the league's second-most productive offense. Nobody is better at attacking the middle of the field. The health of tight end Rob Gronkowski's ankle is an issue. New York has a ferocious defensive front featuring at least four exceptional pass rushers on the field at any given time. It was that pass rush (with different personnel) that tilted the scales the last time these teams met in the Super Bowl.
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February 4, 2012 | By Sam Farmer
Giants Three players who need to come through Jacquian Williams Linebacker The team's fastest linebacker, it was Williams who forced the decisive fumble in the victory over San Francisco. He's nursing a sprained foot. Aaron Ross Cornerback Considering New England's weapons on the outside, Ross needs to have a good game opposite the more reliable and consistent Corey Webster. David Baas Center Eli Manning took a beating in the overtime victory at San Francisco.
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February 2, 2012 | Bill Plaschke
From Indianapolis -- The biggest man in the Super Bowl yawns, a gaping chasm of a yawn, and it's as if all the air in the hotel conference room is sucked up under his backward camouflage baseball cap. It's 8:30 a.m. and, clearly, the biggest man in the Super Bowl has just climbed out of bed, his eyes clouded and his face unshaven and his belly bouncing through a tight red T-shirt pulled over his saggy gym shorts. Vince Wilfork, the New England Patriot who hauls at least 350 unruly pounds around on his bulging 6-foot-2 frame, has us right where he wants us. "In the locker room ... we always joke and jive about who is the best athlete," he said Thursday.
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January 25, 2012 | By Sam Farmer
Reporting from Foxborough, Mass. - What the New England Patriots defense must do to stop the New York Giants in the Super Bowl (Feb. 5, 3:30 p.m. PST, Channel 4): To help counter quarterback Eli Manning, New England needs its mountain in the middle to step up in a big way. Defensive tackle Vince Wilfork is coming off a tremendous game against Baltimore, and his team needs him to have an encore performance in the Super Bowl. Even if they don't sack Manning much, the Patriots want to collapse the pocket and not allow him to get comfortable with his protection.
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July 29, 2011 | By Sam Farmer
The New England Patriots brought out the best in often-disgruntled players such as Corey Dillon and Randy Moss. So why not Albert Haynesworth? Now, the Patriots will get their chance. On Thursday, the team reportedly traded a fifth-round draft pick in 2013 to Washington for Haynesworth, a two-time All-Pro defensive tackle who is occasionally awesome but far more often apathetic. The deal is contingent on Haynesworth passing a physical, which is no guarantee. Haynesworth and Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan never clicked.
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December 29, 2002 | From Associated Press
The thoughts and tears come when Vince Wilfork is alone, usually while he eats, watches television or lies in bed. And the sadness of losing both parents within six months hits harder than any opponent on the football field. The pain may never end, but the Miami defensive tackle expects it will get easier to handle, especially with so many good things ahead of him. Wilfork has the national championship game against No.
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January 25, 2012 | By Sam Farmer
Reporting from Foxborough, Mass. - What the New England Patriots defense must do to stop the New York Giants in the Super Bowl (Feb. 5, 3:30 p.m. PST, Channel 4): To help counter quarterback Eli Manning, New England needs its mountain in the middle to step up in a big way. Defensive tackle Vince Wilfork is coming off a tremendous game against Baltimore, and his team needs him to have an encore performance in the Super Bowl. Even if they don't sack Manning much, the Patriots want to collapse the pocket and not allow him to get comfortable with his protection.
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November 29, 2010 | Sam Farmer
The top of the 2008 NFL draft was widely thought to be more Fatburgers than Roethlisbergers, more White Castles than Matt Cassels, more Fig Newtons than Cam Newtons. A record seven offensive tackles were taken in the first round, compared to two quarterbacks, and ? for the first time since 1990 ? no receivers. The only remarkable thing about that collection of pro prospects was how completely unremarkable it looked at the time. Two-and-a-half seasons later, several of those players ?
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December 29, 2002 | From Associated Press
The thoughts and tears come when Vince Wilfork is alone, usually while he eats, watches television or lies in bed. And the sadness of losing both parents within six months hits harder than any opponent on the football field. The pain may never end, but the Miami defensive tackle expects it will get easier to handle, especially with so many good things ahead of him. Wilfork has the national championship game against No.
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