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New England Patriots Links 11/01/13 - Aaron Dobson Ups His Game

New England Patriots Daily News and Links for 11/01/13

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  • Jeff Howe reports over the last three weeks, Aaron Dobson has done a better job of bringing the practice work to the game field.
  • Christopher Price writes Rob Ninkovich has become a vital player this year, and his versatility is a huge asset.
  • Mark Daniels points out that Rob Ninkovich is the man on defense who has seen it all and can communicate it to his teammates.
  • Matt Chatham will be watching to see if the defense plays principled, assignment defense to prevent extended plays and 'just get open' backyard football.
  • Tedy Bruschi & Mike Reiss break down Sunday's matchup: Like their shifty QB, the struggling Steelers won't go down easily.
  • Field Yates notes that for the second consecutive day, the Patriots had full attendance for their full-pads practice.
  • Christopher Price tells us Walt Coleman will work as referee for Patriots-Steelers Sunday.
  • Christopher Price previews Patriots vs. Steelers in this week's 4th & Goal.  (3.16 min. video)
  • Mike Reiss posts the transcript of his weekly online chat.
  • Mike Reiss charts the positional groupings used by the Patriots' offense through Week 8.
  • Mike Reiss looks at the Patriots' defensive breakdown between their sub and base packages.
  • Tom E. Curran talks with Devin McCourty talk about his 'once in a lifetime play' with Marquice Cole and how he and 'Quice got robbed, not winning 'best couple' at the team Halloween party.
  • Tom E. Curran hands out his midseason awards (1.49 min. video), and then gets benched for showboating (1 min. clip).
  • Jeff Howe Patriots Notebook: Ninkovich knows Big Ben is hard to take down; There is no indication Gronkowski's hamstring injury is overly concerning; Both squads look different than the last time they met in 2011; McCourty says records don't matter, it's about two AFC teams fighting hard for the win.
  • Jim Lazar says the kids living in Pats uniforms this season have no idea what a Steelers game used to mean, and makes his Week 9 picks. Pats 27-13.


  • Darin Gantt (ProFootballTalk) Stephen Gostkowski is AFC's top special teamer this month.
  • Russell Baxter (Cold Hard Football Facts) Matter of Facts: Week 9 Statistical Onslaught.
  • Justin Henry (Cold Hard Football Facts) Week 9 NFL snapshots: 13 images, 26 facts, infinite wisdom.
  • Eric Edholm (Yahoo! Sports) Presenting the Shutdown Corner midseason All-Pro team and first-half awards.
  • Joel Corry (Nat'l Football Post) The NFL trade deadline once again passed with little activity. Here’s what should have gone down.
  • Gregg Rosenthal & Marc Sessler ( What to watch for: Viewing tips for Week 9 games.
  • Andy Benoit (The MMQB) Sunday slate: Analyzing Week 9 matchups.
  • Mike Tanier (Sports on Earth) NFL game riffs: Week 9. Pats 27-19. Patriots are pretenders - if they make it to the postseason, it won't be for long.
  • Don Banks (SI) Weekend pickoff: Week 9 picks. Patriots 24-16.
  • Elliot Harrison ( Week 9 predictions. Pats 23-13.
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) Week nine picks. Florio: Patriots 24-21; MDS: Ptriots 27-21.
  • Mike Sando (ESPN) Inside Edge: Steelers at Patriots. (1 min. clip) Leaning toward the Pats.