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New England Patriots links 12/05/17 - Week 6 a turning point for running game

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New England Patriots v Buffalo Bills
Dion Lewis makes a stiff out of Bills safety Jordan Poyer
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  • Jeff Howe is concerned about the hits that keep coming on Tom Brady.
  • Mike Reiss points out an upcoming milestone for Tom Brady, who needs just 47 more yards to pass Warren Moon for the most passing yards in a season by a QB after turning 40.
  • Eric Wilbur believes Dion Lewis has been the Patriots' MVP of anybody not named Tom Brady.
  • Mike Reiss considers the contrast in Dion Lewis' productivity before and after Week 6.
  • Phil Perry says that Dion Lewis and Rex Burkhead give New England a running game that can carry them even when Tom Brady doesn't have his best day.
  • Doug Kyed presents his Pats-Bills Film Review: Stephon Gilmore had himself a game Sunday..
  • Michael Hurley serves up some tasty leftover Patriots thoughts: 'Classic Belichick' was on full display Sunday afternoon. /Good read, as usual.
  • Doug Kyed looks at how the Patriots will replace Rob Gronkowski vs. the Dolphins.
  • CBS Boston wonders if Dwayne Allen can step up and fill the void in Rob Gronkowski's one-game absence.
  • Mike Reiss figures that while the suspension isn't ideal, having Gronk back for a game that could determine home-field in the AFC is huge.
  • Michael Hurley hears Adam Gase reveal he accepts the Patriots' 'double score' as an inevitability.
  • Stephen Hewitt Patriots Notebook: Team closes in on AFC crown, first-round bye; Third-stringer right tackle Cameron Fleming performed well.
  • 98.5 The Sports Hub hosts Zolak & Bertrand go over why Sean McDermott and the Bills were stupid in their loss to the Patriots. (9 min. audio)
  • Jeff Howe believes Rob Gronkowski's suspension appeal should be resolved quickly.
  • Michael Hurley suggests if Gronkowski hopes to win his appeal, he can look to -- of all people -- Ndamukong Suh to provide the history.
  • Mike Reiss relays Larry Fitzgerald on the Rob Gronkowski suspension (via Westwood One Radio): "I don't particularly like the suspension."
  • Matt Dolloff gathers up some of the most over-the-top takes on Rob Gronkowski's dirty hit. /Read ‘em quick before they spontaneously combust.
  • Steve Buckley thinks Rob Gronkowski got off easy with only a one-game suspension.
  • Mike Petraglia reports Tom Brady is among those to be honored at the 3rd annual Globies, on December 5th at the House of Blues in Boston.
  • Ron Borges doesn't grind the Patriots' gears over its slow start ("expected this time of teams are grinding through injuries") as he issues his Week 13 Report Card. Tight End: A (with detention).


  • Vinnie Iyer (Sporting News) Rob Gronkowski suspension gives Patriots TE conveniently timed break.
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) Patriots post double-digit wins for 15 straight seasons.
  • Nate Davis (USA Today) NFL playoff picture after Week 13 games. Steelers atop AFC based on superior 'strength of victory' tiebreaker.
  • Rules (NFL Ops) NFL tiebreaking procedures for postseason playoffs.
  • Omar Kelly (Sun-Sentinel) Dolphins will face Patriots without suspended TE Rob Gronkowski.
  • Robert Mays (The Ringer) NFL Week 13 Recap: Don't sleep on the ugly-but-über-dangerous Ravens and Jaguars.
  • Nate Davis (USA Today) 40 things we learned in Week 13 of the 2017 NFL season.
  • Rodger Sherman (The Ringer) The winners and losers from NFL Week 13.
  • Lorenzo Reyes (USA Today) NFL Week 13 overreactions: Are Eagles starting to fade?
  • Jacob Feldman (SI) NFL coach hot seats: McAdoo is out, who could be next?
  • Rodger Sherman (The Ringer) How Ben McAdoo's haircut explains his weird tenure with the Giants. /That 'do' didn't work for Ryan Grigson either.
  • Matt Clapp (Awful Announcing) ESPN’s Sean McDonough, Jon Gruden share uneasy thoughts after dirty hits during Bengals-Steelers MNF.
  • Conor Orr (SI) Despite the vicious injuries in Steelers-Bengals, we still kept watching. When is it enough?
  • Danny Heifetz (The Ringer) Steelers LB Ryan Shazier left ‘Monday Night Football’ in an ambulance after a gruesome hit. /Shazier "will not require surgery, continues to improve".
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) Suspension watch commences for JuJu Smith-Schuster.
  • Report (AP) Hall of Fame QB Kurt Warner to analyze 2 late-season games. /In place of Cris Collinsworth.
  • Alex Putterman (Awful Announcing) November’s best sportswriting: Josh Gordon, the butt fumble, Miles Bridges, fake autographs and more.
  • Ken Fang (Awful Announcing) Microsoft Surface tablets will be back on the NFL sidelines for at least one more season.
  • Charean Williams (ProFootballTalk) Browns frustrated with malfunctioning communication system at StubHub. /Suspension coming for Belichick?