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New England Patriots links 10/30/17 - Belichick on style of play vs. Chargers: We prefer to win

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Daily news and links for a Victory Monday

NFL: Los Angeles Chargers at New England Patriots Stew Milne-USA TODAY Sports

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  • Jeff Howe details how the Patriots gutted through a fourth consecutive win in a season in which very little has appeared easy so far for New England.
  • Mike D'Abate (Cover32) Charge Complete: Chargers fall short in Foxboro.
  • Steve Balestrieri (PatsFans) Patriots muscle past Chargers, move to 6-2 at the Bye.
  • Ryan Hannable notes the Patriots are winning ugly and no longer a dominant team, but says considering the loss of Edelman and Hightower, that's okay for 2017.
  • Mike Reiss says the Patriots are averaging just 22 points per game during their current winning streak and want to step up their offense heading into the bye.
  • Karen Guregian calls out the Patriots offense for doing just about everything right -- except put the ball in the end zone.
  • Mike Reiss notes the top issues the team needs to address at the bye: Too many field goals. Not enough touchdowns.
  • Mike Reiss mentions the offense having trouble scoring touchdowns in the red zone and Bill Belichick and Tom Brady aren't happy about it.
  • Adam Kurkjian spotlights the play of the four running backs, who were crucial to the Patriots victory.
  • Ian Logue (PatsFans) Win accomplishes rare feat for Brady over Rivers.
  • Phil Perry discusses how the Patriots were able to neutralize the Chargers' pass rush, and protect Brady even after they lost Marcus Cannon.
  • Tom E. Curran says the Patriots defense appears to be upright after a rocky start to the season, and the real improvement work going on behind the scenes.
  • Ryan Hannable looks at how the Patriots replaced Dont'a Hightower vs. the Chargers.
  • Doug Kyed hears Kyle Van Noy defend the offense from criticism.
  • Dan Ventura talks about how the final drive was a microcosm of the way things went for the Patriots defense yesterday.
  • Doug Kyed gives us his Pats-Bolts takeaways: Pass rush needs upgrade at trade deadline.
  • Michael Hurley says that if Belichick wins the Super Bowl with this team, it will be his greatest achievement.
  • Zack Cox Patriots Notes: Bye week comes at perfect time for banged-up Pats.
  • Ryan Hannable relays players sharing their thoughts on Travis Benjamin running backwards on that punt return for the safety.
  • Hayden Bird mentions through eight games, Gostkowski has hit 20 out of 23 field goals (87%), almost identical to his career average (87.1%).
  • Zack Cox tells us why Jonathan Jones is one of Matthew Slater's favorite teammates: “He just comes in, doesn’t say a whole lot, works his butt off, and he’s a very, very valuable player to this team."
  • Mike Reiss reports Chris Hogan is set for an MRI with a shoulder injury.
  • Mike Reiss picks the Ups and Downs from Sunday's win: Patriots coverage units, up.
  • Dan Ventura picks his Best & Worst from Sunday's win.
  • Jeff Howe Patriots Notebook: Stephen Gostkowski unhappy with missed kicks that are makeable.
  • Darren Hartwell passes along an update on Chris Hogan's injury: according to Ian Rapoport, the best-case scenario is a sprained AC joint.
  • Zack Cox says the Chargers are crying foul after a penalty nullifies a long TD vs. the Patriots.

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