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New England Patriots links 1/03/20 - Despite prognostications of doom, Patriots plan to show up & play

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New England Patriots Practice
A little of this Saturday night would be nice.
Photo by Erin Clark for The Boston Globe via Getty Images



  • Evan Lazar’s Patriots Game Plan: Patriots can use Super Bowl 53 plan to slow down Titans explosive offense. “...whatever remaining wrinkles Belichick has up his sleeve, now’s the time to let them loose.”
  • Steve Balestrieri (PatsFans) Patriots-Titans: Key matchups, who has the razor’s edge? Patriots RBs vs Titans front seven – Razor’s edge Tennessee.
  • Thomas Murphy (DiehardBostonSportsFans) Monster keys to Patriots-Titans. 1. Cut off Derrick Henry’s arms.
  • Ryan Hannable’s Pats-Titans six-pack preview: The first order of business for the Patriots defense is dealing with Derrick Henry.
  • Zack Cox posts his Patriots-Titans preview: What to watch for in Wild-Card playoff matchup.
  • Christopher Mason’s Wild Card preview: Predictions, point spread, game plans, matchups and more.
  • Matt Cassel explains why Mike Vrabel’s familiarity with Patriots can’t be overstated. /THIS!
  • Doug Kyed addresses his Friday Patriots Mailbag: Is lack of offensive ‘weapons’ actually an issue?
  • Nick O’Malley notes Tom Brady was made aware he has more postseason wins than every other playoff QB combined. Brady’s response: ‘But it’s not going to help me complete a pass’.
  • Andy Hart reports Tom Brady proclaims good health, will be changing up his cleats for Titans matchup.
  • Mike Reiss finds Tom Brady focused on the Titans, not a possible Patriots finale.
  • Mike Reiss takes a realistic approach to expectations for Tom Brady at 43. Brady could finish his career in a similar fashion to how he began it.
  • CBS Boston isn’t surprised Bill Belichick and Tom Brady would both stiff-arm a question about Brady’s future two days before a playoff game.
  • Ryan Hannable skips the Wild Card game questions to see how Tom Brady responds to a question on if Saturday could be his final game as a member of the Patriots.
  • Eric Wilbur is curious how the Gillette Stadium crowd will send off Tom Brady after the Patriots lose Saturday night in Brady’s last game as a Patriot. /How ‘bout waiting til the patient stops breathing before you bury him?
  • Matt Vautour says if this is it for Tom Brady and the Patriots, it feels really anticlimactic.
  • Mark Daniels finds a changed Jamie Collins even better in his return to the Patriots.
  • Chris Mason talks about how Lawrence Guy went from waiver wire castoff to the glue of New England’s defense.
  • Peter Gobis writes ‘Good Guy’ Stephon Gilmore earns respect on and off the field for the Patriots. The “Good Guy Award” is presented annually to the player who is the most accommodating to the media.
  • Hayden Bird notes Bill Belichick had nothing but praise for Stephon Gilmore and his place on the team.
  • Henry McKenna (PatriotsWire) Patriots get full attendance in final practice before playoffs vs. Titans.
  • Joy Manning (BostonSportsChick) A look at last year’s Patriots’ drubbing to the Titans.
  • Hayden Bird passes along a report that Josh McDaniels is ‘already lining up staff’ for possible head coaching opportunity “if things are right in either of those two places.”
  • Mike Cole NFL odds: Josh McDaniels favored to land Browns job; Here’s why it makes sense
  • David Furtado (LastWordOnSports) New England Patriots 2019 regular season awards.
  • CBS Boston gives us their Patriots-Titans Wild Card predictions. Five of five pick Pats to win.
  • Patriots Press Pass: Evan Lazar and Alex Barth break down the key-matchups on both sides of the ball. (10.09 min. video)
  • Patriots Press Pass: Revisiting the Patriots drafting N’Keal Harry over AJ Brown. (7.04 min. video)
  • Locked On Patriots podcast: Ian Glendon joins Mike D’Abate to dispel the Patriots’ doomsday prognosis. (33 min.)
  • Patriots Talk Podcast: Tom E. Curran and Phil Perry discuss this weekend’s matchups and if the Titans are built to beat the Patriots. (44.30 min.)


  • Danny Heifetz (The Ringer) The keys to every NFL Wild-Card game: Is this the end of the road for the Patriots?
  • Rob Maaddi (AP) Teams without a bye have a tough road to the Super Bowl and that’s bad news for the Patriots.
  • Arnie Stapleton (AP) The strengths and weaknesses of all 6 AFC playoff teams: Tom Brady and the Patriots don’t get their usual rest heading into the playoffs.
  • Tyler Sullivan (CBS Sports) Winter Storm Henry in the forecast for Titans-Patriots wild-card matchup in Foxborough.
  • Kyle Hightower (AP) Stopping Titans’ big play potential is a top focus for the Patriots.
  • Dan Wetzel (Yahoo! Sports) One more ride for Tom Brady in New England, then nothing promised.
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) Tom Brady isn’t feeling nostalgic about what could be his last home game in New England.
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) Bill Belichick is focused on the Titans, of course.
  • Josh Alper (ProFootballTalk) Julian Edelman, Jamie Collins among six Patriots listed as questionable.
  • Eric Eager and George Chahrouri (Pro Football Focus) NFL playoff preview: Each team’s percent chance to win the Super Bowl, and why.
  • Mike Jones (USA Today) 8 NFL players facing defining moments in wild-card playoff games. N’Keal Harry included.
  • Bill Barnwell (ESPN) Guide to the 2019 NFL playoffs: How all 12 teams can win the Super Bowl.
  • Sports Staff (USA Today) Which wild-card team has best chance to make deep run in NFL playoffs?
  • Will Brinson (CBS Sports) 2020 NFL playoff bracket projection: Chiefs get Andy Reid first Super Bowl win over Saints.
  • Ali Bhanpuri, et al ( QB Index, Wild Card Round: Playoff trustworthiness rankings. Tom Brady 7th.
  • Anthony Treash (Pro Football Focus) Top 50 NFL rookies through Week 17. No. 14 Chase Winovich and No. 48 Jakobi Meyers get mentions.
  • Mike Tanier (Bleacher Report)How Lamar Jackson will change the NFL in the 2020s.
  • Steve Palazzolo (Pro Football Focus) The top 10 non-QB free agents on offense of the 2020 offseason. Joe Thuney listed.
  • Steve Palazzolo (Pro Football Focus) The top 10 free agents on defense of the 2020 offseason. Devin McCourty listed.
  • Nick Shook ( Josh McDaniels to hold coaching interviews Jan. 10.
  • Andrew Beaton (Wall St. Journal) Young coaches aren’t changing the NFL, old ones are: They go for it on fourth down and run modern offenses. No coincidence that Belichick, Reid and Harbaugh are among the NFL’s best.
  • Report ( Hall of Fame announces modern-era finalists for Class of 2020. Richard Seymour listed.
  • Adam Rank ( Pro Football Hall of Fame finalists: My picks for the Class of 2020.
  • Greg Rosenthal ( NFL Wild Card weekend game picks: Titans dethrone Patriots 30-27.
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) PFT’s wild card picks. MDS: Patriots 17-16, Florio: Patriots 23-20.
  • Nate Davis (USA Today) NFL wild-card picks: Will Patriots, Eagles survive? Four of seven pick Pats to win.