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New England Patriots Links 10/09/14 - O-Line Play, Dedication to Run Keys to Win

Daily News and Links for 10/09/14

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  • Glen Farley points out that when the Pats and Bills meet on Sunday, first place in the AFC East will be on the line.
  • Mike Reiss previews Pats-Bills through a stats-based lens: Brady owns the Bills.
  • Jeff Howe credits the O-linemen and the offense's dedication to the run game for the win Sunday.
  • Karen Guregian notes that while the offense certainly made some positive strides, it must improve in the red zone.
  • Mark Farinella sees Brady trying to project the image that the Patriots have no concerns other than figuring out how to beat the Bills.
  • Michael Whitmer reports Tom Brady will be going up against Brandon Spikes and Pepper Johnson in Buffalo.
  • Christopher Price tells us why Brandon Spikes would fit in perfectly with the 2014 Patriots.
  • Michael Whitmer notes QB Kyle Orton has been on five teams in 10 seasons, but he will face the Patriots for just the second time in Buffalo on Sunday.
  • Lee Schechter highlights Bill Belichick's presser: A lot of progress, potential in Tim Wright.
  • Erik Frenz recaps Bellichick discussing the 'hard to block' Bills' defensive line.
  • Jeff Howe spotlights the play of first year DT Casey Walker, signed off the Panthers' practice squad after Sealver Siliga's injury. He proved he belonged Sunday night.
  • Darren Hartwell reports Brandon Spikes called Tom Brady 'The Pharaoh' in New England.
  • Ben Volin reports NFL coaches including Belichick are frustrated by lack of practice time and notes the first four games are being used as an extension of the preseason.  /Good read.
  • Erik Frenz digs deep into the tape from the Cincy game and gives us his take: Finally, consistency on the O-line. /Worth a read, with gifs and diagrams.
  • Adam Kaufman says that just because there may have been some tension over the years, doesn’t mean we’re heading for a divorce in Foxborough any time too soon.
  • Chris Villani tells Tom Brady critics to take note: In sports, the next thing isn't always the best thing.
  • Lee Schechter notes Devin McCourty and Matthew Slater were added to the injury report.
  • Mike Reiss updates the positional groupings used by the offense Sunday and through Week 5.
  • Mike Reiss takes a look at how the defensive groupings broke down against the Bengals.
  • Mike Reiss looks at the special teams units and the effects of losing Michael Buchanan to IR.
  • Lee Schechter resets the Patriots practice squad.
  • Jeff Howe Patriots Notebook: Dominique Easley suffered a separated AC joint in his right shoulder, but there's early optimism that he can play in Buffalo; Brandon Spikes is being used by the Bills pretty much the same way he was here; Rob Gronkowski was taken off the injury report for the first time this season; Alfonzo Dennard (shoulder) was also removed; Dont'a Hightower was at yesterday's walkthrough and wasn't wearing a brace of sleeve on either knee.