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New England Patriots links 12/04/17 - Ground game, Gronk, Gilmore cancel Bills 23-3

Daily news and links for another Victory Monday

New England Patriots v Buffalo Bills
Stephon Gilmore just says no.
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  • Mike Reiss recaps how the running game and a stingy defense supported a fiery Tom Brady in the Patriots win over the Bills.
  • Jeff Howe reports there was a stampede in Buffalo, as the Pats used the ground attack to blow past the Bills.
  • Kevin Duffy lauds the Patriots defense and rushing attack, both dominant in yesterday's win in Buffalo.
  • Steve Balestrieri (PatsFans) Patriots running game, defense throttle the Bills 23-3.
  • Phil Perry offers five quick thoughts from the game: Gronk explodes in Patriots' 23-3 win over Bills.
  • Ryan Hannable gives us 10 quick observations from New England's rout in Buffalo: 1. The running game was the big story for the Patriots offense.
  • Kevin Dillon tells us 10 things we learned from the Pats' win: 1. Rex Burkhead has been a great red zone threat.
  • Doug Kyed gives us his Pats-Bills takeaways: Malcom Brown excels as pass rusher vs. run.
  • Ian Logue (PatsFans) Five takeaways from the win over the Bills: 1. Patriots hitting their stride in the ground game.
  • Tom E. Curran calls it child's play as the Patriots give the Bills the little brother treatment in Buffalo.
  • Mike D'Abate (FullPressCoverage) Patriots beat Bills in Buffalo: The more things change, the more they stay the same.
  • Alex Reimer writes how "the gap between the Patriots and the rest of the conference is never more apparent than when you flip over to NFL RedZone following the latest Pats blowout. You go from witnessing excellence to incompetence within seconds."
  • Mike Reiss reports Tom Brady recorded his 27th career victory over the Bills, passing Brett Favre for the most wins by a QB against a single opponent.
  • Phil Perry notes Tom Brady says his sideline spat with Josh McDaniels is "just football." "We've been around each other a lot. I love Josh."
  • Mike Reiss hears Rob Gronkowski apologize for his cheap shot, and express frustration with the lack of calls.
  • Karen Guregian states 'Rob Gronkowski is not a cheap-shot artist. He’s not a dirty player.' yet his late cheap shot could prove costly for the team.
  • Michael Hurley looks at league precedent (that doesn't always matter) when speculating on whether Rob Gronkowski will get suspended.
  • Ian Logue (PatsFans) Gronkowski may have put himself in harms way for rematch with Bills.
  • Mike Reiss says Matt Patricia deserves credit for his defense holding opponents to fewer than 20 points in their past eight games.
  • Mike Giardi focuses on Stephon Gilmore playing against his former team for the first time: The Bills made it a point to target Gilmore in the red zone, but weren't able to score on him.
  • Jonah Bronstein notes Eric Lee was able to do for the Patriots what he spent much of this season doing for the Bills scout team - going up against the Bills offense.
  • Phil Perry introduces fans to DE Eric Lee, who was in the Bills locker room two weeks ago as a member of their practice squad. Sunday, he helped wreck their day as a starter for the Pats.
  • Doug Kyed says Eric Lee had a homecoming straight out of a corny movie Sunday, and is looking like a smart late-season pickup.
  • Doug Kyed thinks that while the "next-man-up" mentality is a tired, old cliche with the Patriots this season, it is remarkably effective and bears repeating.
  • Jeff Howe Patriots Notebook: Former Bills cornerback Stephon Gilmore rejects all attempts to score on him by ex-teammates.
  • Zack Cox Patriots Notes: Rex Burkhead touchdown train keeps rolling.
  • Frank McCabe (BostonSportsExtra) Another ladies' night in Buffalo.
  • Bob George (PatsFans) Patriots remain on Steeler collision course after win over Bills. /I'm a Bengals' fan tonight.
  • Ryan Hannable notes Tom Brady understands why Rob Gronkowski is frustrated with NFL referees.
  • Ryan Hannable highlights WEEI guest Tom Brady: 'Josh [McDaniels] should be sought after because I think he's the best coordinator in football.'
  • Kevin Duffy passes along what the 49ers are saying about Jimmy Garoppolo: 'Some people are just winners, and he's a winner.'
  • Mike Reiss picks his Ups and Downs from Sunday.
  • Tom E. Curran picks the Best and Worst moments from Sunday's game.
  • Adam Kurkjian gives us his Best and Worst from the Patriots' win.



  • Sal Maiorana (Democrat & Chronicle) The song remains the same as Bills drubbed yet again by Patriots.
  • Sal Maiorana (Democrat & Chronicle) Another long, miserable, hopeless day for Bills in one-sided loss to Patriots.
  • Chuck Pollock (Olean Times Herald) Bills dismantled by defending champs.
  • Matthew Fairburn (NewYorkUpstate) Bills vs. Patriots, 10 Observations: Tyrod Taylor hurt in blowout loss.
  • Nick Wojton (Batavia Daily News) 5 takeaways from the Bills loss to the Patriots.
  • Chris Brown (BuffaloBills) Top 3 things we learned from Bills-Patriots.
  • Andy Lipari (Democrat & Chronicle) Tyrod Taylor's Buffalo Bills career could be, and should be, over.
  • Matthew Fairburn (NewYorkUpstate) What Patriots' Stephon Gilmore said about getting booed by Buffalo Bills fans.
  • Jadon Ceravolo (BuffaloBills) Joe Webb finds role in offense with wildcat.
  • John Anderson (Batavia Daily News) Gronk, don’t ask what are you supposed to do.
  • Ryan Talbot (NewYorkUpstate) Media react to Rob Gronkowski's cheap shot on Buffalo Bills' Tre'Davious White.
  • Chris Brown (BuffaloBills) Tre' White in concussion protocol after Gronk's dirty hit.
  • Mike Rodak (ESPN) Rob Gronkowski apologizes to Tre'Davious White for late hit; Bills condemn 'dirty play'.
  • Sal Maiorana (Democrat & Chronicle) Bills report card: Tyrod Taylor horrendous and receivers are a joke.