New England Patriots Links 12/09/11 - Brady Adjusts Quickly to Increased Pressure

Mark Daniels reports Deion Branch gives all the credit to the front line for how the offense performs at it's best when they run the no-huddle.

"Most of the stuff is all the work we’re putting in practice," Branch said of the no-huddle’s success. "I think the most important thing is you’ve got to be able to block once we go into that type of situation of football. And the front line, they get all the credit for it. I think they’re doing a great job. Most teams try to do certain things when we go into it and (the linemen) do a good job of reacting to what they see."

Monique Walker says there is plenty for the Patriots to like about Nate Jones.

"I thought Nate did a good job,’’ said coach Bill Belichick. "I mean, he wasn’t even familiar with what we were doing, so he had a steeper learning curve, but he’s a more experienced player, so there’s a trade-off there. [He] played the defenses pretty well, was good in communication, got his hands on a couple balls, made a few plays. It was far from perfect, but I thought he did a good job.’’

Jerry Thornton reminds us the Patriots are still winning, even if they're winning ugly.

"Part of being the City of Champions should be acting like winning is all that counts. That it’s all about results and nothing else. If 10 years ago today, in December of 2001, when we were sitting on 15 years without a championship, you told me that someday the Patriots would be 9-3, two games up on the division, sitting on the No. 1 seed in the AFC and looking at possibly having home field throughout the playoffs but all [anyone] could talk about is how bad we think their defense is, I wouldn’t have believed you."

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NATIONAL NEWS

  • Ben Reiter (SI) The new no-names. The Patriots defense, built from spare parts, castoffs and converted receivers ranks dead last in the NFL and yet NE is once again cruising to the playoffs.
  • James Walker (ESPN) Revisiting Brady-Rodgers MVP debate.
  • Kevin Fishbain (Pro Football Weekly) O-line shuffling has hurt Patriots' run game.
  • Kevin Fishbain (Pro Football Weekly) Pats-Skins matchup of the day: DE Andre Carter vs. OLT Sean Locklear or Willie Smith.
  • James Walker (ESPN) How Patriots can clinch the division Sunday.
  • Kevin Fishbain (Pro Football Weekly) Five questions with PFW Redskins correspondent John Keim.
  • Jason Smith (NFL.com) Only four teams have true shot at winning Super Bowl XLVI.
  • Jim Trotter (SI) Ranking the NFL QBs from Rodgers to Tebow to Palko. Brady No. 3.
  • Peter Schrager (Fox Sports) It's officially 'The year of the backup QB'. Plus Week 14 picks.
  • Vinnie Iyer (Sporting News) Week 14 picks. Patriots 34, Redskins 19.
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) Week 14 picks. Both pick Patriots over Redskins by 10.
  • Staff Report (Nat'l Football Post) NFP's Friday forecast.

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