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New England Patriots links 10/26/20 - There is no Patriots controversy; Everyone agrees they are bad

Daily news and links for Monday

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Patriots vs 49ers
Ryan Izzo gets sandwiched
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  • Mike Reiss recaps Sunday’s action (or inaction) in the Patriots’ worst home loss under Bill Belichick: Cam Newton throws 3 INTs; ball-security struggles continue, More.
  • Mike D’Abate (FullPressCoverage) San Francisco Beat: Patriots rolled by 49ers, 33-6. Apparently a mere lack of practice time is not all that is currently ailing the New England Patriots.
  • Evan Lazar tells us ten things we learned from the Patriots’ blowout loss to the 49ers: The Patriots were overmatched in a way that we haven’t seen too often. 2. Patriots Defense struggles in bad matchup with motion-heavy Niners.
  • Tom E. Curran’s Takeaways: Newton’s nosedive putting Patriots in a major bind.
  • Michael Hurley laments that the Patriots are so much worse than anyone could have expected.
  • Doug Kyed examines what went wrong in the demoralizing Week 7 loss, starting with QB play and tackling.
  • Zack Cox Patriots Notes: Joe Thuney injury update; Rookie TE Dalton Keene debuts; More.
  • Doug Kyed finds Jakobi Meyers was Cam Newton’s favorite target yesterday and wonders why he hasn’t been playing all along.
  • Doug Kyed reports there is no QB controversy; Cam Newton is ‘absolutely’ New England’s starter.
  • Sean T. McGuire says the ugly loss on Sunday set some ugly records too.
  • Zack Cox notes Cam Newton admits his ‘Wi-Fi’ with Julian Edelman is ‘definitely off’.
  • Doug Kyed reports the message after the game was: “We all have a lot to work really hard on to get better to improve, and then that’s where our focus needs to be...”
  • Zack Cox notes Devin McCourty says the Patriots are playing for their jobs after the team’s ‘embarrassing’ loss.
  • Matthew Geagan picks the Ups & Downs: Cam Newton benched, Offense nonexistent, More.
  • Phil Perry suggests the Patriots will ‘have to consider’ being sellers at trade deadline.
  • Justin Leger peruses the top five quarterback prospects in the 2021 NFL Draft.
  • Mike Reiss shares some quick-hit weekend thoughts: What did the Patriots get from Jimmy Garoppolo trade? It’s complicated.
  • Alexandra Francisco notes former QB Jeff Garcia thinks Cam Newton should tone down outfits until play improves. /There are bad takes, hot takes, and then next-level asinine takes like this.


  • NFL Game Day ( San Francisco 49ers at New England Patriots: Recap, drives, highlights.
  • Sam Monson (Pro Football Focus) NFL Week 7 ReFocused: 49ers 33, Patriots 6. “Late in the game, having already thrown an interception, Jarrett Stidham tripped over his own offensive lineman’s foot and ignominiously flopped to the turf, and that about typified how this game went for the New England Patriots as they got annihilated at home...”
  • Conor Orr (SI) At what point will it actually be right to worry about the Patriots’ future?
  • Jeffri Chadiha ( Concerns escalate around Cam Newton, Patriots after third consecutive loss.
  • Grant Gordon ( Patriots bench Cam Newton after QB throws 3 interceptions vs. 49ers.
  • Josh Alper (ProFootballTalk) Cam Newton: I’ve just been pressing.
  • Josh Alper (ProFootballTalk) Bill Belichick says Cam Newton’s still the starter.
  • Albert Breer (SI) Monday Morning QB: Kliff Kingsbury’s Cardinals never stopped believing during NFC West-altering comeback; Plus, the Steelers are the last undefeated team left, how the Lions were prepared for an endgame situation, Jimmy G returns to Foxboro and much more.
  • Peter King (ProFootballTalk) FMIA Week 7: A strange day in the NFL, why Bucs signed Antonio Brown, Jimmy G returns to New England and triumphs; More.
  • Gary Gramling (SI) Week 7 Takeaways: Steelers hang on for 6-0, a Patriots implosion, Baker’s big comeback; More.
  • Around the NFL ( NFL Week 7: What we learned from Sunday’s games. 2. Cam Newton had his worst outing as a Patriot and seems to be declining by the week. 3. The Patriots surrendered more than 450 yards of offense, including nearly 200 on the ground, allowing an average gain of 7.4 yards per play.
  • NFL Nation (ESPN) NFL Week 7 takeaways, stat leaders. Pats-49ers: Patriots were “Stunningly noncompetitive.”
  • Dan Graziano (ESPN) Judging Week 7 NFL overreactions: Is Mike McCarthy on the hot seat? Should Cam Newton be benched? Overreaction.
  • Around the NFL ( Notable injuries from Sunday’s Week 7 games. N’Keal Harry (head) did not return after sustaining a big hit in the first quarter. Joe Thuney suffered ankle injury.