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New England Patriots links 1/07/19 - Patriots-Chargers hype week begins

Daily news and links for Monday

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  • Mike Reiss shares some quick-hit weekend thoughts: Tom Brady spends time with throwing coach during playoff bye week.
  • Ryan Hannable’s Sunday 7: History shows Rob Gronkowski can turn things around, have monster divisional round.
  • Steve Balestrieri (PatsFans) Patriots Sunday news, AFC East notes: Since 2001, the Patriots have had 13 byes, the most in the NFL.
  • Michael Hurley tells us all we need to know about the Los Angeles Chargers: They’re good.
  • Doug Kyed previews Patriots vs. Chargers: What gives New England the playoff edge?
  • Tom E. Curran gives us five things to know and/or ignore this week about Pats-Chargers: Gus Bradley matters.
  • Ryan Hannable believes the Patriots got the worst-case scenario, having to face the Chargers in the divisional round.
  • Karen Guregian also calls the Chargers the worst-case scenario, for the Patriots to have as their next opponent.
  • Tom Keegan suggests we pray for ice, snow and bitter cold at Gillette Stadium as apparently bad weather is the Patriots’ best hope to beat the Chargers.
  • Christopher Simoneau (FullPressCoverage) Reports of Patriots’ death just another internet rumor.
  • Andrew Callahan offers his first impression of Patriots-Chargers, with kickoff set for Sunday, Jan. 13, at 1:05 p.m.
  • David Latham (LastWordOnSports) Patriots to face off against Los Angeles Chargers in AFC divsional round.
  • Steve Balestrieri (PatsFans) Chargers beat Baltimore, sets up great matchup with New England: These aren’t your dad’s Bolts.
  • Matt Dolloff says now that the divisional round is set, all that’s left to do this week is hype it all up.
  • Joshua Schrock notes Philip Rivers and the Chargers ‘really don’t care’ about the Patriots’ dynasty. “Any squad, any place... we’ll be there next Sunday.”
  • David Latham (LastWordOnSports) Why Tom Brady is poised for another playoff hot streak.
  • Kevin Duffy calls the Chargers the most accomplished divisional round opponent for the Patriots in the past decade.
  • Zack Cox agrees and adds since losing to the Jets at home in 2010, New England has gone a perfect 7-0 in the divisional round, with the win over the Ravens the only one worth remembering.
  • Bob George (PatsFans) After a crazy weekend, Patriots are on to the Chargers.
  • Joshua Schrock suggests Tom Brady will struggle against the Chargers because even though he won both playoff games in the past (last time in 2007) he struggled in those games.
  • Nick Goss also points out that Tom Brady’s playoff stats vs. the Chargers aren’t encouraging.
  • Tom Brady posts an Instagram message to the Chargers: “See you next Sunday in Foxboro! Let’s have some fun! #LFG”
  • Karen Guregian tosses out some superlatives that help capture the 2018 Patriots season.
  • Mike Dussault (PatsPropaganda) A quick look ahead to the Patriots 2019 offseason: There’s no better weekend than wild card weekend when you’re on the bye week.
  • Evan Lazar and Alex Barth explain why the Los Angeles Chargers will be the toughest test for the Patriots. (6.45 min. video)
  • WEEI notes that the Patriots’ point spread is the closest of all divisional round games.
  • Evan Lazar shares his film notes on Trent Brown to see if the Patriots should resign the left tackle this offseason.
  • Steve Doerschuk (CantonRep) Josh McDaniels very interested in Browns job.
  • Joshua Schrock NFL Rumors: If Josh McDaniels leaves, Kliff Kingsbury could be replacement. /Could this be the Brady/Kliff?