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Kansas City Chiefs v New England Patriots
James Develin plows the way clear for a Sony Michel touchdown
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  • Steve Balestrieri (PatsFans) Patriots-Titans, Week 10 key matchups: Who has the razor’s edge?
  • David Latham (LastWordOnSports) Patriots Gameplan: Stopping Dion Lewis stops the Titans.
  • Thomas Murphy (DiehardBostonSportsFans) Monster keys to Patriots-Titans: 1. Own the red zone.
  • Andrew Callahan points out how scoring TDs in the red zone as an area of concern for the Patriots.
  • Devon Clements (PatriotsWire) 3 matchups to watch in Patriots’ Week 10 game vs. Titans. 1. Mike Vrabel vs. Bill Belichick.
  • Jim Hackett explains why it might be time to take a different approach with Rob Gronkowski.
  • Mike Reiss makes the case James White has been key to filling the Dion Lewis void.
  • Evan Lazar reviews the film and says Stephon Gilmore is playing at an All-Pro level.
  • Zack Cox reports Rex Burkhead returned to practice yesterday and can come off IR in Week 13.
  • Phil Perry expresses concern that Trent Brown missed his second-straight practice (illness), and wonders what the back-up plan will be if he can’t play.
  • Zack Cox notes Jason McCourty has some not-so-fond memories of that Patriots 59-0 win over the Titans.
  • Evan Lazar looks at the tape to see why Malcolm Butler is struggling in Tennessee.
  • CBS Boston notes Dion Lewis says he’s ready to face his former Patriots teammates: ‘There’s no friends on Sunday.’
  • Devon Clements (PatriotsWire) Gimme him: Give Malcolm Butler the playing time he once deserved in New England.
  • Zack Cox Patriots Notes: Mike Vrabel’s rapid coaching rise no surprise to ex-teammate; More.
  • Doug Kyed addresses his Friday Patriots Mailbag: What are Josh Gordon’s long-term options in New England?
  • Ryan Hannable reports the Patriots continue their roster shuffle, signing OL Cole Croston to the practice squad.
  • Matt Vautour reports Kyle Van Noy and his wife Marissa are taking 100 kids to see the Mark Wahlberg movie ‘Instant Family.’
  • Henry McKenna (PatriotsWire) Tom Brady on Bill Belichick: ‘He’s as sharp a critic as ever’.
  • NBC Sports Boston highlights Rodney Harrison as a guest on ‘The Mike Tirico Podcast’, discussing his relationship with Tom Brady and how Brady maintains the same level of work ethic he’s had since day one.
  • Jim Lazar says the one sure thing for Sunday is that Malcolm Butler will play, and makes his Week 10 picks. Patriots win 28-18.
  • Mass Live’s NFL Week 10 predictions, schedule, point spreads: Patriots favored by 6.5 on the road over Titans Sunday.
  • Sean Glennon (ThisFootballBlog) Week ten picks. Patriots by 10.


  • Paul Kuharsky ( Scouting report: Gronk threat will open things up for Sony Michel against the Titans.
  • Albert Breer (SI) Game Plan: NFL midseason awards according to league insiders.
  • Conor Orr (SI) Morning Huddle: Should Mike Tomlin get more credit for Steelers’ sustained success? “No other coach (except Bill Belichick) could channel the Steelers’ chaos into first place.”
  • Bill Barnwell (ESPN) What’s real and what’s not from the NFL’s first half, and why it matters.
  • Jeff Legwold (ESPN) Level the playing field: Five ways the NFL could rejuvenate defense.
  • Kevin Seifert (ESPN) Making sense of NFL rule changes at midseason: What has worked.
  • Sean Keeley (Awful Announcing) The NFL wants to get rid of ‘billboard’ ads during games to appease modern TV audiences.
  • Sheilla Dingus (AdvocacyForFairnessInSports) Will the NFL’s latest appeal blow up the Concussion Settlement? /NFL tactics to disqualify, not pay out claims are lower than low.
  • Andy Benoit (SI) NFL Week 10: Preview and analysis of every Sunday game.
  • Staff (ESPN) Week 10 NFL score predictions: A guide to best games, fantasy help, more.
  • Staff (ESPN) Biggest injury questions for all 32 teams in Week 10. Patriots: Rob Gronkowski and Shaq Mason.
  • Elliot Harrison ( NFL Week 10 game picks. Pats 26-17.
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) PFT’s Week 10 picks. MDS: Patriots 24-13, Florio: Patriots 27-17.
  • Nate Davis (USA Today) Week 10 NFL picks. Five of five pick Pats to win.


  • David Ammenheuser (Tennessean) Tom Brady and 416 others: NFL starting quarterbacks since start of 2001 season.
  • Jim Wyatt (TitansOnline) Six things standing out for Titans After Week 9, and heading into game vs. Patriots: 1. No. 1 ranked defense.
  • Turon Davenport (ESPN) Titans’ ex-Pats: Beating mystique first priority vs. Tom Brady
  • Jim Wyatt (TitansOnline) Patriots coach Bill Belichick has a soft spot for Nashville, and the Titans.
  • Turon Davenport (ESPN) Marcus Mariota, Titans looking to regain early-season momentum.
  • Staff (Tennessean) What to know about Titans-Patriots.
  • Jim Wyatt (TitansOnline) Three quick hits from the Titans on Wednesday: Vrabel-Belichick similarities?
  • Erik Bacharach (Tennessean) Our predictions for Patriots vs. Titans.
  • Erik Bacharach (Tennessean) Titans Mailbag: Is it time to bench Malcolm Butler? (6.08 min. video)