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New England Patriots links 9/08/17 - Overreaction Friday: D takes ‘opening night’ literally

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Daily news and links for Friday

Kansas City Chiefs v New England Patriots Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images



  • Mike Reiss recaps how the reigning world champs got off to a stunningly bad start, as the Chiefs strung together big play after big play in an opening-night romp.
  • Zack Cox says the dismal defensive display vs. the Chiefs was the worst of the Bill Belichick era.
  • Jeff Howe reports the Chiefs thoroughly humbled the Patriots in a way Bill Belichick's offseason warnings couldn't.
  • Doug Kyed shelves the fiery, scorching hot takes for now and takes a look at what happened with Tom Brady last night.
  • Doug Kyed identifies the reason the offense sputtered last night: They don't have Julian Edelman.
  • Karen Guregian gives a rundown of the Pats' problems on offense last night.
  • Ryan Hannable offers 10 quick observations from season opening loss. 1. It was a bad night for Tom Brady.
  • Phil Perry gives us five takeaways from the loss: Big plays gash Patriots defense.
  • Tom E. Curran says New England's biggest problems last night weren't execution and communication. They were energy and commitment.
  • Ryan Hannable fires off 7 stats which show how bad the Patriots' loss to Chiefs actually was.
  • Mike Reiss reassures that a Week 1 loss doesn't define the entire season for the Pats.
  • Ryan Hannable sees the blowout loss going either of two ways - turn into a rallying point, or be the start of an underachieving season.
  • Dan Ventura reviews Mike Gillislee’s debut in the backfield, that could best be described as a trick-or-treat affair.
  • Adam Kurkjian details the pre-game pageantry of a season-opening banner night for the fans. /The calm before the slaughter.
  • Jeff Howe Patriots Notebook: WR Malcolm Mitchell placed on injured reserve.
  • Mike D'Abate (Cover32) Deep Cover: A look at Patriots special teams captain, Matthew Slater.