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New England Patriots Links 11/14/12 - Pats Prep For Revamped Colts Team

New England Patriots Daily News and Links for 11/14/12

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Jim Rogash



  • Greg A. Bedard tells us what to expect from the Colts on both sides of the ball, and thinks the Patriots will look to exploit the Colts' patchwork secondary.
  • Field Yates brings us up to date on the Indianapolis Colts and tells us who to keep an eye on this Sunday.
  • Karen Guregian sees signs of Peyton Manning in Colts rookie QB Andrew Luck.
  • Karen Guregian digs up some stats to see how Andrew Luck compares with Peyton Manning and Tom Brady.
  • Paul Kenyon believes the Pats-Colts rivalry will have a different feel Sunday, with NFL fans rooting for Indy because of their cancer-stricken head coach.
  • Mike Reiss lets us know Jim Nantz and Phil Simms will call Sunday's flexed Pats-Colts game on CBS.
  • Field Yates reports Bucs' GM Mark Dominik discussed the Aqib Talib trade on Peter King's Podcast. Tampa Bay coveted the 4th round pick more than the player.
  • Greg A. Bedard says the film shows the Patriots defense was indeed as bad on film as it looked watching it live - but it will likely rebound this week.
  • Christopher Price considers Brandon Spikes' place among the great young linebackers of the NFL.
  • Mike Reiss takes a look at the NFL weekly stat check, while also bringing the Indianapolis Colts into the discussion for comparison.
  • Christopher Price tracks the target breakdown for the NE passing game through the first nine weeks of the season.
  • Christopher Price tells us which New England defenders have done the best job of getting after the QB so far this year. Jones & Ninkovich lead the team.
  • Christopher Price breaks down the Patriots penalties for the season.
  • Christopher Price notes Bill Parcells believes this Patriots team is better than the 2011 edition.
  • Karen Guregian Patriots Notebook: The Colts have changed their defense from the Tampa 2 to more of a 3-4 Ravens-type scheme; Matt Patricia says everything has gone smoothly with new CB Aqib Talib so far; Patrick Chung was signing autographs at Olympia Sports yesterday but didn't answer too many football questions except to say his shoulder felt fine and that he'll "be back sooner than you think."; Belichick wouldn't use the bye week as an excuse for the poor tackling in the Buffalo game; Logan Mankins' & Dan Connolly's status is unknown for Sunday.
  • CSNNE reports Rob Gronkowski is presented with a life-size cake of himself, "Never seen anything like it." (l.04 min. video) Filed in the "Only happens to Gronk" folder.