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New England Patriots links 10/07/19 - Mandate in Maryland: Second-half surge fuels 33-7 win vs. ‘Skins

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  • Doug Kyed gives us his Pats-’Skins Takeaways & Metrics: Jonathan Jones among hidden stars; No RBs or TEs allowed any pressure in pass protection; More. /Good stuff.
  • Mike Reiss highlights how the switch to the running game in the second half sparked the struggling offense; Reiss also notes why Ben Watson is not a slam-dunk to be activated.
  • Mike Petraglia writes that’s it’s time for some good old fashioned football to help out Tom Brady: “The defense already plays with an attitude. It’s time for the offense to start doing the same. And that starts with being dedicated to the run game and blowing the defense off the ball.”
  • Mike D’Abate (FullPressCoverage) Veto Power: Patriots serve gridiron legislation; Defeat Washington 33-7.
  • Mike Petraglia recaps yesterday’s win: After a sloppy first half, the Patriots hit their run-game stride as Sony Michel and Brandon Bolden lead the way.
  • Tom E. Curran points to signs of life in the running game that propelled the Patriots to a decisive win in Washington.
  • David Latham (LastWordOnSports) Tom Brady reaches another milestone in Week 5 win.
  • Doug Kyed points to how the Patriots’ offense has seemingly switched roles with the defense this season, and observes “Patriots fans never learned to stay patient throughout all of the success.”
  • Michael Hurley assures that yes, the Patriots’ suffocating defense is as elite as the stats suggest.
  • Zack Cox tells us how the defense recovered from a rare deficit to shut down the Redskins.
  • Doug Kyed notes Dont’a Hightower coined the perfect nickname for the defense yesterday, calling them the Boogeymen. /Marima approves.
  • Evan Lazar offers 10 things we learned from Sunday’s win: 1. Patriots running game erupts in second half.
  • Tom E. Curran gives us his Week 5 takeaways: Patriots defense keeping its date with destiny; More.
  • Steve Balestrieri (PatsFans) Five takeaways from the Patriots 33-7 win over the Redskins: 1. Brady has a bounceback day and finishes on a high note.
  • Bob George (PatsFans) Patriots may be flawed, but they’re still unbeaten.
  • Zack Cox Patriots Notes: Sony Michel finally awakens as Pats race away from the Redskins.
  • Doug Kyed picks the players who helped the most in yesterday’s 33-7 blowout win.
  • Nick Goss takes a look at the best & worst - from Dont’a Hightower to the third-down offense - in the Patriots’ Week 5 win over the Redskins.
  • Mike Reiss mentions Tom Brady will have to get a new brace after busting it on his slide.
  • Chris Cotillo reports Tom Brady and Adrian Peterson exchange jerseys after the game.
  • Ryan Hannable highlights WEEI guest Boomer Esiason on how he believes the Patriots will look to trade for a wide receiver.
  • Mike Reiss shares some quick-hit weekend thoughts: Pats’ most valuable rookie has been ... Jake Bailey? /Yes!
  • Robert Alvarez (PatsFans) The Patriots wins included in the ‘NFL Top 100 Games Of All Time’. Ten Pats games cracked the list, including seven victories. Check out the video highlights of the wins.
  • The Razor Show podcast: Matt Chatham breaks down his takeaways from the win, including an offense that’s not totally in sync, yet. (54 min.)
  • Locked On Patriots podcast: Mike D’Abate breaks down the Pats’ landslide victory at FedEx Field. (22 min.)


  • NFL Game Center ( Patriots at Redskins: Stats, drives, highlights.
  • Darin Gantt (ProFootballTalk) Patriots do enough to stay undefeated.
  • Josh Alper (ProFootballTalk) Dont’a Hightower on Patriots defense: It’s a great group.
  • Albert Breer (SI) Monday Morning QB: It’s all coming together for Rodgers, LaFleur and the Packers; More.
  • Peter King (ProFootballTalk) FMIA Week 5: Brett Favre, Rick Reilly and how the Colts upset the Chiefs; More.
  • Gary Gramling (SI) Sunday Freakout: Week 5 Takeaways - Packers have the answers in Dallas, Jon Gruden makes his coach of the year pitch.
  • Around the NFL ( What we learned from Sunday’s Week 5 games. 1. My internal “GAME OVER” radar sounded when old-as-the-trees legger Mike Nugent popped in a 37-yard field goal to put New England up 9-7 in the second quarter.
  • Nate Davis (USA Today) 32 things we learned from NFL Week 5. 7. Elsewhere, in New England, Patriots fans are celebrating their team’s first 5-0 start since 2015.
  • Jason La Canfora (CBS Sports) Week 5 NFL insider notes: Panthers, Saints still not getting the credit they deserve, Minshew is here to stay, and more.
  • Rodger Sherman (The Ringer) The winners and losers of NFL Week 5. Loser: The Steeler’s injury cart.
  • Frank Schwab (Yahoo! Sports) NFL Winners and Losers: Jon Gruden wins Khalil Mack Bowl, is nobody’s punch line in second Raiders season.
  • Lorenzo Reyes (USA Today) Week 5 winners, losers: Christian McCaffrey posting big numbers for Panthers; Jets, not so much.
  • John Breech (CBS Sports) NFL Week 5 grades: Patriots B, Redskins D-.
  • Chris Thompson (Deadspin) Chris Thompson breaks up while talking about Jay Gruden’s doomed future in Washington. “The Skins were blown out at home by the Patriots on Sunday, 33–7, in front of a crowd that was overwhelmingly supporting the visitors.”
  • Terez Paylor (Yahoo! Sports) Are Redskins worst-run team in the NFL? Tom Brady’s observation might help you decide.
  • Chris Thompson (Deadspin) It is easier to find Waldo than it is to find Skins fans at this Skins home game [Update].
  • Darin Gantt (ProFootballTalk) Washington fires Jay Gruden, calls afternoon press conference.
  • Around the NFL ( Notable injuries from Sunday’s Week 5 NFL games. Patriots: Phillip Dorsett left game with hamstring injury and did not return.
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) No fine for Jonathan Jones. /Good call.