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New England Patriots links 11/24/17 - Patriots need to stick a fork in the AFC East

Daily news and links for Friday

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  • Mike Reiss picks three areas the team needs to improve on, including their offensive screen game and their four-man pass rush.
  • Ian Logue (PatsFans) Brady still trying to fix bad connection with Cooks on 3rd down.
  • Jeff Howe thinks that while Brandin Cooks expressed his wish to be a Patriot for life and the organization seem to uniformly love him, mutual love doesn't always hold up in contract negotiations.
  • Doug Kyed talks about Danny Amendola's unique role as Patriots trusted part-time receiver.
  • Kevin Duffy wonders if Rob Gronkowski is due for a monster finish to the season.
  • Karen Guregian sees the secondary now living up to its preseason billing as the pillar of the defense.
  • Mike Giardi points out how the Patriots LBs have righted themselves particularly in coverage of pass-catchers out of the backfield.
  • Kevin Dillon looks at what has changed for the Patriots defense. According to Devin McCourty 'it's obviously a different level of confidence.'
  • Ryan Hannable recaps Devin McCourty discussing the closeness of this team.
  • Jeff Howe gives us the latest practice update with Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski returning to practice and Patrick Chung (ankle) limited.
  • Jeff Howe Patriots Notebook: Valuable practice snaps for backup quarterback Brian Hoyer; Reunion with Terry Glenn had been in progress over the past year; More.
  • Jeff Howe, Adam Kurkjian Patriots Notebook: Shout out to Jacob Hollister; Patriots use of running backs in the passing game appears to be hitting its stride; More.
  • Zack Cox Patriots Notes: Unorthodox, AFC East-heavy schedule awaits Pats in home stretch.
  • Doug Kyed Patriots Mailbag: Has new England struggled acquiring talent recently?
  • Steve Balestrieri (PatsFans) Patriots-Dolphins key matchups; who has the razor's edge?
  • Ryan Hannable says Miami DT Ndamukong Suh has observed Tom Brady has been getting the ball out slower than usual which will help him get after Brady.
  • Danny Cox profiles the Miami Dolphins who are desperate heading to Gillette.
  • Kevin Dillon notes Bill Belichick does not expect the Patriots to have team TD celebrations and says they're not focused on 'halftime show.'
  • Mike Reiss gives the Patriots the edge in an underrated matchup this week: Matt Patricia's strong beard game.
  • Tom E. Curran calls on voters to quit their scheming and make Randy Moss a first-ballot Hall of Famer.
  • Phil Perry highlights some of the things Patriots fans have to be thankful for but may not be aware of.
  • Mike Reiss relays the Patriots thoughts on the essential ingredients of their family Thanksgiving meals.
  • Joshua Schrock tells us why Stephen A. Smith picks Tom Brady over Carson Wentz for NFL MVP.
  • Joshua Schrock posts a clip of Katie Nolan, Damien Woody and Jonathan Vilma attempting to eat a Tom Brady-style Thanksgiving meal.
  • Jim Lazar says Belichick and Brady will have to put together a run of perfect game plans and precise execution to survive this gauntlet of formidable foes, and makes his Week 12 picks. Patriots win 34-16.



  • Omar Kelly (Sun-Sentinel) Jay Cutler would likely start against Patriots if cleared to play.
  • Armando Salguero (Miami Herald) Miami Dolphins preparing new quarterback to face the New England Patriots.
  • Adam H. Beasley (Miami Herald) Landry months back predicted Miami would sweep the Pats. Has he changed his tune? Nope.
  • Joe Schad (Palm Beach Post) Jarvis Landry on 17-point underdogs: ‘I don’t care about Vegas.’
  • Ryan DiPentima (Palm Beach Post) Dolphins vs. Patriots: How do they match up in Week 12?
  • Chris Perkins (Sun-Sentinel) Miami Dolphins LBs trying to roll with constant punches.
  • Adam Cohen (MiamiDolphins) Pass rush needs to make a difference.
  • Dave Hyde (Sun-Sentinel) Let's play truth or troll with Bill Belichick's presser.
  • Armando Salguero (Miami Herald) The Dolphins made bold moves to improve before the season. Here’s why that didn’t work out.
  • Armando Salguero (Miami Herald) Miami Dolphins trying to go last to first and it’s not good; plus Cutler, Moore notes.
  • Greg Cote (Miami Herald) Why the Dolphins have a shot in New England in Week 12. Well, OK, half a shot? Patriots win 31-17.
  • Alain Poupart (MiamiDolphins) Matchup Memories: Dolphins - Patriots.
  • Dave Hyde (Sun-Sentinel) Hyde’s top ten NFL coaches of all time. Belichick no. 2.