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New England Patriots links 11/27/18 - Offense runs best with run game the staple, not just a complement

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  • Doug Kyed presents his Pats-Jets Film Review: How Sony Michel’s improvement generated big plays.
  • Evan Lazar’s Advanced Stats Report: Tom Brady excellent under pressure vs. Jets.
  • Andrew Callahan reviews the film and says the Pats’ next step is the most critical for it to boast an elite offense: Converting in short yardage.
  • Tom E. Curran brings up what the Patriots still need to work on if they want to keep their ground and pound identity.
  • Matt Vautour points out that Cordarrelle Patterson isn’t just a ‘last resort’ for the Patriots to run the football.
  • Dale Lavine (LastWordOnSports) Return of Rex Burkhead boosts New England rushing corps.
  • Michael Hurley serves up some still-warm leftover thoughts from Sunday: The Patriots make winning look boring. Julian Edelman is a certified nut. The officials stink. All this and much more!
  • Chad Finn thinks 27 thoughts on the Patriots’ 27-13 win over the Jets: A win is a win is a win, especially on the road against the Jets.
  • Ian Logue (PatsFans) Five things we learned from the Patriots win over the Jets: 1. Issues with inconsistency on offense continued.
  • Zack Cox analyzes the snap counts from Sunday: Rob Gronkowski busy in return to action.
  • Eric Wilbur downplays the win, noting this wasn’t exactly a game that Brady is going to show on a loop at the entrance to the TB12 facility.
  • Michael Hurley explains how Tom Brady can now lay claim to being the NFL’s all-time leading passer. Sort of.
  • Nick Goss points out one crazy stat from Sony Michel’s rookie season: Sony Michel now has as many 100-yard rushing games (3) as every other rookie runner in Bill Belichick’s 19 years in New England combined.
  • Mike Reiss reports Rob Gronkowski is back to being himself, catching touchdowns and having fun.
  • Ryan Hannable feels we should all take the time to really appreciate Rob Gronkowski.
  • Zack Cox reports the team showered Ryan Allen with praise after his ‘fabulous’ game vs. te Jets. /File under: Punters are people too.
  • Mark Daniels observes that the Patriots are starting to get healthy at the right time.
  • Joshua Schrock highlights Tom Brady’s interview with Jim Gray, where he says he hopes he’s turned the corner with his knee injury ahead of the game vs. the Vikings.
  • CBS Boston reports Tom Brady may not have to worry about All-Pro CB Xavier Rhodes when the Vikings come to Foxborough. Rhodes suffered a hamstring injury that appears to be on the serious side.
  • Zack Cox mentions that the Vikings are tied for 4th in rushing yards allowed per game (93.6) and yards per carry (3.7). Patriots are 7-0 this season when they rush for 93 or more yards and 1-3 when they don’t.
  • Kevin Boilard (247Sports) Imperfect Pats still can’t be cast aside in AFC.
  • Rob Bradford wonders how much money the Patriots system is costing Trey Flowers.
  • Ryan Hannable talks about safety Obi Melifonwu making his Patriots debut Sunday in New York.
  • Karen Guregian notes Bill Belichick was not happy with his team’s rash of penalties.
  • Karen Guregian Patriots Notebook: Road to first-round bye still not easy; More.
  • Mike Dussault (PatsPropaganda) Pats Posits: Bye week not a magic elixir, but Pats still in playoff bye hunt.
  • Nick O’Malley issues his Week 12 Patriots Report Card: Sony Michel deserves an A+ for Jets game.
  • Kevin Duffy issues his Week 12 Patriots Report Card: A lot to like from Sunday’s road test.
  • Steve Balestrieri (PatsFans) Patriots Week 12 Report Card: The offensive line was outstanding Sunday.
  • Matt Chatham (BlogTalkRadio) Real Thing Patriots Podcast: Pats ground Jets; Game review & adjustments made from the bye. (63 min.) /Always a great listen.


  • Clare McNear (The Ringer) Gronk returns to his happy place.
  • Manish Mehta (NY Daily News) Rob Gronkowski proves he still has a pulse with tough TD catch against Jets, his first since Week 1.
  • Albert Breer (SI) Monday Afternoon QB: Nathaniel Hackett on his firing, Tyler Lockett on Seahawks, Gronk’s clapback moment, More notes.
  • Mike Tanier (Bleacher Report) Monday Morning Digest: Colts, Seahawks and other wild cards gone wild!
  • Nate Davis (USA Today) 32 things we learned from Week 12. 14b. #TB1K update: Brady’s game-ending kneeldown meant he finished the day with minus-1 rushing yards, setting his quest for 1,000 career rushing yards back to 995. /The struggle is real.
  • Charean Williams (ProFootballTalk) Tom Brady says Philip Rivers’ performance “nearly impossible”.
  • Kristopher Knox (Bleacher Report) NFL team grades for Week 12. Patriots B.
  • Joe Lucia (Awful Announcing) The 2018 NFL announcer rankings.
  • Joseph M. Hanna (SportsLawInsider) Judge denies reviving Patriots’ “Deflategate” suit.