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New England Patriots Links 9/11/14 - All About Protection

Daily News and Links for 9/11/14

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  • Mike Reiss looks at the Pats-Vikes matchup through a stats-based lens.
  • Mike Petraglia hears Dan Connolly and Nate Solder vow a better effort in protecting Tom Brady.
  • Jim Fenton points out Brady isn't used to losing the season opener, having only experienced it once before.
  • Ryan Hannable highlights Matt Cassel discussing his time in New England and what he learned from Brady.
  • The AP writes about how Brady once took Cassel under his wing, and they've both benefited.
  • Adam Kurkjian reports that Brandon LaFell has no place to go but up after last week's debacle of a debut.
  • Lee Schechter observes the Pats' OL looks the same at practice.
  • Mike Reiss highlights an interesting exchange between a reporter and Dont'a Hightower, about what happened with the Pats run defense.
  • Shalise Manza Young reports Vince Wilfork's Achilles' recovery is a success, thanks to some help from wife Bianca.
  • Mark Daniels says the Pats-Vikes 2013 trade worked out for both sides.
  • Mike Petraglia and Ryan Hannable preview Pats-Vikings. (5.57 min. video)
  • Jeff Howe Patriots Notebook: Matt Cassel takes his cue from Tom Brady, in that he never feels entitled to anything; Brady participated fully in practice yesterday with no limitations from his calf; Matthew Slater is preparing for kickoff coverage against elusive Cordarrelle Patterson, who is bigger than a lot of returners in the league.
  • Mark Farinella Patriots Notebook: Team seeking cohesion against the Vikings; Vikings coach Mike Zimmer misidentified two of the Patriots' top receiving threats; Five players were listed on the mid-seek participation report, all as 'limited'; Patriots had perfect attention at practice for the first time this year.
  • Eric Wilbur brings spygate back as part of the Goodell discussion.



  • Mike Wobschall ( 5 Vikings-Patriots storylines to watch: Vikings pass rush looks to stay hot.
  • Fran Tarkenton (Pioneer Press) Vikings rebuilt defense was impressive in Week 1.
  • Chris Tomasson (Pioneer Press) Vikings, Patriots coaches acquainted by reputations.
  • Mike Wobschall ( Hot Matchup - Kyle Rudolph vs. Rob Gronkowski.
  • Chris Tomasson (Pioneer Press) Vikings' Matt Cassel finally to face mentor (and friend) Tom Brady on the field.
  • Brian Murphy (Pioneer Press) Vikings can't help but use Patriots as measuring stick.
  • Brian Murphy (Pioneer Press) Cassel not afraid to go after Patriots all-Pro cornerback.