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  • Andy Benoit (SI) 2018 NFL predictions: Team-by-team records, playoffs and Super Bowl LIII champion. Pats go 12-4, beat Jags in Divisional round, lose to Steelers in AFC championship game. Falcons beat Steelers in Super Bowl. /I’ll believe Pitt can beat NE in the playoffs only after it actually happens.
  • Kaylin Kahler (SI) Morning Huddle: Andrew Luck is still knocking the rust off.
  • John Breech (CBS Sports) Who has the toughest road to Super Bowl 53? Ranking the path for all 32 NFL teams. Pats 31st. “Pats’ schedule would be a lot more difficult if they could play themselves.”
  • Lorenzo Reyes (USA Today) NFL preseason Week 2 winners and losers. Losers: Patriots, because of the loss of Isaiah Wynn.
  • Danny Kelly (The Ringer) Meet the NFL’s next premium position: The slot cornerback.
  • Brian Burke (ESPN) Ranking NFL QB bargains from 1-32: “a ranking of each projected 2018 starting quarterback (no rookies) by a career salary efficiency score, which gauges how much of a bargain each QB has been, given his career earnings and production.” Tom Brady 4th.
  • Bucky Brooks (NFL.com) AFC Preseason Week 2 grades. Patriots A+.
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) League officials to discuss new helmet rule on Wednesday.
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) Riveron hints at possibility of replay for helmet rule.
  • Khadrice Rollins (SI) Report: NFL updating video tutorial on new helmet contact rule.
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) Will coaches tell players to absorb helmet blows?
  • Michael David Smith (ProFootballTalk) Doug Pederson saw Jaguars play it safe vs. Patriots, vowed not to do the same.