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New England Patriots links 9/14/18 - Patriots vs. Jaguars about tests, trust, talk and hype

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  • Ryan Hannable finds that Jacksonville isn’t the only team to dramatically hype-up a regular-season game against the Patriots, and typically it does not go well.
  • Kevin Duffy says the Patriots offense will be in for a big test against the Jacksonville defense.
  • Mike Reiss talks about Brady to Gronk in double coverage: It’s all about trust.
  • Oliver Thomas (Forbes) Rob Gronkowski’s next meeting with Jaguars shouldn’t go as quietly as his last.
  • Nick O’Malley gives us five reasons the Patriots will beat the Jaguars and five reasons they won’t. 1. Blake Bortles likely won’t play like he did in AFC title game.
  • Rich Thompson hears from the defensive backs that they’re expecting another tough challenge facing Blake Bortles on Sunday.
  • Adam Pasquale Jr. (FullPressCoverage) Know your Enemy: Patriots prepare to battle Jaguars.
  • Ryan Hannable notes safety Tashaun Gipson is very confident the Jags will get their first victory ever vs. Tom Brady: “I think that when you look at from an athletic standpoint, we are definitely more superior, athletically gifted when it comes to the defensive side of the ball compared to the guy that they have.”
  • Ryan Hannable says that LB Myles Jack is calling Sunday’s game vs. Patriots: ‘definitely the most important game of [his] life’.
  • Matt Dolloff thinks it’s time for the Patriots to unleash Sony Michel.
  • Mike Reiss shares the “smile it out” football journey of Cordarrelle Patterson.
  • Zack Cox notes Patrick Chung is prepared to fill in as a punt returner if called upon.
  • Joshua Schrock shares part of a Jeff Howe interview with Stephon Gilmore on what he was thinking before that pivotal pass breakuup in the AFC Title Game.
  • Doug Kyed addresses his Patriots Mailbag: Who answers the bell at RB in Week 2?
  • Doug Kyed Patriots Injury Report: Rex Burkhead upgraded to limited with concussion.
  • Kevin Duffy Patriots Notebook: Rex Burkhead limited in practice, leaving backfield depth a concern heading into Sunday’s game at Jacksonville.
  • Zack Cox Patriots Notes: Mama McCourty ‘loves every minute’ of sons’ NFL reunion.
  • CBS Sports Boston Marquee Matchup Week 2: Rob Gronkowski vs. Jalen Ramsey. (1 min. video)
  • Joy Manning (BostonSportsChick) Football, food and philanthropy: MNF with Dont’a Hightower.
  • Joy Manning (BostonSportsChick) A peek at James White’s ‘Sweet Feet for Strikes.’
  • Jerry Thornton (Barstool Sports) Felger & Mazz went on a bizarre hate-rant directed at Kyle Van Noy.
  • Jim Lazar says the only thing more overrated than bulletin board material is the revenge game (and won’t atone for Jags blowing the AFC title game.) Week 2 Picks: Pats, 23-16.


  • Ryan Wilson (CBS Sports) Jalen Ramsey isn’t afraid of Rob Gronkowski, jokes he would lay out grandmother if she was on other team.
  • Albert Breer (SI) Game Plan: Spending a season on the bench has already paid off for Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes; More.
  • MMQB Staff (SI) NFL Week 2 picks. 5 pick Pats, 2 pick Jags.
  • Elliot Harrison ( Week 2 game picks: Jags upend Pats; Vikes over Pack. Jags 17-14.
  • Pete Prisco (CBS Sports) NFL Week 2 Picks: Jaguars put clamps on Brady, Patriots; Steelers thump Chiefs. Jags 21-17.
  • R.J. White (CBS Sports) Tips for Week 2 NFL picks: Fading the overreactions to one game, teaser of the week and more.