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New England Patriots Links 9/22/14 - Pats D Bails Out No-Show O

Daily News and Links for 9/22/14

Wilfork Island
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  • Mike Reiss gives us his initial reaction to Pats' 16-9 home-opening win: Pats don't get many style points for this one.
  • Karen Guregian calls Sunday's dismal effort by the Patriots a game that left you with an uneasy feeling, and more doubts about the team.
  • Zuri Berry recaps Sunday's squeaker, ending with a Vince Wilfork interception with 51 seconds left.
  • Ron Borges calls out the receiving corps for letting Brady down. To those who 'argue Brady has too quickly abandoned open receivers, go study some tape and find them.'
  • Eric Wilbur blames Tom Brady for the team's offensive woes.
  • Jeff Howe notes the defense wasn't proud of its performance, despite holding back-to-back opponents to fewer than 10 points.
  • Jimmy Toscano recaps how the Patriots escape with a win, with some help from the defense.
  • Mark Farinella says what should have been used to blow off the cobwebs and work out the kinks, turned into an unintentional nailbiter.
  • Christopher Price tells us what we learned from Sunday's win: Stevan Ridley is still doing well hanging on to the ball.
  • Mike Reiss shares some observations and soundbites from the locker room after the win. Edelman: "A pretty loss is [worse] than an ugly win."
  • Mike Reiss says that on a day when little went right for the offense, Edelman shined.
  • Adam Kurkjian focuses on Edelman's performance yesterday, noting he's the best playmaker on the team.
  • Darren Hartwell points out every point in the game was scored by a player named '-Kowski'.
  • Kevin Duffy calls the Patriots fortunate, says offense left too many points on the field.
  • Lee Schechter reviews Bryan Stork's performance when he entered for the second straight week late in the game.
  • Adam Kurkjian details the intensifying problems on the O-line.
  • Tom E. Curran relays Justin Tuck's and Antonio Smith's opinion of Tom Brady after the game. Tuck: 'I don't think Brady's lost nothing.'
  • Jimmy Toscano mentions Raiders' CB Carlos Rogers' pretty cool reaction to Brady trying to block him in the 4th quarter.
  • Mike Reiss analyzes the snaps played by the Patriots Sunday: Offense - Defense.
  • Mike Reiss looks at the positional groupings utilized on offense and analyzes the results.
  • Nick O'Malley crunches the numbers: For two straight weeks, the offense has looked downright brutal in the first quarter.
  • Doug Kyed believes the Patriots offensive potential must be questioned after Sunday's ugly win.
  • Bill Speros warns that fluke plays and lucky bounces won't bail out the Patriots next time.
  • Adam Kaufman wonders if we should be worried about this year's team.
  • Steve Buckley wanted to see a blowout this week, not a worrisome grind-it-out win.
  • Mike Reiss highlights Tom Brady's post-game presser: Red Zone offense a downer.
  • Mike Reiss recaps Bill Belichick's post-game presser: 'A grind-it-out game.'
  • Lee Schechter details Vince Wilfork making the play of the game, a clutch interception to put away the game.
  • Ryan Hannable focuses on Wilfork's third career interception, that sealed the win.
  • Mike Reiss reports DT Sealver Siliga left the game with a foot injury in the first quarter and did not return.
  • Zuri Berry gives us 5 takeaways from Patriots-Raiders: Patriots are having a hard time spreading the ball around.
  • Erik Frenz explains how a defense can struggle without giving up a touchdown.
  • Mike Petraglia and Chris Price break down the Patriots' win. (9.49 min. video)
  • Mike Reiss picks his Ups and Downs for the Patriots.
  • Erik Frenz tells us whose post-game stock is up and whose is down.
  • Mark Farinella gives the Hots and Nots from Sunday.
  • Ron Borges selects his Best & Worst from Pats-Raiders.
  • Doug Kyed picks his standout performers from Sunday.
  • Jeff Howe Patriots Notebook: Gronkowski's workload was ratcheted up yesterday; Jordan Devey was replaced after a false start and a sack in succession; Stork could get more meaningful playing time after the line struggled; Oakland coach Dennis Allen wasn't a fan of the holding call that negated a would-be tying TD, but Belichick wasn't a fan of the pass interference call one play earlier.