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New England Patriots links 9/13/16 - Martellus Bennett blocks out in Week 1

Daily news and links for 9/13/16

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Martelllus Bennett makes a catch, but spent most of the game blocking
Martelllus Bennett makes a catch, but spent most of the game blocking
Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports



  • Ben Volin shares his weekly look at the key plays in the Patriots’ game after reviewing the film.
  • Phil Perry posts five quick-hit thoughts from the Patriots' season-opening win in Arizona: 1. Garoppolo handles the moment.
  • Mike Reiss cleans out his Patriots-Cardinals notebook: Dominating performance by Patriots special teams that contributed to winning the field-position battle.
  • Eric Wilbur picks three things we learned after the Patriots stunned the Cardinals in Week 1: 2. Dante Scarnecchia has righted the O-Line's issues.
  • Michael Hurley thinks the Patriots sure are a lot of fun to watch, along with other leftover Patriots thoughts. "You have to love the wrinkle of Bill Belichick messing with the new touchback rule. You give that man an inch and he will take your ruler and snap it over his knee and throw it back in your stupid face".
  • Steve Balestrieri (PatsFans) Garoppolo leads the Patriots to huge upset win; Observations: Defensive game plan worked.
  • Jerry Thornton is back with his knee-jerk reactions to Week 1, Pats-Cards.
  • Jeff Howe looks at how Josh McDaniels played an essential role in Jimmy Garoppolo’s successful debut.
  • Ben Volin explores how Josh McDaniels used gimmicks and deception to help Patriots win.
  • Kevin Duffy calls New England's win over Arizona as impressive a regular season victory as Belichick has had.
  • Mike Petraglia notes Bill Belichick proves again why no challenge is ever too big.
  • Mike Reiss notes Bill Belichick tells WEEI in his radio interview Monday, that he probably should have called timeout quicker.
  • Phil Perry observes Bill Belichick could have focused on any number of plays from scrimmage as the key to his team's victory. Instead he chose the final kickoff.
  • Bruce Allen (Boston Sports Media Watch) Just like old times: A few thoughts and observations from Sun. night and the last week or so.
  • Nick O'Malley knows the unit wasn't perfect, but the patchwork O-line held together against Chandler Jones and a legit Cardinals defense.
  • Doug Kyed sees the Patriots' defense beginning to show untapped potential in Sunday's win.
  • Christopher Price notes Tom Brady praised the performance of Jimmy Garoppolo while speaking with Jim Gray on Westwood One. "I thought he was great."
  • 98.5 Sports Hub guest Boomer Esiason talks with T&R about the Patriots unexpected win in Arizona, and how he could see New England going 16-0 again this season. (2.11 min. audio)
  • Ron Borges evaluates Jimmy Garoppolo's performance, says he was good enough to win but anxious to see what he does next.
  • Steve Buckley has this delusion that the Patriots can "quiet their critics" with a 4-0 start.
  • Levan Reid presents his gold stars and penalty flags from the Pats' Week 1 win. /Hey Felger, might want to read up on why Martellus Bennett gets a gold star.
  • Ron Borges takes out his mean red pen to grade the Patriots... and puts the cap back on. Gold stars all around. Even the coaching earns an A-.
  • Matt Dolloff knew they were coming, and the 'Tom Brady is a system QB' takes are already flying in hot. /Idiots!.
  • Matt Burke wonders if Garoppolo vs. Brady will be 'a thing.' /Where is that eye-roll emoji?
  • Henry McKenna (USA Today) Chandler Jones' departure from Patriots brought Tom Brady to tears.
  • Robert Alvarez (PatsFans) Best of social media, Week 1: Patriots vs. Cardinals.



  • Staff (OnThe Internet) Deflate-wake.
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) Breaking down Goodell’s latest comments about #DeflateGate. /Thanks, Mike.
  • Feitelberg (Barstool Sports) I want to apologize to all fans of teams that aren't the New England Patriots (I'm being sincere. I swear. I promise I'm not trolling.)
  • Darin Gantt (ProFootballTalk) Greg Olsen on NFL’s player safety: "You can’t talk out of both sides of your mouth"
  • Josh Alper (Pro Football Talk) Goodell: Allowing replays of helmet-to-helmet hits not the answer "necessarily".
  • Ben Sieck (Awful Announcing) ESPN’s Fantasy Football app crashes on the first Sunday of the NFL season.
  • D. Orlando Ledbetter (Atlanta Journal-Constitution) Atlanta Falcons DL Ra’Shede Hageman was charged in a domestic violence case.