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New England Patriots links 9/06/19 - Week 1 Patriots-Steelers: Previews, predictions, matchups & more

Daily news and links for Friday

New England Patriots Practice
Josh Gordon looks like he’s ready for kickoff...
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  • Zack Cox’s Patriots 2019 Season Preview: Biggest questions, projected lineups, schedule breakdown.
  • Steve Balestrieri (PatsFans) Patriots-Steelers Wk 1 key matchups: Who has the razor’s edge? Pats RBs vs Steelers front seven.
  • Thomas Murphy (DiehardBostonSportsFans) Monster keys to Patriots victory. 1. Exploit-explode and excel.
  • Chris Blackey (DiehardBostonSportsFans) The Patriots: Ready to defend Lombardi Trophy. Be prepared, as ‘the Pats have been slow starters out of the gate.’
  • Michael Hurley suggests what to watch for when the Steelers visit the Patriots Sunday night: Can Brady’s dominance last forever?
  • Steve Balestrieri (PatsFans) Patriots players to watch, Week 1 against the Steelers: 1. Isaiah Wynn/Ted Karras.
  • Karen Guregian believes the Patriots pass rush could be a big problem for the Steelers.
  • Mark Daniels mentions how the loss of Rob Gronkowski is a gain for Pittsburgh. “For nine seasons...Gronk ran circles around the Steelers. It was rarely competitive. In seven games, [he] hauled in 41 receptions for 685 yards and eight TDs. [He] caught 75.9% of the passes thrown his way. [The] defense stopped Gronkowski on 24.1% of the times he was targeted.”
  • Johnny Maffei (FullPressCoverage) The Numbers Game: Patriots vs. Steelers.
  • Phil Perry thinks the Steelers 2018 finale can give the Patriots a glimpse into their offense without Antonio Brown.
  • Nick O’Malley with the Patriots-Steelers anti-analysis: Antonio Brown will haunt this game like a ghost and he’s not even playing in it.
  • Ryan Hannable passes along a report that the Patriots released OL Russ Bodine, with James . Ferentz to return.
  • CBS Boston reports the Patriots announced their 2019 team captains, with Elandon Roberts a new name among the usual suspects.
  • Logan Mullen notes Julian Edelman gave an encouraging ‘thumbs up, man, thumbs up.’ response to a question about his thumb’s injury status for Sunday.
  • Michael Hurley highlights the first bulletin-board material of the season: J.C. Jackson doesn’t think JuJu Smith-Schuster is among the best wide receivers in the NFL.
  • Matt Cassel details what it’s really like being Tom Brady’s backup.
  • Doug Kyed addresses his Friday Patriots Mailbag: When will New England add a practice squad QB?
  • Andy Hart’s Friday Patriots 6-pack: Challenge of the Steelers D.
  • NBC Sports Boston’s football experts offer up their predictions for the 2019 season.
  • Michael Hurley breaks down the best moments from the Patriots two NFL films Super Bowl specials.
  • David Latham (LastWordOnSports) Do Your Job 3 did wrong by Tom Brady.
  • CBS Boston gives us there Week 1 Patriots-Steelers predictions.
  • Logan Mullen revisits the Antonio Brown-Patriots rumors and his Tom Brady connection amid the Raiders drama.
  • Doug Kyed and Matt Chatham discuss the possibility of Antonio Brown joining the Patriots? (1.15 min. video) Hint: No.
  • FitzyGFY (YouTube) Sh*t Pats Fans Say: 2019 preview. (2.58 min. video)
  • NFL Fan Therapy: This Bills fan doesn’t belong here. (3.09 min. video) /’Brady will have to be put down eventually.’ lols.
  • NFL Fan Therapy: The Outtakes! (4.19 min. video) /Colts fan singing ‘Candle in the Wind’ was pretty funny.
  • Locked On Patriots podcast: Mike D’Abate discusses Pats-Steelers strengths and weaknesses with guest Steve Balestrieri. (28 min.) Brady still keeping plenty of distance from ‘the cliff’.
  • Patriots Fourth and Two podcast: Russ Goldman with his season predictions and opener preview. (61 min.)



  • Jeremy Fowler (ESPN) Steelers come to Tom Brady chess match with versatile pieces.
  • Joe Rutter (TribLive) Steelers’ Ryan Switzer hopes to emulate Julian Edelman’s slot production.
  • Tim Benz (TribLive) Some Steelers actually enjoy playing in New England.
  • Joe Rutter (TribLive) Steelers could face Patriots with two new starters on defense.
  • Joe Rutter (TribLive) Steelers’ JuJu Smith-Schuster expects to be focus of Patriots’ gameplan.
  • Joshua Axelrod (Post-Gazette) Patriots cornerback takes shot at JuJu Smith-Schuster ahead of Sunday’s season opener.
  • Ray Fittipaldo (Post-Gazette) The NFL’s passing fancy isn’t going away, but Super Bowl champions don’t live and die by it.
  • Joshua Axelrod (Post-Gazette) Will Ben Roethlisberger become the most-sacked QB ever this season? /I dunno, Mitch Trubisky gave it a good effort last night.
  • Joe Starkey (Post-Gazette) The autumn wind is a traitor — named Antonio Brown.
  • Tim Benz (TribLive) Friday Football Footnotes: Former Steeler rips Antonio Brown; O.J. Simpson piles on.