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Buffalo Bills v New England Patriots
Runner, receiver, returner... Patterson does it all
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  • Kevin Clark (The Ringer) Four must-see matchups in the NFL Week 17. /Other than the Patriots, of course. Going to be a fun week of football.
  • Riley McAtee (The Ringer) The 2018 NFL Week 17 viewing guide. Jets at Patriots: “To secure the no. 2 seed, the Pats need to beat the Jets, who have been in a series of close games in the past month. ...Sam Darnold has never looked better, completing 65.2 percent of his passes for 764 yards, six touchdowns, and one interception over his last three games -- good for a 106.2 passer rating.”
  • Cameron Filipe (Football Zebras) Week 17 referee assignments. Jets at Pats: Walt Coleman.
  • Lorenzo Reyes (USA Today) Derrick Henry, Nick Foles among 10 key factors in NFL playoff clinching scenarios.
  • Michael David Smith (ProFootballTalk) Steelers and Vikings could finish 8-6-2, which the NFL treats as 9-7.
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) Ryan Tannehill’s time may finally be up in Miami.
  • Adam Schein ( Nine veterans who could use a change of scenery in 2019.
  • Conor Orr (SI) Morning Huddle: Everyone is terrible at assessing NFL coaching hires.
  • Jonathan Jones (SI) NFL head coach firing primer: The league could be facing a crisis when it comes to minority coaches.
  • Robert Mays (The Ringer) Who should win the NFL’s biggest awards this season?
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) PFT’s Week 17 picks. MDS: Patriots 30-20, Florio: Patriots 33-17.
  • Elliot Harrison ( NFL Week 17 game picks. Patriots 35-27.
  • MMQB Staff (SI) NFL Week 17 Picks. Seven of seven pick Pats to win.


  • Eric Allen (NewYorkJets) Jets-Patriots: 5 Storylines. 1. Darnold-Brady.
  • Randy Lange (NewYorkJets) 7 Points: Jets ‘trying to unseat the Patriots’ in season finale. 1. Rivalry’s tough road.
  • Manish Mehta (NY Daily News) When handing out credit for the leap Sam Darnold has made in December, make sure to include Jets offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates.
  • George Willis (NY Post) Jamal Adams desperately wants to be part of the solution for Jets. “Playing the Patriots on Sunday only adds to Adams’ frustration...”
  • Mike Mazzeo (NY Post) Stellar Jets rookie TE Cris Herndon hungry to cap year with Patriots punchout.
  • Mike Mazzeo (NY Post) TE Eric Tomlinson season over after he dropped a weight on his foot.
  • Staff (NewYorkJets) Jets place TE Tomlinson on IR, bring back TE Walford.
  • Manish Mehta (NY Daily News) Jets WR Quincy Enunwa reveals truth behind neck issues. As for 2018: ‘I want to be a difference maker’.
  • The Wildcat (NY Post) Week 17 picks: Patriots won’t run away from Jets and Sam Darnold. Pats win, Jets cover (+13 1/2).