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New England Patriots Links 12/03/15 - Breaking Point: How Many Healthy Players Do Pats Need to Win?

Daily news and links for 12/03/15

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  • Mike Reiss gives us ten things to know about Patriots' game vs. Eagles.
  • Karen Guregian says the Patriots are running on empty without Dion Lewis, and can't seem to get any lift from Blount, White or Bolden.
  • Tom E. Curran notes the taste of defeat isn’t sitting pleasantly in Tom Brady’s mouth this week. The Pats will be driven to finish against Philly.
  • Steve Balestrieri (PatsFans) Patriots-Eagles key matchups, who has the razor's edge?
  • Ian Logue (PatsFans) Eagles might be a mess, but Patriots will still need to be ready.
  • Tom E. Curran notes Tom Brady expressed hope the NFL would consider protecting the knees of defenseless receivers.
  • Mike Reiss notes Tom Brady says receivers should have legs protected like other players.
  • Mike Reiss notes Alan Branch and Malcolm Butler stress that the loss will be treated as a learning tool and could bring the team closer together.
  • Ryan Hannable reports Danny Amendola feels he's making progress with his injured knee.
  • Mark Daniels observes Dont'a Hightower practices, but Rob Gronkowski and Dominique Easley do not.
  • Michael Hurley takes a deep look at the NFL's ugly officiating problem, a growing issue around the league.
  • Matt Burke explains why we should believe the conspiracy: The NFL and its refs want the Patriots to lose.
  • Mike Reiss notes Bill Belichick seems unaffected by the Patriots getting the demoted officiating crew this Sunday.
  • Adam Kurkjian says a close look at Damaris Johnson’s resume reveals some production, some potential, and what looks to be the right fit for the offense.
  • Mike Reiss passes along some scouting reports from other NFL reporters on newly-acquired rookie RB Trey Williams.
  • Michael Saver (Patriots Life) 3 Things to know about linebacker Jonathan Freeny.
  • Christopher Price gives us a snapshot of the AFC playoff picture.
  • Cameron McDonough notes Denver columnist Mark Kiszla accuses the Patriots of being too soft to repeat as Super Bowl champs. /He forgets the Broncos wanted no part of playing New England in New England last year in the playoffs.
  • Jeff Howe Patriots Notebook: Danny Amendola sounded as optimistic as he did frustrated yesterday while addressing his sprained left knee' Justin Coleman hasn't practiced since he broke a bone in his hand but feels 'close to ready to play'; Dominique Easley missed practice due to an ankle injury.
  • Mike Petraglia & Chris Price discuss how the Patriots move on with or without Rob Gronkowski. (20.54 min. podcast)