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New England Patriots links 11/29/18 - Will Pats choose chuck or go ground-and-pound vs. Vikes

Daily news and links for Thursday

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New England Patriots v New York Jets
Side-of-beef Trent Brown is a huge blocker for the run game
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  • Michael Hurley has a terrific answer to the question of why Tom Brady’s touchdown numbers are down: He may simply be playing selfless football. /That’s cheating!
  • Ryan Hannable calls Sunday vs. the Vikings a statement game for the Pats.
  • Andrew Mahoney takes a closer look at the Week 13 matchup vs. the Minnesota Vikings.
  • Evan Lazar writes how the Patriots’ play-action passing attack could be key to beating Vikings defense.
  • Phil Perry wonders if the Patriots will still choose to run the ball against one of the league’s best run defenses.
  • Karen Guregian is concerned about the Patriots’ lack of efficiency in the red area.
  • David Latham (LastWordOnSports) How to improve New England’s red zone offense.
  • Andrew Callahan says no coach has given Tom Brady more consistent trouble than Vikings’ Mike Zimmer.
  • Andrew Callahan reports Rob Gronkowski is ready for an All-Pro showdown with Vikings safety Harrison Smith.
  • Doug Kyed explains how Sony Michel is reacting to the increase in explosive plays in the offense.
  • Ryan Hannable finds Sony Michel’s increased confidence is leading to bigger plays.
  • Kevin Duffy doesn’t see an easy solution for the Patriots to defend against Adam Thielen.
  • Nick O’Malley explains why Vikings WR Adam Thielen is so hard to cover: ‘6-3 corners don’t grow on trees.’
  • John Zannis and Evan Lazar discuss how for the Pats’ defense it’s ‘pick your poison’ with Vikings receivers Thielen and Diggs. (6.11 min. video)
  • Doug Kyed suggests the Patriots should see what they have in their rookie cornerbacks before the playoffs.
  • Zack Cox notes Rex Burkhead impressed Bill Belichick with his approach to coming back from IR.
  • Doug Kyed gives us an injury update: Tom Brady still limited Rob Gronkowski fully healthy.
  • Ryan Hannable offers a practice update, noting Dwayne Allen as the only player missing.
  • Kevin Duffy notes that rarely does Bill Belichick praise an opposing coach the way he has praised Mike Zimmer this week.
  • Devon Clements (PatriotsWire) Report: Tom Brady plans to wear his old helmet for the foreseeable future.
  • Luke O’Brien (FullPressCoverage) Brady vs. Rodgers: Still dare to compare?
  • Chad Finn points out how Rex Ryan got it all wrong about this year’s Patriots, when he said this could be the worst team of the Tom Brady era.
  • Russ Goldman (PatsFans) Patriots Fourth and Two Podcast: We are on to Minnesota. (53.22 min.)