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New England Patriots Links 11/20/15 - Official Interference: Rivals Enlist Refs to Stop Gronkowski For Them

Daily news and links for 11/20/15

Aaron Dobson makes a catch on Bills CB Stephon Gilmore in Week 2
Aaron Dobson makes a catch on Bills CB Stephon Gilmore in Week 2
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  • Mike Reiss reports Rob Gronkowski has been flagged an NFL-high four times for offensive pass interference, but he says he's not changing his style of play.
  • Mike Petraglia notes Rob Gronkowski responds to Stephon Gilmore's challenge: 'Come Monday night, we'll see what happens.'
  • Adam Kurkjian notes the defense will have to stop a much shiftier Shady than they had to in Week 2, as LeSean McCoy is now at full strength.
  • Mike Reiss tells us ten things to know about Patriots-Bills: This is the Bills' first Monday Night Football game since the 2009 season-opener.
  • Christopher Price tells us Gene Steratore will work as referee for Bills-Patriots, his first Pats game since the Nov. 13, 2013 Broncos game.
  • Doug Kyed Patriots Mailbag: Offense must become less predictable without Julian Edelman.
  • Steve Balestrieri (PatsFans) Patriots-Bills, who has the razor's edge? Key MNF matchups.
  • Rich Garven says QB Tyrod Taylor remains a potent two-way threat for the Bills.
  • Christopher Price previews Pats-Bills and gives us the keys to the game. Patriots win 30-20. (4.09 min. video)
  • Mike Reiss explores why TE Scott Chandler hasn't had more impact with the Patriots.
  • Christopher Price reports Malcom Brown leads all Pats interior defenders in playing time.
  • Michael Hurley takes a look at where the Patriots rank in the NFL through 10 weeks of the 2015 season.
  • Mike Petraglia notes Rex Ryan ripped the New England media for spinning whatever he says the way they want it.
  • Jeff Howe reports Rex Ryan's mood soured today midway through a conference call with the New England media, due to questions about his obsession with the Patriots.
  • Doug Kyed reports on Rex Ryan getting testy with the local media over his obsession with the Patriots.
  • The Herald staff have seen improvement from Malcom Brown, especially in the last five games.
  • Jeff Howe Patriots Notebook: Newly signed TE Joseph Fauria spoke about growing up a Pats fan, and watching his uncle win Super Bowls; Rob Gronnkowski has been targeted by officiating crews, but believes he has done nothing to warrant the OPI calls; Tre' Jackson acknowledged wearing his knee brace likely prevented a more serious injury.
  • Phil Perry reports Jamie Collins is over the virus that has forced him to miss two consecutive Patriots games, but he's still coping with the after-effects.
  • Henry McKenna notes Willie McGinest said current Patriots LB Jamie Collins is the NFL player most comparable to him.
  • Michael Hurley makes his Week 11 picks. Pats handle Bills, again.
  • Jerry Thornton breaks down the Chuck Klosterman interview on Tom Brady from Bill Simmons podcast, so we don't have to.


  • Oliver Thomas (247 Sports) Despite uptick in flags, Rob Gronkowski just 'playing football.'
  • Joe Pantorno (Bleacher Report) Rob Gronkowski comments on leading NFL in offensive pass interference flags.
  • Erik Frenz (Bleacher Report) Can Aaron Dobson finally emerge as missing ingredient in Patriots offense?
  • Kerry Byrne (Football Byrne) Tom Brady, Peyton Manning and the race to 200 wins. /Earliest Brady can get to 200 is none other than Super Bowl 50.
  • John Wawrow (AP Pro32) McCoy, Williams provide Bills' ground-game a 1-2 punch.
  • Greg A. Bedard (SI) Blanket Coverage: Injuries will not hinder Patriots' quest for Super Bowl.
  • Cork Gaines (Business Insider) GQ writer explains why his Deflategate interview with Tom Brady was a disaster.
  • Rocky Boiman (Football by Football) 4 Things to know for NFL Week 11.
  • Mark Cannizzaro (NY Post) How Patriots’ ‘eye-opening’ blueprint has shut down Brandon Marshall.
  • Michael David Smith (ProFootballTalk) Charlie Batch’s 186-yard, two-pick game has ESPN’s best QBR ever.
  • Darin Gantt (ProFootballTalk) Compensatory picks can be traded in next year’s draft.
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) Concussion settlement finally heads to appeals court.
  • Jason La Canfora (CBS Sports) NFL Week 11 Game Rankings.
  • Dave Dameshek ( Football Baby makes his Week 11 picks. Baby picks Pats over Bills. (1.16 min. video)
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) PFT’s Week 11 picks. Florio picks Patriots 34-21, MDS picks Patriots 23-20.
  • Rufus Peabody & Will Leitch (Sports on Earth) Man vs. Machine: NFL Week 11 picks. Man: Patriots win 31-10, Machine: Patriots win 30-17.
  • Pete Prisco (CBS Sports) Week 11 NFL Picks. Pats win 30-21.