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New England Patriots links 9/29/17 - Panthers perfect for pummeled Pats D?

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Cassius Marsh forces a ball loose
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  • Michael Hurley tells us what to be looking for when the Patriots and Panthers kick off: Defense. Defense. Defense.
  • Mike Dussault (PatsPropaganda) Patriots Gameplan: Week 4 vs. Carolina Panthers.
  • David Albiani (Cover32) Patriots keys to victory vs. Panthers.
  • Mike Giardi sees the Panthers as a perfect opportunity for the defense to get right, and keep a struggling Panthers offense down.
  • Ryan Hannable is wondering what happened to Cam Newton, who was supposed to be on Tom Brady’s level by now.
  • Phil Perry notes that Cam Newton is still dealing with what head coach Ron Rivera calls a 'new reality': An offense for "an older guy," that wants to limit scrambles.
  • Mike Giardi spotlights Christian McCaffrey's versatility as worthy of some serious attention.
  • Kevin Dillon reviews the film to tell us what to expect from Christian McCaffrey.
  • Mike Giardi notes that so far this year, Dion Lewis has been the odd man out of a crowded backfield: 'When I get my chance, you'll see a lot of special things.'
  • Kevin Duffy wonders if little-used Dion Lewis is the solution to the Patriots ground game woes.
  • Zack Cox notes Bill Belichick hasn't called Dion Lewis' number much this season, but that doesn't mean he's not pleased with him.
  • Ryan Hannable says Rex Burkhead appears unlikely to play for a second straight game.
  • Ryan Hannable reveals that growing up Rob Gronkowski was also a stud defensive end. Gronk suggests that "maybe one day I'll switch to it."
  • Jeff Howe talks about how Malcolm Butler puts in the work and gets his mojo back.
  • Doug Kyed helps us get to know Cassius Marsh, the Pats' recent pass-rush addition.
  • Jeff Howe Patriots Notebook: Danny Amendola gives shout-out to equipment manager for finding new, more protective helmet.
  • Jeff Howe Patriots Mailbag: Six unrealistic trade scenarios, Pats' best NBA Jam duo and Tom Brady's greatness.
  • Doug Kyed Patriots Mailbag: Should Dion Lewis be traded for defensive help?
  • WEEI re-posts an Instagram from Tom Brady getting into the #TBT game, posting a picture of him in Italy with his wife Gisele Bundchen.
  • Jeff Howe (VSporto) The Jeff Howe Show: The Pats defense is suspect, but so is the rest of the NFL. (22 min. podcast)
  • Jim Lazar makes noise about the worst defense in football and makes his Week 4 picks. Pats 27-16.


  • Mike Renner (Washington Post) The biggest problem with the Patriots' defense may be Bill Belichick's philosophy.
  • Aaron Schatz (ESPN) Super Bowl D-mise? Why Patriots are long shots.
  • Kristian Dyer (Sporting News) Darrell Green passes ‘Ageless Wonder’ nickname to Tom Brady.
  • Sarah Hardy, et al (SB Nation) 7 things to watch in NFL’s Week 4: Tom Brady could set yet another record.
  • Andy Benoit (SI) NFL Week 4: Texans game plan with Deshaun Watson; Plus, why the Patriots might need a different approach to stopping Carolina’s run game; More.
  • Robert Mays (The Ringer) The potential and pitfalls of building an offense without a traditional No. 1 wide receiver. Pats included in discussion.
  • Danny Kelly (The Ringer) The rise of the NFL air back: How backs who blur the line between runner and receiver are testing NFL defenses.
  • Photo Essays ( Mind-boggling stats for 2017 Week 4. Tom Brady is one win away from tying record for most wins by a starting QB in NFL history.
  • Brent Sobleski (Bleacher Report) Pull the plug: One player every NFL team should bench. Patriots: DT Adam Butler.
  • Bill Barnwell (ESPN) Can NFL's preseason Super Bowl favorites fix their biggest issues?
  • Stephen Holder (Indy Star) How hoops star Jacoby Brissett became a slam dunk for the Colts.
  • Will Leitch (Sports on Earth) NFL Confidence Pool: Week 4. Pats over Panthers.
  • Pete Prisco (CBS Sports) NFL Week 4 Picks. Patriots 28-24.
  • Matt Chatham (Football by Football) The Real Thing Patriots Podcast: Week 4: Texans Review, Panthers Preview. (1.46 hour podcast) /Politics-free.