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New England Patriots links 1/10/19 - Patriots vs. Chargers: Everything on the line[s]

Daily news and links for Thursday

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  • Karen Guregian notes Tom Brady has faced Gus Bradley’s Cover-3 defense plenty of times in the past, and it hasn’t exactly been his Kryptonite.
  • Nick O’Malley scouts the Chargers to see how the Patriots measure up at each position against one of the toughest opponents they’ve seen in a while.
  • Kevin Duffy dives into the matchups: Rob Gronkowski vs. Derwin James, Chargers defense.
  • Ross Gienieczko explains how the Patriots defensive depth will be tested by Philip Rivers and the Chargers playmakers.
  • David Latham (LastWordOnSports) Patriots AFC divisional round gameplan: Stopping the Chargers offense.
  • Devon Clements (PatriotsWire) 3 Matchups to watch in Patriots’ divisional round vs. Chargers. 1. Melvin Ingram vs. Joe Thuney.
  • Zack Cox brings up how J.C. Jackson is looking to follow in Malcolm Butler’s footsteps in his first Patriots postseason.
  • Kevin Duffy says rookie J.C. Jackson is pretty confident heading into his playoff debut, which is good because the Patriots are counting on him.
  • Joshua Schrock looks at Sony Michel’s rookie season with New England and finds it’s been a successful first year.
  • Phil Perry takes a look at why Adrian Clayborn, a healthy scratch each of the final two weeks of the regular season, isn’t exactly hitting the playoffs with much momentum.
  • Doug Kyed relays Melvin Gordon on how James White was a mentor for him at the University of Wisconsin.
  • Ryan Hannable passes along the good news that Devin McCourty and Cordarrelle Patterson were both full participants in practice, while Dwayne Allen (knee) and Deatrich Wise (ankle) were limited.
  • Chris Warner (BostonSportsMediaWatch) Patriots Thursday notes, pre-division edition: “This has to turn into a nail-biter, right?”
  • Darren Hartwell highlights Jerod Mayo on why he thinks the Chargers are the worst possible matchup for the Patriots, and how this game could be over by halftime.
  • Brendan Howe (FullPressCoverage) Mid-Week thoughts: Patriots divisional match-up vs. Chargers: The weather will be a big factor.
  • Hayden Bird writes about Philip Rivers’ shot-put style unorthodox throwing motion.
  • Ross Gienieczko notes Jason McCourty says Philip Rivers has the “it factor” that players want to go into a game or a season with.
  • Matt Vautour reports the Chargers just signed a kickoff specialist in time for Sunday.
  • Henry McKenna (PatriotsWire) Anthony Lynn: Stephon Gilmore ‘looks like a completely different man’.
  • Ryan Hannable posts some quotes from people who were there in an oral history of the Patriots-Chargers 2006 AFC divisional round classic.
  • 98.5 The Sports Hub relays the story from Philip Rivers of how Bill Belichick ‘fussed him out’ at the 2011 Pro Bowl. /Kinda funny, really.
  • Zack Cox talks about Brian Flores rapid coaching rise, which is no surprise to his ex-Boston College teammates and coach.
  • Henry McKenna (PatriotsWire) 13 Important Patriots who are slated to be free agents in 2019.
  • Dakota Randall posts an NFL highlight video of all of Tom Brady’s 77 playoff touchdowns.