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NFL: Super Bowl LIII-Opening Night
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  • Doug Kyed finds that instead of ignoring the noise, ‘the 2018 team is seemingly feeding off of it. And that’s not a bad thing. “Noise” can be a source of motivation as long as it doesn’t create a distraction.’
  • Matt Dolloff suggests the only experience that may give the Patriots an edge over the Rams in Super Bowl LIII is everything surrounding the game. The buildup. The hype. The circus.
  • Matt Dolloff talks about the Patriots prep for Super Bowl LIII involves balancing a desire for redemption with a clean-slate approach.
  • Phil Perry digs into the key matchups that will decide Super Bowl LIII. 1. McDaniels and Brady vs. Phillips.
  • Kevin Duffy picks five potential surprise stars for the Pats this Sunday.
  • Mateo Aycardi gives us 10 Rams to watch, starting with head coach Sean McVay.
  • Kevin Duffy talks with Ndamukong Suh whose time with Miami gives him familiarity with Tom Brady: “I enjoy going against him. Obviously he’s one of the best in the league and going to be a future Hall of Famer, so it’s always a pleasure to hit him and take him down.”
  • Evan Lazar notes Rams’ DL Michael Brockers added this on Tom Brady: “Father Time is going to catch you at some point.”
  • Kristen Parker (PatriotsWire) Running backs comparison for Super Bowl LIII: Who’s got the advantage?
  • Tom Keegan believes keeping Aqib Talib out of the end zone will be a big key for the Pats. /Ya think?
  • Karen Gurgian wonders if Wade Phillips will be the one to bring Brady down.
  • Tony Massarotti makes the case that Brady and Belichick’s Super Bowl paths have only gotten harder with time.
  • Brent Schwartz (PatriotsWire) Super Bowl LIII may be ‘last chapter’ of Patriots’ second dynasty.
  • MassLive editorial reminds us to appreciate Tom Brady now, even if he stays.
  • Mike Reiss writes how Sony Michel’s mother endured a perilous journey from Haiti to provide a better life for her family, and how his Super Bowl journey brings her to tears.
  • Michael Hurley revisits the Brandin Cooks trade, noting that by all accounts Cooks didn’t leave New England on bad terms and he isn’t using this game for revenge.
  • Michael Hurley asks several of Brady’s teammates if they were watching Super Bowl XXXVI on TV, and what their earliest memory is of the Patriots. Sony Michel was only 6.
  • Mike Reiss ranks Tom Brady’s top 10 playoff performances.
  • Bob Socci shares his notebook: A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity…again.
  • Nick O’Malley survived ‘bonkers’ Super Bowl Opening Night and details what it’s like to go through the chaos first-hand.
  • David Latham (LastWordInSports) Patriots Opening Night highlights: Devin McCourty could retire, Dante Scarnecchia coming back.
  • Mike Dussault (PatsPropaganda) Couture Belichick hoodies for all at Super Bowl 53 Opening Night.
  • Lauren Campbell notes Devin McCourty doesn’t know ‘for sure’ if he’ll return next season.
  • Doug Kyed updates us on how the Patriots and the NFL are working with suspended WR Josh Gordon.
  • Zack Cox notes Brian Flores won’t say if this is his final game with New England, but says it certainly sounds like it is.
  • Fitzy (YouTube) Shit Pats fans say: Super Bowl 53 edition. (2.56 min. video)