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New England Patriots links 12/06/17 - Pats D train is rolling, with added stops in the Red Zone

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Daily news and links for Wednesday

NFL: New England Patriots at Buffalo Bills
Eric Lee celebrates his red-zone interception
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TEAM TALK

LOCAL LINKS

  • Karen Guregian points out how the Patriots defense continues to climb the NFL rankings, with stops inside the red zone.
  • Zack Cox warns the Patriots to be wary of a trap game vs. the Dolphins, with the Steelers matchup looming.
  • Mike Reiss talks about the peculiar difficulties of the Patriots facing the Dolphins for the second time in three weeks: Mastering in-game adjustments is key.
  • Mike Reiss notes that while missing Gronk obviously won't help Monday night, the Patriots have posted a 20-5 record in games without him.
  • Ryan Hannable looks at what the loss of Rob Gronkowski will impact the Patriots Monday night.
  • Mike Reiss spotlights one of the strengths of the current Patriots regime -- and of the entire Bill Belichick era -- the ability to develop offensive linemen.
  • Evan Lazar notes Bill Belichick’s eye-roll-inducing obsession with special teams is behind how the Patriots are winning the field position battle at an historic rate.
  • Mike Reiss examines where the Patriots rank in what Belichick believes are the most impactful statistics.
  • Mike Reiss takes a look at what the suspension costs Rob Gronkowski financially.
  • Karen Guregian Patriots Notebook: Josh McDaniels moves past any sideline spats with star quarterback Tom Brady.
  • Mike Dussault (PatsPropaganda) Pats Posits: Grind it out like we always do.
  • Zack Cox handicaps the 2017 NFL MVP race between Tom Brady, Carson Wentz and Russell Wilson.
  • Ian Glendon (FullPressCoverage) MVP Stock: Who has the edge?
  • Ryan Hannable takes a look at the AFC playoff picture with just four weeks left in the regular season.
  • Doug Kyed offers his thoughts on why Josh McDaniels should stay with the Patriots to succeed with Bill Belichick.
  • Nick O'Malley relays Matt Patricia explaining why he fell in love with coaching after leaving his engineering job.
  • Nick O'Malley updates us on what Tom Brady's former backups are doing now and where they've gone, both on and off the field.
  • NBC Sports Boston reports Ron Meyer, who coached the Patriots from 1982 until the middle of the 1984 season has died. Meyer 'earned the eternal enmity of Hall of Fame coach Don Shula for the infamous Snowplow Game.'
  • Alex Reimer lays responsibility for the league's brutality at the feet of the players themselves.
  • 98.5 Sports Hub guest Greg Bedard took issue with NFL referees, arguing that they need to get better control of games.
  • Mike Dussault (PatsPropaganda) Patshow Podcast: Pats/Bills review and Pats/Dolphins preview. (57 min. video)

NATIONAL NEWS

  • Danny Kelly (The Ringer) The Patriots may have fixed their fatal flaw. "Remember when New England’s defense was the worst in the league? Well, that unit has improved significantly in recent weeks—a development that makes the Pats truly terrifying."
  • Peter King (SI) Jimmy Garoppolo begins bright future with 49ers; MMQB Mailbag.
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) Josh McDaniels on spat with Tom Brady: We moved on quickly.
  • Adam Schein (NFL.com) NFL's best remaining games in 2017: No. 1 Week 15 Patriots-Steelers.
  • Kenneth Arthur (Sports on Earth) Picking the NFL's best division races.
  • Dan Graziano (ESPN) NFL MVP poll: The GOAT is back on top.
  • Sean Wagner-McGough (CBS Sports) 2017 NFL MVP Watch: Russell Wilson and Tom Brady deadlocked atop leaderboard.
  • Darin Gantt (ProFootballTalk) Suspensions come quickly for Steelers and Bengals.
  • Eric Adelson (Yahoo! Sports) We can wag our finger at violence of Steelers-Bengals, but we’ll be back clamoring for more.
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) Sunday night, Monday night Week 13 ratings up significantly.