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New England Patriots links 12/14/17 - Matchup to watch: Malcolm Butler vs. Antonio Brown

Daily news and links for Thursday

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  • Jeremy Fowler (ESPN) Brady vs. Big Ben by the numbers: A study in dominance; shot at redemption.
  • Photo Essays ( Mind-boggling stats: Patriots vs. Steelers.
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) Tomlin denies that the Steelers were looking ahead to the Patriots.
  • Terence Moore (Sports on Earth) Belichick is the best in NFL history.
  • Albert Breer (SI) Game Plan: Jerry Jones is playing the long game; What the Steelers are taking away from last year's AFC title game; More.
  • Hank Gargiulo and Seth Walder (ESPN) FPI projects best, most important games of NFL Week 15.
  • Matt Lombardi ( NFL QB power rankings. No. 1 Tom Brady. 2017 Stats: 324-of-481 passing for 3,865 yards with 27 touchdowns, 6 interceptions, sacked 29 times.
  • Joel Corry (CBS Sports) Agent's Take: Stafford, Luck lead list of NFL's 15 highest-paid players in 2017.
  • Frank Schwab (Yahoo! Sports) NFL MVP, ROY and awards rankings: Carson Wentz's injury opens up the MVP race.
  • Cameron Filipe (Football Zebras) Week 15 referee assignments. Patriots-Steelers: Tony Corrente.
  • Jason La Canfora (CBS Sports) Tom Savage debacle needs to lead to concussion protocol fix, more notes.
  • Staff (VinePair) Mapped & ranked: The NFL's drunkest fans this season.
  • Josh Alper (ProFootballTalk) Roger Goodell: No determination that this will be my last contract.


  • Chris Adamski (TribLive) League leaders clash as Steelers' Ben Roethlisberger faces Patriots' Tom Brady.
  • Jerry DiPaola (TribLIve) Steelers' Javon Hargrave: Everybody 'geeked up' for Patriots matchup.
  • Ron Cook (Post-Gazette) You can expect Tom Brady's best against the Steelers.
  • Joe Starkey (Post-Gazette) Make no mistake, Ben Roethlisberger is the ticket to ring No. 7.
  • Ed Bouchette (Post-Gazette) Ben Roethlisberger has a chance to stamp his legacy.
  • Ray Fittipaldo (Post-Gazette) Fresh off suspension, JuJu Smith-Schuster vows to keep playing physical.
  • Ray Fittipaldo (Post-Gazette) Injured Joe Haden wants to play against the Patriots: 'I’m just trying to push it.'
  • Kevin Gorman (TribLive) Patriots coach Bill Belichick: Steelers a 'huge challenge for us'.
  • Jerry Dipaola (TribLive) Patriots' Dion Lewis ready for return to Heinz Field.
  • Joe Rutter (TribLive) With Ryan Shazier out, Mike Tomlin will turn to committee of linebackers to pick up slack.
  • Kevin Gorman (TribLive) Steelers' Antonio Brown deserves to be NFL's MVP.
  • Gerry Dulac (Post-Gazette) 2017 NFL Week 15 picks. Steelers 27-24.