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New England Patriots Links 11/16/12 - Pats Defense Will Be Tested By Hot Rookie, Fired-Up Colts

New England Patriots Daily News and Links for 11/16/12

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More of this please.
More of this please.
Jared Wickerham



  • Matt Chatham puts the performance of the defense in context and tells us what's in store for the Patriots-Colts matchup this week. Great read.
  • Field Yates presents a comprehensive scouting report of the Patriots' upcoming matchup with the Colts from Scouts Inc.
  • Tedy Bruschi breaks down Pats-Colts: The Pats' D will be tested by hot rookie QB and a team suddenly on a mission.
  • Jeff Howe reports friendly, approachable Aqib Talib has one character trait that will endear him to Belichick: Football is important to him.
  • Shalise Manza Young reports Aqib Talib addressed the Patriots media and sticks to football.
  • Mike Petraglia tells us why Logan Mankins is the toughest Patriot of all-time.
  • Mike Reiss reports third-year guard Mitch Petrus knew last Friday he would be working out for the Patriots and now the timing couldn't have been better.
  • Mike Reiss gives us Belichick's weekly breakdown of plays from after Sunday's win.
  • Mike Reiss posts the transcript of his weekly online chat. Terrific insight here as usual.
  • Jeff Howe Patriots Notebook: Brandon Spikes takes pride in his punishing style of play and doesn't care what opposing players call him, but being fined by the league is discouraging; Wes Welker was absent from two practices but was present for Thursday's walkthrough; Trevor Scott (hamstring) was optimistic about his chance to return to the field; Tracy White appeared to aggravate his foot injury at practice.
  • Michael Whitmer Patriots Notebook: Brandon Spikes didn’t apologize for his hit on Ryan Fitzpatrick; Tom Brady admires what Andrew Luck has been able to do his rookie year, as opposed to his own rookie year that had him "4th-string and eating nachos before the game in the stands"; O-Line changes are in store with Logan Mankins and Dan Connolly not practicing this week.
  • Greg A. Bedard and Jermaine Wiggins analyze the ways in which CB Aqib Talib will try to slow down WR Reggie Wayne. (3.56 min. video)
  • Mike Reiss talks with Sebastian Vollmer and previews Pats-Colts. (5.33 min. video)
  • Jim Lazar says the Colts rivalry just won't be the same without No. 18 under center, and makes his Week 11 picks. Pats win 38-20.
  • Ron Borges spotlights Roger Goodell and solving the growing concussion crisis that's threatening his game and its future.