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New England Patriots links 10/01/20 - Tone set for Sunday: Pats respect Chiefs but won’t back down

Daily news and links for Thursday

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Kyle Dugger with the side eye
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  • Chris Mason finds the Patriots won’t be intimidated by the Chiefs at Arrowhead: ‘We’re not going to back down.’
  • Adam Weinrib (MusketFire) Patriots RB coach Ivan Fears sums up how to hang with the Chiefs: “Ball control and points ... I don’t care how we do it. Dink and dunk, quarterback sneak; I don’t give a s---. Just get it done.”
  • Karen Guregian says Cam Newton had a “clunker” in Week 3 and the Patriots need Superman to return.
  • Tom E. Curran feels that “staying competitive” against the Chiefs should not be an embarrassing goal for the Patriots this Sunday. /’Eesh... I’m still thinking Pats can win.
  • Andrew Callahan spotlights rookie OL Michael Onwenu who is off to an unprecedented start.
  • Michael Hurley takes a closer look at rookie Mike Onwenu, who’s looking like the steal of the 2020 draft.
  • Doug Kyed explains how the Patriots top draft pick Kyle Dugger could play a crucial role vs. Chiefs.
  • Ryan Hannable also thinks Kyle Dugger could get an even bigger role on Sunday.
  • David Latham (LastWordOnSports) Chase Winovich off to an exceptional start for New England.
  • Mark Daniels reports the 21-day activation clock is ticking for Damien Harris and Gunner Olszewski now that they returned to practice after starting the season on IR. If they don’t get activated to the 53-man roster, they will revert back to IR for the season.
  • Sean T. McGuire says the Patriots are happy to have James White back practicing with the team.
  • Thomas Carannante (MusketFire) Rushing attack will be unstoppable when Damien Harris and James White return
  • Evan Lazar’s Patriots Notebook: Leftover film notes from Week 3; Early look at Chiefs.
  • CBS Boston reports Sony Michel pops up on the Injury Report with a quad issue.
  • Mike Reiss reports the Patriots are 7-point underdogs for just the third time in the past 18 seasons.
  • Jerry Trotta (MusketFire) Vegas was bold (stupid?) enough to make Pats massive underdogs vs Chiefs.
  • DJ Bean power ranks the 32 starting quarterbacks entering Week 4. Cam Newton 10th, Tom Brady 16th.
  • Jordan Cohn notes Patrick Mahomes thinks the 2020s Chiefs can be like the Brady-era Patriots.
  • CBS Boston highlights sideline reporter Tracy Wolfson on Sunday’s Pats-Chiefs matchup and how Cam Newton brings ‘different energy level’ to the Patriots sidelines.
  • Michael Hurley makes his Week 4 NFL picks. New England over Kansas City: “This is absolutely my Dumb Idiot Bozo Pick Of The Week” basically because “the Patriots can run the ball and the Chiefs can’t stop the run.” /Now you’re talking my language.
  • Jim Pignatiello rounds up the MassLive experts’ Week 4 NFL picks. Two of five pick Pats to win.
  • Locked On Patriots podcast: Mike D’Abate and is joined by Dr. Jessica Flynn to lend her expert opinion on the NFL’s COVID-19 testing procedures, the Patriots preparedness, David Andrews’ health and more. (33 min.)
  • NESN Patriots podcast: Doug Kyed and Zack Cox preview Chiefs vs. Patriots with Nora Princiotti. (39 min.)


  • Kyle Hightower (AP) Patriots expecting unexpected in latest matchup with Patrick Mahomes.
  • Albert Breer (SI) NFL Mailbag: What’s the best solution for a rescheduled SteelersTitans game? Plus, is this A.J. Green’s last year in Cincinnati, inside the Panthers’ and Giants’ front offices, Nick Foles time in Chicago and more.
  • NFL Nation (ESPN) Biggest Week 4 injury questions for all 32 NFL teams. Patriots: RB Damien Harris practiced for the first time; Pats have until Saturday at 4 pm to activate him to the 53-man roster.
  • Bill Barnwell (ESPN) Rating the NFL’s seven undefeated teams in 2020. Bills third.
  • Cody Benjamin (CBS Sports) Week 4 NFL QB Power Rankings. Cam Newton 15th.
  • Nick Shook ( NFL’s top 10 deep passers. Cam Newton 10th.
  • Maurice Jones-Drew ( RB Index, Week 4: Five most physical rushing teams. Patriots No. 4: Through three weeks, the Patriots lead the league with 178 rushing yards per game on 35 carries per contest.
  • Tadd Haislop (Sporting News) What is a catch in the NFL? Explaining the rules for completing a catch in 2020.
  • Kyle Newman (ProFootballNetwork) Adam Gase and Dan Quinn Rumors: Will they be fired?
  • Charles Robinson (Yahoo! Sports) The NFL’s major COVID testing flaw has been exposed. But is the league willing to eliminate it?
  • Pete Prisco (CBS Sports) NFL Week 4 odds, picks. Chiefs 37-24.