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New England Patriots Links 11/04/15 - Patriots Focus on 'Skins as Media Jumps Ahead to Denver

Daily news and links for 11/04/15

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  • Ben Volin gives us the skinny on the 'Skins, and what the Patriots can expect this Sunday.
  • Mike Reiss notes that as Josh McDaniels talks up the Redskins' success at stripping the ball, the Patriots have an NFL-low three turnovers (one interception, two lost fumbles).
  • Mike Petraglia hears the Patriots play up the respect card with the Redskins: "You never overlook anybody."
  • Kevin Duffy points out how Tom Brady and the offense have been shredding everyone, particularly in the empty formation.
  • Christopher Price believes that despite the fact that the Pats didn't make any trades, they'll still get help down the stretch.
  • Karen Guregian was a little disappointed the trade deadline passed without the Patriots shoring up at CB, but adds that at 7-0 that's not the worst news.
  • Steve Balestrieri (PatsFans) Patriots get a boost at the deadline, despite no blockbuster deal.
  • Kevin Duffy reports the trade deadline came and went without any teams making a move.
  • Mike Reiss takes a closer look at the Patriots' 53-man roster as it stands now.
  • Kerry J.Byrne explains why the numbers prove the AFC title will be determined on Nov. 29 in Denver.
  • Eric Wilbur is already looking ahead to Nov. 29 when the potential 10-0 Patriots play the potential 10-0 Broncos for home-field advantage in the AFC playoffs.
  • Kevin Duffy sees the Denver Broncos last-minute actions as a clear indication that they are looking at a one-year window to beat the Pats.
  • Christopher Gasper details five areas that could derail the Patriots' Drive for Five.
  • Doug Kyed resets the Patriots depth chart after the trade deadline.
  • Karen Guregian looks at the dilemma facing the Patriots with David Andrews playing center at a high level, and Bryan Stork eligible to return from short-term IR.
  • Phil Perry notes Malcolm Butler wanted to test himself vs. DeSean Jackson last year during training camp: "I asked coach to go against him. That didn't turn out too well."
  • Adam Kurkjian says Alan Branch has forced opposing teams to account for him more and more.
  • Mike Reiss notes Dewey McDonald had been waived by the Colts and was at the team facility ready to return to the practice squad -- until the Patriots intervened.
  • Doug Kyed notes Dewey McDonald talks about the 'strange feeling' going from the Colts to the Patriots.
  • Mike Reiss notes that the seven penalties on the offensive side from Thursday night got Bill Belichick's attention.
  • Christopher Price tracks the Patriots penalties through 7 games.
  • Karen Guregian Patriots Notebook: Malcolm Butler and the Patriots are ready for speedster DeSean Jackson's return; Belichick had given the players three days off, after playing two games in five days; DL Chris Jones and LB Dane Fletcher officially began practicing; Ross Ventrone was back, and happy to reunite with his older brother Ray; TE Michael Williams warned about the Redskins physical defensive front.
  • Cameron McDonough notes that New England is the windiest home team in the NFL.