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New England Patriots links 9/13/17 - Defensive issues: Communication or talent?

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Daily news and links for Wednesday

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  • Karen Guregian is expecting nothing but Tom Brady's best against the Saints this week.
  • Mike D'Abate (Cover32) Patriots week ahead: “We’re on to New Orleans.”
  • Zack Cox scouts the Saints: Tom Brady should feast on the New Orleans secondary.
  • Steve Balestrieri (PatsFans) 5 First impressions of the Saints.
  • Rich Garven notes Saints' Adrian Peterson receives praise from Bill Belichick and Matt Patricia.
  • Mike Reiss notes the Patriots coaching staff is refusing to use injuries (or anything else) as an excuse. Bellichick on injuries affecting prep: 'Seen weeks a lot worse.'
  • Ryan Hannable highlights WEEI guest Willie McGinest on why he's not panicking following the Patriots' Week 1 loss.
  • Evan Lazar points out how the Patriots have a history of slipups in September.
  • Rich Garven catches up with Adam Butler, who hasn't had to fall back on his Plan B yet.
  • Mike Reiss reports Kyle Van Noy earns a $3.5 million signing bonus with his contract extension.
  • Karen Guregian Patriots Notebook: With Saints up next, defense tunes in to watch Drew Brees’ offense struggle in season-opening loss to Vikings.
  • Darren Hartwell mentions Patriots fans will get to hear Tony Romo on the CBS broadcast vs. the Saints this Sunday.
  • Ryan Hannable reports Randy Moss, Willie McGinest and Tedy Bruschi headline the 2018 Pro Football Hall of Fame finalists.
  • Mike Reiss offers up some interesting excerpts from Tom Brady's new book, "The TB12 Method," that hit bookshelves on Tuesday.
  • CSNNE Quick Slants podcast: Jerod Mayo thinks Patriots defensive communication is a bigger problem than personnel. (51.13 min.)


  • Kristopher Knox (Bleacher Report) 7 Keys to victory in New England Patriots' Week 2 matchup: 1. Force turnovers.
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) There’s surely one heck of a story behind Patriots decision to rip up field. /Don’t call me Shirley.
  • Zach Kram (The Ringer) Ten damning offensive stats from the NFL’s opening week.
  • Adam Kilgore (Washington Post) The NFL has an offensive line crisis.
  • Ross Tucker (Sports on Earth) O-Lines were key to Week 1 results.
  • Jacob Feldman (SI) NFL running backs are coming back in style.
  • Mike Freeman (Bleacher Repot) 10-Point Stance: Where did all the protests go?
  • Dave Dameshek ( The Shek Report: Week 1. (4.29 min. video)
  • Charean Williams (ProFootballTalk) Hall of Fame releases initial list of 108 nominees for Class of 2018.
  • Rodger Sherman (The Ringer) The late ‘Monday Night Football’ broadcast in Week 1 is an Island of Misfit Toys, and Sergio Dipp was its star.