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New England Patriots links 12/21/17 - Pats must close down the edge on-ramp for opposing RBs

Daily news and links for Thursday

Divisional Round - Kansas City Chiefs v New England Patriots
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  • Karen Guregian brings us back to reality to point out 'a few warts have surfaced that need to be addressed. Where to start? How about the run defense.'
  • Mike Reiss focuses on how the team moves forward from an emotional, draining, big-time win.
  • Doug Kyed looks at how Rex Burkhead's injury will change the Pats' RB usage.
  • Duncan Day (ExBullpen) How Brady, Gronkowski drove Patriots to victory over Steelers. /Good read. With gifs too!
  • Jeff Howe Patriots Notebook: Kenny Britt appreciates his acceptance by his new team.
  • Ryan Hannable passes along a report that it looks as if Alan Branch has a meniscus issue and will miss a few weeks.
  • Jeff Howe finds the small number of Patriots players voted to the Pro Bowl is no concern of the team. As Malcolm Butler reminded, "We're all about team. We're all about each other."
  • Ryan Hannable notes Brandin Cooks brushes off the notion he was upset at not making the Pro Bowl.
  • Mark Farinella talks with James Develin about his long football road to the Pro Bowl.
  • WEEI recaps its Not Sunday podcast with Pro Football Focus' Sam Monson, who discusses his 2014 piece saying Tom Brady was no longer a top-five quarterback in the NFL and how that take has changed.
  • Mike Reiss offers his measured thoughts of why Bill Belichick stripped privileges from Alex Guerrero and what it says, if anything about Belichick's relationship with Tom Brady.
  • Ryan Hannable posts the transcript of how Bill Belichick answered questions about Alex Guerrero. /I heard the clip and man, it was awkward.


  • Jared Dubin (CBS Sports) NFL Playoffs 2018: The formula for beating the Patriots for every AFC contender.
  • Albert Breer (SI) Game Plan: NFL future GMs: Annual list of who's next in line to lead team personnel; Patriots drama; More.
  • Bill Barnwell (ESPN) All the NFL quarterbacks who could change teams in 2018.
  • Vinnie Iyer (Sporting News) NFL MVP odds heavily favor Tom Brady, but who can still catch him?
  • Dan Graziano (ESPN) NFL MVP poll: Gurley (and everyone else) chasing Brady.
  • Tadd Haislop (Sporting News) NFL playoff chances: Bills put pressure on Titans; Seahawks plunge.
  • Conor Orr (SI) Has the Shazier injury made us rethink football?