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New England Patriots Links 10/31/14 - McCourty: Discipline Matters More than Deception

Daily News and Links for 10/31/14

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  • Michael Gee explains how the league has gone from a "passing league" to a "passing gets easier all the time league." /Good read.
  • Ryan Hannable talks with Dan Klecko about the similarities and differences between Brady and Manning.
  • Kyle Brasseur notes Devin McCourty says the defense won't be trying to outsmart Manning, they just want to make plays against him.
  • Mark Farinella believes Rob Ninkovich is the Patriots' only hope of getting to Peyton Manning.
  • Ron Borges digs deeper into the legend of Brady-Manning to talk about those defenses.
  • Christopher Price predicts which unheralded players might steal the spotlight in Brady-Manning XVI.
  • Eric Wilbur picks the '06-'07 Patriots-Colts AFCCG to wax poetic about [of course] as the single game that changed everything in the rivalry.
  • Lee Schechter notes new LB Jonathan Casillas is 'cramming' for Sunday.
  • Christopher Price presents his Week 9 Revis Report.
  • Lee Schechter mentions how the Patriots shuffled their practice squad.
  • Mike Reiss details the positional groupings for the offense so far this season.
  • Mike Reiss charts the sub vs. base defense utilized by the Patriots.
  • Mike Reiss posts the transcript of his weekly online chat.
  • Jeff Howe notes Aqib Talib still has nothing but love for the Patriots.
  • Mike Petraglia notes Bill Belichick isn't one who relies on meteorologists to accurately forecast game day conditions.
  • Mike Reiss thumbnails the Week 8 plays Bill Belichick singles out as his plays of the week -- all of which demonstrate the importance of complementary football.
  • Jeff Howe Patriots Notebook: Devin McCourty knows playing disciplined will be key vs. the Denver offense; Brandon LaFell and Julian Edelman will most likely have to deal with Broncos CB Chris Harris; Tom Brady earned the AFC Player of the Month; During that span the offense climbed from 24th to third in scoring and 29th to 10th in total yardage; DL Ben Bass was released from the practice squad to make room for OL Chris Barker.
  • ESPN Boston reports Boston’s athletes, team owners and executives joined the rest of the community Thursday in mourning the death of former Mayor Thomas Menino.
  • Jim Lazar makes his Week 9 picks: First he picks Brady's Under Armour ads over any of Manning's commercials and then the Patriots over the Broncos 48-45.
  • ESPN Boston experts makes their Week 9 picks. Two of four pick Patriots to win.