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New England Patriots links 10/07/20 - Pats top contenders once they stop the slop [and the COVID]

Daily news and links for Wednesday

NFL: New England Patriots at Kansas City Chiefs
Stidham and Harry celebrate a TD
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  • Evan Lazar’s Advanced Stats Report: Patriots defense goes coverage over pass rush against Mahomes.
  • Matt Dolloff’s Patriots Package Report: How the Pats adapted their offense without Cam Newton.
  • Zack Cox points out how even though the miscues doomed them in the end, the Patriots again excelled defensively Monday night.
  • Andrew Callahan talks about how the Patriots defended the Chiefs as well as anyone in the Patrick Mahomes era.
  • David Latham (LastWordOnSports) Silver linings to New England’s loss to Chiefs. 1. Overcoming adversity.
  • Rob Bradford finds according to PFF, sixth-round pick Michael Onwenu is grading out as the most successful rookie in this year’s NFL rookie class.
  • Luke Ervin (PatsBuzz) Winners and losers from the Patriots Week 4 defeat. /With gifs!
  • Jerry Thornton gives us his Week 4 knee-jerk reactions to Pats-Chiefs. “The most frustrating part of Hoyer’s performance is that, with Arrowhead under Covid restrictions, he was only facing 20% of the usual capacity of laser pointers.”
  • Michael Hurley serves up some still-warm leftover thoughts: The Patriots had no business competing with the Chiefs on Monday night. Yet, if not for some uncharacteristically sloppy play, they might have won the thing.
  • Alex Barth shares 16 extra takeaways from the 16-point loss. 5. In net another example of ‘complementary football,’ the Patriots offense was one of its best defensive weapons Monday night. /Good read.
  • Chad Finn shares nine thoughts on the Patriots’ loss. “There’s no shame in being 2-2 at this point in the schedule, but after letting this one get away — and the loss to the Seahawks that went down to the final play — it’s also pretty hard to resist thinking about how they could be 4-0 with just a couple of different plot twists.”
  • Ethan Roy (FullPressCoverage) Dependable defense, ball security, and more Patriots Week Four lessons.
  • Alex Barth points out how the Patriots loaded up on defensive backs to slow down the Chiefs.
  • Isaiah Houde (PatriotsWire) Listen to how late the whistle was on the Patriots’ sack of Patrick Mahomes.
  • Jerry Thornton seriously wants to know how big a problem are Julian Edelman’s drops becoming?
  • Phil Perry details Brian Hoyer’s end-of-half brain freeze that killed the Pats’ momentum.
  • Thomas Carannante (MusketFire) Patrick Mahomes flopping on Monday night was bizarre and frustrating
  • Deyscha Smith highlights Josh McDaniels on what the offense will look like with Cam Newton out. The team will continue to readjust their game plan. “The Patriots offense is whatever fits the personnel that we have the best.”
  • Chris Mason notes Josh McDaniels told his kids ‘if they grew up to be like James White,’ he and his wife ‘have done a good job.’
  • Zack Cox notes Bill Belichick was asked why he wore an added second mask Monday night: “Basically, that’s what we’ve been instructed to do.”
  • Matt Vautour relays Ian Rapoport on Cam Newton returning to the lineup Sunday ‘seems far-fetched.’
  • Matthew Geagan suggests the Pats have an interesting QB dilemma if Cam Newton is out in Week 5. /Do they?
  • Doug Kyed notes Bill Belichick acknowledges that injury hurt Jarrett Stidham’s chances at the No. 2 role. “Well, he’s healthy now.”
  • Ken Laird asserts that it’s time to show Cam Newton some love. /“some love” = “the money.”
  • Patrick McAvoy posts the video of Michael Lombardi addressing the QB situation. (1 min. video)
  • Tony Massarotti is petty and small-minded, and imagines Tom Brady thinks just like he does.
  • Steve Hewitt Patriots notebook: Cam Newton’s status uncertain ahead of Broncos matchup.
  • Ryan Hannable believes the NFL did not consult the Patriots when it came to rescheduling the Week 4 game.
  • Zack Cox NFL Rumors: Cam Newton still asymptomatic; Here’s what that means for the Patriots.
  • Sean T. McGuire NFL Rumors: Patriots place second player, practice squad DL on Reserve/COVID list.
  • Jerry Thornton asks, did the Patriots former team chaplain just take over the Houston Texans?
  • Jesse Pantuosco notes Josh McDaniels seems to be on the Texans’ radar to become their next head coach.
  • Robert Alvarez (PatsFans) ICYMI video: The best of Bill Belichick mic’d up.
  • Locked On Patriots podcast: Mike and Murph discuss New England’s offensive woes, the emergence of RB Damien Harris and the prowess of the defense that nearly helped the Patriots pull off the upset. (41 min.)

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