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New England Patriots Links 11/17/10 - Colts Week: Another Test For Young Patriots

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Bill Belichick addresses the media Tuesday.

We're right in the middle of getting ready for the Colts, going through the game plan, getting the game plan ready and stuff like that. As usual, they look real good. [They look] good at a lot of things: good on offense, good on defense, they don't beat themselves. They really force you to play a good football game against them to be competitive. They've got a lot of good players. They're well coached. They're sound; they're tough. They do a lot of things well, so it will be a big challenge for us this week. They have their own style of play and it's very effective. We'll have to make adjustments to get in the mode to be able to handle that.

Pepper Johnson talks about the Vince Wilfork, Jeff Saturday matchup.

With the Colts offensive line, you can say that's a match up, but it's not really a match up because they all work well with each other. In a sense, that's what we're trying do with moving some guys around. They all work well with each other. What Jeff Saturday brings to the table is he's a quick guy, he's a strong guy, and he's a very smart offensive lineman. He knows what he's capable of, and I'm quite sure he does a lot of studying of Vince Wilfork and some of the defensive lineman that he's going to encounter from the guard position to the guard position. He prepares himself to whether he's going to cut a guy off, whether he's going to down block, cut block; he's very versatile like that. There's not one thing that I think he really excels at, but at the same token, I don't think he has a weak spot where we can just pick on him. He's good at the things that they ask him to do.

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  • Greg A. Bedard says Belichick and the Patriots are at their best when they dictate the terms of the game to the opponent on both sides of the ball.
  • Karen Guregian talks about the importance of keeping the Colts' pass rushers off of Tom Brady.
  • Ian Rapoport details the new defensive looks the Patriots showed Sunday night, that resulted in four sacks in the first three quarters.
  • The Sports Tonight guys discuss the Tom Brady-Peyton Manning rivalry and agree: It's one of the best ever.
  • Robert Lee points out that the Patriots lead the NFL with the only stat that matters: wins.
  • Mike Reiss looks at snaps played by Patriots defenders in Sunday's win over the Steelers, and analyzes possible trends that could play a factor this week.
  • Mike Reiss looks at the team's tackle leaderboard, noting Pat Chung was credited with a team-high 10 tackles Sunday.
  • Mike Reiss takes a look at where the Patriots rank in key NFL statistical categories after 10 weeks.
  • Karen Guregian notes Ron Brace has stepped up his hard work, and the extra effort is beginning to show up on the field.
  • Karen Guregian reports Ron Brace was at Gillette watching film on his day off and later was visiting kids at Children's Hospital with Julian Edelman, Brian Hoyer and Matthew Slater.
  • Mike Reiss reports S James Sanders, who had a 32-yard interception return for a touchdown in Sunday night's win over the Steelers, has been named the AFC Defensive Player of the Week.
  • WEEI highlights Tom Brady's appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show.
  • Troy Brown blasts Terrell Suggs for his anti-Patriots comments and puts him back in his place.
  • Christopher Price writes about the five things you need to know about the Patriots from Tuesday.
  • Christopher Price feels Sunday's win pushes the Pats a step closer to separating themselves from the rest of the contenders in the AFC playoff picture.
  • Tom E. Curran notes the Patriots face a different QB challenge in Peyton Manning after holding down an improvising Big Ben Roethlisberger in Pittsburgh.
  • Mike Reiss reports the Patriots' game against the Colts will be the fifth game broadcast by CBS top team of Jim Nantz and Phil Simms.
  • Mike Rodak watches the television copy of Sunday night's game against the Steelers and offers some of his observations: First quarter - Second quarter - Third quarter and Fourth quarter.
  • Tedy Bruschi answers questions from fans following Sunday's win over Pittsburgh.
  • Mike Reiss answers his weekly reader mailbag, with his usual insight.
  • Shalise Manza Young answers her weekly reader mailbag.
  • Monique Walker Patriots Notebook: Shawn Crable was released for the second time this season; Stephen Neal is day-to-day with a shoulder injury; Neal wasn't surprised to see Logan Mankins in the midst of the scrum with the Steelers Sunday; Sebastian Vollmer said he's already learned a lot from Mankins since his return; Shayne Graham performed "fairly well" on lousy turf in his Patriots debut; Devin McCourty was busy watching film of the Colts and Peyton Manning to prepare for Sunday.
  • Karen Guregian notes several players past and present were on hand for the "Legends Ball" honoring Joe Andruzzi.
  • Gayle Fee & Laura Raposa report Matt Light wants to "Light It Up’’ online with a raffle for the Ultimate Pats Fan. Terrific prizes.

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