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New England Patriots links 10/31/19 - Pats D, Ravens O ‘haven’t seen anything like’ each other before

Daily news and links for Thursday

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Stephon Gilmore earned Defensive Player of the Month honors for October
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  • Phil Perry takes a look at Harbaugh vs. Belichick: Analytics guy vs. ‘less than zero’ analytics guy.
  • Rian Queen (LastWordOnSports) Patriots win by unleashing Jamie Collins.
  • Nick Goss points out the Ravens have dominated opponents in primetime games at home over the last 10 years, losing only once.
  • Matt Dolloff presents the 2019 Ravens, by the numbers.
  • Doug Kyed attempts to figure out why the Patriots best pass rusher isn’t rushing the passer more this season. Jamie Collins leads the team with six sacks through eight games.
  • Tom E. Curran considers whether the 2019 Patriots defense can break the 2000 Ravens’ record for points allowed.
  • Nick Goss notes Ravens TE Nick Boyle made some comments on the Patriots defense that might find their way into the locker room: “We’ll see how good they are once we play them. I don’t think they’ve seen anyone like our offense or like Lamar.”
  • NESN notes Devin McCourty seemed to agree with Nick Boyle’s comments but adds, it may be the Ravens offense who hasn’t seen anything yet.
  • Zack Cox notes Raven-turned-Patriot Justin Bethel has the inside scoop on Lamar Jackson.
  • Matt Vautour notes ten days ago Justin Bethel was a Raven, getting ready to play New England, but now he’s handing out Patriots gear to his new teammates. “Hey, I’m all in.”
  • Nick Goss reports Isaiah Wynn is back at practice, in a positive step towards his return.
  • Nick O’Malley relays Mohamed Sanu on if he’s getting on the same page as Tom Brady: “I’m working my way,” Sanu said. “I’m slightly on, like, the first couple letters of the sentence, but I’m getting there.”
  • Doug Kyed hears from Mohamed Sanu offering a positive first impression of N’Keal Harry.
  • Zack Cox explains how Ben Watson is expanding his skill set to help the Patriots at age 38.
  • Zack Cox reports Stephon Gilmore earns the Patriots’ second straight Defensive Player of the Month award. Devin McCourty won it in September.
  • Mac Cerullo takes stock of the Patriots at the halfway point: Why the team could go undefeated and why they probably won’t.
  • Ryan Hannable tells us what he makes of the Patriots offense through 8 games this season. No identity yet; Not as productive as some think; A revolving door of pass catchers; More.
  • Jim Hackett says the notion that Belichick the GM hurts Belichick the head coach is utterly preposterous.
  • CBS Boston reports Tom Brady pops up on the Patriots’ Injury Report with a right shoulder issue.
  • CBS Boston notes Tom Brady reveals his Halloween costume on Instagram.
  • Michael Hurley makes his Week 9 picks against the spread: Celebrating Tom Brady’s decline. “And that decline absolutely kicks ass. It slays. It is the most badass decline in the history of declines.” /Ha! Couldn’t agree more.
  • Locked On Patriots podcast: Crossover edition - Mike D’Abate joins up with Locked On Ravens to discuss Sunday’s matchup. (42 min.)