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New England Patriots Links 11/29/13 - Prepping for Houston

New England Patriots Daily News and Links for 11/29/13

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Dane Fletcher puts his shoulder into it
Dane Fletcher puts his shoulder into it
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  • Matt Chatham wonders if the offense can take advantage of the Texans' preference to have their DB's guard their man from significant 'off-coverage'.
  • Tom E. Curran talks about 'pick' plays, how they are going to be very closely scrutinized for the rest of the year, and why Cris Collinsworth was wrong about Rob Gronkowski.
  • Steve Buckley says Tom Brady has his vote for MVP.
  • Mark Daniels reports Chandler Jones is finally getting some recognition his sack totals would suggest he deserves.
  • Jeff Howe reports Brandon Spikes, hobbling through a knee injury, was a steadying force on defense Sunday.
  • Mark Daniels talks about Chris' Jones NFL path through Houston to the Patriots.
  • The AP reports Case Keenum is looking for his first career win against the Patriots.
  • Jeff Howe notes Stevan Ridley turned to Kevin Faulk for fumbling guidance.
  • Mike Reiss charts the base vs. sub defense numbers through Week 12.
  • Jeff Howe Patriots Notebook: The move to replace Donta Hightower with Dane Fletcher proved to be effective, but it stung for Hightower; Brandon Spikes praises Fletcher's aggressiveness and readiness to go in and get the job done at a high level; 3rd-stringer Will Svitek filled in for Marcus Cannon and didn't miss a beat; Pats play in Houston for the first time since 2009, when Wes Welker tore his ACL on the turf.
  • Jeff Howe Patriots Notebook: J.J. Watt is tied for seventh in the league with 9.5 sacks; Dan Connolly hosted a Thanksgiving party for the O-line; Aaron Dobson (foot), Marcus Cannon (ankle) and Marquice Cole (shin) and Chris White (back) were new additions to this week's Injury Report; Marcus Forston and Justin Green rejoined the Pats' practice squad.
  • Jim Lazar says Bill Belichick won't mess with Texas,and makes his Week 13 picks. Patriots win 41.5-0.
  • Zuri Berry provides his weekly NFL picks against the spread. Patriots.