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New England Patriots links 12/22/17 - Patriots, Bills both have plenty to play for

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Daily news and links for Friday

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TEAM TALK

LOCAL LINKS

  • Tom E. Curran helps us get to know the Buffalo Bills, who have plenty to play for besides revenge.
  • Mike Reiss notes the Patriots see plenty of differences from the Bills team they beat back on December 3rd.
  • Adam Kurkjian talks about how the Patriots will aim to force Tyrod Taylor out of his comfort zone, to avoid another 13-play, 7:09 minute drive (granted it ended in an INT) like last time.
  • Mike Dussault (PatsPropaganda) Patriots Gameplan: Week 16 vs Buffalo Bills. The Bills have one of the worst run defenses in the league and that should be the target.
  • Thomas Murphy (SportsXMedia) Monster keys to Pats-Bills Part Two: Win the turnover battle.
  • Glen Farley takes a look at Buffalo's effective run game and how the Patriots have allowed their opponents to run all over them.
  • Danny Cox profiles the Bills: Late-season game is meaningful for both teams.
  • Ryan Hannable warns that no matter what the Bills are saying this week, the Patriots should be aware of potential chippy play.
  • Michael Hurley brings up how Tom Brady's statistical output has slipped dramatically over the past three weeks, and says not to expect a turnaround vs. the Bills.
  • Mike Reiss reports that a victory against Buffalo will give Tom Brady his 12th season with 12 or more wins, and that's just one of his 12 Brady-based notes.
  • Jeff Howe highlights how first-time captain David Andrews is emerging as the Patriots’ new-generational leader.
  • Zack Cox notes the Steelers' late-game confusion made Duron Harmon appreciate the Patriots' coaching.
  • Rachel Bowers tries to determine what the threat level is of the Patriots’ potential playoff opponents.
  • Mike Reiss points out David Andrews showed great restraint after a Pittsburgh fan drilled him on the shoulder with a cup of coffee.
  • Jeff Howe Patriots Notebook: Dion Lewis may finally get goal line chances with Rex Burkhead battling injury; More.
  • Jeff Howe goes three and out with his Friday Football Mailbag: Predicting a Patriots-Rams Super Bowl rematch.
  • Doug Kyed Patriots Mailbag: Potential aftermath of Tom Brady-Bill Belichick rift?
  • Greg A. Bedard (BostonSportsJournal) How much of a concern is this Alex Guerrero/Bill Belichick rift for the Patriots? /This article is unlocked.
  • Jim Lazar says the Hate-triots Fan Club is losing their collective minds and souls when proclaiming how much luck one team possesses, and makes his Week 16 picks. Pats win 31-17.
  • Michael Hurley makes his Week 16 picks against the spread.

NATIONAL NEWS

  • Report (AP) What you need to know before Sunday’s Patriots-Bills game.
  • Bucky Den (SportsXchange) Week 16 Game Scout: Bills at Patriots. Keys to the game, matchups to watch, prediction.
  • Kyle Hightower (AP Pro32) Playoffs, Gronk hit backdrop matchup between Bills, Patriots.
  • Sean Wagner-McGough (CBS Sports) NFL Playoff Picture: Zeke returns to save Cowboys, 7 stats to know for Week 16.
  • John Breech (CBS Sports) NFL Playoff Projections: Falcons hold off Cowboys and Lions for final NFC spot.
  • Michael David Smith (ProFootballTalk) Al Riveron tells referees not to use paper when measuring first downs.
  • Jonathan Jones (SI) The MVP Award needs re-imagining -- and a new name.
  • Albert Breer (SI) Everyone knows what a catch is. Here's how to fix the rule. /Make it more subjective? Yeah, fans will totally trust that.
  • Rodger Sherman (The Ringer) The chain gang is football's silliest anachronism, and we must protect it at all costs.
  • Charean Williams (ProFootballTalk) K.J. Wright suggests NFL require every concussed player to miss at least one game.
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) NFL preparing to take bids on Thursday night package.
  • Elliot Harrison (NFL.com) NFL Week 16 game picks. Pats win 34-17.

VIEW FROM BUFFALO

  • Ryan Talbot (NewYorkUpstate) Did Buffalo Bills learn from first matchup, and 7 more things to watch vs. Patriots.
  • Staff (BillsDaily) Week 16: Bills vs. Patriots game-day preview. Key matchups, keys to the game, more.
  • Chris Brown (BuffaloBills) Remarkable results for Bills brand new secondary.
  • Matthew Fairburn (NewYorkUpstate) Bill Belichick's 441-word explanation on why the Buffalo Bills' secondary is so good.
  • Sal Maiorana (Democrat & Chronicle) Bill Belichick has a genuine respect for Bills' pass defense.
  • Matthew Fairburn (NewYorkUpstate) Buffalo Bills injury report: Updates on Kelvin Benjamin, E.J. Gaines and others.
  • Nick Wojton (Batavia News) McDermott: No moral victories, Bills won’t overlook Pats despite postseason scenarios.
  • Sal Maiorana (Democrat & Chronicle) Here are the teams Buffalo Bills fans should root for to improve their NFL playoffs chances. /Hint: New England not on this list.

EXTRACURRICULAR

  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) NFL fines Seahawks $100,000 for Russell Wilson concussion protocol violation.
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) NFL needs independent investigation of NFL Network.
  • Michael Hurley reports Barstool Sports is prepared to sue the NFL over clear copyright infringement on 'Saturdays Are For The Boys' shirts.