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New England Patriots links 9/26/17 - Victory hangover: Waking up with the defense

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  • Jeff Howe goes through the problems the defense had with Deshaun Watson, and how they'll have to improve before facing Cam Newton next week.
  • Ryan Hannable points out how Sunday's thrilling end overshadowed some concerning play from the defense.
  • Mike Reiss knows it's still early in the season, but Houston's 33-point effort highlighted concerns with the Patriots' D, which has allowed 13 passing plays of 20 or more yards through three games.
  • Henry McKenna (PatriotsWire) Deshaun Watson's performance vs. Patriots defense is reason for concern.
  • Matt Dolloff skips the sugar: 'The Patriots defense had a bad day, but they still made two big plays to help make the win possible.'
  • Eric Wilbur puts the comeback thrills aside to see that nobody in the NFL has been worse defensively than the Patriots.
  • Mike Reiss recognizes the clutch defensive stop against the Texans that handed the ball back to Brady, as very XLIX-like.
  • Casey Bannon (PatriotsWire) Cassius Marsh beginning to emerge for Patriots.
  • Henry McKenna (PatriotsWire) Patriots rookie Deatrich Wise in awe of 'legend' Tom Brady after comeback win.
  • Doug Kyed reviews the Patriots-Texans film: Tom Brady isn't just throwing deep. He's dropping dimes.
  • Phil Perry says Tom Brady is on pace to dwarf his deep-ball passing numbers from 2016. /What can't this man do?
  • Mike Reiss focuses on Rob Gronkowski, who played 64 of a possible 65 offensive snaps Sunday and was particularly impressive on the game-winning TD drive.
  • Ryan Hannable notes the Patriots reportedly worked out 4 players Monday, including multiple offensive linemen.
  • Michael Hurley serves up some still-warm leftover Patriots thoughts: Brandin Cooks goes Superhuman.
  • Mike Dussult (PatsPropaganda) Pats Posits: Things to fix but plenty to like.
  • Ian Logue (PatsFans) Five takeaways from Sunday's win over Houston.
  • Zolak & Bertrand go over the fatal mistakes that Bill O'Brien and the Texans made to blow the game against the Patriots.
  • Ron Borges issues his Patriots Week 3 Report Card: 'You never are as good as you look when you win or as bad as it seems when you lose. That was the case Sunday.'


  • Albert Breer (SI) Tom Brady is an ageless wonder. Enjoy it while it lasts.
  • David Newton (ESPN) Tom Brady next up in Panthers' three-game stretch of top QBs.
  • Stephen Douglas (TheBigLead) The New England Patriots are on pace to break the 2012 Saints record for yards allowed in a season.
  • Gameday Prime ( Deion Sanders talks with Patriots WR Brandin Cooks: Tom Brady brought offense together before game-winning drive. (2.05 min. video)
  • Bill Barnwell (ESPN) Seasons that changed over 23 minutes of Week 3 madness.
  • Gregg Rosenthal ( The Debrief, Week 3: Winners and losers.
  • Rob Goldberg (Bleacher Report) Patriots apologize for charging up to $5 for tap water during Texans game.
  • Jay Rigdon (Awful Announcing) Brent Musburger is not a fan of Tony Romo tipping plays before the snap: But does he have a point?