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New England Patriots links 11/16/17 - Diverse passing attack, stellar O-line play power Pats offense

Daily news and links for Thursday

New England Patriots v Denver Bronco Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images



  • Steve Balestrieri (PatsFans) Raiders in a "must win" position against the Patriots this week.
  • Danny Cox profiles the up and down Raiders.
  • Phil Perry looks at the different approaches to the Mexico City altitude: Pats are preparing to play at altitude by training at altitude, while the Raiders are practicing in the Bay Area and waiting as long as they can to get to Mexico City.
  • Mike Giardi goes through how the Patriots turned their season around: 1. Personal pride.
  • Mike Dussault (PatsPropaganda) Is 2017 most balanced Patriots passing attack ever?
  • Jeff Howe believes the addition of Martellus Bennett will finally give Rob Gronkowski an occasional breather from the heavy, physical workload he's had to perform.
  • Phil Perry wonders if Rob Gronkowski has a shot at maxing out his 2017 incentives.
  • Karen Guregian says Dion Lewis is back making big plays, showing Bill Belichick understands how to use him correctly, and carefully, as a weapon.
  • Mike Giardi calls the offensive linemen the unsung heroes of the team's recent success.
  • Sam Hollister (PatsPropaganda) The Offensive Line’s stellar play against Von and the Broncos.
  • Mike Reiss reports Malcom Brown rejoins the team in Colorado after missing two games and could return to play on Sunday.
  • Mike Giardi points to Sunday night’s game in Denver to see all the faces of Pat Chung's versatility.
  • Doug Kyed recalls the trepidation for what would happen with the secondary with the return of Stephon Gilmore. Results: He played well, still loves being a Patriot, “They get the best out of me.”
  • Mark Daniels is only surprised that the first four weeks ever happened the way they did, not that the defense turned a corner.
  • Jeff Howe Patriots Notebook: Spending time at Air Force Academy puts football in perspective for players.
  • Zack Cox gives us an injury and practice participation update from Wednesday: Martellus Bennett, Alan Branch limited with new ailments.
  • CBS Boston passes along a report that Matthew Slater could be out multiple games with a "serious" hamstring injury.
  • Doug Kyed relays the moment the Patriots players learned they couldn't survive Air Force training.
  • Doug Kyed mentions the lessons Bill Belichick taught his players about military operations, prior to spending three days practicing at the United States Air Force Academy.
  • The Herald looks at the strength of schedule for the AFC's contending teams heading into this weekend.
  • Ryan Hannable points out in case you haven't noticed, the AFC East is back to being a disaster.
  • Alex Reimer adds some perspective to the ESPN graphic comparing Case Keenum to young Tom Brady.
  • Ryan Hannable notes that when asked if he has a message for the people of Mexico, Gronkowski relied on his oldie but goodie, "Yo soy fiesta, baby."
  • Mike Reiss notes Bill Belichick was pleased the team had only one penalty vs. the Broncos.
  • Kevin Duffy considers which 2018 free agents - Rex Burkhead, Dion Lewis or Malcolm Butler - will get extensions.
  • Karen Guregian reports Bill Belichick admits some nerves as he gave the Navy football team it's pregame speech prior to the Navy-SMU game on Saturday.
  • Zack Cox highlights Julian Edelman's interview with Barstool Sports' "Pardon My Take" podcast, where he recalls injuring LaDainian Tomlinson during his first stint at CB.



  • Jerry McDonald (Mercury News) Why the Raiders respect but don’t fear the Patriots’ defense.
  • Matt Kawahara (SFGate) Raiders say Patriots’ defensive numbers mask ‘a good group’.
  • Matt Schneidman (East Bay Times) Raiders vs. Tom Brady: ‘He’s the best at what he does’.
  • Scott Bair (NBCS Bay Area) Raiders might have the perfect player to slow down Rob Gronkowski.
  • Dieter Kurtenbach (East Bay Times) The Raiders might be the luckiest team in the NFL — can they take advantage?
  • Jerry McDonald (Mercury News) Five areas where Raiders need to improve for playoff run, starting with New England.
  • Jerry McDonald (East Bay Times) Raiders fans get kicked in the teeth by NFL: Here comes the game local fans have been waiting for and they’re playing it in another country.
  • Matt Kawahara (SFGate) Bill Belichick: Raiders’ Marshawn Lynch ‘looks good on every run’.
  • Matt Kawahara (SFGate) Raiders tight end Jared Cook proving to be ‘a quarterback’s best friend’.
  • Matt Schneidman (East Bay Times) A chat with Raiders’ Brad Seely: His Patriots days, Oakland special teams and more.


  • Sally Jenkins (Washington Post) What is more outsized, Roger Goodell’s salary or his hubris in asking for more?
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) Wall Street Journal confirms owners have discussed removing Jerry Jones.
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) Owners warn Jerry Jones that his “antics” could be “conduct detrimental” to NFL. /‘...goes around comes around’ eh, Jerrah?
  • Tim Cowlishaw (Dallas News) In Jerry Jones' fight with NFL, Cowboys owner playing with a deck he helped stack against himself.
  • Kate Hairopolos (Dallas News) Why Exekiel Elliot withdrew appeal of six-game suspension.
  • Michael David Smith (ProFootballTalk) Richie Incognito: Players got hosed on the last CBA and we’ll get hosed on the next one.
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) NFLPA dubs league’s disciplinary process a “sham” and a “lie”.