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New England Patriots links 11/18/16 - Patriots-49ers: Another big game for Blount?

Daily news and links for 11/18/16

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LeGarrette Blount, and the fullback he rode in on
LeGarrette Blount, and the fullback he rode in on
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  • Mike Reiss thumbnails ten things to know about Patriots-49ers. 1. Pats love their two-TE package, but that will change if Gronk is out.
  • Steve Balestrieri (PatsFans) Patriots-49ers keys; Who has the razor's edge?
  • James Toscano lists 3 things to watch for Sunday: Blount train rolls on?
  • Nick O'Malley reports the Patriots have already played the NFL's worst team, and now they get to play the second-worst.
  • Phil Perry reports Tom Brady was taken aback when he walked into the locker room just before 7 a.m. and the place was half-filled with reporters.
  • Ryan Hannable notes Bill Belichick on football analytics websites: ‘What the hell is that? … I don’t care what they say’.
  • Phil Perry notes Bill Belichick has a saying: "Dependability is more important than ability." And Tom Brady is 'right at the top of the list'.
  • Michael Hurley finds that there aren't many 49ers fans left in the Brady family these days, but Tom Brady is focused more on enjoying the moment than seeing revenge.
  • Ryan Hannable explains how Julian Edelman's childhood memories of 49ers games aren't exactly like Tom Brady's.
  • Kevin Duffy examines how the Patriots utilize Dion Lewis differently than James White.
  • Mike Reiss hears from Martellus Bennett, who could be starting Sunday for the Patriots, on his approach to moving forward from a loss.
  • Kristen Parker (BostonSportsPub) If Gronk can't fly, can Bennett soar?
  • Mark Daniels feels the Patriots are still in good shape with or without Rob Gronkowski.
  • Nick O'Malley notes that Chip Kelly, LeGarrette Blount's college coach, is happy to see the Pats RB move past the punch that ended his college career.
  • Jeff Howe notes that even before Ty Law called the Patriots' pride into question this week, the defense was well aware it must toughen up - especially after surrendering a season-high 31 points.
  • Tom E. Curran wonders where the leadership is on defense.
  • Mark Daniels believes Trey Flowers gives the pass rush hope for the future.
  • Adam Kurkjian points out how rookie returner Cyrus Jones is close to 'busting a big one'.
  • Rich Garven mentions Cyrus Jones is learning hard lessons on ball security.
  • Staff (BostonSportsPub) Bart Scott is dead wrong about players vs. coaches.
  • Jeff Howe Patriots Notebook: The idea of starting isn’t a foreign concept to tight end Martellus Bennett.
  • Mark Daniels & Rich Garven Patriots Journal: Gostkowski kicks back on solid footing.
  • Jeff Howe informs us that Nate Solder's absence from practice Thursday was not injury related. No further explanation was given by the Patriots.
  • Jeff Howe's Friday 6-Pack: Which AFC West team poses the greatest threat in the playoffs?
  • Russell Easterbrooks (FootballNation) What the Patriots 2017 Mock Draft may look like.
  • Russ Goldman (PatsFans) Podcast: Do the Patriots have a scheme problem and not a talent issue on defense?
  • Sean Glennon makes his Week 11 picks. Patriots win this one "by 20-ish".
  • Jim Lazar touches on the post-loss conversations between the Belichick Kool-Aid drinkers and the Billy-bashers, and makes his Week 11 picks. Pats win 38-16.