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New England Patriots links 10/05/17 - Pats need to bounce back vs. Bucs

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  • Jeff Howe gives us five things to watch in Patriots-Buccaneers game: 4. The O-line and Nate Solder trending in the right direction.
  • Tom E. Curran presents his Pats-Bucs preview: After an abysmal defensive showing Sunday, New England gets just what they don't need on a short week: A young, on-the-rise Tampa Bay team that's tough at home and eager for a signature victory.
  • Mike Reiss notes a frustrated Devin McCourty says the defense must avoid the knockout punch and clamp down on opponents' big plays.
  • Matthew Greagan tells us what to watch for tonight: Can Patriots’ D bounce back in a short week?
  • Rachel Bowers tells us why the Buccaneers are dangerous.
  • Chad Finn wonders if the Patriots will bring their A game to Tampa. /I’m hoping they bring their D.
  • Steve Balestrieri (PatsFans) First five impressions of the Buccaneers: Jameis Winston is having a very solid season.
  • Phil Perry reports Jameis Winston said it's a "blessing" to be able to play against one of his idols.
  • Zack Cox relays why the Buccaneers believe the Pats defense will right ship before game time.
  • Doug Kyed looks at how the Patriots will replace Eric Rowe tonight.
  • Karen Guregian declares the Patriots are in prove-it mode: Prove they can bounce back on short rest, avoid back-to-back losses, and prove they can iron out all the defensive problems.
  • Mike Lowe agrees that sure, the Patriots are struggling, but it’s too early to dismiss them.
  • Rich Garven says the Patriots are hoping history repeats itself, after the Week 4 loss.
  • Karen Guregian advises the Patriots on what they can do to get more out of Stephon Gilmore.
  • Mike Giardi notes that Alan Branch is upset with his lack of playing time.
  • Mark Daniels believes the Pats’ defensive problems started in the preseason.
  • Mike Reiss notes this will be Tom Brady's first time playing a regular-season game at Raymond James Stadium.
  • Adam Kurkjian Patriots Notebook: Running game finds a little momentum.
  • Mark Farinella Patriots Notebook: Business not booming for punter Allen.
  • Doug Kyed Patriots Mailbag: Nothing sets off panic in New England quite like a Patriots loss.
  • Hayden Bird shows us the "color rush" uniforms the Pats will wear tonight.
  • Kevin McNamara writes about the hoards of traveling Patriots fans who have a blast watching their team on the road.
  • AP Report - New England Patriots show off customized Boeing 767.
  • Mike D'Abate (Cover32) Top Ten: Comebacks in NFL history. /Guess who’s No. 1?


  • Fred Goodall (AP) Winston, Bucs poised for prime-time test against Patriots.
  • Marc Sessler ( What to watch for in Patriots vs. Buccaneers on 'TNF'.
  • Josh Alper (ProFootballTalk) Rob Gronkowski expected to play Thursday night.
  • Playbook ( Heath Evans and Shaun O'Hara preview New England Patriots vs.Tampa Bay Buccaneers. (2.49 min. video)
  • Jay Busbee (Yahoo! Sports) Wednesday War Room: What's wrong with the Patriots? Plus: MVP so far?
  • Shea Serrano (The Ringer) Who has the better fist pump, Tom Brady or Aaron Roders?
  • Bill Barnwell (ESPN) NFL quarter-season awards: Picking best players, coaches, rookies. MVP Tom Brady.
  • Gil Brandt ( Alex Smith, Tom Brady lead MVP race through first quarter of '17.
  • Danny Kelly (The Ringer) Who is the NFL’s MVP at the quarter-season mark?
  • Jason La Canfora (CBS Sports) Eleven NFL trades that eight teams need to make before the Halloween deadline. Patriots: Jimmy Garoppolo. /Shocker.
  • Don Banks (Bleacher Report) The legend of swamp ass and other tales of football's most pivotal partnership.
  • Joseph Person (Charlotte Observer) Panthers unhappy about Patriots’ soft turf, say it contributed to an injury.
  • Rodger Sherman (The Ringer) No one cares about the new Los Angeles Chargers. What if that’s part of the league’s plan?
  • Kevin Clark and Michael Lombardi (The Ringer) 'Make the Case', Week 4: Can the Jets win the AFC championship? (2.22 min. video)
  • Staff (SI) NFL Week 5 Picks. All six pick Patriots.
  • Dave Dameshek ( Week 5 Spoiler Alert: Patriots win 34-28.
  • David Steele (Sporting News) Week 5 NFL picks straight up. Buccaneers win 31-29.
  • Pete Prisco (CBS Sports) Week 5 Picks. Patriots 31-30.
  • Cam Inman (Mercury News) Week 5 picks. Patriots 27-24.


  • Jenny Vrentas (The MMQB) Hey, Cam Newton, it's not that hard to talk about football.
  • Charean Williams (ProFootballTalk) Charlotte Observer reporter says Cam Newton did not apologize. /Hey, I think I just found a defense worse than New England’s.
  • Michael David Smith (ProFootballTalk) Roddy White shows NFL’s sexism problem not limited to Cam Newton.
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) NFL: Cam Newton’s comments are “just plain wrong and disrespectful”.
  • Robert Klemko (SI) Danny Trevathan's suspension exposes players' disconnect when it comes to violent hits.