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New England Patriots links 11/20/18 - Chris Hogan working hard to stay open

Daily news and links for Tuesday

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  • Zack Cox begins scouting the Jets, with four things to know about this week’s opponent: 1. They’re in a tailspin.
  • Nick O’Malley hears from Matthew Slater on the Jets, “It’s like a rivalry game in college, the records don’t matter.”
  • Karen Guregian is looking for the Patriots to find their usual second-half groove.
  • Evan Lazar examines how the Patriots defense has evolved under new play-caller Brian Flores.
  • Ian Logue (PatsFans) 6 Patriots thoughts coming off the bye week. 3. Dwayne Allen on crutches might be a bigger deal than we think.
  • Kevin Duffy Patriots Notebook: Chris Hogan confident despite drop in production.
  • Darren Hartwell notes Tom Brady ‘decompressed’ exactly as you would have expected during the bye week, ‘watching the entire season a couple of times’ on film.
  • Ryan Hannable makes the case that Rob Gronkowski may be more important than ever to the Patriots.
  • Phil Perry says that with Shaq Mason and Trent Brown apparently ready to go on Sunday, the Patriots offensive line may be fully intact Sunday.
  • Mike Reiss reports Chris Hogan is staying upbeat and focused on doing what’s best for the team.
  • Ryan Hannable notes Chris Hogan isn’t concerned with his lack of targets in recent games.
  • Ryan Hannable hears Bill Belichick scoff at question about Chris Hogan’s recent production: “He’s one of our hardest workers... We have a lot of confidence in Chris and our entire offense.”
  • Doug Kyed finds Sony Michel feeling ‘strong’ coming off a knee injury after the bye.
  • Karen Guregian relays Bill Belichick on how ‘there’s no magical solution’ to fixing how the Patriots have been outscored by their opponents in the first and third quarters by a significant margin. “It comes down to execution.”
  • Mike Dussault (PatsPropaganda) Trey Flowers or bust in free agency 2019.
  • Michael Hurley explores how beating the Patriots this season has proven to be a bit of a death sentence for teams.
  • Matt Dolloff points out how the curse of beating the Patriots continues: The three teams that have beaten the Pats this season - the Jaguars, Lions, and Titans - are a combined 4-12 since those wins.
  • Tom E. Curran is the rain on everyone’s parade with his latest “why this may be the last ride for Patriots Dynasty 2.0” column.
  • Thomas Murphy (DiehardBostonSportsFans) Tom Brady has not had a Hall Of Fame career. /Hint: Read past the headline.
  • Mike Dussault (PatsPropaganda) Pats Posits: Maybe the Pats are just bored.
  • Ryan Hannable notes Josh McDaniels isn’t surprised the Saints used a Patriots’ play on Sunday, sees taking plays from opponents a common occurrence across the league now.
  • Zack Cox tells us what the Chief’s Monday Night loss means for the Patriots.
  • Matt Dolloff points out how the Steelers’ win on Sunday puts the pressure on the Pats to run the table in their fight for a playoff bye week.
  • Justin Leger hears Tom Brady explain why Ray Lewis is the defensive player ‘he sees in his nightmares’ on last night’s Westwood One interview.
  • Alex Reimer pokes at ‘second-rate Fox Sports radio host Jason McIntyre’ who made the brave proclamation that ‘the book is out on Tom Brady: ‘He ain’t going to beat you running the football’.
  • Ricky Doyle notes Benjamin Watson sees similarities between the 2018 Saints and the 2007 Patriots.
  • Nick O’Malley highlights Darrelle Revis on Bleacher Report’s ‘Stick to Football’ podcast: The ‘real Bill Belichick’ isn’t the grump you see on TV.