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New England Patriots Links 10/24/14 - Remodeled Defense Gets First Real Test vs. Bears

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  • Tedy Bruschi and Mike Reiss preview Patriots-Bears. Key for New England: Protect Brady and cash in on Cutler's mistakes.
  • Christopher Price tells us why Sunday will offer a glimpse of Shane Vereen's ceiling.
  • Ron Borges writes that we're all about to find out how good this Patriots remodeled defense holds up.
  • Mike Reiss highlights Akeem Ayers' Q&A with the media: "I believe I have a lot of versatility...I’m able to drop in coverage, I can rush, ..."
  • Erik Frenz notes Akeem Ayers is aiming to 'find ways to play faster'.
  • Tom E. Curran points out Titans head coach Ken Whisenhunt says attitude was not an issue for Akeem Ayers.
  • Tom E. Curran says slowly but surely it's coming with Tim Wright, who's been a quick study in the Patriots offense.
  • Phil Perry notes that in the locker room the issues vs. the run are taken personally.
  • Adam Kurkjian talks about how tough it will be to stop Chicago RB Matt Forte.
  • Jeff Howe reports Dominique Easley is ready to prove his first-round status on the field.
  • Mike Reiss serves up a few leftovers from the locker room on Thursday.
  • Mike Reiss looks at the Patriots' penalties through seven weeks. False starts have spiked.
  • Mike Reiss tells us who the Patriots had in for tryouts yesterday: DE Scott Solomon and RB David Fluellen.
  • Mike Reiss posts the transcript of his weekly Patriots chat.
  • Jeff Howe Patriots Notebook: Akeem Ayers is happy to 'get in a good situation here' after being a healthy scratch in Tennessee; Vince Wilfork backed Darrelle Revis yesterday; Alan Branch set up in an empty locker but declined interview requests as he still hadn't officially signed with the team.
  • Jim Lazar remembers how Sunday's used to be relaxing for Patriots fans, reaches for his bottle and makes his Week 8 picks. Pats 27-16.

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