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New England Patriots Links 9/10/14 - Run Defense Faces Bigger Threat Against Vikes' Peterson

Daily News and Links for 9/10/14

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That's not a seam, that's a wide-ass gateway big enough to drive a truck through.
That's not a seam, that's a wide-ass gateway big enough to drive a truck through.
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  • Mike Reiss helps us get to know the Minnesota Vikings and which players to watch for on both sides of the ball.
  • Tom E. Curran notes the Pats will get another crack at a harsh defensive scheme in Minnesota.
  • Mike Petraglia reports Belichick is ramping up for another pressure-packed attack from Mike Zimmer.
  • Mark Daniels reminds us the run defense faces an even bigger test this week against Adrien Peterson.
  • Kevin Duffy points out the defense also has to worry about dynamic open-field playmaker WR Cordarrelle Patterson.
  • Mike Petraglia notes this is the first time Bill Belichick gets to scheme against Matt Cassel, and the 13th time against a Norv Turner offense.
  • Lee Schechter highlights the Patriots coaches on the Vikings' explosive offense.
  • Mike Reiss reports the CBS broadcasting duo for Sunday's Pats-Vikes game: Ian Eagle & Dan Fouts.
  • Tom E. Curran highlights Josh McDaniels explaining why the Patriots 'went away' from Julian Edelman in the second half.
  • Christopher Price notes Josh McDaniels traces the breakdowns up front to not being 'technically sound.'
  • Kevin Duffy looks at the running game, which doomed the Patriots on both sides of the ball.
  • Lee Schechter looks at the coaches' decision to rotate the O-linemen instead of playing the same five.
  • Karen Guregian says the pressure's on Tom Brady, who must play better regardless of conditions.
  • Gary Tanguay chastises the pessimists, 'For God's sake, people, give Brady a break.'
  • Mark Daniels reports Patrick Chung said he had fun returning kicks for the first time since college.
  • Doug Kyed notes ex-Patriots LB Steve Beauharnais worked out for the Vikings Tuesday. What a coincidence.
  • Chad Finn wonders if the Patriots are too dependent on players returning from major injuries.
  • Christopher Price looks at the Pats' recent history and sees a correlation between pass attempts and wins and losses.
  • The AP reports McDaniels knows the offense needs a better performance against Minnesota than it showed in Miami.
  • Mark Farinella shares his conversation with the Voice of Doom about the 2014 Patriots.
  • Mike Reiss addresses his weekly Patriots Mailbag: Aftermath of opening day loss.
  • Mike Reiss breaks down who played the most on special teams.
  • Mike Reiss catches up with former Patriots and how they are doing with their new teams.
  • Rich Levine has had enough of Roger Goodell.
  • Karen Guregian Patriots Notebook: Vikings use system similar to Dolphins, putting the OL back on the line of fire; Forget Knowhon Moreno, Adrian Peterson is the best RB in the NFL; Rob Gronkowski played a limited amount of snaps, getting eased into the game; The Dolphins ran at Chandler Jones in the 3-4 and Matt Patricia was asked to explain Jones' fit in that role.
  • posts an aerial photo of Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen’s 14,000 square foot Brookline estate, showing construction nearing completion.