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New England Patriots links 12/11/18 - Patriots already on to Pittsburgh

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  • Zack Cox finds the Patriots are already on to Pittsburgh, after processing what happened on Sunday.
  • Andrew Callahan believes the Pittsburgh game gives the Pats one last chance to prove who they are.
  • Mike Petraglia says we’re about to find out just how mentally tough these 2018 Patriots are.
  • Nick O’Malley writes how the Patriots aren’t going to let that Miami meltdown affect their playoff plans.
  • Evan Lazar’s Advanced Stats Report: The Patriots got a vintage performance from Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski, but the defense wasn’t up to the task against Miami.
  • Doug Kyed’s Patriots-Dolphins takeaways and metrics: Are sacks overrated?
  • Zack Cox breaks down the Patriots-Dolphins film: Vintage Gronk made his comeback.
  • Andrew Callahan says the film shows the renewed Brady-Gronk connection has come at the right time.
  • Mike Dussault (PatsPropaganda) Pats Posits: Latereally!?
  • Michael Hurley serves up some still-warm Blame Pie and other leftover Patriots thoughts from Sunday’s unappetizing loss: Actually, neither team deserved to win. I swear.
  • Jerry Thornton offers up his knee-jerk reactions to Week 14: Stephen Gostkowski’s missed extra point after being perfect all season was just the first clue that things were going to go horribly, horribly wrong...
  • Ryan Hannable goes over all the reasons the Patriots lost, besides the final play, including more bad coaching.
  • David Latham (LastWordOnSports) Patriots problems easily fixable. 1. Overlooked positives.
  • Tom Keegan puts the blame for Sunday’s loss squarely on Bill Belichick’s shoulders.
  • Mike Reiss reports Bill Belichick acknowledged how the Patriots failure on that final play starts with him.
  • Ryan Hannable highlights Bill Belichick on WEEI: “It’s the National Football League. Nobody died.”
  • Mike Reiss finds Tom Brady isn’t concerned that this loss will crush the team. “We still have a lot of football to play. There was a lot of positives from yesterday’s game...that we will use going forward. Our whole season is ahead of us, so let’s make the most of it,”
  • Alex Reimer says don’t let Tom Brady’s boneheaded sack cloud your perception of his overall performance Sunday. It was perhaps TB12’s best performance of the season.
  • Tom E. Curran points out Rob Gronkowski’s production is up but so is the punishment he’s receiving.
  • Rich Thompson Patriots Notebook: Patriots move ahead to Pittsburgh.
  • Bob George (PatsFans) After fluke finish Patriots need to move on.
  • Brendan Howe (FullPressCoverage) No room for gloom after Miami misery.
  • Phil Perry issues his Week 14 Patriots Report Card: Grades a letdown after weighing all miracles and non-miracles.
  • Kevin Duffy needed a new red pen after all the ink spilled grading the Patriots this week.
  • Steve Balestrieri (PatsFans) Patriots Week 14 Report Card: A very mixed bag in loss.
  • Ryan Hannable hears reports that Belichick and Brady apparently worked things out and patched up their relationship. /Go figure [insert eye-roll emoji here].
  • Joshua Schrock highlights Joe Montana on how he feels about Tom Brady taking over as the GOAT.
  • Matt Chatham (BlogTalkRadio) Real Thing Patriots Podcast: What. Was. That. Breakdown of the Patriots collapse in Miami. (61 min.)



  • Adam Bittner (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) Steelers-Patriots: Five things to know about the Week 15 opponent. 1. They really blew it on Sunday too.
  • Tim Benz (TribLive) Laugh at Rob Gronkowski while you can before he faces Steelers. “Yeah, it was funny. But let’s remember, Pittsburgh, your team lost to the 3-10 Raiders. And your team gets Gronk and Brady this weekend at Heinz Field. If history repeats, they’ll probably hook up 10 times for 140 yards and two or three touchdowns.”
  • Ed Bouchette (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) The Steelers are letting a playoff berth slip away.
  • Paul Zeise (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) Mike Tomlin keeps trusting his defense. But why?
  • Tim Benz (TribLive) Analysis: Don’t bank on Steelers replicating 2005 Super Bowl run.
  • Kevin Gorman (TribLive) These Steelers stink, showing ignorance with arrogance.
  • Tim Benz (TribLIve) Are the Steelers liars or just dumb?