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New England Patriots links 12/11/20 - OOF! Pats get Rammed back under .500

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New England Patriots v Los Angeles Rams Photo by Harry How/Getty Images

TEAM TALK

  • Post Game Notes: Patriots at Rams. Jake Bailey had a career-long 71-yard punt; Damien Harris averaging more than 5 yards per carry; Rookie free agent DB Myles Bryant gets first career interception; More.
  • Game Book: Full Patriots vs. Rams stats.
  • Erik Scalavino’s Game Recap: L.A. runs roughshod over New England. “Los Angeles showed an ability to run the ball almost at will early on in the game.”
  • Mike Dussault’s Game Observations: “After playing turnover-free football in four of the last five games ... the Patriots’ sloppy football ways returned against the Rams, with Cam Newton throwing a pick-six that blew the game open in the second quarter.” More.
  • Post Game Quotes: Patriots - Rams.
  • Post Game Pressers: Bill Belichick - Cam Newton - Devin McCourty - Matthew Slater.
  • What Went Wrong: Offense struggles to score in loss against the Rams. (1.36 min. video)

LOCAL LINKS

  • Evan Lazar tells us ten things we learned from the Patriots’ 24-3 loss. 1. McVay out-schemes Belichick in run game. “After a shaky start, the Patriots defense righted the ship and only allowed seven points on the Rams’ final seven drives, but McVay was dealing early and gashed New England on the ground.”
  • Doug Kyed tells us what went wrong in the Patriots’ demoralizing 24-3 loss to the Rams. 1. Anemic offensive performance.
  • Steve Balestrieri (PatsFans) Friday Morning Observations: The Rams flipped the script on the Patriots on Thursday Night Football, using the inside running game to bludgeon the Patriots 24-3.
  • Nick Goss gives us his Pats-Rams overreactions: Time to bench Cam Newton, start Jarrett Stidham.
  • Bob George (PatsFans) Tough loss now has Patriots in difficult shape heading into final weeks.
  • Justin Leger picks these “highlights” from last night: Cam Newton, Pats offense abysmal in 24-3 loss.
  • Doug Kyed observes the Patriots finally showed willingness to use N’Keal Harry correctly.
  • Nick Goss points out one of the Patriots’ most impressive NFL record streaks, 17-seasons of double-digit wins, was snapped last night.
  • Zack Cox Patriots Notes: Undrafted rookie DB Myles Bryant continues to show promise; Damien Harris leaves with an injury; More.
  • Sean T. McGuire talks about the predictability of the offense and how Rams’ Kenny Young knew the play call on his pick six. Young noted how Cam Newton offered a tell, as well.
  • Doug Kyed reports Bill Belichick made clear the Patriots will continue to start Cam Newton over Jarrett Stidham.
  • Alex Barth says plenty of people in New England are ready to be done with Cam Newton and move onto Jarrett Stidham. Bill Belichick is not one of them.
  • Logan Mullen relays Lawrence Guy’s fiery declaration after his team’s crushing loss: “We ain’t a bunch of quitters. It doesn’t matter what the record is. It doesn’t matter what the outcome is. We ain’t a bunch of quitters. We’re going to go out there and play some football. We are who we are. We’re NEP, and that’s what we’re going to do — continue to fight regardless of what happens at the end of the season.”
  • Logan Mullen notes Bill Belichick was in no mood to answer questions about Jarrett Stidham’s development.
  • Phil Perry suggests how acquiring QB Carson Wentz makes sense for the Pats. /Oof.
  • Zack Cox looks at how the Patriots will approach the home stretch with playoffs likely out of reach.
  • Justin Leger looks at the AFC Playoff Picture: Pats playoff hopes take huge hit after Rams loss

NATIONAL NEWS

  • NFL Game Center (NFL.com) Patriots at Rams: Stats, drives, highlights.
  • James Fragoza (Pro Football Focus) NFL Week 14 ReFocused: Los Angeles Rams 24, New England Patriots 3.
  • Sam Monson (Pro Football Focus) Lack of receiving talent continues to cripple the New England offense. “The story coming out of Thursday Night Football is going to be how dominant the Los Angeles Rams defense is, but the way the game unfolded said more about how bereft of talent the New England Patriots are on offense than anything else. ... The biggest issue in New England is a lack of weapons at receiver — both wideout and tight end — which leads to virtually no place to go with the football any time Newton has to drop back and pass.”
  • Grant Gordon (NFL.com) What we learned from Rams’ win over Patriots: 2. Just four days after a huge 45-0 win over the Chargers, a complete reversal of fortune was realized for the Patriots (6-7). While the defense has had better performances, New England’s ugly defeat is on the shoulders of an inept offense.
  • Frank Schwab (Yahoo! Sports) You won’t see a Bill Belichick team look much sloppier than Patriots did in loss to Rams.
  • Tyler Sullivan & Jeff Kerr (CBS Sports) Patriots at Rams: Cam Akers enjoys career night as Los Angeles puts New England back under .500.
  • Curtis Crabtree (ProFootballTalk) Thursday Night Football: Cam Akers runs through Patriots in 24-3 Rams victory.
  • Kaelen Jones (The Ringer) We may have just witnessed the actual end of the Patriots Dynasty. /The Patriots have been so good for so long, they are singularly not allowed a rebuild year. It’s literally Super Bowl or bust.
  • Albert Breer (SI) Week 14 Game Plan: How Dez Bryant’s COVID-19 situation played out and why Ravens-Cowboys went on; More.
  • Pete Prisco (CBS Sports) Week 14 NFL picks: Giants win again, Bears finally end slide, Steelers take another loss.
  • Will Brinson (CBS Sports) Week 14 Picks, odds: Patriots beat Rams, Colts thump Raiders, Lions shock Packers.