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New England Patriots links 12/05/18 - Media: [Almost] impossible for Patriots to win Sunday in Miami

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Minnesota Vikings v New England Patriots
JC Jackson makes a nice cushion for Duron Harmon, as the two team up to intercept Kirk Cousins
Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images



  • Kevin McNamara writes Tom Brady is 59-11 in December games in his career. All that winning ultimately leads to AFC East titles, playoff byes, home games at Gillette Stadium and the chance to play for championships. That’s the formula, and at this point it’s tried and true.”
  • NESN scouts the Dolphins to see what’s changed since the Patriots’ Week 4 blowout.
  • Michael Hurley finds that by the numbers, the Dolphins shouldn’t present a major challenge for the Patriots, but they probably will anyway.
  • Karen Guregian states that the Patriots can’t afford their usual Miami road collapse.
  • Ryan Hannable recaps five recent losses to the Dolphins in Miami to show the why we should be worried about Sunday’s game.
  • Matt Dolloff assures us (sort of) that a win in “historically treacherous” Miami isn’t impossible.
  • David Latham (LastWordOnSports) Why Week 14 won’t be a trap game for New England. /Voice in the wilderness.
  • Devon Clements (PatriotsWire) Patriots have had trouble with Dolphins in Miami at this time of year. /O Rly?
  • Tom Keegan credits the Patriots for acquiring players who are more quick-thinkers than speedsters. “Coaches learn more by watching film of prospective Patriots than from watching them run, jump, throw and lift. It doesn’t really matter how fast you run if you’re not ending up in the right place at precisely the correct time.”
  • Mike Reiss points out that Rob Gronkowski is not at 100 percent, lacking his typical explosion, but even in a diminished capacity he shows his value.
  • Ryan Hannable highlights Josh McDaniels on Rob Gronkowski: “I think he’s in a good place, continues to work hard and he’s always patient and unselfish and he’s a great teammate. We’re better when he’s on the field.”
  • Evan Lazar’s Film Review: The Patriots defense finally has a productive pass rush.
  • Eric Wilbur isn’t a believer in the Patriots defense, “it’s going to take more than confusing the NFL’s 18th-best team in terms of points per game for [them] to be considered something of an asset”.
  • Steve Balestrieri (PatsFans) No “yeah buts” Patriots defense is coming together right on time.
  • Henry McKenna (PatriotsWire) Patriots safeties were just showing off against Kirk Cousins, Vikings
  • Phil Perry talks about why J.C. Jackson is one of the 20 under 25 candidates: Jackson went from undrafted rookie to starting corner in just six months.
  • David Latham (LastWordOnSports) Patriots will cover the spread [7.5 points] against the Dolphins.
  • Nicole Yang tells us how Josh Gordon got his own animated Instagram series.
  • Joy Manning (BostonSportsChick) “Since 2000 the Patriots have played exactly 300 regular season games. Being that 300 is one of those nice numbers, I pulled out some fun stats to share.”
  • Adam London singles out a crazy stat that should inspire confidence in the Patriots’ Super Bowl hopes.
  • Doug Kyed explains how Trader Bill Belichick has fared much better in 2018 than with last year’s deals.
  • D.J. Bean releases his “Power Prankings” of teams he’d like to see Josh McDaniels spurn.
  • Karen Guregian Patriots Notebook: Kraft “flattered” teams want McDaniels.
  • Nicole Yang Patriots Notebook: Bill Belichick gives New England’s D high marks.
  • Mike Dussault (PatsPropaganda) 10 New England Patriots gift picks 2018.