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New England Patriots links 12/24/18 - We’re number two! We’re number two!

Daily news and links for Monday

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Buffalo Bills v New England Patriots
James White dives it in for a 27-yard touchdown
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  • Kevin Duffy highlights the Patriots clinching the AFC East with a 24-12 win vs. Buffalo.
  • Doug Kyed gives us his Pats-Bills takeaways and metrics: Secondary, running backs excel.
  • DJ Bean’s Must-read recap: Something has to be wrong with Tom Brady.
  • Karen Guregian says that for the first time in a long time, the Patriots strength is not Tom Brady and the passing game, it is Sony Michel and the running game.
  • Mike Petraglia says that if Sunday’s underwhelming performance proved anything about these Patriots, it’s that they don’t need an MVP Tom Brady to win.
  • Steve Balestrieri (PatsFans) Running game vaults Patriots to 10th straight division crown.
  • Andrew Callahan focuses on how the game has changed for the Pats, “New England’s talent this season does not afford it the same margin for error the team usually enjoys, physicality is a must going forward. If the line of scrimmage does not belong to the Pats, their fate in any given game may slip away, too.”
  • Tom E. Curran writes that even after clinching the AFC East with a win over Buffalo, the Patriots continue to find themselves in unfamiliar situations in a ‘challenging’ season for a team that has come to expect success.
  • Bill Burt sees these AFC East champs in position to make some noise, warts and all.
  • Tom Keegan writes that sometimes, particularly in the AFC East, you don’t have to do anything great to win football games. You just have to do your job when the guys on the other side are falling down doing theirs.
  • Michael Hurley serves up some still-warm leftover Pats-Bills thoughts: The sun just always seems to shine on Bill Belichick.
  • David Latham (LastWordOnSports) Looking into the perceived Tom Brady interception problem.
  • Mike D’Abate (FullPressCoverage) Three for Ten: Patriots defeat Bills 24-12 to clinch AFC East title.
  • Evan Lazar tells us ten things we learned from Sunday’s win. 5. Pats OL shines in run game, but struggles in pass protection.
  • Ian Logue (PatsFans) Five things we learned from the Patriots win over the Bills: Patriots ground game ruled the day.
  • Nick Goss looks at some impressive milestones set by the Patriots.
  • Dan Ventura covers how the defense stepped up against the Bills.
  • Dave Brown serves up some snark flakes for breakfast as the Patriots ‘run scared to the AFC’s 2nd seed’, desperately relying on the ground game for 273 yards.
  • Phil Perry describes how the Patriots locker room erupted after the Eagles beat the Texans, putting New England in prime position to take the No. 2 seed in the AFC.
  • Zack Cox explains how the Patriots can clinch the No 1 seed next week.
  • Nick O’Malley notes Tom Brady says he’s 100 percent, despite being pulled with 6.39 minutes left in the game. ‘I’m not injured.’
  • Doug Kyed passes along Chris Hogan’s explanation for why he was sitting alone, away from the Patriots offense. “Superstition”.
  • Dakota Randall reports Cordarrelle Patterson left the game with a knee injury.
  • Kevin Duffy Patriots Notebook: Rob Gronkowski held without a catch.
  • Zack Cox Patriots Notes: Ufomba Kamalu makes immediate impact in New England debut.
  • NESN re-posts Tom Brady’s latest post-game Instagram message.



  • Kyle Silagyl (BuffaloBills) Bills stymied by the Pats in 24-12 loss.
  • Braden Carmen (ObserverToday) Bills didn’t even stand a chance.
  • Howard Simon (WGR550) Another miserable game in Foxboro: Bills were never a threat in their 10th loss of the season.
  • Sal Maiorana (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle) Except for Tom Brady looking old, nothing new as Patriots whip Bills.
  • Jay Skurski (Buffalo News) 10 Observations: Bills’ run defense woefully inept in loss.
  • Joe Buscaglia (WKBW) 7 Observations from Buffalo Bills - New England Patriots: The skill players let the Bills down repeatedly.
  • Chris Brown (BuffaloBills) Top 3 things we learned from Bills-Patriots: Run defense victimized.
  • Ryan Talbot (NewYorkUpstate) Bills not ready for Patriots: 3 reasons to be encouraged, 8 reasons to worry.
  • Sal Maiorana (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle) Tom Brady looks human but overwhelmed Josh Allen isn’t ready to take torch.
  • Matt Parrino (NewYorkUpstate) What Bills’ Josh Allen took away from first matchup with Patriots’ Tom Brady.