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New England Patriots links 10/27/20 - Options: Revive the flat-lining Patriots or trade for the future

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NFL: OCT 25 49ers at Patriots
Jakobi Meyers showed some promise Sunday
Photo by Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images



  • Evan Lazar looks at what is wrong with Cam Newton, and if it can be fixed.
  • Tom E. Curran diagnoses Cam Newton with a bad case of the yips - a brainlock caused by a lack of confidence, and talks about how to cure it.
  • Doug Kyed examines whether the quarterback struggles are Cam Newton’s fault or a system issue.
  • Mike Reiss notes Cam Newton is approaching this week as if his job is in jeopardy.
  • Matthew Geagan puts ‘Rebuilding chemistry with Julian Edelman’ at the top of Cam Newton’s to-do list.
  • Ryan Hannable believes Cam Newton’s poor throwing mechanics are impacting Julian Edelman’s production.
  • Zack Cox relays Bill Belichick on why he’s sticking with Cam Newton at QB: “I think he’s our best player there.”
  • Michael Hurley serves up some still-warm leftover thoughts from Sunday: Cam Newton’s nosedive is perplexing; The run defense was atrocious, obviously. But don’t let the breakdowns on San Francisco passing plays off the hook; More. /These replays taste like they’ve been left in the microwave too long.
  • Alex Barth offers 16 extra takeaways from Sunday: The bright spots for the Patriots offense all seemed to occur while running a no-huddle offense.
  • Zack Cox shares some final Pats-49ers thoughts: N’Keal Harry’s concussion history, where Is Chase Winovich, turnovers becoming a major issue; More.
  • Ian Logue (PatsFans) Six thoughts on the Patriots loss to San Francisco – Playoffs are starting early in Foxboro.
  • Matt Dolloff says Bill Belichick needs to fix whatever is poisoning the locker room, because playing lifeless football on your home field belies a problem that goes beyond the talent on the field.
  • Michael Hurley points out how turnovers are a startling new problem for the Patriots in 2020.
  • Alex Barth looks at how the Patriots flipped the depth chart to try and find a spark.
  • Andy Hart writes how Bill Belichick’s coaching may be the Patriots only chance to salvage 2020.
  • Ian Logue (PatsFans) For Belichick, he now finds himself in uncharted territory.
  • CBS Boston wonders if Jakobi Meyers is in line for more playing time after his solid performance.
  • Zack Cox notes Dalton Keene played over Devin Asiasi because Belichick thought, based on practices, that Keene deserved a chance to play.
  • Sean T. McGuire adds another reason from Devin McCourty on why the loss was embarrassing for the defense: Jeff Wilson Jr., the 49ers’ fourth-best RB, ran for 112 yards on them.
  • Luke Ervin (PatsBuzz) Winners and losers from the Patriots Week 7 defeat. /Yes, there were winners!
  • Phil Perry issues his Week 7 Patriots Report Card: A non-competitive effort = a total failure vs. 49ers.
  • Steve Balestrieri (PatsFans) Week 7 Report Card: This week, the team hit rock bottom… and continued to dig.
  • Henry McKenna (PatriotsWire) Patriots Week 8 player power rankings: Just how far does Cam Newton tumble?
  • David Latham (LastWordOnSports) Patriots should look to the future. “Embrace the bridge year”.
  • Eric Wilbur declares the Patriots season is toast and says from here on out, every win is a loss.
  • Chad Finn says the Patriots have used up any ‘benefit of the doubt’ and must win on Sunday or else blow it all up by the trading deadline.
  • Henry McKennna (PatriotsWire) Here’s who Peter King thinks the Patriots should target at the trade deadline.
  • Michael Hurley explains how America can probably now understand why Tom Brady left the Patriots.
  • Jerry Thornton sees Tom Brady get a dig in at the Patriots and is not particularly subtle about it either.
  • CBS Boston passes along a report that Brandon Copeland is done for the season due to a torn pectoral muscle.
  • Locked On Patriots podcast: Mike And Murph discuss Cam Newton’s struggles, the inability of the defense to stop the Niners offensive attack, the virtual disappearances of both Julian Edelman and Chase Winovich, and Jakobi Meyers and Damien Harris providing the only bright spots in a dismal day on Sunday. (38 min.)
  • Patriots Talk Podcast: Phil Perry and Tom E. Curran talk about how we’re seeing what Tom Brady warned everyone about. (40 min.)


  • Jeffri Chadiha ( Concerns escalate around Cam Newton, Patriots after third consecutive loss.
  • Jeff Kerr (CBS Sports) Cam Newton not using COVID-19 as an excuse for poor performance, addresses Patriots decision to bench him.
  • Kaelen Jones (The Ringer) Cam Newton and the Patriots are headed in the wrong direction.
  • Danny Heifetz (The Ringer) The Patriots and Cowboys aren’t just losing. They’re getting embarrassed.
  • Gladys (GoingFor2) Baby come back…5 Things Week 7 taught us. Where is pre-COVID Cam Newton?
  • Vinnie Iyer (Sporting News) Tom Brady winning vs. Bill Belichick in a lot more ways than ‘Bucs better than Pats.’
  • Barry Wilner (AP) Tom Brady is flourishing, while Bill Belichick is floundering.
  • Rodger Sherman (The Ringer) The winners and losers of NFL Week 7. Loser: The ghosts of Patriots QBs past (Jimmy G and Tom Brady). “I’m kinda enjoying watching the Patriots get whooped” /Bleepity, bleep, bleep...
  • Conor Orr (SI) Monday Afternoon QB: Justin Herbert got his first start unexpectedly, but here’s how he earned the job full-time; Plus, Odell Beckham’s future, Cam Newton’s mindset and more notes from around the league.
  • Nate Davis (USA Today) 32 things we learned from Week 7. 11. New England didn’t possess the ball for even 22 minutes nor did it enter the red zone Sunday. 12. Cam Newton’s QB rating has gotten steadily worse in each of his 2020 outings (100.7, 94.6, 73.8, 51.6, 39.7).England didn’t possess the ball for even 22 minutes nor did it enter the red zone Sunday. /13. Ugh...
  • Bill Barnwell (ESPN) The biggest mysteries from NFL Week 7: What’s wrong with Cam Newton?
  • Kevin Boilard (CBS Sports) NFL Week 7 numbers to know: Tom Brady adds to Patriots’ pain, Steelers deserve Super Bowl hype, why the Bills might be concerned about a big zero and more.
  • NFL Research ( NFL overreactions, Week 7: Baker Mayfield vs. Joe Burrow next great QB rivalry.
  • Adam Schein ( Patriots, Falcons, Cowboys among teams with most frustrating losses in Week 7.
  • John Breech (CBS Sports) NFL Week 7 grades. Patriots: F, Niners: A.
  • Kaelen Jones (The Ringer) The biggest questions ahead of the NFL trade deadline.
  • Bryan DeArdo (CBS Sports) Super Bowl odds. Patriots 2%