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New England Patriots Links 11/26/14 - Belichick Aims to Keep Team Focused

Daily News and Links for 11/26/14

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Analysts predicting a shootout on Sunday.
Analysts predicting a shootout on Sunday.
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  • Ryan Hannable reports Matthew Slater signs a 2-year, $4M contract extension through 2016.
  • Mike Reiss reports Jim Nantz and Phil Simms will be the CBS broadcast duo for Patriots at Green Bay.
  • Karen Guregian talks up the Brady-Rodgers duel and how those two greats have no history with each other.
  • Tim Britton says the Packers figure to be a big test for the Patriots defense.
  • Jim Donaldson sees the Packers as the only team that can possibly match these Patriots.
  • The AP reports the Patriots will seek to slow down the fast-starting Packers.
  • Erik Frenz (Bleacher Report) Growing versatility of Patriots' offense making them NFL's most dangerous unit.
  • Mike Reiss offers a quick observation of how Tom Brady played against the Lions and projects ahead to the Green Bay game.
  • Tom E. Curran Believes Belichick is trying to keep his team focused, and not looking too far ahead.
  • Mark Farinella thinks the Tampa Bay trade has turned out all Wright.
  • Michael Felger calls the Patriots Einsteins in a league of Stooges.
  • Mike Reiss serves up some leftover soundbites from the coaches' conference calls.
  • Phil Perry tells us five things we learned from the Patriots coordinators: 1. Packers are the only team better than the Patriots at protecting the ball and turning it over.
  • Ryan Hannable notes Matt Patricia lauds the study and work habits of the new defenders who have been able to contribute right away.
  • Phil Perry notes Belichick is wary of the Packers' back-shoulder throws.
  • Christopher Price tells us not to believe the hype: When measuring playoff chances, late-season momentum is overrated.
  • Mike Reiss answers his Patriots Mailbag: Confidence is high as the Patriots head to Lambeau.
  • Mike Reiss posts his weekly stat check to see how the Patriots compare with the Packers and the rest of the NFL.
  • Christopher Price tracks the Patriots penalties through Week 12.
  • Karen Guregian Patriots Notebook: The team rebound has been fun for Robert Kraft; Kraft spent yesterday with his team handing out Thanksgiving food baskets to families in need; The Packers have been a dominant team at home, starting fast and coasting the rest of the game; Packers lead the NFL in turnover differential; Pats will have to defend against the Packers' run game with Eddie Lacy as well as the passing game.
  • Michael Whitmer Patriots Notebook: Belichick sees turnovers as a huge factor vs. Packers; Patriots strongly considered Packers center Corey Linsley (Ohio State) in the draft; Tom Brady was nominated for the FedEx Air NFL Player of the Week; Stephen Gostkowski is on pace to break the record for most points in a season.