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New England Patriots

Stadium: Gillette Stadium | Coach: Bill Belichick
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense26th119.5 (15th)184.0 (27th)
Defense4th122.5 (20th)166.0 (3rd)

Next Game

Sun, September 21, 1:00 PM EDT
Gillette Stadium
on CBS Sports
Oakland Raiders
at
New England Patriots

Schedule

Sun Sep 7
L 33 - 20at MIA
Recap
Sun Sep 14
W 30 - 7at MIN
Recap
1:00 pm EDT
Sun Sep 21
on CBS SportsOAK
Preview
8:30 pm EDT
Mon Sep 29
at KC
8:30 pm EDT
Sun Oct 5
CIN
1:00 pm EDT
Sun Oct 12
at BUF
8:25 pm EDT
Thu Oct 16
NYJ
1:00 pm EDT
Sun Oct 26
CHI
4:25 pm EST
Sun Nov 2
DEN
8:30 pm EST
Sun Nov 16
at IND
1:00 pm EST
Sun Nov 23
DET
4:25 pm EST
Sun Nov 30
at GB
8:30 pm EST
Sun Dec 7
at SD
1:00 pm EST
Sun Dec 14
MIA
1:00 pm EST
Sun Dec 21
at NYJ
1:00 pm EST
Sun Dec 28
BUF

Standings

AFC
East
CONF
W-L-T
Overall
W-L-T
Buffalo1-0-02-0-0
Miami1-1-01-1-0
New York1-0-01-1-0
New England0-1-01-1-0
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Two Patriots standouts probable for clash against Raiders
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

Patriots prime pass-catchers Julian Edelman (back) and Rob Gronkowski (knee) have been listed as probable for the Week 3 game against Oakland. They are all but set to start.

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Quintet of Patriots deemed questionable for Sunday
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

The Patriots have deemed five players as questionable for their Sunday game against visiting Oakland. They are defensive lineman Michael Buchanan (ankle), linebacker Jamie Collins (thigh), cornerback Alfonzo Dennard (shoulder), running back Shane Vereen (shoulder) and offensive lineman Ryan Wendell (knee).

Listed as prorable are wide receiver Julian Edelman (back), tight end Rob Gronkowski (knee), offensive lineman Dan Connolly (knee) and defensive tackle Sealver Siliga (hand).

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Stevan Ridley in line for big game
by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer

Patriots running back Stevan Ridley has the chance for a big game in Week 3 against the Raiders, and he's the CBSSports.com Start of the Week.

We know the risks with Ridley. Patriots coach Bill Belichick could decide this is the week to feature Brandon Bolden or rookie James White. He could make this a Tom Brady showcase game and throw at will, with Shane Vereen dominating playing time. Or Ridley could fumble in the first quarter, which has happened before, and all those potential Fantasy points will be sitting on the bench.

But we have confidence in Ridley this week. He's coming off his best game since Week 9 of last year when he had 25 carries for 101 yards and a touchdown at Minnesota. The Patriots were sitting on a lead, and Ridley was the hammer killing the clock.

The Raiders are making the dreaded cross-country trip for a 1 p.m. ET start, and their run defense has already been shredded in two games by Chris Johnson, Chris Ivory and Arian Foster. All three running backs scored at least 14 Fantasy points in a standard league, with Ivory and Foster gaining over 100 rushing yards and a touchdown.

We hope Ridley – and more importantly Belichick – doesn't let us down. But based on the matchup and how he performed last week, we're willing to take a chance.

For a complete list of Week 3 options, read my latest Start 'Em and Sit 'Em.

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Shane Vereen dealing with shoulder injury
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com

Patriots running back Shane Vereen was limited in practice Wednesday.

Vereen is dealing with a shoulder injury. Vereen's status will likely be determined based on whether he's able to improve throughout the week. 

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Julian Edelman limited due to back injury
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com

Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman was limited in practice Wednesday.

Edelman is dealing with a back injury. It's unclear whether the injury is serious. If Edelman shows improvement during the week, he should play Week 3. 

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