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New England Patriots Links 10/09/15 - Gronkowski, Lewis Primed for Big Games vs. Cowboys

Daily news and links for 10/09/15

When Tyrod Taylor orders a wrap, Jabaal Sheard hand-delivers
When Tyrod Taylor orders a wrap, Jabaal Sheard hand-delivers
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  • Ron Borges writes that the beauty of Tom Brady needs no outside force to motivate him. /He's right.
  • Mark Farinella reports Jabaal Sheard has proven to be a valuable and productive part of the DE rotation, and he'll be needed against the Cowboys' talented, young O-line.
  • Christopher Price explains why Dion Lewis could have a big day on Sunday.
  • Mike Reiss reports Dion Lewis bounced around the league for two years before the Patriots gave him his chance, so signing an extension made sense to him.
  • CSNNE Sports Tonight - Ben Volin says the Patriots are "breaking their trends" by signing Dion Lewis to a new deal.
  • Tom Layman notes the Cowboys defense has done well so far blanketing tight ends, but Rob Gronkowski may be a bigger challenge.
  • Rich Garven points out that it's Rob Gronkowski's ability to line up at multiple positions that makes him even more dangerous.
  • Rich Garven notes Brandon Weeden is looking to end his personal 10-game losing streak against the Patriots.
  • Michael Whitmer focuses on the Patriots defensive tackles, and how they've been working on stopping the run.
  • Jeff Howe writes about the dynamic duo of Jamie Collins and Dont'a Hightower.
  • Mark Daniels finds that for Duron Harmon, the model of success is Devin McCourty.
  • Mike Reiss shares some of Tedy Bruschi's insight on what stands out to him in Sunday's Patriots-Cowboys game.
  • Mike Reiss notes Tom Brady uses his Facebook page to wish the Boston Bruins good luck this season.
  • Jeff Howe Patriots Notebook: After four-plus years, Dion Lewis finally has some validation, signing an extension with the Patriots; DE Trey Flowers' shoulder injury is related to one he suffered in during practice against the Packers back in August.
  • Tom E. Curran talks about the NFL has been listening to Bill Belichick and is working on a few of his rules recommendations.
  • Michael Hurley laments the fact that "so much of the NFL just stinks. Out loud. Every week." before making his Week 5 picks.
  • Jim Lazar says there's something about the once legendary, now ordinary Cowboys, that in their time were always the team everybody loved to beat. Now it's the Hate-riots. Week 5 picks. Patriots win 34-17.


  • Matt Chatham (Fox Sports) Game of the Week: Do Cowboys stand a chance against Patriots?
  • Oliver Thomas (247 Sports) Numbers of note: Previewing Patriots vs. Cowboys.
  • Todd Archer and Mike Reiss (ESPN) Cowboys, Patriots have more similarities than meets the eye.
  • Matt Chatham (Football by Football) Establishing the run game best chance for Dallas to slow New England offense.
  • Oliver Thomas (247 Sports) Rodney Harrison: Patriots 'have enough' to beat Cowboys.
  • Brian Filipiak (Inside the Pylon) Patriot Michael Williams: A tackle in tight end's clothing.
  • Todd Archer (ESPN) Rob Gronkowski is Byron Jones' biggest challenge maybe all season.
  • Bucky Brooks* ( Julian Edelman, Randall Cobb among NFL's top slot receivers.
  • Todd Archer (ESPN) Jason Garrett on Greg Hardy's comments: 'We addressed it immediately'.
  • NFL Live (ESPN) Weeden takes on New England. (1 in. video)
  • Charles Robinson (Yahoo! Sports) 10 hard truths entering Week 5: 1. Those who predicted Tom Brady's blazing start were right.
  • Robert Weintraub (Sports on Earth) One big question for every AFC team. New England: Can Gronk stay healthy?
  • Robert Klemko (The MMQB) How daily fantasy Is changing the game.
  • Michael McCann (SI) What impact will the lawsuit filed against DraftKings, FanDuel have?
  • David Steele (Sporting News) DFS developments blur Goodell, NFL's line between fantasy and gambling.
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) Week Five picks. Florio: Patriots 44-20, MDS: Patriots 38-14.
  • Pete Prisco (CBS Sports) Week 5 picks. Patriots 37-17.
  • Dave Dameshek ( Football Baby: Week 5 picks.(1.33 min. video) Patriots over Cowboys.
  • Rufus Peabody and Will Leitch (Sports on Earth) "Man vs. Machine" Week 5 picks. Man: Patriots 34-17; Machine: Patriots 31-22.


  • Nick Eatman ( Sunday's game to feature WR trio lacking height, not playmaking ability.
  • Michael Florek (Dallas News) J.J. Wilcox won't ask for Tom Brady's autograph after the game: 'I've done got cussed out a couple times for doing that.'
  • Rob Phillips ( Gronk, averaging nearly 20 yards a catch, the latest defensive challenge.
  • Rainer Sabin (Dallas News) A look at one big reason why Cowboys haven't been able to recreate winning formula of '14
  • David Helman ( Loss of Dunbar could create larger role for Darren McFadden.
  • Nick Eatman ( Weeden keeps focus; Not concerned with comments about his 'limitations'.
  • David Moore (Dallas News) Those bashing Weeden should check his QB rating, place blame elsewhere.
  • Staff Report (Dallas News) Our experts' Week 5 NFL picks.  All ten pick Pats to win.