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New England Patriots links 11/02/18 - Sunday Night more about Gilmore vs. Adams than Brady-Rodgers

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  • Evan Lazar’s Patriots Gameplan: Aaron Rodgers is worse than you’d think under pressure.
  • Matt Dolloff tells us three things to know about the Packers that should make us feel more confident.
  • Thomas Murphy (DiehardBostonSportsFans) Monster keys to the Pats vs. the Pack. 1. Blow it up.
  • Steve Balestrieri (PatsFans) Patriots-Packers Week 9, Key matchups: Who has the razor’s edge?
  • David Albiani (FullPressCoverage) Patriots vs. Packers: What to watch for on Sunday night. 1. Green Bay’s struggles in red zone.
  • NBC Sports Boston says Davante Adams vs. Stephon Gilmore will be the most critical matchup on Sunday night.
  • Phil Perry writes how Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers have studied each other for years.
  • Kevin Duffy gives us the latest practice update, noting the absence of Rob Gronkowski with two injuries (back, ankle).
  • Doug Kyed addresses his Patriots Mailbag: Theories on Rob Gronkowski’s decline in production.
  • Ryan Hannable notes Ivan Fears says he’s ‘very impressed’ with Sony Michel and calls him ‘a blessing.’
  • Kevin Duffy highlights Trent Brown, who has filled a huge hole on the offensive line as well as anyone could have hoped.
  • Zack Cox focuses on Trey Flowers and the massive impact he’s making for the Patriots, despite low sack numbers.
  • Doug Kyed notes Stephon Gilmore smartly won’t match Davonte Adams’ boast, depriving Green Bay of bulletin board material.
  • Zack Cox hears from Phillip Dorsett on the trade deadline and the uncertainty surrounding his role with the team.
  • Mark Daniels reports Ja’Whaun Bentley and Duke Dawson have been on the injured reserve for weeks now, but the two rookies have been traveling with the Patriots, in order to learn.
  • Joshua Schrock relays Mike Lombardi explaining why the Josh Gordon tardiness story never was believable.
  • Jim Lazar is prepared for a scary-good matchup Sunday night, and makes his Week 9 picks. Pats win 41-33.
  • Michael Hurley makes his Week 9 picks: Brady-Rodgers matchup won’t teach us anything, but it will be fun. Pats win, but not comfortably.


  • Kevin Clark (The Ringer) It’s a damn shame we haven’t seen more of Aaron Rodgers vs. Tom Brady.
  • Steven Ruiz (ForTheWin) Are we finally seeing the start of Tom Brady’s inevitable decline?
  • Staff (ESPN) Biggest injury questions for all 32 teams in Week 9. Pats: Shaq Mason (calf), Julian Edelman (ankle injury, illness).
  • Danny Kelly (The Ringer) NFL midseason superlatives: The best, worst, and weirdest of the year so far.
  • Riley McAtee (The Ringer) The six biggest takeaways from half a season of NFL watchability.
  • Nate Davis (USA Today) One pressing question for every team in second half of 2018 season. Patriots: Can they buck history?
  • Mike Jones (USA Today) What we learned at NFL’s midseason point: Biggest surprises, letdowns. 1. Don’t sweat the slow starts.
  • Staff (The Ringer) If you had to pick a QB for one throw, one drive, one game, or one season, who would it be? The only rule is you can’t pick the same QB twice.
  • Bill Barnwell (ESPN) Projecting 2020 roster locks, bubble players for all 32 NFL teams.
  • Andrew Bucholtz (Awful Announcing) The NFL’s again structured its TV deals to pay owners in the event of games lost to a work stoppage, a concept a judge ruled against in 2011.
  • Staff (ESPN) Week 9 NFL score predictions: A guide to best games, fantasy help, more.
  • Elliot Harrison ( NFL Week 9 game picks: Rams lose first game; Pats top Packers 34-30.
  • Nate Davis (USA Today) Week 9 NFL picks: Aaron Rodgers-Tom Brady showdown, Rams-Saints game highlight big weekend. Five of five pick Pats to win. /Interesting.
  • MMQB Staff (SI) NFL Week 9 Picks: 6 of 7 pick Pats to win.
  • NFL Staff (Bleacher Report) Expert consensus Week 9 NFL picks. 1 out of 3 pick Pats to win (2 out of 3 pick Pats to win but not cover).


  • JR Radcliffe (PackersNews) What national media outlets are saying about the Aaron Rodgers vs. Tom Brady showdown.
  • Karen Herzog (Journal Sentinel) UW-Madison math professor says the numbers prove it: Aaron Rodgers is better than Tom Brady. /How to lie with statistics.
  • Jim Owczarski (Journal Sentinel) Legacies of Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady extend well off the field for Packers, Patriots.
  • Kendra Meinert (PackersNews) Aaron Rodgers vs. Tom Brady: Who’s the GOAT when it comes to pop culture?
  • Tony Silverstein (PackersNews) Opportunities abound for new roles in Packers’ secondary.
  • Rob Demovsky (ESPN) Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady: Contemporaries but not rivals.
  • Ryan Wood and Jim Owczarski (Journal Sentinel) Packers notes: Center Corey Linsley set for Patriots game.
  • Rob Demovsky (ESPN) Davante Adams: Major player vs. Patriots then; NFL star now.
  • Tom Silverstein (Journal Sentinel) Packers corner Tramon Williams to help fill safety void created by Ha Ha Clinton-Dix exit.