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New England Patriots links 10/18/17 - Week 6 cleanup; On to Atlanta

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Daily news and links for Wednesday

New England Patriots v New York Jets
One big difference from February’s roster
Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images

TEAM TALK

LOCAL LINKS

  • Mike D'Abate (Cover32) Patriots Week Ahead: The Falcons fly north to Foxboro.
  • Mike Reiss tells us the Patriots will be wearing their all blue color rush jerseys on Sunday night.
  • Matt Dolloff looks into how real is the Falcons' Super Bowl hangover.
  • Ian Glendon (Cover32) By The Numbers: The Patriots continue to be road warriors.
  • Karen Guregian observes Tom Brady’s sideline frustration has to do with the offense's lack of a knockout punch in the fourth quarter.
  • Zack Cox notes Josh McDaniels is frustrated by the late game offensive struggles.
  • Danny Cox profiles the faltering Atlanta Falcons.
  • Mark Farinella looks at how the Patriots and Falcons are different teams, and they are meeting under entirely different circumstances than they were in February.
  • Phil Perry tells 98.5 The Sports Hub that the defense has gotten better, but have a real test on deck in the Falcons.
  • Mark Farinella mentions how the safeties bailed out the secondary last Sunday.
  • Phil Perry reports LB Shea McClellin is able to begin practicing this week, adding some depth to the second level of their defense.
  • Mike Reiss talks about how CB Johnson Bademosi, thrust into action in place of Stephon Gilmore, "stepped in and did a great job" against the Jets, according to Bill Belichick.
  • Kevin Duffy presents his Week 6 Review: Rob Gronkowski was a game-changing force vs. Jets.
  • CBS Boston notes Falcons LB De'Vondre Campbell sounds confident he can march into Foxboro and shut down Rob Gronkowski.
  • Evan Lazar takes a look at how the Patriots have fared in past Super Bowl rematches, and gives the edge this time to the Patriots.
  • Karen Guregian Patriots Notebook: Falcons running backs will pose a test for Matt Patricia’s defense on ‘Sunday Night Football’.
  • Mike Reiss highlights Rodney Harrison reflecting on leaving Super Bowl LI in the 3rd quarter. Harrison says he felt "terrible" for leaving early.
  • Tyler Sullivan (247Sports) Gordon Hayward's injury reminiscent of Tom Brady's 2008 ACL tear.
  • Phil Perry & Tom E. Curran Quick Slants Podcast: Why has Bill Belichick been so surprisingly positive of the Patriots' performance in tight wins? (29.19 min.)
  • Mike Dussault and Nick Stevens (PatsPropaganda) Patshow: Jets wrap, Falcons preview. (37 min. video)
  • Russ Goldman (PatsFans) Podcast: Falcons vs. Patriots preview. (69 min.)

NATIONAL NEWS

  • Kevin Boilard (247Sports) Patriots have perfect situation, so why aren't they No. 1?
  • Ryan Wilson (CBS Sports) The Falcons need to figure it out fast with Super Bowl rematch with Patriots looming.
  • Kevin Clark (The Ringer) The NFL’s parity has always been a myth -- until now.
  • Andrew Brandt (SI) Business of Football: Even without Aaron Rodgers on the field, NFL's popularity and prosperity won't suffer.
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) NFL ratings down 7.5 percent for the season.

EXTRACURRICULAR

  • Michael McCann (SI) New York Court ruling should make Ezekiel Elliott eligible for next two weeks.
  • Peter King (SI) Anthem protests meeting opens rare 'productive' dialogue between NFL owners, players.
  • Bob McGovern reports NFL owners and players met yesterday to discuss social issues — but the two sides punted when it came to confronting the flashpoint national anthem protest that has divided the nation.
  • Albert Breer (SI) What we learned about National Anthem talks.