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New England Patriots links 9/14/16 - Week 1 cleanup; Patriots on to Miami

Daily news and links for 9/14/16

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  • Christopher Price tells us 5 things we have to know about the Dolphins. 1. 1. When they get cranked up and ready to play, the defensive line is pretty impressive.
  • Mike Petraglia looks at what will be different about Ryan Tannehill this time around. For starters, 'a good element of control.'
  • Mike Reiss wonders if the Patriots will be vulnerable to an emotional letdown.
  • Karen Guregian says the first hurdle has been cleared for Jimmy Garoppolo, but his challenge going forward is to sustain that level of play or even raise the bar.
  • Nick O'Malley shares some thoughts from Charlie Weis with some pretty high praise for Jimmy Garopolo in his first game as a starter.
  • Tom E. Curran says now that the Patriots are on to Miami, the Rob Gronkowski Hammy Watch returns.
  • Mike Reiss notes that despite having just three catches, TE Martellus Bennett grades out well with his coaches.
  • Tom E. Curran hears Bill Belichick go deep on situational football and his thought process as he makes important late-game decisions.
  • Christopher Price explains how the Patriots regained their special teams' mojo.
  • Kevin Duffy reviews the Week 1 performance of the defense: Dont'a Hightower used as a rusher, secondary struggles against Larry Fitzgerald.
  • Connor Fulton (MusketFire) Patriots snap counts analysis entering Week 2.
  • Tom Darcy (Beantown Beat) Patriots rumors: C.J. Spiller a fit in New England?
  • Tom E. Curran notes that when talking about the marriage of Bill Belichick and Tom Brady, Phil Simms says the Patriots coach is an operation unto himself.
  • Hayden Bird reports Martellus Bennett visited Boston Children's Hospital dressed as Pikachu.
  • Karen Guregian Patriots Notebook: Former players laud Dante Scarnecchia for effort of make-shift offensive line; More.
  • Karen Guregian catches up with Rob Ninkovich at Matt Light's Celebrity Shootout, and Ninkovich says he's just trying to get his body back to being healthy.
  • Chad Finn points out Pats-Cards draws the 2nd-best opening-game TV ratings in franchise history., and was the No. 1 rated show in the Boston market for the week.
  • CSNNE guest John Feinstein explains why he thinks the Pittsburgh Steelers pose the biggest threat to the Patriots in the AFC. (1 min. video)
  • 98.5 Sports Hub guest Greg Bedard wants Michael Felger to admit he was wrong for railing against Belichick for how he handled QB snaps in the preseason: "Of course you're wrong!"
  • The Adam Jones Show took on this Over/Under question: How many touchdown passes for Garoppolo this season?