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New England Patriots links 1/08/19 - Patriots vs. Chargers: Strength vs. strength

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  • Bill Barnwell (ESPN) Destroying myths about eight 2018 NFL playoff teams in divisional round. Chargers - The myth: The Chargers will go as far as Philip Rivers can take them. Sunday showed us that the Chargers can survive without a productive game from their star quarterback. Patriots - The myth: The myth: The Patriots have a bend-but-don’t-break defense. In reality, the discrepancy between yards and points has more to do with the Patriots’ offense than its defense.
  • Josh Alper (ProFootballTalk) Chargers activate Hunter Henry.
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) Belichick reminds his players to recover loose footballs.
  • Travis Durkee (Sporting News) NFL playoffs 2019: Chargers, Patriots facing frigid forecast.
  • Tadd Haislop (Sporting News) NFL playoffs: Picks, odds for Chargers vs. Patriots divisional-round game. Haislop picks Chargers 30-27, Vinnie Iyer picks Chargers 24-20.
  • Albert Breer (SI) Monday Afternoon QB: Scouts not surprised that Kliff Kingsbury is attracting NFL attention, More news and updates.
  • Nate Davis (USA Today) 32 things we learned heading into divisional round of 2018 NFL playoffs.
  • Adam Schein (NFL.com) Schein Nine: NFL Wild Card Weekend’s five winners, four losers.
  • Danny Kelly (The RInger) Who has the best defense in the playoffs now?
  • Robert Mays (The Ringer) The NFL’s Wild-Card round was a referendum on modern coaching.
  • Danny Heifetz (The Ringer) Ozzie Newsome was the most important GM of his generation.
  • Jim Reineking (USA Today) Cody Parkey missed field goal ranks among most brutal in NFL playoff history. Billy Cundiff (link to video), Mike Vanderjagt make this list [heh heh].
  • Michael David Smith (ProFootballTalk) Rams, Patriots expected to get two third-round compensatory picks.
  • Tim Tebow (ESPN) Nick Saban explains Bill Belichick’s influence on him as a coach. (3.38 min. video)
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) NFL’s rules tweak wasn’t proactive enough.
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) Wild-card ratings up 10 percent over last year.