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New England Patriots links 12/01/17 - RBs aim to continue run of success vs. Bills

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Daily news and links for Friday

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TEAM TALK

LOCAL LINKS

  • Bill Burt mentions how the Bills are nearing two decades of looking up at the Pats. "One team’s winning streak is another team’s losing streak."
  • Michael Hurley points out how there's nobody on this planet who owns the Bills quite like Tom Brady has.
  • Steve Balestrieri (PatsFans) Bills look to erase 17 years of frustration against the Patriots.
  • Steve Balestrieri (PatsFans) Patriots-Bills key matchups, who has the razor’s edge?
  • Ryan Hannable says it appears Chris Hogan and Marcus Cannon are unlikely to play this week.
  • Mike Dussault (PatsPropaganda) Brady's favorite receiver (the open one) is back!
  • Ryan Hannable says Rob Gronkowski is having a strong, yet underrated season (46/702, 7 TDs), which could earn him $5.5 million.
  • Mike Reiss wonders if the Dion Lewis-led running game can continue to have success against the Bills.
  • Mark Farinella notes Brian Hoyer is relishing his return to New England as Tom Brady's backup.
  • Jeff Howe observes the ‘staggering’ parallels between Stephon Gilmore and Darrelle Revis.
  • Mark Daniels details how Stephon Gilmore is proving his worth to the Patriots.
  • Mike Dussault (PatsPropaganda) Bend don't break report: How 2017 D stacks up.
  • DJ Bean makes the case that Tom Brady, not Carson Wentz, should be the NFL MVP.
  • Henry McKenna (PatriotsWire) Tyrod Taylor has been better than Tom Brady in this statistical category.
  • Mike D'Abate (FullPressCoverage) Brace yourselves, winter is coming ... and so are the Patriots.
  • Ian Glendon (FullPressCoverage) The Patriots begin the end of the year checklist.
  • Mike Reiss reports Belichick conducted a walk-through instead of a padded practice, with no sign of Chris Hogan (shoulder) or Marcus Cannon (ankle).
  • Mike Reiss notes recovering David Andrews says he's 'getting better and better every day.'
  • Mike Reiss says injuries could see a turn to Cameron Fleming at right tackle Sunday -- their fourth different offensive-line configuration this season.
  • Tom E. Curran likens the Eli Manning debacle to how New England replaced Drew Bledsoe.
  • Robert Alvarez (PatsFans) Patriots vs. Bills compilation video.
  • Michael Hurley highlights the outstanding video of Bill Belichick mic'd up for Pats-Fins.
  • Jeff Howe Patriots Notebook: Buffalo-area native Rob Gronkowski ‘excited’ to play in front of ‘wild’ hometown fans again when Patriots visit Bills on Sunday; More.
  • Jeff Howe Friday Mailbag: Are Josh McDaniels, Matt Patricia gone after the season?
  • Doug Kyed Patriots Mailbag: Can Malcolm Mitchell return for postseason run?
  • Nicole Yang reveals the Patriots origins of 'Do Your Job' (which predates Bill Belichick).
  • Mike Reiss reports LB Nicholas Grigsby's contract extends through 2018.
  • Jim Lazar takes a flyer on Belichick's reasoning for keeping Brady in the game; Week 13 picks. "Always trouble in Buffalo. But never a troubled result. Pats, 30-13."

NATIONAL NEWS

  • Stephen Sheehan (FanRagSports) 5 Bold predictions for Patriots-Bills. 1. Patriots will rush for at least two touchdowns.
  • John Wawrow (AP) 5 Things to watch for in Sunday’s Patriots-Bills game. 1. Red zone focus.
  • Scott Gleeson (USA Today) Tom Brady calls Eli Manning's benching an 'unfortunate situation'.
  • Robert Mays (The Ringer) Harnessing the power of play-action.
  • Armando Salguero (Miami Herald) Dolphins’ defensive meeting outlines mental mistakes against New England. And there were lots.
  • Rob Demovsky (ESPN) Packers file paperwork in attempt to collect portion of Martellus Bennett's signing bonus.
  • Charean Williams (ProFootballTalk) Bobby McCain will appeal fine for throwing punch at Danny Amendola.
  • Kevin Skiver (CBS Sports) 2018 Super Bowl odds for NFL Week 13: Patriots remain runaway favorites.
  • David Steele (Sporting News) Week 13 NFL picks. Patriots 30-24.
  • Sports Staff (USA Today) NFL Week 13 picks. Five of five pick Pats to win.

VIEW FROM BUFFALO

  • John Murphy (BuffaloBills) Top 7 storylines for Bills-Patriots this week: 1. Sean McDermott's first kick at the Patriots can.
  • John Dudley (Eerie Times News) Nemesis Patriots give Bills first shot at ending December woes.
  • Sal Capaccio (WGR550) Patriots have several key players banged up.
  • Matthew Fairburn (NewYorkUpstate) What Patriots' Rob Gronkowski said about Buffalo Bills fans and jumping through tables.
  • Jadon Ceravolo (BuffaloBills) Bills Today: McCoy's got good history vs. Pats.
  • Jadon Ceravolo (BuffaloBills) Bills Today: Taylor has more leeway than you think.
  • Nick Wojton (Batavia Daily News) Bills QB Nate Peterman: "I’m definitely going to be ready".

EXTRACURRICULAR

  • Derek Helling (AdvocacyForFairnessInSports) Lane Johnson lawsuit and players coalition prove Cyrus Mehri is right about NFLPA.
  • Nancy Armour (USA Today) NFL, Players Coalition agreement on social justice efforts not perfect, but it's a start.
  • Danny Heifetz (The Ringer) NFL players are considering an offer from league owners that would donate $89 Million to social justice causes.
  • Jerry Thornton (Barstool Sports) The NFL owners might have bought their way out of the anthem protests.
  • Dan Wetzel (Yahoo! Sports) NFL squandering chance to force President Trump to kneel on gambling case and be on side of fans.
  • Eric Adelson (Yahoo! Sports) Jameis Winston’s Uber case gives faint echo of landmark Roger Goodell decision involving Ben Roethlisberger.