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New England Patriots links 9/27/17 - Week 3 cleanup; Carolina on their mind

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Daily news and links for Wednesday

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  • Evan Lazar points out a surprising early-season trend: Tom Brady is throwing the deep ball better than ever.
  • Kevin Duffy examines whether the Patriots defense is as bad as the numbers indicate (statistically, they're the worst defense in the NFL). It isn't even close.
  • Rich Garven spotlights how opponents are piling up points on the Pats defense, which is allowing a league-high 31.7 per game — more than double their league-leading 15.6 last season.
  • Mike Reiss notes that after getting hurt by Deshaun Watson's athleticism, the defense knows that staying in their rush lanes will be key against Cam Newton.
  • Danny Cox profiles the Carolina Panthers, who looked strong before an embarrassing loss to the Saints on Sunday.
  • Kevin Dillon notes the Pats are bracing themselves for a matchup with LB Luke Kuechly this week, the centerpiece of the Panthers defense.
  • Zack Cox says Malcolm Butler needed a strong bounce-back performance Sunday after losing his starting spot a week earlier, and he delivered exactly that.
  • Ryan Hannable reports both Bill Belichick and Matt Patricia praised Malcolm Butler following his strong performance against the Texans on Sunday.
  • Stephen Hewitt Patriots Notebook: This week, Malcolm Butler earns praise from defensive coordinator Matt Patricia.
  • Bill Burt Patriots Notebook: Stephon Gilmore finally comes up big.
  • Zack Cox Patriots Notes: Kyle Van Noy has been New England's iron man on defense.
  • Mike Reiss posts his Patriots-focused power rankings of the team’s players who might deserve more of the media spotlight.
  • Hayden Bird posts a clip of Tom Brady's fiery sideline speech before their final drive against the Texans.
  • Russ Goldman (PatsFans) Patriots Fourth And Two Podcast: Panthers vs. Patriots Preview. (67:29 min.)
  • Mike Dussault & Nick Stevens (PatsPropaganda) Patshow #107: Texans review. (45 min.)


  • Quang M. Lam ( Tom Brady, Kirk Cousins among Players of the Week.
  • Hank Gargiulo and Seth Walder (ESPN) NFL’s best and worst quarterbacks of Week 3. /No Brady. QBR is a joke.
  • Ike Taylor ( Drive of the Week: How the Patriots beat the Texans in Week 3. (3.55 min. video)
  • John McClain (Houston Chronicle) A closer look at Bill O'Brien's three crucial decisions in loss to Patriots.
  • Albert Breer (SI) Penn State RB Saquon Barkley is the future of the NFL; League notes.
  • Peter King (SI) The MMQB Mailbag: Long view on Lions.
  • NFL Nation (ESPN) Five playoff contenders who could fall short of the postseason.
  • Jamison Hensley (ESPN) Ravens coach John Harbaugh doesn't plan on team playing over there any time soon. /Out-coached & out-prepared.
  • Dan Graziano (ESPN) What we learned (and didn't learn) in Week 3 of NFL.
  • NFL Total Access ( Official Review: Alberto Riveron explains controversial reviews form Week 3. (3.53 min. video)
  • Dave Dameshek ( The Shek Report: Week 3. (3.23 min. video)