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New England Patriots Links 12/06/12 - Third Down's the Charm Against Texans

New England Patriots Daily News and Links for 12/06/12

Mike Ehrmann



  • Michael Vega notes Bill Belichick sees a critical third-down battle looming against the Texans.
  • Christopher Price presents a five-point plan to beat the Texans.
  • John Powers says something has to give: the Patriots haven’t lost a December home game in a decade and the Texans haven’t lost a road game all season.
  • Michael Whitmer notes the Patriots will utilize everything in their arsenal at practice this week so Tom Brady is ready for J.J. Watt and his linemates.
  • Mike Petraglia says Tom Brady is going to get a face-full of the Texans this week.
  • D.J. Bean wonders if J.J. Watt should have been a Patriot.
  • Jeff Howe notes the Patriots have the infuriating challenge of trying to temper the Texans’ well-balanced offense.
  • Karen Guregian notes Aqib Talib always wants to play against the best, and is relishing the opportunity to match up with WR Andre Johnson.
  • Mark Daniels notes the defense will have to account for Texans TE Owen Daniels.
  • Christopher Price looks at who Patriots fans should root for this week.
  • Mike Reiss points out a few quick hits that stand out while updating this week's penalty watch.
  • Jeff Howe Patriots Notebook: Donte' Stallworth elated to be back with Patriots; Watching J.J. Watt on film shows his pass-rushing skills are painful for QBs; Brady is practicing with defensive linemen holding up paddles and brooms; Chandler Jones and Logan Mankins were present at practice for the first time in a while, which is a good sign that they may play on Sunday.
  • Michael Vega Patriots Notebook: Patriots welcome return of Donte Stallworth; Belichick was effusive in his praise of the Texans; Chandler Jones (ankle), Logan Mankins (ankle/calf) and Dan Connolly (back) were present for the media access portion of the walkthrough; Gronkowski, Vereen, McDonald and Hightowr were not spotted; Brandon Bolden returned but it wasn't known whether he'll have a role this week.