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New England Patriots links 12/03/19 - Breaking down the Week 13 breakdowns; Highlighting James White

Daily news and links for Tuesday

New England v Houston
James White scores a touchdown
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  • Mike Reiss suggests the running game might again be the key for the Patriots this week vs. the Chiefs.
  • Evan Lazar’s Advanced Stats Report: Doubling DeAndre Hopkins backfired on the Patriots defense.
  • Matt Dolloff presents his Package Report: Patriots revert to familiar groupings after falling behind Texans.
  • David Latham (LastWordOnSports) Tom Brady Film Review: The good, bad, and how to improve. /Nice breakdown.
  • Doug Kyed explains how Tom Brady’s struggles on offense Sunday were complicated.
  • Michael Hurley serves up some still-warm leftover Patriots thoughts: Not to diminish legitimate concerns, it’s worth taking a wider perspective on where they’re at right now.
  • Jerry Thornton gives us his knee-jerk reactions to Patriots vs. Texans: “No one’s used to this team losing. Therefore, even 20 years into this grand experiment of nearly impossible success, on the rare occasions they do, nobody knows how to act.”
  • Chad Finn shares 28 thoughts on how the Patriots let this one get away: 6. No, it’s not dire for the Patriots — they’re 10-2. But it’s not exactly trending the right way.
  • Zack Cox discusses Phillip Dorsett’s troubling trend, N’Keal Harry’s mistake and more Pats-Texans thoughts.
  • Ian Logue (PatsFans) Five thoughts following the Patriots loss. 5. The defense actually had a better game than people think, especially after Belichick pulled them aside late in the first half and started making adjustments.
  • Michael Hurley says the question now is whether or not the Patriots’ offense can pull a repeat of last season, develop a late-season identity, and ride it all the way to a Super Bowl.
  • Christopher Mason explores three lingering questions after the loss: 1. Can the offense build off late success?
  • Ryan Queen (LastWordOnSports) Patriots offense needs creativity.
  • Sean T. McGuire believes the Texans provided ... wait for it... the blueprint to beat the Patriots defense.
  • Lauren Campbell pours lemon juice on our fresh paper cut with a scenario of how the Bills, not the Patriots would win the AFC East.
  • Tom E. Curran reviews his pregame preview to see where he went right, and wrong: This was the first time this season the Patriots really paid the price for offensive stagnancy with a loss.
  • Tony Massarotti thumbnails the good news and bad news of the Patriots current situation.
  • Christopher Mason would like to see James White more involved in the offense.
  • CBS Boston points out James White had a milestone Sunday night, setting career highs, and recording his 300th reception during the game.
  • Henry McKenna (PatriotsWire) Patriots’ season will depend upon Tom Brady’s ability to elevate supporting cast.
  • Henry McKenna (PatriotsWire) Tom Brady refutes suggestion he’s freezing out WRs: ‘That’s crazy’.
  • Mike Reiss notes Tom Brady acknowledges the very high expectations for the team while saying there are realistic expectations for the offense who are ‘learning as we go’. “We’re just trying to do the best we can do.”
  • Matt Dolloff relays Tom Brady’s message of resilience for his teammates on Instagram.
  • Zack Cox reports Bill Belichick doesn’t blame Jonathan Jones for the Texans’ long touchdown.
  • Isaiah Houde (PatriotsWire) Bill Belichick says N’Keal Harry’s limited snaps weren’t because of interception.
  • David Furtado (LastWordOnSports) Why Chase Winovich is the unsung hero of the Patriots defense.
  • Nick O’Malley issues his Patriots-Texans report cards: Who’s most at fault for the offense’s struggles?
  • Lauren Campbell NFL Rumors: Patriots waive kicker Kai Forbath after one game vs. Texans.
  • NESN reports how Antonio Brown is petitioning for the Patriots to bring him back.
  • Locked On Patriots podcast: Mike D’Abate explains why it’s not yet time to panic in Foxborough. (27 min.)