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New England Patriots links 1/01/18 - The Big Short: Dion Lewis carries Pats vs. Jets 26-6

Daily news and links for a number-one-seed victory Monday

New York Jets v New England Patriots Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images



  • Jeff Howe notes that despite stories alleging their vulnerability, the Patriots have again proven they're still the ones to beat by reaching an unprecedented level of dominance.
  • Karen Guregian revisits the Patriots journey this season, from getting humiliated in front of their home crowd in Week 1 to ending the season with the best record in the AFC.
  • Dave Brown starts off 2018 in full-form snark mode: Victory over Jets leaves Pats in mere tie for NFL's best record.
  • Mike D'Abate (FullPressCoverage) Patriots Recap: Pats ground Jets, 26-6.
  • Bob George (PatsFans) Patriots win safely, prepare for home cooking.
  • Doug Kyed gives us his Pats-Jets takeaways: Starting cornerbacks bounce back in big way.
  • Ian Logue (PatsFans) Five takeaways from Patriots vs Jets. 1. Another great day from Dion Lewis.
  • Michael Hurley picks Four Ups and Four Downs from Sunday's win vs. Jets.
  • Steve Balestrieri (PatsFans) Patriots earn homefield advantage in 26-6 win over the Jets. "Entering the game, a little-known fact was that the Patriots’ third-down defense had the fifth best opposing QB rating at just 80.3."
  • Ryan Hannable hears Tom Brady explain his block, which sprung Brandin Cooks on a 12-yard run.
  • Michael Hurley says barring a meteor strike, massive volcanic eruption, or the onset of The Big Rip, Tom Brady is your 2017 NFL MVP.
  • Tom E. Curran points out how lately, Dion Lewis has carried the Patriots as well as the ball.
  • Joshua Schrock notes 'little man' Dion Lewis has 'earned everything he's gotten' for the Patriots, and he's relishing his lead role.
  • Dan Ventura talks about how Dion Lewis takes pride in his increased workload.
  • Mike Reiss spotlights a Rob Gronkowski rarity: No targets, no catches on Sunday.
  • Ryan Hannable notes for the first time in his NFL career, Rob Gronkowski didn't have a single target on Sunday, but he knows exactly how many catches he finished with this season.
  • Mike Reiss believes Sunday's sputtering offense should have a different look in the playoffs.
  • The Herald Staff looks at the Patriots record in securing the top seed in the AFC.
  • Ryan Hannable passes along a report that Josh McDaniels and Matt Patricia are at the top of the Giants' list to become the next head coach.
  • Phil Perry notes that only seven coordinators in the NFL have held their positions since 2012. The Patriots have two of them, but that's probably about to change.
  • Zack Cox Patriots Notes: How Bill Belichick prepared Pats for historically cold Jets game.
  • Mike Reiss notes special-teamer Johnson Bademosi had some fun -- as did social media -- with his delayed reaction after being hit in the face mask by a sideline spike.
  • Ryan Hannable Sunday 7: Some thoughts on Josh McDaniels, Nick Caserio.
  • Doug Kyed tells us what went into James Harrison picking up the Pats defense in a five-day span.
  • Adam Kurkjian focuses on how James Harrison contributed in his debut.
  • Mike D'Abate (FullPressCoverage) Harrison, Steelers continue game of "he said, they said."
  • Dave Brown looks at the Steelers' release of James Harrison and wonders if the Patriots might be victims of a masterful intelligence operation.


  • NFL Game Center ( Patriots vs. Jets. Recap, stats, highlights.
  • Josh Alper (ProFootballTalk) Patriots lock up first seed in AFC. "That’s been the case for most of the last 20 years and it is the case again this season."
  • Josh Dubow (AP Pro32) NFL offensive production falls despite record for Brady.
  • Jared Dubin (CBS Sports) What Rob Gronkowski, Brandin Cooks, Dion Lewis did what no Patriots trio has ever done.
  • Jay Busbee (Yahoo! Sports) Rob Gronkowski narrowly misses out on $2 million bonus.
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) Gronk has $2.5 million riding on AP All-Pro voting.
  • Peter King (SI) Monday Morning QB: Blue Sunday: Bills end long postseason drought; Black Monday: Jon Gruden-Raiders reunion nears.
  • Gary Gramling (SI) Sunday Freakout: My God the Bills are in the playoffs, Marvin Lewis is the Grim Reaper, Foles makes Philly nervous, Browns go 0-16 in style.
  • Around the NFL ( NFL Week 17: Sixteen takeaways from Sunday's games.
  • Will Brinson (CBS Sports) Sorting the Sunday Pile: Chiefs, Jaguars big favorites in NFL playoff wild-card games.
  • Jason La Canfora (CBS Sports) Week 17 Notes: Look for ex-head coaches to fill many coming openings, plus more.
  • Frank Schwab (Yahoo! Sports) NFL Winners and Losers: Finally, the Bills catch a break and end their horrible streak.
  • Matt Bowen (ESPN) Seven ways NFL players keep from freezing.
  • MMQB Staff (SI) Black Monday Blog: Jim Caldwell fired, Del Rio out in Oakland (Gruden In?), Colts fire Pagano.
  • Charles Robinson (Yahoo! Sports) Colts’ job, even with Andrew Luck in limbo, looks most appealing for Patriots coordinator Josh McDaniels.
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) Report: Lions will take “hard look” at Matt Patricia.
  • Conor Orr (SI) AFC playoff picture: Analyzing the matchups.
  • Jonathan Jones (SI) NFC playoff picture: Analyzing the matchups.
  • Staff ( NFL Wild Card Weekend schedule set.
  • Bill Barnwell (ESPN) 2017 NFL awards: Picks for MVP, best rookies, more.
  • Mike Lupica (Sports on Earth) 2017: A sports year to remember.
  • Highlights ( Every play by James Harrison. (1.29 min. video)