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New England Patriots Links 11/28/14 - Patriots Feel Pressure to Keep Pace with Packers

Daily News and Links for 11/28/14

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  • Mike Reiss previews Patriots-Packers through a stats-based lens: Patriots show bite as an underdog.
  • Tom E. Curran notes the Packers' tendency to put up a big lead early, giving opponents 'no chance' for a comeback. Pressure is on the Pats' offense and Brady to keep pace.
  • Mike Reiss reports referee Ed Hochuli will officiate Pats-Pack, and posts his weekly penalty breakdown for the Patriots.
  • Adam Kurkjian notes the Packers and Patriots are Nos 1 and 2 in the league in turnover ratio, and that could be a turning point on Sunday.
  • Tom E. Curran notes the Packers' tendency to put up a big lead early, giving opponents 'no chance' for a comeback. Pressure is on the Pats' offense and Brady to keep pace.
  • Steve Silva looks back at how the Patriots have performed in previous so-called Super Bowl preview games the past few years.
  • Jeff Howe reports the Patriots O-line credit their dramatic turnaround to dedication to the process.
  • Mike Reiss says the injuries to Brandon LaFell, Dan Connolly and Kyle Arrington could hamper their efforts against the Packers.
  • Tom E. Curran says Chandler Jones is edging closer to a return, as Jones took part in the team's walkthrough Wednesday.
  • Mike Reiss reports that in a surprise move, the Patriots waive safety Don Jones -- one of their best special teams players.
  • Karen Guregian says Tim Wright has turned into a red-zone Rambo, making the Logan Mankins more tolerable.
  • Chris Villani looks at how the Patriots are 'all in' in 2014.
  • Mike Reiss offers some follow-up thoughts on Matthew Slater's contract extension.
  • Phil Perry reports the Patriots sign long-snapper Charley Hughlett to the practice squad.
  • Mike Reiss posts some quick hits from the locker room on Wednesday: Fleming sheds walking boot.
  • Mike Reiss notes Bill Belichick praises DT Alan Branch in this week's Belichick Breakdown after the win vs. Detroit.
  • Doug Kyed looks at the film from last Sunday and at how Patrick Chung and Devin McCourty are being used perfectly.
  • Mike Reiss highlights Tom Brady's Q&A, on facing Aaron Rodgers for the first time and more.
  • Erik Frenz posts his video breakdown of the Patriots big win over the Lions, with screenshots and gifs.
  • Doug Kyed notes Tom Brady takes Bill Belichick's cutoff hoodie to the next level.
  • Jeff Howe Patriots Notebook: Matthew Slater is now the highest-paid special teamer in the NFL; Chandler Jones was present for Wednesday's walkthrough; Sealver Siliga also returned to watch yesterday's practice.
  • NESN reports Guy Fieri wants to make a 'Tom Brady Sandwich' to honor the Patriots QB, even though he's a Raiders fan.
  • Jim Lazar notes Brady and Rodgers have never met where it really matters -- on a football field as starting QBs. Week 13 picks: Patriots 34-24.