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New England Patriots links 11/28/17 - Pass rush rolling into late-season form

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NFL: Miami Dolphins at New England Patriots
First game on the job: DE Eric Lee hands a sack lunch to Matt Moore
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  • Jeff Howe recounts how wave after wave, the Patriots drowned QB Matt Moore with a storm of pass rushers, but wonders if that attack can continue.
  • Steve Balestrieri (PatsFans) The defense never rests in New England, but they’re improving every week.
  • Kevin Duffy examines how the defense destroyed the Dolphins and keeps progressing late in the season.
  • Nick O'Malley believes the 2017 Patriots may have Bill Belichick's ultimate bend-don't-break defense.
  • Zack Cox explains why Bill Belichick was impressed by Jonathan Jones on his first career sack.
  • Mike Giardi observes Stephon Gilmore has corrected his course, looking very much like a player worth the resources the team invested in him.
  • Mike Reiss says that by adding a second year to DE Eric Lee's contract, the Patriots made a good-faith gesture and showed they have some long-range vision in mind.
  • Adam Kurkjian addresses three big questions from Sunday's win. 1. Pass rush finally here?
  • Michael Hurley thinks Tom Brady was fortunate to escape healthy, and serves up more leftover Patriots thoughts.
  • Mike Dussault (PatsPropaganda) Pats Posits: Injury attrition and wins continue.
  • Scott Zolak & Marc Bertrand focused on Adam Gase's "special" clock management that ruined a Dolphins drive.
  • Zack Cox points out Rob Gronkowski caught five passes for 82 yards and two TDs Sunday, and leads all NFL players in TDs since entering the NFL in 2010 (74) despite missing 25 games in that span.
  • Mike Reiss thinks Martellus Bennett seemed to bring out the best in Dwayne Allen, who has played his best football in the past three games, and the team will be relying on more of that coming down the homestretch.
  • Jeff Howe, Adam Kurkjian Patriots Notebook: Reunion with Martellus Bennett ends with placement on injured reserve.
  • Doug Kyed gives us an injury update: Kyle Van Noy (calf) and LaAdrian Waddle (ankle) ailments seem minor.
  • Ron Borges issues his Week 12 Report Card on what wasn't so much a test as it was a pop quiz: “The pop coming when the traditionally cheap-shotting Dolphins began to get chippy. Belichick’s boys declined to participate, instead opting to hit them in the mouth where it counts the most.”
  • Adam Kurkjian runs down the Patriots playoff scenarios: Can't clinch division until Week 14.
  • 98.5 Sports Hub guest Matthew Slater tells his best "trash talk" stories.
  • Tom E. Curran says Mike Tomlin's biggest transgression is believing his Steelers are even with the Patriots.
  • Ryan Hannable highlights Bill Belichick on WEEI, detailing his one-game-at-a-time coaching philosophy, which is the opposite of Mike Tomlin's.
  • Zack Cox notes Bill Belichick has no use for records: "So I don’t think living in the past is going to help us, and I don’t think living in the future is going to help us, either.”



  • Bruce Allen (BostonSportsMediaWatch) Deflategate karma has struck hard for enemies of the New England Patriots.
  • Jenny Vrentas (SI) Aqib Talib and Michael Crabtree suspended two games for fighting.