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New England Patriots links 10/28/19 - Not Shovel Ready: 3 turnovers on 3 snaps doom Browns 27-13

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Cleveland Browns v New England Patriots
Mayfield gets double-bagged
Photo by Omar Rawlings/Getty Images



  • Mike Reiss recaps the Patriots getting Bill Belichick his 300th win: The defense set the tone with three turnovers in the first quarter, and the offense complemented the unit by not turning the ball over; More.
  • Steve Balestrieri (PatsFans) Undefeated but imperfect Patriots improve to 8-0 with win over Cleveland. “The Patriots defense forced turnovers on three straight offensive snaps.”
  • Mike Petraglia recaps Sunday’s win: Dont’a Hightower early scoop-and-score helps Patriots build a 17-point early lead while Tom Brady hits Julian Edelman for a pair of TDs.
  • Mike D’Abate (FullPressCoverage) Browns Bagged: Patriots move to 8-0 with 27-13 victory over Cleveland.
  • Doug Kyed gives us his Pats-Browns Takeaways, Metrics: Jamie Collins has another monster game.
  • Tom E. Curran’s Pats-Browns takeaways: Jonathan Jones’ chasedown/strip of Nick Chubb would be a layup Defensive Play of the Year for a lot of teams. This year? With this defense? It’s merely in the mix.
  • Evan Lazar tells us ten things we learned from the Patriots’ 27-13 win over the Browns: 2. Tom Brady drops dimes.
  • Nick O’Malley picks out ten things we learned from Sunday: If the defense has a weakness, it’s the run game.
  • Zack Cox provides an in-depth look at each of the three forced turnovers on three consecutive plays, and notes the Pats became the first NFL team to do so since the 2012 Miami Dolphins.
  • Michael Hurley offers another amazing tidbit from an amazing unit: The Patriots’ defense has scored as many touchdowns as it has allowed through eight games.
  • Phil Perry’s Turning Point: James White’s long jaunt in the 3rd quarter was just what the scuffling offense needed.
  • Matt Dolloff details how the Patriots got the drive they needed from their most dependable players.
  • Doug Kyed takes a closer look at how Mohamed Sanu was deployed in is debut: The Patriots liked what they saw in practice this week and put a lot on Sanu’s plate Sunday.
  • Tom E. Curran Bill Belichick gets to 300 wins because his teams took care of a million details. /Good points, good read.
  • Mike Petraglia says if you want to measure the true greatness of Bill Belichick after Win No. 300, listen to the Patriots players he coaches.
  • Phil Perry notes Julian Edelman describes Belichick’s ‘extraordinary’ motivational tactics, in post game interview.
  • Nick Goss reveals how fast Jonathan Jones ran to catch Nick Chubb to force that fumble. /I’d like to know that punch velocity.
  • Henry McKenna (PatriotsWire) Stephon Gilmore neutralizes Odell Beckham, but is upset over botched play. “I should’ve picked that. I’m not going to sleep tonight for that. I’m not going to sleep.”
  • Lauren Campbell relays Baker Mayfield and Freddie Kitchens at a loss to explain Lawrence Guy picking off a two-handed shovel pass intended for Jarvis Landry. Mayfield: “We were not expecting him to be there, obviously.”
  • Matthew Geagan notes Mohamed Sanu promises some fun once he gets his feet wet in the Patriots offense.
  • Michael Hurley points out ESPN’s ‘coverage’ of Tom Brady’s future that has reached the level of comic absurdity.
  • Michael Hurley reports Tom Brady sets a new record for touchdown passes by a 42-year-old quarterback.
  • Doug Kyed reports Odell Beckham Jr. gifted Tom Brady a pair of goat hair cleats after the game.
  • Zack Cox Patriots Notes: Why Stephon Gilmore lost sleep after limiting Odell Beckham Jr.
  • Doug Kyed spotlights who helped the Patriots the most in yesterday’s win, starting with Julian Edelman.
  • Michael Hurley picks his Four Ups, Four Downs: It’s feasible to imagine a scenario where the Browns either kept the score close or even won the whole game if only Lawrence Guy had not been playing football.


  • NFL Game Center ( Patriots vs. Browns: Drives, stats, highlights.
  • Analysis Team (Pro Football Focus) NFL Week 8 PFF ReFocused: Patriots 27, Browns 13.
  • Albert Breer (SI) Monday Morning QB: What offensive revolution? The undefeated Niners and Patriots are winning with D.
  • Peter King (ProFootballTalk) FMIA Week 8: Nick Bosa, Defensive MVP? Why 49er rook is so complete; Belichick 300; Devin McCourty profile; More. /Good read on Belichick and McCourty sections.
  • Gary Gramling (SI) Week 8 Takeaways: Bears problems go beyond kicking, Browns aren’t dead yet, 49ers are terrifying; Plus, Stafford’s MVP campaign, the Patriots’ offensive identity is their defense; More.
  • Around the NFL ( What we learned from Sunday’s Week 8 games.
  • Nate Davis (USA Today) 32 things we learned from Week 8. 2. Entering the weekend, the 18 interceptions produced by the Patriots’ defense were at least double any other team’s total.
  • Jason La Canfora (CBS Sports) NFL Week 8 insider notes: Bears should bench Mitchell Trubisky, Bucs also have a big QB problem, Saints are the best team in football; More.
  • Rodger Sherman (The Ringer) The winners and losers from NFL Week 8. Winner: The Patriots’ increasing degree of difficulty. /Wut?
  • Lorenzo Reyes (USA Today) Week 8 winners, losers: Drew Brees shined in his return; Browns are total disappointment.
  • John Breech (CBS Sports) NFL Week 8 grades: Patriots: A-, Browns: D.
  • Josh Alper (ProFootballTalk) Patriots hit 8-0 with 27-13 win over Browns.
  • Jeremy Bergman ( Bill Belichick earns 300th win as Patriots beat Browns.
  • Conor Orr (SI) Reading between the lines of the post-game comments made by Freddie Kitchens and Baker Mayfield. “The Browns are now 2-5, another fly on the windshield of the Bill Belichick express.”
  • Tyler Sullivan (CBS Sports) Stephon Gilmore shuts down Odell Beckham Jr. as elite performance continues: Gilmore is locking up everybody.
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) Odell Beckham Jr. believes Browns “shied away” from challenging Stephon Gilmore.
  • Tyler Sullivan (CBS Sports) Mohamed Sanu flashes potential during Patriots debut, comes up clutch for Tom Brady.
  • Mike Jones (USA Today) Opinion: Patriots’ defense became elite by carrying over last season’s growth.
  • Charles Robinson (Yahoo! Sports) With Tom Brady’s future in the air, New England is working trade lines to max out one more Super Bowl run.
  • Michael Shapiro (SI) Report: Patriots expect to release WR Josh Gordon in ‘one to two weeks’ after return from IR.
  • Josh Alper (ProFootballTalk) Sam Darnold: Ghost references didn’t affect me. “Planes towing banners referencing it circled above Sunday’s game, the Jaguars mascot was dressed like a ghost and the theme from “Ghostbusters” played through the stadium’s speakers at points during the 29-15 Jaguars win.” /Lols.


  • Andrew Gribble (ClevelandBrowns) Three-play sequence dooms Browns on gloomy day in New England: Three snaps, three turnovers and Sunday’s game was never the same for the Browns.
  • Mary Kay Cabot ( Browns can’t overcome 3 straight first-quarter turnovers in 27-13 loss to the Patriots, fall to 2-5
  • Nick Shook (ClevelandBrowns) 3 Big Takeaways: Browns’ self-inflicted wounds are again too much to overcome.
  • Scott Patsko ( Too many Browns questions unanswered in loss to Patriots: Quick thoughts. “The Browns sang another rousing rendition of “Turnovers and Penalties” on Sunday.”
  • Nick Shook (ClevelandBrowns) 6 plays that changed the game in the Browns’ 27-13 loss to the Patriots: 1. Dont’s Hightower returns Nick Chubb’s fumble for a touchdown.
  • Andrew Gribble (ClevelandBrowns) By the Numbers: Penalties pile up for Browns in loss to Patriots.
  • Dan Labbe ( It’s the same problems over and over as Browns look lost against Patriots.
  • Mary Kay Cabot ( Odell Beckham wanted more chances in loss to Patriots: ‘I’m hungry; I always want to eat’.
  • Dan Labbe ( Browns running back Nick Chubb bounces back after early fumbles.
  • Terry Pluto (The Plain Dealer) Postgame Scribbles: Coaching staff should face tough questions.
  • Mary Kay Cabot ( Baker Mayfield cites ‘lack of discipline’ vs. Patriots; vows to lead better to turn it around.
  • Ellis L. Williams ( With loss to New England, Browns must go undefeated during soft November schedule.