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New England Patriots Links 12/14/15 - Gronk Provides Spark as Patriots Ride Defense to 27-6 Win in Houston

Daily news and links for 12/14/15

Jabaal Sheard swings down Brian Hoyer for the sack.
Jabaal Sheard swings down Brian Hoyer for the sack.
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  • Karen Guregian focuses on how much of an impact Rob Gronkowski has on the Patriots offense.
  • Jim Donaldson notes that while Gronkowski is not indestructible, he's certainly indispensable.
  • Mike Reiss explains why Rob Gronkowski couldn't stop smiling after the game.
  • Mark Daniels recaps how the defense delivered in last night's 27-6 win in Houston, even though the hits kept on coming.
  • Doug Kyed recaps how the Patriots rode their defense to reclaim the No. one seed and clinch a playoff berth.
  • Tom E. Curran writes that exactly 14 days after he wrote him and the Patriots off, Rob Gronkowski was back and demonstrating just what an edge they have over the rest of the AFC.
  • Mike Reiss credits the return of Rob Gronkowski and an aggressive defense for sparking the Patriots victory.
  • Christopher Price talks about how the return of Rob Gronkowski helps change the look of the AFC playoff chase.
  • Steve Balestrieri (PatsFans) Monday observations, Patriots defense smothers Texans in blowout.
  • Joseph Andrews reports Logan Ryan had an impressive game defending DeAndre Hopkins.
  • Mark Daniels reports that before shutting down DeAndre Hopkins, Logan Ryan watched every route he ran.
  • Doug Kyed notes Leonard Johnson thanks the Patriots for preparing him for his exceptional debut.
  • Jim Donaldson notes Jabaal Sheard and Akiem Hicks led the sack parade against the Texans.
  • Mark Daniels reports Leonard Johnson was grateful to be back dancing and playing football.
  • Jeff Howe reports the Patriots never panicked after losing two games in a row and being decimated by injuries. Now, it’s obvious why.
  • Ben Volin presents his notes from last night and recounts how the Patriots were able to neutralize DeAndre Hopkins and J.J. Watt.
  • Jeff Kane (ESPNNH) Patriots get back to winning ways, defeat Texans 27-6.
  • Ron Borges reports that the bruised Patriots are right back atop the conference ladder, as if the last two disastrous weekends never happened.
  • Eric Wilbur says that after six days of feigned fret, New England is back on top in the AFC, driving the home-field advantage bus.
  • Erik Frenz gives us five takeaways from Pats-Texans: Malcolm Butler is a baller.
  • Adam Kurkjian picks his Best and Worst from Patriots-Texans.
  • Mike Reiss picks his Ups and Downs after the Patriots dominating win.
  • Doug Kyed picks this week's stars of the game.
  • Mike Reiss believes last week's blocked punt cost rookie Geneo Grissoom a spot on the game-day roster.
  • Jeff Howe Patriots Notebook: Four more Patriots get hit by injury bug: Devin McCourty (right ankle), LeGarrette Blount (left hip), Dominique Easley (left thigh) and Jonathan Freeny (hand) all left the game and didn't return; CB Leonard Johnson was a key contributor even though joined the Pats last week; J.J. what never laid a hand on Tom Brady, besides the hit that resulted in a roughing the passer penalty; Jamie Collins was at full strength.
  • Henry McKenna hears Bengals backup quarterback A.J. McCarron say he wants to pull a Tom Brady after replacing starter Andy Dalton.