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New England Patriots Links 12/09/15 - Patriots East Preparing For Patriots South

Daily news and links for 12/09/15

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  • Karen Guregian picks five spots where the Patriots need to improve fast.
  • Ben Volin looks at the film and says the Texans should be very recognizable to the Patriots.
  • Sam Galanis notes Josh McDaniels has found there is no area of the game where J.J. Watt isn't a significant factor.
  • Mike Cole reports Bill O'Brien has his Texans team sounding just like Bill Belichick's Patriots.
  • Tom E. Curran notes Bill O'Brien says his team's familiarity with the Patriots gives them no edge, but the Patriots know that Houston knows what the Patriots know, ya know?
  • Jen McCaffrey points out the Patriots are ready to face a lot of familiar faces in Houston.
  • Pat Bradley looks at the Week 14 playoff scenarios: Patriots can clinch a playoff berth with a win vs. the Texans.
  • Mike Reiss looks at whether Brandon LaFell deserves the criticism he received for not finishing his pass routes.
  • Rich Garven notes the hits keep coming for Tom Brady, who unfortunately is not a Broadway playwright.
  • Kerry J. Byrne gives us three shocking statistical highlights about Rob Gronkowski
  • Joey (PatriotsExtra) James White: The new Dion Lewis?
  • Jerry Thornton has enlarged on his respect for Bill Belichick and his best quote ever.
  • Rich Garven sees lots of self-inflicted wounds for the Pats receivers in that loss to the Eagles.
  • Rich Garven notes Belichcik showed his respect of Danny Amendola, calling him 'as tough of a player as we have.'
  • Rich Levine argues that creative play calls -- like the failed drop kick -- are what make Bill Belichick the legend that he is, and continue to inspire him to coach in the NFL.
  • Karen Guregian Patriots Notebook: DeAndrew Hopkins poses a serious challenge; There will be a lot of familiar faces on the Houston sideline Sunday night; Pats OL has come under fire with Tom Brady getting hit 36 times in the past three games; Belichick lauded the efforts of Danny Amendola who gutted it out even though he was less than 100%.