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New England Patriots links 9/10/18 - Overreaction Monday: Pats’ D opens eyes

Daily news and links for Monday

Houston Texans v New England Patriots
Stephon Gilmore and Duron Harmon stifle and smother WR DeAndre Hopkins
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  • Mike Reiss talks about two notable developments from the game: Phillip Dorsett is the 69th player to catch a TD from Tom Brady.
  • Kevin Duffy focuses on how the Patriots defense is opening eyes in Sunday’s win over the Texans.
  • Tom E. Curran’s Patriots-Texans: Complete review: “I figured the Texans would devote two guys to erasing Gronk and that would leave a lot on White to make people miss in open space. The Texans were awful on Gronk. White hurt them as well with four catches for 38 yards and a 12-yard touchdown.”
  • Doug Kyed presents his Pats-Texans takeaways and metrics: Trey Flowers primed for breakout year.
  • Tom E. Curran says a clear message was sent by Brady on Sunday: Don’t ever forget what No. 12 and Gronk are capable of together.
  • Mike D’Abate (FullPressCoverage) Patriots hold off Texans, 27-20. “Despite some futile attempts to suggest otherwise, Brady and Gronkowski showed no signs of rust or ill-effects from being absent from OTAs earlier this year.”
  • NESN sees the Brady-Gronkowski touchdown connection climbing up the all-time ranks.
  • Mike Petraglia writes it’s the same old story as Brady and Gronk lead New England to a 27-20 win over Houston.
  • Evan Lazar tells us ten things we learned from Pats-Texans: 1. Tom Brady satisfied but not perfect.
  • Bob George (PatsFans) Patriots finally showed us what they’ve got in win over Houston.
  • Karen Guregian lauds Tom Brady spreading the wealth among a roster that’s short on receivers.
  • Rich Thompson talks up Phillip Dorsett’s impact, with Brady targeting him seven times, and Dorsett catching every single one of them.
  • Doug Kyed highlights slot corner Jonathan Jones as a secret weapon in Sunday’s win.
  • Zack Cox calls attention to Ryan Allen’s perfect punt, that helped secure the Week 1 win.
  • Nicole Yang sums up the Patriots-Texans game in 4 post-game quotes.
  • Zack Cox notes Riley McCarron laments his “stupid play” muffed punt.
  • Doug Kyed hears from players who were not thrilled with the fourth-quarter officiating.
  • Mark Daniels helps us get to know CB Keion Crossen: “The ‘it’ factor just pops out.”
  • Ryan Hannable speculates on the seriousness of Jeremy Hill’s injury and what the Patriots’ optios at RB are.
  • Doug Kyed believes Jeremy Hill’s knee injury is likely to force a roster move.
  • Mike Reiss shares some quick-hit weekend thoughts: How fantasy football played a notable part of Tom Brady’s opening week.
  • Ryan Hannable seems surprised (and perhaps disappointed) that all the media-generated offseason intrigue didn’t derail the Patriots in their season opener.
  • Ryan Hannable notes Rob Gronkowski addresses the report he resisted a trade this offseason.
  • Chris Blackey (DiehardBostonSportsFans) 5 Up and 5 Down in Pats 27-20 Week 1 victory: Always good to start season with a win.
  • David Heim (PatriotsWire) 5 Takeaways from Patriots 27-20 win over Texans. 1. Jeremy Hill injury.
  • Zack Cox Patriots Notes: FB James Develin contributes in unexpected way for undermanned Pats.
  • Mike Petraglia and Evan Lazar break down the season-opening win: Lots to like. (5.56 min. video)
  • Dakota Randall mentions Tom Brady beat Brett Favre’s record yesterday, for the most regular season wins by a QB at age 40 or older with 14.
  • Alex Reimer thought Tony Romo was as insightful as ever calling yesterday’s game.



  • Aaron Wilson (Houston Chronicle) Texans’ Bill O’Brien says it wasn’t his job to call T.O. after Rob Gronkowski’s controversial catch. /Well it kinda was, ‘Mr. 3 T.O.s at the end of the half’.
  • Jerome Solomon (Houston Chronicle) Timeout, it’s Bill O’Brien’s job to win games.
  • Dale Robertson (Houston Chronicle) Torment in New England continues as Texans drop season opener.
  • Mark Lane (PatriotsWire) Patriots stifle Texans 27-20 on opening day.
  • Marc Vandermeer (HoustonTexans) Texans lose and look forward.
  • Cole Thompson (TexansWire) Instant analysis from Texans’ 27-20 loss to Patriots.
  • Dale Robertson (Houston Chronicle) Inside the key stats from Patriots 27, Texans 20.
  • Aaron Wilson (Houston Chronicle) Texans QB Deshaun Watson on his performance: ‘I think it was terrible’.
  • Drew Dougherty (HoustonTexans) J.J. Watt heats up in 2nd half in New England.
  • John McClain (Houston Chronicle) Texans-Patriots grades. Coaching: F+.
  • John McClain (Houston Chronicle) Three game balls for Texans-Patriots.