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New England Patriots links 10/12/17 - Offense needs second half jump-start

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NFL: New England Patriots at Tampa Bay Buccaneers Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports


  • Press Conferences: Bill Belichick (20.32 min. video) and Tom Brady (8.25 min. video)
  • Belichick Breakdown: Top plays from Week 5 vs. Tampa Bay. (10.52 min. video)


  • Karen Guregian insists the Patriots must get better in the second half, and put an end to a bad trend of coming out strong and then wilting down the stretch.
  • Mike Reiss notes Tom Brady tops Bill Belichick's toughness rankings.
  • Mike Reiss relays how a question about whether he's getting hit more because he found he can move around better at age 40 made Tom Brady channel his inner Popeye: "I am what I am.'
  • Mike Reiss reports Nate Solder was not seen at Wednesday's practice and could turn up on the injury report.
  • Mark Farinella sees Solder's issues shrouded in secrecy. "What's wrong with Nate Solder?" It's a question without an answer.
  • Jake Scearbo (NEPatriotsLife) Putting the offensive line struggles into perspective.
  • Jeff Howe finds LB David Harris ready if needed, or wanted, by the Patriots for this Sunday's game against his former team.
  • Kevin Duffy and Kevin Dillon debate whether Devin McCourty is the most valuable defensive player for New England. (2.22 min. video)
  • Kevin Duffy revisits his ranking of the Patriots most indispensable players, after five weeks.
  • Nick O'Malley gives us a position-by-position breakdown of Pats vs. Jets heading into Sunday.
  • Tom E Curran helps us get to 'Know Thine Enemy': The Jets.
  • Mike D’Abate (Cover32) Patriots Week Ahead: Taking care of Brady.
  • Jeff Howe Patriots Notebook: Tight end Rob Gronkowski looks good to go against Jets.
  • Mike Reiss announces former QB Steve Grogan is among more than 25 Patriots alumni who will be at Gillette for the Game with the Greats fundraiser Sunday.
  • Matt Chatham (Football by Football) Real Thing Patriots Podcast: Week 5 J-E-T-S, Jets, Jets, Jets preview. (1 hour 7 min.) /Always worth a listen.