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New England Patriots links 11/24/20 - Belichick bats down question of why Pats ran from the run game

Daily news and links for Tuesday

New England Patriots Vs. Houston Texans at NRG Stadium
James White with the grab
Photo by Matthew J. Lee/The Boston Globe via Getty Images



  • Evan Lazar’s Advanced Stats Report: Cam Newton’s passing performance not enough in loss to Texans.
  • Zack Cox offers some final Pats-Texans thoughts: Jakobi Meyers gets the Julian Edelman treatment; The highs and lows of Kyle Dugger; More.
  • Jerry Thornton presents his knee-jerk reactions to Week 11: I spent the better part of the 1990s arguing with people who blamed every Patriots loss on Drew Bledsoe. (Maybe we should make that “worst part of the 1990s.”) And to a certain extent, we’re getting that this year with Cam Newton. ... But this is a bizarre time to be complaining about Cam Newton. If you sent a building inspector through this game with a punch list, “Bring the quarterbacking up to code” is somewhere on Page 3, behind “N’Keal Harry’s penalties” and ahead of “Clean the lint out of the dryer exhaust vent.”
  • Michael Hurley serves up some still-warm leftover Patriots thoughts: The game plan in Houston had some major flaws. When you give any NFL quarterback all the time in the world to set his feet, stand tall and scan the field, he’s going to end up looking like some lethal combination of Peyton Manning and Joe Montana.
  • Andrew Callahan looks at why the Patriots are trailing so late in games so often, and why the game plan continues to hold Cam Newton back, even as he improves.
  • Henry McKenna (PatriotsWire) These statistics show Cam Newton is not the problem.
  • Doug Kyed talks about Damiere Byrd’s career day and the Pats receivers continuing to make progress, with the exception of N’Keal Harry.
  • Alex Barth brings up how the returns of Gilmore & Bentley altered the Patriots defensive personnel.
  • Zack Cox relays Bill Belichick responding to how Damien Harris was used vs. the Texans.
  • Chris Mason notes Bill Belichick defends Damien Harris’ light workload: ‘We threw for almost 350 yards.’
  • Zack Cox highlights Matthew Slater and why he hasn’t given up hope on the 2020 New England Patriots.
  • CBS Boston finds Cam Newton is not throwing in the towel on the Patriots making the playoffs: ‘Win one week at a time.’
  • Tom E. Curran says the great Patriot rebuild hasn’t even started yet.
  • Karen Guregian says the only path left for the Patriots is in 2021.
  • Matt Dolloff believes ‘the path’ is only mathematically alive for the Patriots now, and says you will sound like a total lunatic if you say otherwise.
  • Steve Balestrieri (PatsFans) Patriots Week 11 Report Card in crushing loss to Houston: This game was lost long before Cam Newton’s Hail Mary fell short.
  • Andrew Callahan issues his Week 11 Patriots Report Card: Why the Patriots problems at Houston weren’t the ones that have been plaguing them all year.
  • Phil Perry issues his Week 11 Patriots Report Card: Defense’s grades slip in tough loss to Texans.
  • Sara Marshall (FullPressCoverage) Houston, we have a problem: Patriots standout performances in Week 11.
  • Steve Hewitt’s Patriots Notebook: WR Jakobi Meyers ready for next step after being silenced by Texans.
  • Zack Cox NFL Rumors: Patriots lose two potential practice squad candidates as Hjalte Froholdt and Derek Rivers were claimed by the Texans and Rams after being waived by the Patriots on Saturday.
  • Alex Barth relays Bill Belichick giving an update on Rex Burkhead and Isaiah Wynn.
  • 98.5 The Sports Hub discusses whether Sam Darnold could be the Patriots’ quarterback of the future.
  • Henry McKenna (PatriotsWire) Tom Brady got away with illegally throwing two passes in one play, and NFL fans had so many jokes.
  • Locked On Patriots podcast: Mike D’Abate and Thomas Murphy break down the Patriots breakdowns from Sunday’s loss. (36 min.) Loved this thought: ‘The Pats’ DL did exactly what they were asked to do - keep Watson in front of them, they stuffed the run really well. They made the Texans one-dimensional. The only problem was they couldn’t do anything to stop the dimension that they were left with.’
  • Patriots Talk Podcast: Tom Curran and Phil Perry analyze Pats-Texans. Who deserves the blame for the loss, and has the Patriots’ rebuild even begun? (34 min.)


  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) Cam Newton sidesteps question of whether he wants to stay with Patriots.
  • Albert Breer (SI) Monday Morning QB: Deshaun Watson looked better in Week 11; Joe Brady deserves credit for P.J. Walker; More.
  • Gregg Rosenthal ( Debrief: Future free agents who stand to make bank with 2020 play.
  • NFL Research ( NFL overreactions, Week 11: Deshaun Watson has figured out Bill Belichick.
  • Rodger Sherman (The Ringer) The winners and losers of NFL Week 11. Loser: The Patriots’ playoff streak.
  • Adam Schein ( NFL Week 11: Patrick Mahomes good, Tua Tagovailoa bad, Carson Wentz ugly.
  • Rany Jazayerli (The Ringer) Patrick Mahomes is no longer just a phenom. He’s the GOAT in the making. /Trend of crowning kings too early continues.
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) Steelers move toward 16-0, and no one seems to care. /Yawnn.
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) NFL further tightens COVID-19 protocols.