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

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Daily news and links for Tuesday

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Dion Lewis makes a stiff out of Bills safety Jordan Poyer
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TEAM TALK

LOCAL LINKS

  • 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 year...as teams are grinding through injuries") as he issues his Week 13 Report Card. Tight End: A (with detention).

NATIONAL NEWS

  • 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?