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New England Patriots links 12/13/18 - Theme of the Week: Turning the page

Daily news and links for Thursday

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J.C. Jackson breaks up a pass
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  • Mike Reiss notes the Patriots theme this week has been ‘turning the page,’ starting with Brian Flores taking the blame for the Miami loss - part of his “straight-shooter” approach that appeals to players.
  • Phil Perry warns that despite the Steelers’ losing streak, Bill Belichick expects them to give New England a tough game. “Competitive people compete. That’s what they do. Certainly that’s what the Steelers are. I’m sure we’ll get their best. I think they’ll get our best.”
  • Karen Guregian explains why the Steelers may be the perfect cure for the Patriots’ Miami hangover.
  • Matt Dolloff suggests to the Steelers that they might not want to allow Rob Gronkowski to just take over this time. /Shhh...
  • Henry McKenna (PatriotsWire) Rex Burkhead explains how Patriots RBs intend to fix slumping performance.
  • Tom E. Curran focuses on the Patriots poor run defense that has become ‘a massive liability.’
  • David Latham (LastWordOnSports) Patriots run defense won’t be an issue against Pittsburgh.
  • Doug Kyed finds J.C. Jackson ‘confidently ready’ to cover the NFL’s best receivers.
  • Ryan Hannable wonders if a change could be in the works for the Patriots secondary heading into Steelers game.
  • Ryan Hannable hears from Danny Shelton, who addresses being a healthy scratch the last two games.
  • Mark O’Keefe (LastWordOnSports) Steelers defense no match for top quarterbacks.
  • Phil Perry reminds us how Big Ben is still dangerous at home.
  • Tom E. Curran relays Mike Lombardi on why the Pats’ road struggles are concerning.
  • Joy Manning (BostonSportsChick) Grass has been a problem for the Patriots. /Interesting.
  • Kevin Duffy talks with Stevan Ridley, yet another ex-Patriot who holds a huge grudge against his former team and lives for revenge. /Yawn...
  • Kevin Duffy reports the Patriots have perfect practice attendance and are about as healthy as an NFL team can be in December.
  • Adam London notes the players are all well-aware that a fully-healthy roster doesn’t ensure success on the field.
  • Kevin Duffy Patriots Notebook: Stephen Gostkowski moving on from rough outing vs. Dolphins.
  • Kevin Duffy highlights Bill Belichick lauding the entire Pittsburgh team, reserving significant praise for the team’s dynamic passing attack. “There’s only one Ben Roethlisberger,”
  • Andrew Callahan reports the Patriots will not play in an international game in 2019.
  • Steven Thompson & Chris Blackey (SB Nation) Pats Blitz podcast: Guest: Former Patriots LB Marquis Flowers. (62 min.)
  • Russ Goldman (PatsFans) Patriots Fourth and Two podcast: We are on to Pittsburgh! (1 hr.)