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New England Patriots links 11/04/19 - Taking dictation: Ravens set tone, played on their terms, 37-20

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New England Patriots v Baltimore Ravens
James White makes a catch in front of Earl Thomas
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  • Mike Reiss recaps last night’s loss as the Patriots’ defense gave up 155 rushing yards in the first half, falling into a 17-0 hole early in the second quarter. Devin McCourty explains, “They were able to play it on their terms, and that’s what hurt us the most.”
  • Doug Kyed presents his takeaways and key metrics from the loss in Baltimore: A potentially fatal flaw has been exposed in the Patriots’ defense. And now they have nine weeks to fix it before the games really count.
  • Mike Petraglia recaps the game, as the Patriots could not overcome uncharacteristic mistakes and an early 17-0 hole, falling, 37-20, before a raucous sellout crowd at M&T Bank Stadium.
  • Evan Lazar tells us ten things we learned from the first loss of the season. 1. Ravens expose the Boogeymen and the Patriots run defense.
  • Dave D’Onofrio gives us 5 takeaways from the first loss of the season: In some ways what happened at Baltimore was a culmination of little flaws that had started to build.
  • Chad Finn offers 20 thoughts on the Patriots’ loss to the Ravens: The Ravens didn’t reveal much about the Patriots Sunday night in their impressive victory, but they sure did confirm some things.
  • Doug Kyed pinpoints what went wrong: Inability to stop the rush, costly penalties and costly turnovers.
  • Tom E. Curran explains why Sunday night said more about the Ravens than it did the Patriots.
  • Steve Balestrieri (PatsFans) Ravens run roughshod 37-20 over the Patriots.
  • Matt Dolloff writes if there’s a silver lining to the defense getting arguably a failing grade on their first major test of 2019, it’s that no other offense across the league can exploit them like the Ravens did on Sunday night.
  • Mike Petraglia lays out how the Patriots are perfectly positioned to learn from the loss: Ravens took advantage of nearly every Patriot miscue, showing exactly what needs to be fixed heading into the bye.
  • Phil Perry talks about the Patriots settling on a spread, no-huddle identity vs. Ravens: “I ain’t going to lie,” Marlon Humphrey said, via WEEI’s Ryan Hannable, “that no-huddle was killing us. When we got to the sideline, we were like, ‘Yo, we have to do something.’ When they were doing that no-huddle, they were almost unstoppable at one point.”
  • Ryan Hannable notes Ravens defender Marlon Humphrey admits the Patriots hurry-up offense was tough to stop.
  • Doug Kyed finds a loss feels a little bit different when you’re 8-1 rather than, say, 1-2, as the Patriots started last season. Players expressed hope the loss will help the team grow and learn from adversity.
  • Andy Hart says simply put, Bill Belichick’s team failed the test in the 37-20 loss, and in some ways it was beaten at its own game.
  • Zack Cox highlights Mohamed Sanu’s emergence as a bright spot of the night.
  • Matthew Geagan notes it only took two weeks for Mohamed Sanu to be a catch for the Pats.
  • Nick Goss presents the Pats-Ravens Instant Overreactions: Lamar Jackson emerges as MVP frontrunner.
  • Zack Cox Patriots Notes: Julian Edelman laments costly fumble in loss to Ravens.
  • Michael Hurley notes that instead of ‘wishing never to see the Ravens again’, Kyle Van Noy is hoping for a Patriots-Ravens playoff rematch.
  • Adam London relays Tedy Bruschi pointing out a silver lining to the ugly loss: “To beat this Raven team in the playoffs, this almost had to happen.”
  • Tom E. Curran details the best & worst from last night’s loss. The Pats got their first taste of real competition Sunday night in Baltimore — and it didn’t go well.
  • Abigail Adams points to a crazy stat that shows just how much the Patriots struggled last night.


  • NFL Game Center ( Patriots at Ravens: Drives, stats, highlights.
  • Analysis Team (Pro Football Focus) NFL Week 8 PFF ReFocused: Ravens 37, Patriots 20.
  • Danny Heifetz (The Ringer) Lamar Jackson and the Ravens passed their test with flying colors: Suddenly, the Patriots appear mortal while Baltimore has the look of an AFC contender. /The relief is palpable.
  • Frank Schwab (Yahoo! Sports) Lamar Jackson, Ravens show the Patriots are beatable after all. /And there was much rejoicing.
  • Jeremy Bergman ( Patriots handed first loss; 49ers only undefeated team.
  • Jarrett Bell (USA Today) Ready for a rematch? Patriots’ playoff fate might depend on getting revenge vs. Ravens.
  • Darin Gantt (ProFootballTalk) Sunday Night wrap-up: Ravens hand Patriots their first loss.
  • Tom Schad (USA Today) Undefeated no more: Lamar Jackson, Ravens end Patriots’ bid for 16-0 season.
  • Scott Polacek (Bleacher Report) Lamar Jackson outduels Tom Brady as Ravens hand Patriots 1st loss of season. /Except Brady never went up against Jackson, but whatevs...
  • Alex Finnis (The Telegraph) The 10 biggest takeaways from NFL Week 9: Lamar Jackson bests Patriots’ defense and Russell Wilson shines again. /Even the UK is piling on.
  • Albert Breer (SI) Monday Morning QB: Russell Wilson and Lamar Jackson have starring roles in the NFL MVP race; More.
  • Peter King (ProFootballTalk) FMIA Week 9: ‘Lamar the dude’ as Ravens topple Pats, shifting the NFL landscape at season’s halfway point; More.
  • Around the NFL ( What we learned from Sunday’s Week 9 games. “How New England’s Boogeymen defense...would fare against a wholly unique talent in Lamar Jackson and Baltimore’s run-heavy approach dominated programming leading up to their first meeting. On Sunday night, we got our answer: Not well.”
  • Gary Gramling (SI) Week 9 Takeaways: Wilson, Watson put on clinics; Jets, Browns, Bears continue to collapse.
  • Nate Davis (USA Today) 32 things we learned from Week 9 of the 2019 NFL season: There’s a reason the phrase is “any given Sunday”.
  • Rodger Sherman (The Ringer) The winners and losers of NFL Week 9: The Ravens punctured the Patriots’ air of invincibility on Sunday night; Adam Gase embarrassed himself in front of his ex; More.
  • John Breech (CBS Sports) NFL Week 9 grades: Patriots D, Ravens A+.
  • Will Brinson (CBS Sports) NFL Playoff Picture: Ravens beat Pats, keep bye; NFC looks loaded after Week 9. /Let’s skip straight on ahead to the playoffs...
  • Kevin Seifert (ESPN) 2019 NFL playoff picture: AFC, NFC standings and outlook through Week 9.
  • Darin Gantt (ProFootballTalk) Brian Hoyer flew by seat of pants, nearly landed plane. /Included for good showing by ex-Patriot, and for A+ headline, lol.
  • Bill Barnwell (ESPN) 2019 midseason NFL awards: Picking MVP, All-Pro teams, best rookies, more.