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New England Patriots Links 12/19/14 - Pats' Run D Better Prepared For Jets

Daily News and Links for 12/19/14

Rob Ninkovich achieves three consecutive seasons with 8 or more sacks and an all-time high CPQ
Rob Ninkovich achieves three consecutive seasons with 8 or more sacks and an all-time high CPQ
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  • Jeff Howe makes the case to play Rob Gronkowski for the final two games.
  • Mike Reiss highlights Dante Scarnecchia talking about the development and improvement of the Patriots' offensive line.
  • Tom E. Curran talks about Shane Vereen's production and says it's worth examining that he's only caught five balls in the last three games.
  • Jen McCaffrey notes the Patriots run defense is better prepared for Chris Ivory this time.
  • Brian Macpherson reports the Patriots coaches are preaching respect for the 3-11 Jets.
  • Adam Kurkjian points to poor communication (first full game after losing Jerod Mayo) as the reason the Jets gashed the Patriots for 218 rushing yards back in October.
  • Ryan Hannable notes Rob Ninkovich is the first Patriots player to record 8 or more sacks in three consecutive seasons since Andre Tippett did it in 1985-87.
  • Jen McCaffrey looks at what has made the Pats' second-half defense so good this past month.
  • Jim Donaldson posts some quick-hit thoughts on the Patriots and the NFL: While I believe the Pats’ schedule is stronger than most people think, I can’t say the same about their defense.
  • Tom E. Curran talks about the Patriots' in-season deals, and how the evaluation of these players is a communal effort.
  • Tim Benz says the time has come to protect QBs with a two-hand touch rule.
  • Steve Silva and Noah Coslov talk about the Patriots sending a message against the Jets, how to keep Gronkowski healthy and Rex Ryan vs. Bill Belichick. (2.27 min. video)
  • posts the NFL Films' Week 16 Patriots vs. Jets preview. (2.31 min. video)
  • Jim Lazar says good bye to Rex Ryan, who's been a "really been a good hoot" and makes his Week 16 picks. Patriots win 31-13.
  • Jeff Howe Patriots Notebook: Darrelle Revis considers himself to be a better player than he was two years ago and admits it will be strange to play at MetLife as a Patriot; Julian Edelman was limited at practice with a concussion; It's not clear whether Edelman will play on Sunday; Dan Connolly is still on the Injury Report, but this time with 'knee' instead of 'ankle';