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  • Mike Reiss offers some quick-hit weekend thoughts: Tom Brady sees similarities between Patriots' and Spurs' cultures.
  • Ryan Hannable Sunday 7: 1. Tom Brady, Bill Belichick miles above rest of NFL quarterbacks, head coaches.
  • Jeff Howe gives us five things to watch tonight: 1. Going Gronkless.
  • Tom E. Curran previews Patriots-Dolphins to see who has the edge.
  • Ryan Hannable picks 3 keys to tonight's game: 2. Keeping Tom Brady safe.
  • Karen Guregian warns that it's never easy for the Patriots in Miami.
  • Phil Perry hears the Patriots are expecting cheap shots and chippy play from the Dolphins tonight.
  • Zack Cox presents his Patriots-Dolphins preview.
  • Jeff Howe points to Danny Amendola who might be the most integral member of the Patriots' tasked with replacing the Hulk-sized hole on the depth chart tonight.
  • Mike Reiss reports Chris Hogan traveled to Miami with the team and is likely to play tonight.
  • Mike Reiss reports the Patriots will be without top pass-rusher Trey Flowers for the second game in a row.
  • Doug Kyed suggests keeping a tab open on your browser to follow who's who on the Pats defensive roster.
  • Eric Wilbur offers a prediction roundup for tonight’s matchup.
  • Rich Thompson thinks Dolphins QB Jay Cutler will be looking to drastically alter his personal history against the Patriots.
  • Jeff Howe notes the Patriots will have to earn the AFC East title after the Bills win in the Snow on Sunday.
  • Kevin Duffy takes a look at the AFC Playoff Picture: Patriots vs. Steelers in Week 15 should decide the No. 1 seed.
  • Mike Reiss notes Tom Brady's MVP-caliber season is impressing another 40-something QB in Vinny Testaverde.
  • Ryan Hannable talks about Matt Patricia's one of a kind bond with his players.
  • Adam Kurkjian writes that for DE Eric Lee, effort and attitude pay off.
  • Mike Reiss helps us get to know Johnson Bademosi.
  • Jeff Howe Patriots Notebook: Chris Hogan travels with team to Florida, could play against Miami Dolphins tonight; Fins can focus on Cooks with Gronk out; More.
  • Adam Kurkjian Patriots Notebook: Dolphins’ Ndamukong Suh big part of offensive game plan for Tom Brady, linemen.
  • Karen Guregian talks with former official Jim Daopoulos, who believes Rob Gronkowski has a legitimate beef with the officials. “He gets manhandled out there because he’s a big, tough kid. Then he gets called for these really piddly fouls."


  • Andy Benoit (SI) Previewing Patriots-Dolphins: Patriots targeting Dolphins LB Kiko Alonso's weaknesses on Monday Night Football.
  • Kristopher Knox (Bleacher Report) How Patriots can make up for Rob Gronkowski's absence vs. Dolphins on MNF. 3. Put White and Burkhead on the field at the same time.
  • Report (AP) Dolphins' Gase seeks breakthrough win against Patriots.
  • Matt Chatham (BlogTalkRadio) The Real Thing Patriots Podcast: It's a packed to the brim show as we re-preview--is that a word?--the Dolphins, and more. (1 hour podcast) /Subtitle: Increase your football knowledge in only 1 hour!
  • Lorenzo Reyes (USA Today) With AFC North clinched, Steelers turn sole focus to dethroning Patriots.
  • Jeremy Fowler (ESPN) Battle-tested Steelers embrace chance to 'beat the champ' Patriots.
  • Steve Silva (DirtyWaterMedia) Sean McDonough opens up on NFL viewership, player protests, violent hits, Patriots, Red Sox, and more.
  • Peter King (SI) Monday Morning QB: The Steelers’ best, the Eagles’ worst nightmare and a snow game for the ages.
  • Gary Gramling (SI) Sunday Freakout: Bills have fun in the snow, Eagles possibly without Wentz, Browns almost win, More.
  • Will Brinson (CBS Sports) Sorting the Sunday Pile, Week 14: Wentz injury opens up NFC playoff, MVP races.
  • Don Banks ( Snap Judgments: Musings, observations and the occasional insight as an eventful Week 14 unfolded.
  • Around the NFL ( NFL Week 14: Forty-two takeaways from Sunday.
  • Nate Davis (USA Today) 40 things we learned in Week 14.
  • NFL Nation (ESPN) Bold predictions for all 32 teams down the stretch. Patriots: Rob Gronkowski will reach tier-2 of his incentives, which will earn him $8.75 million.
  • Kevin Seifert (ESPN) NFL Playoff Picture: Updated seeds after Week 14.
  • Albert Breer (Si) Top 10 NFL coaching candidates under 50.



  • Daniel Wallach (Forbes) How the Supreme Court could hand a win to New Jersey and sports betting.
  • Michael David Smith (ProFootballTalk) Feds crack down on multimillion-dollar football pool.
  • Mike Triplett (ESPN) Saints coach Sean Payton calls NFL hire of former whistleblower 'unbelievable'.