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New England Patriots links 1/09/19 - Patriots vs. Chargers: A pressure cooker

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  • Lorenzo Reyes (USA Today) NFL playoff X-factors: Eight things that could swing divisional-round games. New England: RB James White; Los Angeles: Stopping DE Trey Flowers.
  • Mike Tanier (Bleacher Report) His passing numbers don’t lie: Tom Brady really is getting old. “ types like me have no clue what to do with most of [the NextGenStats] .” /But he’s jumping in anyway, annoyed with Pats fans he presumes will take his “analysis” badly -- restating for the stupid that “Brady is old, and his skills are slipping. .... It’s only controversial among those who don’t want it to be true.” And fully embraced by those who do.
  • Michael Renner (ProFootballTalk) NFL front seven rankings: All 32 teams after 17 weeks. Patriots 27th. “While the rest of the group was generally ineffective, Trey Flowers‘ dominance this season is worth highlighting.”
  • Michael Renner (Pro Football Focus) NFL secondary rankings: All 32 teams after 17 weeks. Patriots 2nd, Chargers 3rd.
  • Austin Gayle (ProFootballFocus) Signature stat spotlight: Offensive line.
  • Staff (ESPN) Biggest 2019 offseason needs for all 32 NFL teams. Patriots: Acquire the QB of the future.
  • Charean Williams (ProFootballTalk) Patriots promote Stephen Anderson, place Jacob Hollister on IR.
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) Josh McDaniels closes the door on leaving the Patriots, this year.
  • Andrew Brandt (SI) Business of Football: What’s going on in that coaching interview? Inside the firing-and-hiring process.
  • Michael David Smith (ProFootballTalk) Brady, Vinatieri, Gostkowski moving up career postseason games list.
  • Tom Schad (USA Today) NFL, NFLPA say there is ‘no evidence’ that Eric Reid was unfairly targeted with drug tests. /NFL investigates itself, finds itself innocent. Go figure.
  • Darin Gantt (ProFootballTalk) Oliver Luck: XFL will consider taking players before eligible for the NFL Draft.
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) XFL reiterates that it’s not restricted by other league’s rules.
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) AAF will use the same eligibility rules as the NFL.