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New England Patriots links 12/04/18 - Gameplan vs. Vikes shows patience is a virtue

Daily news and links for Tuesday

Minnesota Vikings v New England Patriots
Josh Gordon on his way to scoring a 3rd-quarter TD
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  • Evan Lazar’s Advanced Stats Report: Breaking down what led to the Patriots’ success on defense.
  • Doug Kyed’s Patriots-Vikings Film Review: Why Josh Gordon’s sparing usage was smart.
  • Andrew Callahan presents his Pats-Vikes Film Review: How the defense turned the corner again in December.
  • Matt Dolloff goes into the Pats-Vikings Film Room: JC Jackson sets tone, dominates matchups in breakthrough game.
  • Matt Dolloff mentions the weird trend shown by the Patriots offense, of often starting games strong and finishing strong but going stagnant in the middle.
  • Michael Hurley serves up some still-warm leftover Patriots thoughts: The Patriots went right at the Vikings on Sunday. Minnesota couldn’t handle it.
  • Jerry Thornton (Barstool Sports) Knee jerk reactions to Week 13 vs. Vikings: So yet another 2-touchdown win where the Patriots rip an opponent’s windpipe out of their throat late in the game.
  • Evan Lazar tells us ten things we learned from the win over the Vikes: 1. Patriots’ Stephon Gilmore and Jason McCourty shutdown Vikings’ wide receiver duo.
  • Mike Reiss sees the ever-evolving Patriots defense coming together at the right time. “That doesn’t necessarily create a “wow” factor like other teams, but it’s smart football, reflective of one of the smartest coaches in the game who has overseen a seamless transition in 2018 with future-NFL-head-coach-in-waiting Brian Flores taking over the playcalling from Matt Patricia.”
  • Michael Hurley tells us why there shouldn’t be any complaints about the Patriots’ 14-point win on Sunday.
  • Mike Dussault (PatsPropaganda) Pats Posits: All aboard the latest and greatest Pats hype train!
  • Mike Reiss writes about how Trent Brown (6-foot-8, 370-pounds) has been on the field for 803 offensive snaps -- 96 percent of the time -- answering the Patriots’ top offseason question mark.
  • Sean T. McGuire talks up how Josh Gordon makes things happen for Tom Brady and the offense. It’s just that simple.
  • Dave Brown assures the football-watching world that the Patriots gained zero advantage from allegedly cheating (according to Adam Thielen) in their win over the Vikings.
  • Michael Hurley takes a look at the AFC playoff picture: The race for a first-round bye remains tight, with potential ‘hat and t-shirt game’ on tap in Miami.
  • David Latham (LastWordOnSports) Top five Tom Brady runs.
  • Thomas Murphy (DiehardBostonSportsFans) Is TB12 ruining Gronk? /I just think he’s been hurt.
  • Alex Reimer expects Rob Gronkowski to be largely a bystander during the Pats’ annual December push.
  • Oliver Thomas (Forbes) Against Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs, Patriots’ pass defense proved it’s no easy match.
  • Brendan Howe (FullPressCoverage) The Patriots own December like nobody else.
  • Rich Thompson Patriots Notebook: Dont’a Hightower plays complete game.
  • Kevin Duffy issues his Patriots Report Card: Defense aces the test.
  • Steve Balestrieri (PatsFans) Patriots Week 13 Report Card, defense dominates Vikes in 24-10 win. /RBs get a B- ?!? That’s rough.
  • NESN posts a video ‘tribute’ to Tom Brady’s 1,000 rushing yards. The Checkdown presents “A Football Life: Run Tommy, run.”
  • Olivia Vanni Side Tracks: The Bill Belichick Foundation just announced that it will be holding an online contest that will let one lucky winner and a guest watch the Patriots take on the Buffalo Bills and have an on-field meet & greet with Bill Belichick and Linda Holliday.
  • Michael Hurley passes along a report calling Josh McDaniels a possibility for Packers head coach, with assistants already lining up.
  • Alex Reimer says the NFL cared more about Tom Brady playing with deflated footballs than Kareem Hunt physically assaulting a woman. /FIFY: “allegedly” playing...
  • Matt Chatham (BlogTalkRadio) Real Thing Patriots Podcast: Vikings plundered by Patriots, game breakdown. (43 min.)
  • Russ Goldman (PatsFans) Patriots Fourth & Two Podcast: Defense steps up against the Vikings. (22.49 min.)