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New England Patriots links 1/30/18 - McCourty, Chung, Harmon: Reliable ‘Big Three’ in defensive backfield

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Denver Broncos versus the New England Patriots
Devin McCourty and Patrick Chung team up on a tackle
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  • Jeff Howe reports on how this is the reward for players, for the grinding through the rigors of Bill Belichick’s system.
  • Mike Dussault (PatsPropaganda) The Patriots have been sent off!
  • Michael Hurley tells us everything we learned from Tom Brady’s 8th Super Bowl opening night: Brady’s hand isn’t ready for a thumb war.
  • Karen Guregian spotlights the ‘Big Three’ - Devin McCourty, Patrick Chung and Duron Harmon - who have been Belichick’s go-to guys for leadership, stability and dependability in the defensive backfield.
  • Phil Perry explains why Malcom Brown is a crucial part of the Patriots’ plan to stop the Eagles’ running game.
  • Mike Reiss writes a nice piece on Kyle Van Noy who has become a critical part of the defense, and he hopes that his play can inspire those who were adopted, like he was.
  • Sam Puran (FullPressCoverage) Danny Amendola: Patriots’ Super Bowl LII ‘unleashed secret’.
  • Moira McCarthy talks with residents of Scituate who consider Danny Amendola one of their own.
  • Mike Dussault (PatsPropaganda) How can Pats stop Eagles’ run-pass option?
  • Hal Bent (FullPressCoverage) Super Bowl LII key matchups: Eagles’ WR/TE vs Patriots’ secondary.
  • Russell S. Baxter (MusketFire) 5 Reasons Patriots will win Super Bowl 52.
  • Mike Dussault (PatsPropaganda) How do Eagles stack up to Patriots’ past Super Bowl challenges?
  • Thomas Murphy (SportsXMedia) Brady walks tall and carries a big stick.
  • Ron Borges hears advice from Ray Lewis on how Tom Brady can be beaten.
  • Phil Perry notes Bill Belichick recognizes that the team gets a shot of energy from players going through the Super Bowl hype experience for the first time.
  • Mike Giardi notes Steve Spagnuolo claims the Patriots were stealing signals in Super Bowl XXXIX, in an interview with 97.5 The Fanatic in Philadelphia. /Or, maybe, Brady studied how the defense was giving it away.
  • Michael Hurley wraps some context around Steve Spagnuolo’s comments about the Patriots’ stealing signals.
  • Jerry Thornton (Barstool Sports) Happy Tom Brady Cliff Day, Max Kellerman!
  • Jeff Howe Patriots Notebook: Rob Gronkowski on pace for Super Bowl start.
  • CBS Boston relays a report that Malcolm Butler was treated for flu-like symptoms; expected to be okay for Super Bowl.
  • Tom E. Curran notes that when Josh McDaniels leaves, Tom Brady will have a huge adjustment to make.
  • Mike Giardi talks about Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz who has come a long way from fetching Bill Belichick’s coffee to revitalizing the Eagles Defense.
  • Mike Goodpaster (TheGruelingTruth) TGT Super Bowl Monday night: Former Patriot Marc Edwards looks lack at the 2001 Patriots season. (44.41 min. podcast)


  • Michael Rosenberg (SI) Another Super Bowl Opening Night featuring Tom Brady and the Patriots—What else is new?
  • Sean Wagner-McGough (CBS Sports) Opening Night takeaways as Eagles, Patriots speak to media.
  • Ben Muth (Football Outsiders) Word of Muth: Patriots dominate.
  • Andy Benoit (SI) How Belichick’s defense evolved.
  • Kent Babb (Washington Post) The Patriots’ dynasty was built from the ashes of Bill Belichick’s failure with the Browns.
  • Zack Kram (The Ringer) The Patriots-and-penalties conspiracy theorists might have a point: Raising these five points at your Super Bowl party might help you win an argument if New England benefits from a suspicious call.
  • Robert Mays (The Ringer) The Eagles’ wrecking crew up front could shape the Super Bowl.
  • Pete Blackburn (CBS Sports) Five reasons to cheer for the Patriots to reign supreme on Sunday.
  • Jeremy Bergman ( Bill Belichick wore his father’s hat off team plane. /Touching, respect.
  • Highlights ( Sights, sounds from Super Bowl LII Opening Night. (6.06 min. video)
  • Jeremy Bergman ( Tom Brady on football future: ‘Things change quickly’.
  • Chris Wesseling ( Tom Brady: Any team would want Josh McDaniels.
  • Rich Cimini (ESPN) The majesty of the Gronk Spike: How it began and why it’s so awesome.
  • Kevin Van Valkenburg (ESPN) After a resurgent season, Gronk stares down football’s one certainty. /the end of Gronk, what an uplifting angle for Super Bowl week.
  • Josh Alper (ProFootballTalk) David Andrews on playoff comebacks: No one freaks out. /Except for the fans, you mean.
  • Greg Bishop (SI) The Patriot Way: James Develin’s outcast-to-Super Bowl story.
  • Pete Prisco (CBS Sports) Ranking Super Bowl 2018 starters: Brady, Gronk 1-2 but Eagles dominate top 10.
  • Andrew Bucholtz (Awful Announcing) Patriots launch “Not Done Network” with Jay Crawford and ESPN’s Molly McGrath, providing 24/7 coverage ahead of Super Bowl LII.
  • George Thwaites (Bluefield Daily Telegraph) Hungry for football? The Pro Bowl won’t help.
  • Dan Gartland (SI) The best of the Patriots’ Super Bowl media day session.
  • Conor Orr (SI) Morning Huddle: Bill Belichick smiled how many times on Super Bowl LII Opening Night?
  • Don Banks ( Super Bowl Week Snap Judgments: A Super Bowl matchup with one franchise that owns multiple Super Bowl rings vs. a franchise that owns none, is getting quite common.
  • Gregg Rosenthal ( The Debrief: One thing each AFC team can do to earn spot in Super Bowl LIII.
  • Darin Gantt (ProFootballTalk) Josh McDaniels admits past failures have taught him.
  • Mike Wells (ESPN) Adam Vinatieri: Bill Belichick and Bill Parcells are ‘actually funny guys’.
  • Tim Rohan (SI) Glass, angles and a Gjallarhorn: U.S. Bank Stadium ushering in a new wave of stadium design.
  • Dan Graziano (ESPN) NFL Honors poll: Our picks for MVP, every major award.
  • Paul Ratner (BigThink) Why the supersized Super Bowl linemen may be risking their health.
  • Ken Fang (Awful Announcing) Thanks to Super Bowl and the Olympics, NBC expected to collect $1.4 billion in revenue.