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New England Patriots links 9/20/18 - Will it take a rocket scientist for the Lions to beat the Pats?

Daily news and links for Thursday

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  • Steve Balestrieri (PatsFans) Patriots-Lions key matchups: Who has the razor’s edge?
  • Johnny Maffei (FullPressCoverage) Patriots vs. Lions: Three stats to know. 1. Six (6): Since Patricia took over as defensive coordinator in 2012, the Patriots finished top 10 in scoring defense all six years, finishing in the top five twice.
  • Devon Clements (PatriotsWire) 3 matchups to watch during Patriots vs. Lions. 1. Eric Rowe vs. Lions receivers.
  • Karen Guregian mentions how Bill Belichick throwing a Josh Gordon curveball at Matt Patricia.
  • Mike Reiss notes Josh McDaniels was able to pull off a win in his first matchup Bill Belichick in 2009, but Matt Patricia faces an uphill battle Sunday.
  • Karen Guregian frames this week’s matchup as the rocket scientist trying to outsmart the football genius.
  • Evan Lazar details how Matt Patricia’s Lions defense looks mighty familiar.
  • Zack Cox hears from Josh McDaniels on how he’s prepping for Matt Patricia’s defense this Sunday night.
  • Kevin Duffy hears from some of the players as Josh Gordon makes his first practice in Foxboro.
  • Michael Hurley points out Josh Gordon gets his locker right next to Brady’s.
  • Tom E. Curran explains why Bill Belichick was so quiet on the Josh Gordon deal: The Patriots re-worked the trade, getting an assured seventh-round pick rather than a conditional one that reportedly was originally agreed upon.
  • Stephen Hewitt finds Rob Gronkowski warning against getting too excited about the possibilities with him and Gordon on the field at the same time.
  • Phil Perry talks with Dont’a Hightower on Josh Gordon in 2013: “He was a monster then, he’s a monster now”.
  • Doug Kyed doesn’t understand those rooting against Josh Gordon succeeding with the Patriots and who want to bask in the glory of his next downfall.
  • Andrew Callahan notes DE Derek Rivers has been a healthy scratch so far this season, but he’s remaining patient. “Just got to keep going... Keep getting better whether you play or not.”
  • Kevin Duffy Patriots Notebook: Former draft pick Cyrus Jones back for another tour.
  • Jim Gilhooly (DiehardBostonSportsFans) NFL Game Day: It’s not just a game. It’s an event.
  • Mark Schofield (InsideThePylon) Locked On Patriots Podcast: (9/20) Recaps some transactions, has thoughts from Bill Belichick and More. (33.10 min.) Crossover episode with Locked On Lions: (27.25 min.)


  • Josh Alper (ProFootballTalk) Rob Gronkowski tempers excitement about Josh Gordon’s arrival.
  • Highlights ( First look at WR Josh Gordon at Patriots practice. (1.08 min. video)
  • Charean Williams (ProFootballTalk) Corey Coleman joins Patriots’ practice squad.
  • Staff (TMZ) Kaepernick’s attorney hints Raiders and Pats interested... ‘stay tuned’.
  • NFL Nation (ESPN) Biggest injury questions for all 32 teams in Week 3. Patriots: Patrick Chung, Trey Flowers (concussions), Marcus Cannon (calf strain).
  • Albert Breer (SI) Game Plan: Surprise unbeatens: Breaking down the Broncos, Bengals, Bucs and Dolphins; Weekend watch list; Reader Mail.
  • Jonathan Jones (SI) Morning Huddle: The Super Bowl halftime show, how it should be.
  • Joel Corry (CBS Sports) Agent’s Take: Here are the 10 best NFL contracts from the player’s perspective. No surprise no Pats.
  • Sarah Hardy, et al. (SB Nation) NFL Panic Index 2018: The Patriots’ surprise bet for an offensive revival.
  • Cam Mellor (Pro Football Focus) NFL QB Rankings – after Week 2. Brady 6th.
  • Michael Renner (Pro Football Focus) NFL Offensive Line Rankings – after Week 2. Pats 8th.
  • Maurice Jones-Drew ( RB Index, Week 3: NFL’s dual threats deserve MORE money.
  • John Breech (CBS Sports) Ravens hit with monstrous $200,000 fine for violating NFL policy during preseason: The Ravens have now paid more than $700,000 in fines over the past two years. /NFL reaction? Yawn...
  • Edward Lee (Baltimore Sun) Ravens fined by NFL for violating on-field communication policy in preseason.
  • Shalise Manza Young (Yahoo! Sports) NFL fines Ravens for another rules violation, this time in-helmet headset use. “This is the third time in three years that Baltimore has gotten in trouble for violating league rules.”
  • - - - Not a single peep about the Ravens.
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) Unnamed assistant says Patriots coaches think they could win without Tom Brady. “Bottom line: If the coaching staff truly believed what the unnamed assistant said (and I don’t doubt that the unnamed assistant said it), they had a chance to put their money where the unnamed assistant’s mouth is, and they didn’t.”