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New England Patriots links 11/16/16 - Week 10 wrap; On to San Francisco

Daily news and links for 11/16/16

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  • Christopher Price tells us 5 things to know about the 49ers: They do a good job of running the ball.
  • Steve Balestrieri (PatsFans) 5 First impressions of the 49ers: Kaepernick is catching on to Chip Kelly's system.
  • Michael Colangelo (PatriotsWire) 6 things Patriots fans should know about the San Francisco 49ers: The Niners are not a good football team.
  • Mike Reiss finds Bill Belichick wary of the game-plan dynamic of facing Chip Kelly's 49ers, likening it to last year's matchup with the Eagles. 'Have to be ready for anything.'
  • Karen Guregian mentions that this will be the first chance Tom Brady has had to return home to San Francisco to play against the 49ers.
  • Christopher Price breaks the crappy news that flag-happy Jeff Triplette will work as referee for Patriots-Niners.
  • Matt Dolloff explains why the 2016 Patriots feel eerily similar to the 2010-2011 teams.
  • Karen Guregian notes that when asked about conflicting injury reports concerning Rob Gronkowski, Bill Belichick unsurprisingly offered no clarification.
  • CBS Boston reveals that whatever his injury is, Rob Gronkowski reportedly had to cancel an event Tuesday in New York because he was advised not to fly.
  • Mike Reiss notes the mutual respect between Rob Gronkowski and Earl Thomas shown on social media after the game.
  • Keith Pearson sees Martellus Bennett in line for a starring role if Rob Gronkowski sits on Sunday.
  • Mike Reiss digs into some of the issues that came to light in Sunday's loss: Blocking miscues were at heart of the offensive struggles.
  • Ben Volin Patriots replay: Breaking down key plays from Sunday.
  • Mike Reiss highlights what stood out to him after listening to the players Monday afternoon: A mindset that the players wouldn't let the result beat them twice.
  • Ryan Hannable believes the upcoming schedule will help the defense in the short-term, but could potentially hurt in the long run.
  • Danny Cox profiles the remaining opponents for the Patriots: 1-8 Niners are huge underdogs despite home field advantage.
  • Evan Lazar asserts that if the Patriots can't figure out their defense between the 20s, it might be their fatal flaw.
  • Matt Dolloff notes Matt Patricia believes the Patriots' lack of defensive turnovers could be attributed to a lack of "focus."
  • Karen Guregian focuses on what needs fixing in the Patriots defense: "Go get the darn ball!"
  • Tom E. Curran says the numbers tell the same story as the eye-test: Defensively, the Patriots don't make other teams uncomfortable.
  • Tom E Curran lists the defensive turnover numbers since 2010.
  • Karen Guregian wonders if Jabaal Sheard was benched, because it sure looked that way.
  • Phil Perry notes Bill Belichick was irked by a question about Jabaal Sheard's lack of playing time.
  • Rich Garven Patriots Journal: Defense having trouble producing turnovers.
  • CSNNE relays Bart Scott (Inside the NFL) questioning Bill Belichick after he let go of Jamie Collins and Chandler Jones, blaming the moves on Belichick's ego.
  • Ryan Hannable relays Bill Belichick's explanation of why QB Jacoby Brissett (injured reserve) has been on the sidelines the last 2 games.
  • Steve Buckley agrees with Pete Carroll that Gillette Stadium is not a great place.
  • Richard Sandomir reports NBC Sports will take over "Thursday Night Football" this week amid promising signs in ratings.