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New England Patriots links 12/27/18 - Patriots treating Week 17 vs. Jets like a playoff game

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  • Andy Benoit (SI) Deep Dive: What kind of quarterback is Tom Brady now?
  • Jonathan Jones (SI) Morning Huddle: Nick Foles’s price is going up with Justin Herbert staying at Oregon; More.
  • Josh Dubow (AP) Kelce, Kittle chase Gronkowski’s record for best TE season.
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) Bill Belichick isn’t thinking about Tom Brady’s plan to play in 2019. /Go figure.
  • Mike Kaye ( NFL free agents 2019: 11 players who could be looking for ‘prove it’ deals on the open market | Ronald Darby, Earl Thomas, Landon Collins, more.
  • Tom Pelissero and Ian Rapoport ( NFL head coach candidates: Names to know for this hiring cycle. Josh McDaniels included.
  • John Breech (CBS Sports) Chiefs-Patriots wild-card game? Five crazy NFL playoff scenarios that could still happen. ...if Week 17 goes off the rails.
  • NFL Live crew (ESPN) How long can Brady maintain his level of play? (1.35 min. video)
  • Peter Schrager ( How the Baltimore Ravens can take the No. 2 seed in the AFC playoff picture. (3.03 min. video) /Pats just need to take care of business to keep it.
  • Jim Reineking (USA Today) From wide receivers throwing TD passes to the Miami Miracle: 2018 NFL season’s best plays. /Guess which was number one?


  • Andy Clayton (NY Daily News) Tom Brady repeats his pledge to continue playing in 2019 and beyond. “One of these days Tom Brady will grow tired of beating up on the Jets. And that time can’t come fast enough for the Gang Green faithful.”
  • Manish Mehta (NY Daily News) Jets exploitation of Pats’ demise starts with next head coach: ‘I would love that job’.
  • Brian Costello (NY Post) A thrilled Sam Darnold opens on the Jets’ future.
  • Steve Serby (NY Post) What Jets’ parting gift to Todd Bowles should be.
  • Matt Stypulkoski ( Todd Bowles down to final game with Jets: Ranking his 10 most embarrassing defeats.
  • Staff (NY Daily News) Trumaine Johnson’s Jets stint gets weirder after this practice situation.
  • Brian Costello (NY Post) Jets are going silent after mystery Trumaine Johnson incident.
  • Matt Stypulkoski ( ‘Same old Jets’ wasn’t always an insult: Remembering team’s last playoff victory - 2010 AFC Divisional playoffs win over Patriots.