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New England Patriots Links 11/06/14 - O-Line Shifts From Weakness to Strength

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  • Mike Reiss issues his midseason report on the Patriots, and the key to the second half of the season.
  • Ryan Hannable points out the Patriots habit of dominating the final minute of first halves, and then scoring on the first possession of the second half.
  • Erik Frenz notes things may have changed on the outside, but Tom Brady still gets fired up for his teammates and hasn't lost sight of the importance of building strong relationships with 'his guys'.
  • Gary Tanguay explains why this year has been a tough one for Tom Brady.
  • Jeff Howe thinks Bill Belichick can feel confident about the offseason money the Patriots invested in Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner.
  • Mike Reiss sees that Rob Gronkowski's training camp work with Darrelle Revis has been paying off.
  • Christopher Price notes Revis tips his hat to 'everybody in the locker room' for standing up to the challenge and working through the early struggles.
  • Christopher Price talks about how Revis and Browner have helped challenge the Patriots offense at practice.
  • Karen Guregian sees a bit of Jerod Mayo in the way Dont'a Hightower is directing the defense.
  • Adam Kurkjian notes Devin McCourty sees a whole new challenge with the Colts.
  • Tom E. Curran catches up with new Patriot DL Alan Branch in his first Q&A with the local media.
  • Ben Volin explains exactly how the Patriots kept Peyton Manning guessing.
  • Tom E. Curran notes Andrew Luck presents a whole different challenge than Peyton Manning, and the Pats are looking forward to that challenge.
  • Bill Speros compares the homecomings of ex-Bruin Shawn Thornton Tuesday night to that of former Patriot Wes Welker on Sunday.
  • Tim Benz offers an NFL bye week viewing guide for a Sunday without the Patriots.
  • Christopher Price previews the 'Brady Backup Bowl' with former Patriot QBs Ryan Mallett and Brian Hoyer facing each other this Sunday.
  • Mike Reiss passes along a few picked-up pieces from interviews with the assistant coaches.
  • Jeff Howe Patriots Notebook: Alan Branch played 12 snaps against the Broncos as he worked his way back into playing shape; Branch hasn't played since last season and will use the bye to learn the playbook; Ryan Wendell earned the praise of OL coach Dave DeGuglielmo: "He's got a mean streak..."; Julian Edelman was excited to hear Ryan Mallett was named the starting QB for Houston yesterday; Mallet's first start will be against Browns QB Brian Hoyer, another former Patriot; Dominique Easley tweaked his leg during practice.
  • Tom E. Curran reminds us to set our DVRs Friday for Sound FX on NFL Network at 3 p.m., to hear Brady mic'd up from last Sunday.


  • Kevin Clark (Wall St. Journal) The problem facing Peyton Manning: The NFL is increasingly built to combat the Denver Broncos' attack.
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) Brady sees different team, five weeks after loss to Chiefs.
  • Erik Frenz (Bleacher Report) Patriots' offensive line going from weakness to strength.
  • Josh Alper (ProFootballTalk) Julian Edelman takes home AFC special teams player of the week.
  • Andrew Healy (Football Outsiders) Any Given Sunday: Patriots over Broncos. /Good read.
  • Greg Cosell (Yahoo! Sports) Greg Cosell's Week 9 Analysis: How the Patriots beat the Broncos. /Screenshot of Gronk shoving Talib aside, and Brady taking a hit after a key pass.
  • Peter Rogers (Rant Sports) Tom Brady vs. Peyton Manning Is Over — Brady Won.
  • Sam Monson (Pro Football Focus) Analysis Notebook: Week 9.  Tom Brady: Dramatic improvement.
  • Brandon Gdula (NumberFire) Do the New England Patriots have the best offense in football?
  • Ryland Norris (Pro Football Focus) Patriots: Linebacker depth reshuffled.
  • Nathan Jahnke (Pro Football Focus) 32 Observations, Week 9: The only sophomore TE with at least 10 catches and not a single drop is Tim Wright. He has 17 catches and no drops this season.
  • First Take (ESPN) Skip Bayless and Stephen A. Smith debate whether Tom Brady deserves to be considered as midseason NFL MVP. (5.58 min. video)
  • Khaled Elsayed (Pro Football Focus) Midseason All-Pro Team: Offense and Defense. Gronkowski listed, Brady gets honorable mention, no Pats defenders or special-teamers listed.
  • John Clayton (ESPN) Midseason All-Pro team. Vollmer, Gronkowski, Darrelle Revis earn spots.
  • NFL Nation reporters (ESPN) 2014 NFL midseason report.
  • Nick Underhill (New Orleans Advocate) Sean Payton on Belichick sleeves: 'I don't have a problem emulating him.'
  • John Clayton (ESPN) Top remaining 2014 matchups.