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New England Patriots links 11/22/17 - D improves on run-stuffing; Is remaining schedule gravy for Pats?

Daily news and links for Wednesday

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NFL: New England Patriots at Oakland Raiders
Jonathan “Butler Insurance” Jones with the deflection
Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports



  • Mike Reiss looks at how the Patriots are planning for the scheduling quirk of playing the Dolphins two out of the next three games.
  • Zack Cox scouts the Dolphins, another team trending in the wrong direction.
  • Kevin Duffy calls attention to how Tom Brady has put up incredible numbers when pressured.
  • Ricky Doyle tells us ESPN Insider Dan Graziano believes Tom Brady will still be the starting Patriots QB in 2020.
  • Evan Lazar reports the Patriots' offensive line has become one of the best in the NFL.
  • Mike Dussault (PatsPropaganda) Cooks-ing with gas: Return of the deeeeep threat.
  • Mike Reiss explains why it's not a good idea to sell Dion Lewis short: The Patriots' 5-foot-8 running back is capable of providing big production.
  • Zack Cox points out how the team didn't lose confidence in Rex Burkhead after his fumble, unlike how Mike Gillislee was benched for 2 quarters in Week 6 vs. the Jets.
  • Mike Reiss reports WR Malcolm Mitchell is scheduled to be evaluated this week (Mitchell feels he is "getting better, for sure") but it's still unclear whether the team will bring him back from IR.
  • Ryan Hannable breaks down how the Patriots defense has turned things around since Week 4.
  • Sam Hollister (PatsPropaganda) The Patriots defense is pretty damn good after all.
  • Mike Reiss offers a few thoughts on the release of DE Cassius Marsh and why wasn't a good fit with what they wanted to do: Only niche player on special teams, couldn't set the edge like Ninko.
  • Phil Perry says with the release of Cassius Marsh, another trade turns out badly for the Patriots. /Is this the part where Belichick the GM is hurting Belichick the coach?
  • Kevin Duffy tells us what to know about DE Eric Lee, who the Patriots signed off the Bills' practice squad after releasing Cassius Marsh.
  • Doug Kyed wonders if Jonathan Jones could be insurance if the Patriots can't keep Malcolm Butler.
  • Mike Reiss takes a look at how the team is faring in two important statistics, points scored/allowed and turnovers.
  • Mark Daniels Patriots film review: Defense continues to make a difference.
  • Steve Buckley says there is only one 'big game' left for the Patriots and thinks that even the Steelers shouldn't be a problem.
  • Kevin Dillon looks at who is leading the MVP, Rookie of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year races through Week 11.
  • Stephen Hewitt Patriots Notebook: Robert Kraft expresses happiness at his team and Thanksgiving goodwill.
  • Zack Cox Patriots Notes: Is Malcolm Mitchell nearing return from Injured Reserve?
  • CBS Boston reports the Patriots spent their off day on Tuesday handing out over 200 Thanksgiving dinners to families in need.
  • Alex Reimer tells us who's complaining about Bill Belichick complaining about playing in Mexico City.
  • Ryan Hannable talks about the announcement of 27 semifinalists for the 2018 Pro Football Hall of Fame, including three players with big Patriot ties in Randy Moss, Richard Seymour and Ty Law.
  • Joshua Schrock finds Pats fans trolling Matt Ryan's baby announcement with 29-3 jokes. /Heh heh (ahem) no that’s wrong, people. Wrong!
  • Robert Alvarez (PatsFans) Georgia Dome collapse set to Super Bowl winning touchdown. /If this isn't irresistible click-bait, I don't know what is.
  • Mike Dussault and Nick Stevens (PatsPropaganda) Patshow 114: Raiders wrap, Cooks big gainer and Mike’s Grasshopper Pie recipe. (1 hour video)



  • Jarrett Bell (USA Today) Jerry Jones says he won't sue over Roger Goodell's contract, but fight isn't over.
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) Jerry Jones apparently wants to disband the Compensation Committee.