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New England Patriots links 12/20/18 - A tale of two Josh’s: With Gordon out, all eyes on McDaniels

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Let’s see what kind of magician Josh McDaniels can be
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  • Andrew Callahan reports the Patriots released a statement announcing support of Josh Gordon.
  • Kevin Duffy explains why the Patriots are actually in a strong position, despite their two-game losing streak.
  • Ty Anderson acknowledges while the Pats absolutely have some legitimate issues that need sorting out, he feels some are going too far with their ‘oh my, the dark days are here once again!’ attention-seeking takes.
  • Ryan Hannable tells us five things the Patriots need to focus on in their final two games of the regular season. 1. Stopping the run.
  • Evan Lazar sees the Bills shaping their offense around rookie QB Josh Allen, and looking nothing like the team the Pats faced in Week 8.
  • David Latham (LastWordOnSports) Patriots Gameplan: How to stop Robert Foster, Josh Allen duo.
  • Matt Dolloff explains how stopping the mobile Josh Allen may be simple, but not easy.
  • Karen Guregian makes the case for more James White in the Pats’ offense.
  • Kevin Duffy reports the Patriots enter Week 16 with perfect practice attendance.
  • Ryan Hannable notes both Brady and Gronk continue to be off the injury report.
  • Mike Dussault (PatsPropaganda) Bend don’t break defense analytics update.
  • Chad Finn isn’t outright suggesting the Pats should be worried about the Bills and the Jets, but says these two ‘tomato cans’ can’t be overlooked either.
  • Eric Wilbur revisits Trent Dilfer’s “Let’s face it, the Patriots just aren’t good anymore comment and says it applies this season.
  • Joy Manning (BostonSportsChick) Why the Brady bailouts are alright by me.
  • Tom E. Curran says the Patriots’ two Pro Bowl selections highlight just how talent-thin this roster is.
  • Matt Dolloff relays Bill Belichick revealing the secret to having a good home field advantage ... playing well.
  • Doug Kyed notes how Stephon Gilmore found out about his Pro Bowl selection: “Bill called me, told me, ‘Congrats, get ready for work this week.’”
  • Kevin Duffy Patriots Notebook: Stephon Gilmore honored to make second Pro Bowl; New-look Bills; More.
  • Steven Thompson and Chris Blackey (DiehardBostonSportsFans) Boston Sports Blitz Podcast: Disappointment in Pittsburgh. (64 min.)
  • Thomas Murphy and Steve Balestrieri ( One Patriots Place podcast: A look back at Pittsburgh, and a look ahead to Buffalo, with guests. (66 min.)