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New England Patriots Links 1/08/15 - Edelman, Connolly's Return Helps Offense Beat the Rush

Daily News and Links for 1/08/15

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  • Mike Reiss reports Julian Edelman and Tom Brady have been working OT to re-establish and fine-tune their connection.
  • Jeff Howe points out Julian Edelman just needs to be there for the offense to click.
  • Ryan Hannable explains how Brady and the offense can offset Baltimore's powerful pass rush.
  • John Tomase states the Ravens have cracked the code and know the key to beating Tom Brady.
  • Karen Guregian says the new NFL rules emphasis on defensive holding and illegal contact haven't really stopped the Patriots defense from being physical.
  • Mike Reiss reports the Patriots defense is preparing to defend vertical shots.
  • Tom Layman notes the D-line is set to tackle the Justin Forsett factor. Former teammate Alan Branch knows he's tough to bring down.
  • Kyle Brasseur notes Darrelle Revis is excited to be back in the playoffs.
  • Chris Mason says Vince Wilfork is healthy and playing some of the best football of his career.
  • Christopher Price tells us not to worry about Brandon Browner and penalties. He's not too concerned.
  • Christopher Price picks 5 relatively unheralded Patriots who could rise to the occasion on Saturday - and beyond.
  • Lee Schechter brings up the big question: Sleeves or no sleeves?
  • Chris Villani notes that in spite of those NFL domestic violence PSAs we'll see during the game, the NFL only cares about the issue if it's caught on video.
  • Jeff Howe Patriots Notebook: Pats LBs continue to lean on Jerod Mayo in the buildup before each game; One benefit of the Bye week is that 13 players overcame injuries since the last Injury Report on Dec. 26; Vince Wilfork will play as if it's 80 degrees outside no matter what the true temperature: "the more you can just focus on your opponent and everything else just block it out, the better you’ll be."