by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com (11:32 am ET) Patriots linebacker Brandon Spikes returned to practice Thursday after missing the Wednesday session for non-injury related reasons.
Brandon Spikes red-lighted for Wednesday session
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com (12/4/13) The Patriots are apparently taking a cautious approach with linebacker Brandon Spikes. Spikes (knee) was not practicing on Wednesday, per the Boston Globe. He was listed as probable for game action Sunday before being cleared.
Logan Ryan has interception in two straight games
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (12/2/13) Patriots rookie cornerback Logan Ryan picked off a pass for a second straight game Week 13 at Houston. He finished with three solo tackles and two pass defenses.
Ryan has totaled 22 tackles (19 solo), three interceptions, 1 1/2 sacks and six pass defenses through 12 games.
Patriots yield 31 points in Week 13 win
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (12/1/13) The Texans gave the Patriots defense plenty of problems Week 13. Although New England escaped with a win, Houston rolled up 31 points and 385 yards (121 rushing).
Texans running back Ben Tate was particularly an issue for the New England defense, as he finished with 102 rushing yards and three touchdowns. Wide receiver Andre Johnson also had a nice game, totaling eight catches for 121 yards.
The Patriots were only able to sack Houston quarterback Case Keenum once and forced just one turnover (interception) in the win. The Patriots are back in action Week 14 vs. Cleveland.
The Patriots DST has the potential to be great in 2013, but they need to be more consistent. The Patriots DST had some big games in 2012 with at least 20 Fantasy points in a standard league in four games, but they also had single digits in five other outings. The good thing for the Patriots is they create plenty of turnovers with 20 interceptions and 21 fumble recoveries. This is now the third year in a row with at least 34 turnovers. A more consistent pass rush would help since they had just 36 sacks in 2012, which is the third year in a row they’ve been at 40 or fewer. But with Bill Belichick at the helm, the Patriots defense will always be among the best in the NFL. They are worth drafting as a Top 10 option in all leagues and should be taken with a late-round pick. (Updated 4/26/13)