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New England Patriots links 11/30/17 - Prepping for Pats, Gronk produces spike in headaches for Bills

Daily news and links for Thursday

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  • Karen Guregian reports the Patriots have gained more yards than any offense in the league, going from a quick-pass, dink-and-dunk offense to an explosive, big-play juggernaut. /Wouldn’t that makes Brady a multi-”system” QB?
  • Ryan Hannable notes it’s an understatement to say Rob Gronkowski enjoys returning home. Gronk’s previous six games in Buffalo: 35/583, 7 TDs.
  • Adam Kurkjian focuses on the Patriots’ pressing issue at right tackle, saying it's close to start wondering when or if the attrition will finally be too much.
  • Ryan Hannable mentions that in the last seven games, the Pats are allowing an average of 13.1 points per game and haven’t allowed more than 17 points in that span - a feat of historic proportions.
  • Michael Hurley doesn't understand why Belichick 'keeping' Tom Brady in the Dolphins game is still a story, and explains the obvious reason why he did.
  • Tom E. Curran Know Thine Enemy: It's been an up-and-down ride for the Buffalo Bills.
  • Danny Cox profiles the Bills, who have had their struggles but can be a very dangerous team when on top of their game.
  • Tyler Sullivan (247 Sports) Patriots ready for a lot of middle fingers on Sunday in Buffalo.
  • Zack Cox notes Bill Belichick's praise for Tyrod Taylor makes the Bills' decision to bench him look even dumber.
  • Mike Giardi notes that despite a sluggish season, the Patriots aren't sleeping on LeSean McCoy.
  • Kevin Dillon quotes Bill Belichick on the Buffalo Bills running back: LeSean McCoy can "make four guys miss in a phone booth."
  • Jeff Howe hears from Brian Hoyer on what it was like to get the phone call that released him from San Francisco and gave him the opportunity to return to New England.
  • Alex Reimer points out Tom Brady managed to outlast two Mannings. "Just when it seems like we’re running out of ways to articulate Brady’s excellence, another example appears."
  • Jeff Howe Patriots Notebook: Tom Brady has day off from practice, but he’ll be ready to go on Sunday; David Andrews' illness may have been due to altitude sickness; More.
  • Doug Kyed looks at how the ex-Blls on the Patriots have been performing, leading up to this week's matchup.
  • Michael Hurley explains why Brady Wentz Russell Wilson deserves an MVP nod, and makes his Week 13 picks. Pats win and cover.
  • Doug Kyed, Zack Cox and Courtney Cox Between The Tackles: The Week 12 win over the Dolphins and the Week 13 matchup against the Bills. (38 min. video)
  • Russ Goldman (PatsFans) Fourth and Two Podcast: A look back at the Patriots victory against the Dolphins and preview of Pats-Bills. (65 min.)


  • Albert Breer (SI) Game Plan, Week 13: Sean McVay's Rams success; Peyton Manning's next job; Eli Manning’s future team; Pittsburgh’s growing optimism; the NFL players’ social justice situation; and more.
  • Mike Freeman (Bleacher Report) 10-Point Stance: Antonio Brown is the real MVP; Why Gronk's greatness is more impressive than you thought.
  • John Wawrow (AP) Patriots enjoying a 17-year run of dominance of Bills.
  • Gil Brandt ( Best chances to win Super Bowl LII: Eagles, Patriots look strong.
  • Jay Busbee (Yahoo! Sports) Who's going to survive the AFC playoff grind?
  • Joel Corry (CBS Sports) Agent’s Take: NFL’s 15 most underpaid players providing bang for the buck. 1. Tom Brady.
  • Tom Taylor (SI) The footballs have tracking chips this season - but their use in officiating is still just a dream.
  • Michael Middlehurst-Schwartz (USA Today) Ranking every NFL division race from worst to first. 7th: AFC East.
  • Will Leitch (Sports on Earth) Confidence pool rankings for Week 13.
  • Pete Blackburn (CBS Sports) What all 32 NFL teams should be playing for to finish the season. /Warning: Slideshow.