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New England Patriots links 10/06/17 - Defense bucks up, preserves victory

Daily news and links for a Victory Friday

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



  • Mike Reiss talks about the storyline no one saw coming: The Patriots' defense "That's right, the defense" led the way in an ugly 19-14 victory in Tampa last night.
  • Jeff Howe writes how the Patriots clinched the win with a stop at the buzzer, as Jonathan Jones broke up Jameis Winston’s end-zone bid on the final pass of the game.
  • Ryan Hannable says the change to the defense was much-needed and could spark a turnaround.
  • Phil Perry with five quick thoughts: Interesting move by the Bucs to not try hardly any of the plays the Patriots could not stop a week prior.
  • Zack Cox feels "Thursday Night Football" tends to be a breeding ground for crappy football, and that certainly was the case again this week.
  • Ian Logue (PatsFans) Six takeaways from Patriots at Buccaneers. 1. It was still an ugly win with still too many miscues.
  • Kevin Dillon tells us 10 things we learned last night: 1. The Patriots' defense was much better -- especially on third down.
  • Hector Longo’s Two-Minute Drill: The key moment of Thursday night’s 19-14 Patriots win over the Tampa Bay Bucs had all of New England doubting and cursing on Twitter and the rest of social media.
  • Mike D'Abate (Cover32) Patriots Recap: Pats Keep Bucs at Bay, 19-14.
  • Tom E. Curran reviews his Pats-Bucs preview to see how his predictions fared.
  • Mike Dussault (PatsPropaganda) No style points on TNF. "It was only the fourth quarter that anyone should have any problem with."
  • AP Report - Brady throws for 303 yards, Patriots hold off Bucs 19-14.
  • Jeff Howe Patriots Notebook: Cornerback Stephon Gilmore responds with solid game.
  • Ryan Hannable reports Duron Harmon acknowledges the defense heard the criticisms, but 'it was right and we knew it.'
  • Ryan Hannable passes along an Adam Schefter report that Rob Gronkowski and Rex Burkhead are expected to return for Week 6 vs. the Jets.
  • Mike Reiss looks into the reasons Tom Brady is taking an increasing number of hits, hardly ideal for him.
  • Adam Kurkjian picks the Best and Worst from Thursday night.
  • Matthew Geagan recaps what went right -- and what went wrong -- for the Patriots in their 19-14 win over the Buccaneers.
  • Karen Guregian shuts down the Jimmy Garoppolo trade talk making the rounds on the sports talk show circuit: "Let's just say Bill Belichick would never feel that desperate."
  • Jim Lazar mentions how the AFC East is eager to believe this is the year the Patriots are going down, and makes his Week 5 picks.


  • Ron Clements (Sporting News) Patriots hang on to beat Bucs in offensively inept contest.
  • Gregg Rosenthal ( What we learned: Patriots lean on defense in victory. "The Patriots are used to dramatic endings by now."
  • Max Meyer (SI) It wasn't pretty, but Patriots escape with the victory against Buccaneers.
  • Alex Marvez (Sporting News) Patriots can still get job done against imperfect foes like Buccaneers.
  • Curtis Crabtree (ProFootballTalk) Patriots hold on for 19-14 victory over Buccaneers as last second throw falls incomplete.
  • John Breech (CBS Sports) Patriots vs. Buccaneers things to know: Tom Brady shines, Nick Folk craters.
  • Judy Battista ( Patriots' win could mark turning point despite their vulnerabilities.
  • Brent Sobleski (Bleacher Report) Despite TNF victory, New England Patriots still far from Super Bowl contenders.
  • Jacob Feldman (SI) The Morning Huddle: The Patriots’ defense finally came to play.
  • Jenna Laine and Mike Reiss (ESPN) Jameis Winston meets Tom Brady: I dream of being the type of QB he is.
  • Darin Gantt (ProFootballTalk) Jameis Winston calls it “honor” and “blessing” to chat with Tom Brady.
  • Josh Alper (ProFootballTalk) Stephon Gilmore: I was out to prove something Thursday night.
  • Bob Hille (Sporting News) Sorry, Pats fans, retired LB Rob Ninkovich enjoys ‘not feeling like I just got run over by a truck’.
  • Harry Lyles Jr. (SB Nation) Nick Folk had the worst ‘Thursday Night Football’ a kicker could have.
  • Curtis Crabtree (ProFootballTalk) Nick Folk after three missed field goals against Patriots: “This one’s on me”.
  • Albert Breer (SI) Game Plan: How Deshaun Watson earned trust early from Houston Texans; Michael Bennett case is complicated; Patriots offseason signing is questioned.
  • Jeremy Fowler (ESPN) Steelers' James Harrison envious of Patriots' team plane.
  • Big Play Highlights ( Penalty nullifies absurd one-hand catch by New England Patriots wide receiver Danny Amendola. (20 second video)