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New England Patriots links 11/19/19 - Brady optimistic offense will reach potential

Daily news and links for Tuesday

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  • Mike Dussault breaks down the Patriots-Eagles film, quarter-by-quarter to see what stood out: The Eagles got a 49-yard PI call on their first offensive play of the game but that was all they got on the first drive.
  • Mike Dussault shares the news, notes and locker-room buzz from Monday at Gillette: Patriots special teams earning praise, Brady sees best football ahead for offense.
  • Megan O’Brien’s Stock Watch: Defense helps Patriots get back on track in win over Eagles.
  • Erik Scalavino releases the final installment of a biographical trilogy. Nate Ebner’s Fatherland, Part 3: Peace at last.
  • Conference Call transcript: Bill Belichick.
  • Patriots Locker Room Celebration: Patriots at Eagles. (1.21 min. video) Belichick: “It wasn’t perfect. But it was better than what they had, and that’s what really mattered.”
  • Community: Military moms honored with group baby shower. (38 sec video)
  • WEEI Patriots Monday: Tom Brady (19.12 min.) - Bill Belichick (16.48 min.)


  • Evan Lazar’s Advanced Stats Report: Patriots defense delivers dominant effort in win over Eagles.
  • Matt Dolloff delivers his Week 11 Package Report: Patriots use N’Keal Harry in variety of ways; More.
  • Michael Hurley serves up some still-warm leftover Patriots thoughts: The biggest story in the universe: Tom. Brady’s. Feeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeelings. will be dominating coverage of the team. Why? Because we don’t know how to be normal.
  • Jerry Thornton shares his knee-jerk reactions to Week 11, Patriots vs. Eagles: “Look, I’ll admit there are issues here. And I have every intention of getting into them. But not before we acknowledge that this was a hell of a win.”
  • Nick O’Malley thumbnails 10 things we learned after the Eagles (and Super Bowl LII) get buried. 1. The defensive beast is back.
  • Chad Finn offers 17 thoughts on the Patriots’ win over the Eagles: This ugly, hard-fought win was the greatest confirmation we’ve had so far that the Patriots defense is, if not historic, then very, very good.
  • Isaiah Houde (PatriotsWire) 5 takeaways from Patriots’ 17-10 win over Eagles. 1. Tom Brady has been trending in a negative direction.
  • Christopher Mason poses three lingering questions after Sunday’s win: Can Isaiah Wynn get Sony Michel going?
  • Mike Reiss writes that defensive improvements were on full display in Sunday’s win in Philadelphia. Now the Patriots are bracing for the explosive Cowboys.
  • Nicole Yang reports Bill Belichick expressed interest in activating left tackle Isaiah Wynn to the 53-man roster. “I think we’ll certainly want to make him active. What the role would be and how everything would play out and so forth, we’ll just have to see.’’
  • Phil Perry notes N’Keal Harry was busy in his Patriots debut, but the red zone attack is begging for more.
  • Doug Kyed explains how the Patriots used N’Keal Harry in his first game.
  • Tom E. Curran reviews his Pats-Eagles preview to see what he got right, and wrong: Survive and advance.
  • Matt Vautour makes sure we are all aware that the offense remains a cause for concern despite the team’s success.
  • CBS Boston highlights Tom Brady’s interview with Jim Gray (Westwood One): “I’m going to try to play the best I possibly can. I’m going to try to motivate my teammates as best as I possibly can, and we’re going to try to go out there and put our best performance on the field Sunday against Dallas,”
  • Ryan Hannable notes Tom Brady’s response to question on being a game manager: “I’d like to see us reach our potential as an offense. I don’t think we’ve got there yet.”
  • Tom E. Curran wonders if we’re witnessing a nightmare scenario where the thrill is gone for the Patriots quarterback as he goes from GOAT to Eeyore. /My eyes literally rolled out of my head. I am blind.
  • Eric Wilbur spins a speculation-based column suggesting Tom Brady’s frustration stems from the Patriots no longer revolving around him. The rest of this article is “mights”, “maybes” and dreck like this: “On practice days, does Brady even give the likes of Meyers or N’Keal Harry as many looks as he might Edelman and Mohammed Sanu? Or is his ignorance of the younger receivers just as blatant during the week?” /Oh Dear God make it stop.
  • Ryan Queen (LastWordOnSports) Patriots record still feels unsatisfying. /The Feelz!
  • Christopher Mason notes Stephon Gilmore continues to suffocate anybody he’s matched up against.
  • Nick O’Malley says the Patriots weren’t going to let another Miami Miracle happen and Devin McCourty says that play “shaped everything” about how they defended the Hail Mary Sunday.
  • Chris Mason was happy to see the Patriots’ ‘Boogeymen’ rise from the dead in Philadelphia.
  • Michael Hurley reopens the Patriots have an all-time great defense discussion after the unit suffocated the Eagles.
  • Nick O’Malley issues his Patriots-Eagles report cards: It was a clunky win, but the Patriots did enough to prevent the Eagles from pulling off any sort of second-half miracle.
  • Steve Balestrieri (PatsFans) Patriots Week 11 Report Card: Defense steps up in 17-10 win over Philly. Quarterback: C.
  • Andy Hart updates this week’s Pats Stats Check-In: It’s still all about the D.
  • Zack Cox takes a look at the updated NFL playoff picture entering Week 12: AFC 1. New England Patriots.
  • CBS Boston reports why Scott Zolak was suspicious that the Eagles were pumping in crowd noise on Sunday: ‘As the camera cut to Brady breaking the huddle, loud boos began to take over the broadcast. The sound of that booing then elevated rather abruptly.’
  • NESN points out the Patriots don’t have a single player on ESPN’s Top Players Under Age 25 list.
  • Henry McKenna (PatriotsWire) Bill Belichick has plenty of jokes after Julian Edelman TD pass.
  • Matt Vautour relays Bill Belichick’s explanation of why he annually has not worn the camouflage gear provided by the NFL.
  • Henry McKenna (PatriotsWire) N’Keal Harry celebrates on Twitter after 1st career reception in win over Eagles.
  • Nicole Yang mentions Ja’Whaun Bentley’s close friendship with Celtics rookie Carsen Edwards.
  • Darren Hartwell notes Rob Gronkowski is indeed planning to be at the Super Bowl in February ... but as host of his “GRONK BEACH BIG GAME WEEKEND”, not as a player.
  • The Razor Show podcast: Matt Chatham knows we’re all going to complain about the offense this week, and breaks it all down so we know exactly what needs to be corrected. (64 min.)
  • Locked On Patriots podcast: Mike D’Abate goes solo, breaking down the Patriots 17-10 win in Philadelphia. (25 min.)


  • Albert Breer (SI) Monday Afternoon QB: Stephon Gilmore continues to thrive, what to expect in Myles Garrett’s appeal; More.
  • Will Brinson (CBS Sports) Sorting the Sunday Pile, Week 11: Bow before Lamar Jackson and NFL’s best team, the Baltimore Ravens.
  • Robert Mays (The Ringer) The Starting 11: The NFL’s Pass Interference challenge rule is a sham; More.
  • Mike Tanier (Bleacher Report) Gridiron Digest: Cowboys hopes ride on their overworked, underpaid hero; Patriots, 49ers survive upset scares: what does it mean? More.
  • Frank Schwab (Yahoo! Sports) The NFL Hot Seat: Tom Brady was not happy as his quiet season continues. “The Patriots could win another Super Bowl. But it might look more like the 2015 Denver Broncos than a vintage Patriots championship season.”
  • Robert Mays (The Ringer) The Eagles were supposed to become an NFL dynasty. Now they’re just disappointing. /Join the list - not so easy building a dynasty, is it?
  • Danny Heifetz (The Ringer) Philip Rivers’s INTs were as ugly as the Mexico City field.
  • Joe Lucia (Awful Anouncing) Rate the 2019 NFL announcers.