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TEAM TALK

LOCAL LINKS

  • Jeff Howe calls attention to how the Patriots are on a run of delivering demoralizing late-in-the-half scores.
  • Ryan Hannable talks up just how good a group of running backs the Patriots have.
  • Mike Reiss sees some clarity in a crowded backfield as Dion Lewis and Rex Burkhead have taken over lead RB roles in recent weeks.
  • Phil Perry claims Rex Burkhead's big night in Denver was no fluke and figures it would make sense for the Pats to try it again against the Raiders.
  • Mike Reiss notes DT Alan Branch says he's eager to face "one of the best" running backs of the last decade, comparing Marshawn Lynch to a 36-oz steak.
  • Mike Reiss notes that Stephon Gilmore is fitting right in with the close defensive backs group, and Duron Harmon explains why.
  • Mike GIardi says Stephon Gilmore's situation with the Patriots is 'getting better all the time.'
  • Mike Reiss details the Pats' unique week of practice and assures they haven't lost sight of their mission -- to beat Oakland on Sunday.
  • Mike Reiss hears from Rob Gronkowski on practicing in high altitude: 'You can feel it.'
  • Doug Kyed notes Devin McCourty on why the Patriots play their best late in the season.
  • Kevin Duffy reports Greg Cosell of NFL Films believes Brandin Cooks could be in for a big game on Sunday against the Oakland Raiders.
  • Ryan Hannable notes the Patriots will likely be without three of their better players Sunday: Marcus Cannon, Chris Hogan and Matthew Slater.
  • Joshua Schrock relays Steve Young explaining the one way the Raiders can beat Tom Brady and the Patriots.
  • Mike Reiss looks at how the team would fill a David Andrews void if they had to. Ted Karras probably would get nod at center.
  • Jeff Howe Patriots Notebook: Center David Andrews calls in sick for practice.
  • Jeff Howe Friday Mailbag: Predicting a Tom Brady contract extension for next offseason.
  • Doug Kyed Patriots Mailbag: Why secondary could be strength by end of season.
  • Ulises Harada tells us that in Mexico, the Patriots are a very popular team.
  • Jim Lazar predicts the Patriots will roll with the run game against the Raiders in Mexico, and makes his Week 11 picks. Pats win 34-22.

NATIONAL NEWS

EXTRACURRICULAR

  • Sheilla Dingus (AdvocacyForFairnessInSports) Motions filed to address NFL concussion settlement delays.
  • Michael McCann (SI) What is the NFLPA's game plan after losing Ezekiel Elliott's case?
  • Sheilla Dingus (AdvocacyForFairnessInSports) Report details anti-labor stance within NFL players union. Cyrus Mehri’s report “chronicles the reckless spending of the NFLPA, following the money trail from NFLPA leadership to law firms with anti-union agendas on the receiving end.”
  • Todd Archer, et al (ESPN) Owners to devote session to Roger Goodell deal at Dec. 13 meeting.
  • Staff (ESPN) Players to Goodell: We'd like a jet, lifetime insurance and $50 million, too.