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New England Patriots links 10/28/16 - Patriots focus vs. Bills: Set the edge, stop the run

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Daily news and links for 10/28/16

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TEAM TALK

LOCAL LINKS

  • Ryan Hannable notes Sunday's matchup is a big game in the standings, and after listening to the pre-game talk, the Bills don't appear ready to compete.
  • Ron Borges doesn't see the Bills' focus where it should be vs. the Pats this week.
  • Steve Balestrieri (PatsFans) Patriots-Bills: Different feel for the rematch; Key matchups.
  • James Toscano gives us 3 things to watch for as Patriots face the Bills in Buffalo: 1. Keep your composure.
  • Henry McKenna (PatriotsWire) Bills general manager Doug Whaley wants Tom Brady to retire.
  • Mike Reiss reports new Pats LB Kyle Van Noy was shocked by the trade, and said he'll go out of his way to fit in with his new team.
  • Mike Reiss tells us Dion Lewis passes the test on his knee and returns to practice, but it's unlikely he'll play Sunday.
  • Christopher Price suggests the return of Dion Lewis could be a mid-season game-changer for the Patriots offense.
  • Adam Kurkjian notes Rob Gronkowski is known as a "Bills killer" in his Buffalo hometown, but he's not revealing what's in store for him on Sunday.
  • Kevin Duffy notes Rob Gronkowski provided interesting insight on his approach to preventing injuries: Get down 'when the journey is done and don't take that extra shot.'
  • Phil Perry finds James Develin making sure he stays on top of TE techniques, in case he's the next man up.
  • Jeff Howe credits Alan Branch and Malcom Brown for doing the dirty work, and notes the 'Branch for Pro Bowl' sentiment in the locker room.
  • Jeff Howe Friday Six Pack: Assessing potential suitors for Josh McDaniels, potential big names on trade market.
  • Kevin Duffy tells us why Tom Brady faces hardly any competition for 2016 NFL MVP.
  • Doug Kyed Patriots Mailbag: How Dion Lewis Will Affect LeGarrette Blount, James White.
  • Jeff Howe Patriots Notebook: Dion Lewis takes first steps toward return.
  • Nora Princiotti Patriots Notebook: Rex Ryan jokes that he’s waiting for Tom Brady to retire.
  • Sean Glennon (This Football Blog) Week Eight picks. "It’ll be a game until very near the end, but it will end with the Patriots ahead by seven."
  • Jim Lazar tells Stephen Gostkowski to 'do your job', even if it's just for kicks. Week 8 picks: Patriots win 38-10.

NATIONAL NEWS

  • Staff (ESPN Stats & Information) Brady is on verge of a Favre-like record against the Bills.
  • Mike Rodak (ESPN) Rex Ryan: Staying on own side in pregame warmups is 'unwritten thing'. /Yet, Bills players broke 'written thing' and were fined for it.
  • Tyler Sullivan (247 Sports) What to watch for: Patriots-Bills: 1.Can Patrios get off the field on third down?
  • Tyler Sullivan (247 Sports) Keys to the game: Patriots vs. Bills. 1. Don't fall into the Bills trap.
  • Tyler Sullivan (247 Sports) 5 Patriots of intrigue vs. Bills in Week 8.
  • Michael Rothstein (ESPN) Jim Caldwell: 'Change of scenery' could be good for LB Kyle Van Noy.
  • Bobby Greenhalgh (ESPN Stats & Information) Ranking the NFL Week 8 matchups from best to worst. Pats-Bills number 1.
  • Pete Prisco (CBS Sports) 10 things to watch in NFL Week 8 schedule: Wentz vs. Dak, Bills vs. Brady.
  • Nate Davis (USA Today) NFL MVP tracker: Tom Brady quickly closing gap on Matt Ryan.
  • Kenneth Arthur (Sports on Earth) 7 Weeks in the NFL tells us everything.
  • Kevin Clark (The Ringer) Week 8 NFL picks: Let's fix football's fun problem. "This has all the makings of a classic Belichick blowout game. The Bills were able to get into Brissett’s head last time, but now Tom Brady is back. When the younger brother gets pushed around and goes to get his older brother, things change."
  • John Clayton (ESPN) Why the 2017 free agent market may underwhelm. (1 min. video)

VIEW FROM BUFFALO

DUMPSTER DIVE

  • Bob Raissman (NY Daily News) Here’s why the NFL better be worried about the sinking ratings.
  • Voice of the Fan (The MMQB) Fans explain the NFL's ratings decline.
  • Tom E. Curran writes that instead of understanding that genuine transparency is the best way to rebuild public trust, Roger Goodell and the NFL offer more bumbling and secrecy.
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) After fateful PSI report, NFL declined to give real numbers to Chris Mortensen.