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New England Patriots links 11/28/18 - Pats play better with the band back together

Daily news and links for Wednesday

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  • Michael Hurley previews the Vikings by the numbers: Vikings aren’t dominant in any area, but still present tough challenge for the Patriots.
  • Zack Cox talks about how the Patriots defense will have its hands full against Vikings’ Adam Thielen, one of the NFL’s elite receivers.
  • Zack Cox notes how the Patriots offense has struggled in two particular areas - third down and red zone - the same two areas the Vikings lead the NFL in defending.
  • Evan Lazar looks at the film to determine what’s behind the offense’s recent struggles in the red zone.
  • Tom Keegan brings up how Rob Gronkowski’s return also benefits the run game.
  • Doug Kyed finds in just eight games, Gordon is having the best season of any new receiver the Patriots have acquired over the summer or after a season began who didn’t have a previous tenure in New England.
  • Nick O’Malley notes Bill Belichick praised Sony Michel’s maturity as one of his greatest strengths, allowing him to overcome early rookie stumbles.
  • Doug Kyed believes Rex Burkhead should add some much-needed unpredictability to the offense.
  • Matt Dolloff tells us why we shouldn’t underestimate the return of Rex Burkhead.
  • Tom E. Curran isn’t so sure the injury prone Rex Burkhead can be counted on.
  • David Latham (LastWordOnSports) Phillip Dorsett deserves a larger role on offense.
  • DJ Bean ranks the NFL quarterbacks after Week 12. Brady 5th, “Nothing like setting a record 99 percent of the world probably already thought you had.”
  • Alex Reimer mentions how the Patriots have lost to some ‘really, really’ bad teams this year.
  • Adam London relays Tom Brady’s recent concern with being too aggressive with his throws, noting the team has a 95% chance of winning when they don’t turn the ball over.
  • Zack Cox explains why Cordarrelle Patterson is very popular with his teammates, who mention his unselfishness and positivity.
  • Matt Vautour reviews Obi Melifonwu’s Patriots debut.
  • Kevin Duffy Patriots Notebook: Vikings receivers double threat for defense; Jonathan Jones has struggled at times; Big plays on the ground; More.
  • Joshua Schrock NFL Rumors: Josh McDaniels, Brian Flores expected to be head-coaching candidates.
  • Matt Dolloff was surprised to hear Tom Brady speak a bit more openly about his knee injury and the flu that was going around the locker room.
  • Steven Thompson and Chris Blackey (SB Nation) Pats Blitz Podcast: Recapping the victory over the Jets and discussing if the defense will be enough against the Vikings. (51.27 min.)
  • Thomas Murphy & Steve Balestrieri (Drive.Google) One Patriots Place podcast: A breakdown of the Jets game and a look ahead to the Vikings matchup with guest Steve DeOssie.