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New England Patriots links 12/02/19 - Patriots save their turkey for Sunday night

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New England Patriots v Houston Texans
“Time out” indeed
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  • Mike Reiss discusses the offense continuing to slump in Sunday night’s 28-22 loss to the Houston Texans, a result that knocked New England out of the No. 1 spot in the AFC.
  • Doug Kyed’s Patriots-Texans top takeaways: How Stephon Gilmore fared vs. DeAndre Hopkins; More.
  • Evan Lazar tells us ten things we learned from the Sunday night loss. 1. Bill O’Brien out-coached Bill Belichick.
  • Matt Dolloff recaps the carnage: Deshaun Watson and the Texans came up with a handful of big plays on the Patriots’ defense, and Tom Brady couldn’t keep up in a 28-22 loss to Houston.
  • Steve Balestrieri (PatsFans) Observations: Texans dominate listless Patriots 28-22. 1. Offense is adrift in a sea of mediocrity.
  • Bob George (PatsFans) Another Sunday nightmare for the Patriots.
  • Tom E. Curran says it’s weird to see a Patriots team with a still very capable Tom Brady be wholly unreliable. But that’s where the Patriots are right now.
  • Michael Hurley talks about the N’Keal Harry play that essentially got him benched: A closer look shows that after Harry felt Roby applying pressure from behind, he slowed his route and fell away from the ball instead of fighting toward it.
  • Doug Kyed mentions how the rookie receivers were treated differently after their mistakes.
  • Phil Perry notes Tom Brady looks like he’s at his wit’s end with his receivers’ communication issues.
  • Andy Hart can’t see any answers for the offense.
  • Doug Kyed elaborates what went wrong in the Pats first loss to the Texans since 2009: Rare stinker for the Patriots pass defense.
  • Doug Kyed hears the offensive players give all the right answers after the game: They need to execute, stop making mistakes and stop beating themselves... but can these issues be fixed?
  • Chris Mason listens to the rookie’s talk about their mistakes after the game and their responses were telling.
  • Zack Cox notes the Patriots aren’t blaming the flu for their poor performance: “No excuses.”
  • Henry McKenna (PatriotsWire) How the Patriots’ loss to the Texans impacts their playoff picture.
  • Matt Vautour says the Patriots don’t look like Super Bowl contenders anymore.
  • Tom E. Curran gives us his Best & Worst after the Pats had to deal with a flu bug that ravaged the locker room ... and then turned in a performance sure to make Bill Belichick sick.
  • Andy Hart gives his thumbs up and thumbs down: Tom Brady’s passing offense struggles again in loss.
  • Matt Dolloff picks the players who were Up and Down from last night’s defeat.
  • 98.5 the Sports Hub passes along a report that the Texans will not pursue Nick Caserio in the offseason.


  • NFL Game Center ( Patriots at Texans: Recap, drives, highlights.
  • Analysis Team (Pro Football Focus) NFL Week 13 PFF ReFocused: Houston Texans 28 - New England Patriots 22.
  • Max McAuliffe (SI) Instant observations following the Patriots’ 28-22 loss to the Texans. 1. Brady’s chemistry with Meyers continues to prove weak; 2. Poor playcalling against a coaching group familiar with the Patriots’ offensive scheme; More.
  • Danny Heifetz (The Ringer) The Patriots’ very real offensive problems could doom them: Or they could be just fine. But what we saw against the Texans on Sunday night—and for most of this season—is cause for concern.
  • Darin Gantt (ProFootballTalk) Sunday Night wrap-up: Deshaun Watson leads Texans over Patriots.
  • Frank Schwab (Yahoo! Sports) Tom Brady’s frustration boils over as Patriots take bad loss to Texans.
  • Jared Dubin (CBS Sports) Patriots at Texans: Deshaun Watson torches Pats with four TDs as Texans withstand late rally.
  • Jarrett Bell (USA Today) Texans stun Tom Brady, Patriots to knock New England from top AFC seed.
  • Albert Breer (SI) Monday Morning QB: Don’t look now, but Lamar Jackson and the Ravens are the NFL’s top team.
  • Gary Gramling (SI) Week 13 Takeaways: Ravens win heavyweight bout, Browns throw it all away.
  • Peter King (ProFootballTalk) FMIA Week 13: Featuring a duck and a darkhorse, playoff picture fills out.
  • Around the NFL ( What we learned from Sunday’s Week 13 games. New England’s offense is in the worst shape it’s been all season.
  • Rodger Sherman (The Ringer) The winners and losers of NFL Week 13.
  • Lorenzo Reyes (USA Today) NFL winners, losers: Mike Tomlin is coach of the year candidate, Tom Brady is off his game.
  • Nate Davis (USA Today) 32 things we learned from Week 13. 10. New England South > New England.
  • Dan Graziano (ESPN) Week 13 NFL overreactions: The Jaguars’ Foles problem, and Kitchens will be one-and-done.
  • Jason La Canfora (CBS Sports) NFL Week 13 insider notes: This may be Mike Tomlin’s most impressive work yet, coach searches in focus, more.
  • Josh Alper (ProFootballTalk) Deshaun Watson: Pretty big to get a win against Tom Brady.
  • Kevin Patra ( Bill O’Brien: Watson, Hopkins brought in trick play.
  • Conor Orr (SI) NFL Playoff Picture: Who’s in, who’s out after NFL Week 13.
  • Josh Alper (ProFootballTalk) AFC playoff picture: Meet the new boss.