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New England Patriots links 12/08/17 - Win over Fins puts Pats in

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  • Thomas Murphy (SportsXMedia) Monster keys to Patriots stomping the swamp. 1. Set the damn edge.
  • Ryan Hannable reports that with a win on Monday, the Patriots will clinch their ninth-straight AFC East title.
  • Mike Dussault (PatsPropaganda) Can Rivers or Roethlisberger finally knock off Brady just once in playoffs?
  • Adam Kurkjian notes Rob Gronkowski's teammates had his back and defended him against the harsh criticism from Buffalo CB Tre-Davian White.
  • Mike Reiss notes that while Gronk's teammates wouldn't directly address Tre'Davious White’s comments, they were quick to defend him and his character.
  • Mike D'Abate (FullPressCoverage) Patriots 3 Hot, 3 Not: The Good, The Gronk and the Brady. "There is almost never a happy medium with the Patriots."
  • Mike Dussault (PatsPropaganda) Is Patriots' run defense a fatal flaw? Season film review.
  • Zack Cox finds Dwayne Allen preparing to fill Rob Gronkowski's 'huge shoes' vs. Dolphins.
  • Doug Kyed talks about how Eric Lee plans to build on and continue his sudden success with the Pats.
  • Mike Reiss notes the players hope their indoor heated practice helps them acclimate in Miami.
  • Mike Reiss describes what the players look forward to on 'Fat Fridays': Whether it's burgers, sushi or fried chicken, the surprise Friday meal in the Pats' cafeteria is a welcome high-calorie event to end the work week.
  • Tyler Sullivan (247 Sports) Report: Tom Brady to play Week 14 despite missing two practices. /Was it in doubt?
  • Kevin Duffy passes along a report that Nate Solder was nominated for NFL Man of the Year award.
  • Jeff Howe Patriots Notebook: With Rob Gronkowski out, Dwayne Allen has big shoes to fill.
  • Jeff Howe's Friday Football Mailbag: Patriots have plenty of reasons to play Rob Gronkowski in Week 16 vs. Bills.
  • Doug Kyed Patriots Mailbag: New England's biggest over and under achievers of 2017.
  • Zack Cox points out all five Patriots RBs were recognized as Practice Players of the Week.
  • Jeff Howe thinks Dion Lewis and Rex Burkhead are playing their way to a lucrative free agency offseason.
  • Ryan Hannable looks ahead to this upcoming offseason and free agency, and says the Patriots could actually keep Malcolm Butler.
  • Henry McKenna (PatriotsWire) Bill Belichick gets choked up talking about his father.
  • Tyler Sullivan (247 Sports) Julian Edelman trolls Falcons in book release teaser video.
  • Tom E. Curran writes that the owners are getting what they want with six more years of Roger Goodell doing their bidding.
  • Jim Lazar says Rob Gronkowski feels more guilty than not, and makes his Week 14 picks. Pats over Fins 27-13.



  • Omar Kelly (Sun-Sentinel) Five keys for the Miami Dolphins to defeat the New England Patriots. 1. Dolphins must run the ball effectively.
  • Armando Salguero (Miami Herald) Can Dolphins (winless against New England under Gase) solve the Patriots riddle? /Hint: No.
  • Jason Lieser (Palm Beach Post) Dolphins DT Ndamukong Suh out to cause chaos for Patriots’ Tom Brady.
  • Dave George (Palm BeachPost) Cutler’s return has only paid off for the QB: It would’ve been a surprise if Jay Cutler lifted Dolphins to playoffs.
  • Chris Perkins (Sun-Sentinel) Dolphins running back Damien Williams (shoulder) still sidelined; Moore could be out a while.
  • Barry Jackson (Miami Herald) Miami Dolphins receiver Parker upset with himself: ‘I’ve been playing badly’.
  • Adam H. Beasley (Miami Herald) How the first meeting with the Patriots still has the Dolphins hurting for rematch.
  • Reporters (Sun-Sentinel) Staff predictions: Miami Dolphins vs. New England Patriots. Six of seven pick Pats to win.
  • Greg Cote (Miami Herald) Expect 7 big upsets in NFL Week 14. But will Dolphins-Patriots be one? /Hint: No.