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New England Patriots Links 12/05/14 - Patriots,Chargers Two Hottest December Teams

Daily News and Links for 12/05/14

Will the Pats establish the run game against the Chargers?
Will the Pats establish the run game against the Chargers?
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  • Mike Reiss describes the Patriots experience so far in San Diego.
  • Eric Wilbur warns that the Patriots could fall to as far as fourth in the AFC with a loss in San Diego this weekend.
  • Steve Silva says the Patriots have no margin for error as the race for the AFC top seed tightens.
  • Mike Reiss analyzes Patriots-Chargers through a stats-based lens: No one better than Blount after initial contact.
  • Mark Daniels says that for Brandon Bolden, patience pays off with an opportunity and execution.
  • Mike Reiss ranks which practice squad players will get a call up after Aaron Dobson was put on IR.
  • Jeff Howe notes Tom Brady doesn’t need an MVP race to validate his true value to his team and among his teammates.
  • Christopher Price has ten questions for the Patriots at the start of their stretch drive: Can the O-Line continue to be stable?
  • Tom E. Curran tells the Patriots that Darrelle Revis is too good to get away.
  • Mike Reiss takes it as a good sign that Chandler Jones was made available to the media for first time since injuring his hip.
  • Tom E. Curran shares a day in the life of covering the Patriots in San Diego. (4.38 min. video)
  • Tom E. Curran notes that concern over Dont'a Hightower's shoulder is on the rise.
  • Erik Frenz is a bit worried about the injuries starting to pile up, with Dont'a Hightower (shoulder) and Kyle Arrington (ankle) added to the Injury report.
  • Ron Borges claims that while New Englanders love Rob Gronkowski, Antonio Gates may be the best TE ever.
  • Mike Reiss posts some soundbites from Tom Brady, who is enjoying his time back in California.
  • Mike Reiss looks at the Patriots penalties through Week 13.
  • Jeff Howe Patriots Notebook: Chandler Jones isn't talking about his hip injury and so far there is no indication of whether he'll play Sunday, "Just following the protocol."; The only source of optimism is that the traveled with the team; Aaron Dobson has been placed on season ending IR; It's still unclear how the Patriots will deploy their RBs this week; Rob Gronkowski evaded questions about a possible Justin Bieber curse, "We're just on to San Diego."
  • Jim Lazar never thought he'd see Bill Belichick jabbing away on his iPad on the sidelines, and makes his Week 14 picks. Patriots 31-20.