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New England Patriots links 10/17/18 - Week 6 cleanup; Moving on to Chicago

Daily news and links for Wednesday

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Kansas City Chiefs v New England Patriots
Chris Hogan makes a fantastic catch in the clutch
Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images



  • Mike Reiss describes the Brady-to-Gronk connection, at its best especially in crunch time.
  • Ryan Hannable takes another look at how Rob Gronkowski got so open on those big fourth-quarter plays.
  • Tom E. Curran praises the Patriots surging running game and creating big play-action opportunities in the process.
  • Zack Cox’s Patriots Film Review: How New England’s defense stifled the Chiefs in the red zone.
  • Matt Dolloff’s Film Room: Patriots’ big-play problems started with letting Patrick Mahomes escape the pocket.
  • Glen Farley laments how inconsistency continues to plague the Pats’ defense.
  • Nick O’Malley looks at how the defense is managing to harass quarterbacks despite being ranked dead last in sacks.
  • Steve Atkinson (BostonSportsExtra) Takeaways from Pats vs. Chiefs. 1. Patriots-Chiefs felt like a playoff atmosphere.
  • Zack Cox scouts the Bears and gives us four things to know about the Patriots Week 7 opponent: 1. Their vaunted defense looked mortal in Miami.
  • Karen Guregian notes Bill Belichick sees similarities between the Chiefs and Bears offenses.
  • Karen Guregian warns Tom Brady to be wary of a Khalil Mack attack in Chicago.
  • Ryan Hannable looks at the very early AFC playoff picture to see where the Patriots stand.
  • Alex Reimer is right, and (gulp) the voice of reason when he calls out the ridiculous wall-to-wall coverage of the Tyreek Hill beer-throwing incident, as sanctimonious and embarrassing.
  • Ryan Hannable notes VP of football operations Troy Vincent doesn’t agree with Chiefs LB Breeland Speaks’ reason for not tackling Tom Brady. /For the record, I don’t either.


  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) Belichick sees “carryover” from Chiefs to Bears offenses.
  • Charles P. Pierce (SI) Patriots’ win against the Chiefs represents the epitome of football in 2018.
  • Robert Mays (The Ringer) The Patriots are the AFC overlords—but the Chiefs could turn a rematch into ‘Rocky II’.
  • Kevin Clark (The Ringer) Permanent parity: It’s time to get used to the weird, unpredictable, high-scoring NFL.
  • Mike Freeman (Bleacher Report) 10-Point Stance: Welcome to the new high-scoring NFL. 1. Chiefs-Pats is everything the NFL wants football to be.
  • Lorenzo Reyes (USA Today) NFL QB Hot Sheet: Five to watch this weekend, three trending up & three trending down. Brady included in first two categories.
  • Analysis Team (Pro Football Focus) Ranking all 32 NFL teams’ pass-rush units after Week 6. Patriots rank 27th.
  • Vote ( Vote for Week 7’s top rookie. Sony Michel on the ballot.
  • Mark Maske (Washington Post) NFL hopes it has found the proper balance on roughing-the-passer calls.
  • Lorenzo Reyes (USA Today) NFL had ‘intervention’ with seven teams on concussion rates. “The NFL declined to specify which teams were part of the interventions.”
  • Darin Gantt (ProFootballTalk) Beer-tossing Patriots fan charged with disorderly conduct. /Eh... he’s already banned from Gillette, no need to ruin the guy.
  • David Steele (Sporting News) Week 7 NFL picks (straight up). Pats win 30-21.
  • Vinnie Iyer (Sporting News) Week 7 NFL picks (against the spread). Pats-Bears (-3.5) Pats win 30-27 but fail to cover.