Dion Lewis is unbeaten in a New England uniform. (Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Dion Lewis is unbeaten in a New England uniform. (Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

FOXBORO — Dion Lewis cares not for your ridiculous individual stats.

Informed on Wednesday that the Patriots are 15-0 with him in the lineup since the start of the 2015 season, he took a pass when it came to taking credit for the unblemished mark.

“We have a lot of great players so I’m not the only reason that’s like that. It just happens to be that way,” Lewis said before practice. “We’ve got a great team, great coaches and everybody works hard. So it’s not because of me.”

Last year, suffered a serious knee injury in the seventh game of the season, but played a sizable role in helping New England win all seven of those games to start the year. He came back in late November, and was in the lineup for the last seven games of the regular season, as well as the first postseason contest of the year, all of them victories.

Lewis also went out of his way to share the credit with the rest of the backfield.

“Our backfield is very talented,” Lewis said of the group that includes LeGarrette Blount, James White and Brandon Bolden. “Everybody brings something different, so having other guys that can come in and give different matchup problems for a defense, it just gives the defense a lot of extra stuff to worry about.”

“The size of his heart, his will to win. His will to continue to fight, despite the obstacles in front of him, is unmatched,” Blount said of his teammate, who had three touchdowns in the victory over the Texans. “He does a lot of things well for us. He does everything we ask him to do, with no questions asked. And he does everything he has to do to make sure he puts himself in the best position to take full advantage of the opportunities he gets.”

Blog Author: 
Christopher Price

With Sebastian Vollmer being out for the year, he’s had some free time on his hands.

Over the course of the year he’s done a series called “Seabass’ School of Football” where he brings different Patriots players on set and teaches them German.

This week was Tom Brady and it was pretty funny.

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WEEI

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FOXBORO — There was something noticeably different from Tom Brady at his Wednesday press conference.

He was short and serious. Questions that would typically get long, drawn out answers only got one or two line responses. Because this was so out of the norm for him, many wondered if there was something wrong with him from a health perspective.

Tom Brady was super serious at his Wednesday press conference. (WEEI.com)

Tom Brady was super serious at his Wednesday press conference. (WEEI.com)

FOXBORO — There was something noticeably different from Tom Brady at his Wednesday press conference.

He was short and serious. Questions that would typically get long, drawn out answers only got one or two line responses. Because this was so out of the norm for him, many wondered if there was something wrong with him from a health perspective.

“You sound a bit raspy – are you feeling OK?,” a reporter asked.

“I’m good,” Brady replied.

There was nothing to see from the nearly 10-minute press conference. It was simply a case of the quarterback being in playoff football mode and not wanting any distractions. Bill Belichick was more serious than normal in his press conference right before Brady and the quarterback was just following his coach.

While some may think there’s something wrong with Brady, there’s not. It’s playoff football.

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Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable
Tom Brady has gotten under the skin of some of his opponents. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Tom Brady has gotten under the skin of some of his opponents. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

FOXBORO — Mike Tomlin was caught on camera disparaging the Patriots after Pittsburgh’s divisional playoff win over the Chiefs. Former Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie used the same language about Tom Brady in 2011 before a playoff showdown with New York.

Asked why this has happened on multiple occasions Wednesday, the Patriots quarterback shrugged.

“I don’t know,” he said.

Admittedly, the incidents are few and far between. Prior to Brady’s Wednesday press conference, Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger said he had nothing but respect for Brady and the Patriots.

“They’re the gold standard,” Roethlisberger said on a conference call with the New England media. “They’re the best. They’re awesome. A lot of teams try and look at their blueprint and their recipe for success, and I think try and do what they do.”
Roethlisberger was asked if he believed there was some resentment around the league toward the Patriots.

“Nope,” he said. “Not at all.”

For what it’s worth, Brady was equally complimentary toward Roethlisberger.

“Ben [Roethlisberger] is an incredible player, and he’s been that way since 2004 when he came into the league. I’ve always loved the way he plays, very tough, hard-nosed,” Brady said. “He’s just been a great player. I think the respect is very mutual. To play at his level for as long as he has and with his style of play has been remarkable.”

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Blog Author: 
Christopher Price

With the chance to clarify his untoward comments about the Patriots in his post-game address to his team Sunday night, Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said he would take those words back if he knew they were going to be public.

FOXBORO — While most of New England is fired up for the sixth straight AFC title game for the Patriots, Bill Belichick is not.

Belichick walked into the media room for his Wednesday press conference to see the largest crowd of the season.

Bill Belichick downplayed any hype for the AFC title game. (David Butler III/USA Today Sports)

Bill Belichick downplayed any hype for the AFC title game. (David Butler III/USA Today Sports)

FOXBORO — While most of New England is fired up for the sixth straight AFC title game for the Patriots, Bill Belichick is not.

Belichick walked into the media room for his Wednesday press conference to see the largest crowd of the season.

“SRO” (Standing Room Only) he said when taking to the podium and was more serious and less expansive than usual in his nearly 15-minute presser.

A reporter noted to him that the Lamar Hunt trophy was next to him in between a Patriots helmet and a Steelers helmet.

“I know. So exciting,” Belichick dead-panned, but drew laughter from the room.

It wasn’t funny to him, as he is all business this week.

The coach was also asked if he has any reaction to commissioner Roger Goodell attending the NFC championship game and not the Patriots game at Gillette Stadium.

Again, Belichick answered in typical Belichick-fashion.

“I’m focused on the Steelers,” he said.

If one thing is for sure, Belichick and the Patriots are extremely focused on the task at hand this week and will not be distracted by anything.

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Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable