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New England Patriots links 12/18/20 - Pats playing to win vs. division-rival ‘Phins, not act as spoilers

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Arizona Cardinals v New England Patriots
Safety Adrian Phillips wants to win on Sunday
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  • Thomas Murphy (DiehardBostonSportsFans) Monster Keys to squish the Phish Part deux. 2. Attack the edge: “Raekwon Davis and Zach Sieler are clogging the middle of the field as well as any interior defensive pair in the NFL Get Damien and Mr White to the edge and get into third and short situations.”
  • Steve Balestrieri (PatsFans) Patriots-Dolphins Week 15 key matchups: Who has the razor’s edge? 1. Patriots RBs vs Dolphins front seven – Razor’s edge Miami.
  • Trevor Hass tells us four things to know about the Miami Dolphins, who are fighting for a playoff berth. 1. Brian Flores doesn’t believe the teams have “flipped roles.” /yeah, right.
  • Andrew Callahan finds the players want to win because they’re competitors preparing for a division opponent - not because they want to play the role of spoilers.
  • Matt Cassel says there’s no doubt how the Pats will approach the final three weeks. “I don’t think Bill Belichick’s approach will change either. I think he’ll put the guys out there who give him the best possibility to win. That’s just who he is: He’s a competitor.”
  • Tom Westerholm relays why Cam Newton isn’t sure if it’s a good thing the Patriots played Miami already. “They’re a completely different team on film, and they’re playing with a lot of confidence.”
  • Karen Guregian says Cam Newton isn’t looking back. He’s focused on beating the Dolphins
  • Mark Daniels details how Julian Edelman energized his teammates in his return to practice.
  • Mark Daniels brings up how former Patriots great Troy Brown has helped Gunner Olszewski grow. Brown has been vital to Olszewski’s success.
  • Tom Westerholm notes Jarrett Stidham was viewed as ‘a relief pitcher’ against Los Angeles Rams, per report. “He did nothing to change their estimation of him as a competitor or a quarterback.”
  • Justin Leger notes N’Keal Harry spoke with Cam Newton about his trainer’s comments.
  • Phil Perry addresses his Patriots Mailbag: Could Mariota be an option in 2021?
  • DJ Bean power ranks the NFL’s 32 starting quarterbacks entering Week 15. 26th Cam Newton.
  • Matt Dolloff and Alex Barth celebrate the Patriots and snow games: A complete history.
  • Nick Goss tells us Cam Newton’s awesome reaction to his first big snowstorm in Boston.
  • Nick O’Malley hears from the players on battling the snow to get to practice. ‘Like ‘Home Alone’ or something’.
  • Justin Leger highlights Michael Holley on the “Huddle and Flow” podcast revealing what Bill Belichick told him before Super Bowl 36, and how they planned to slow down the Rams. /Pretty cool.
  • Michael Hurley makes his Week 15 picks: Tom Brady’s Patriots departure has led to an instant golden age for their AFC East opponents (“Again, except for the Jets. Who suck. So, so bad.”)
  • Eric Wilbur has the roundup of what the NFL experts are predicting for Sunday’s game.
  • Locked On Patriots podcast: Mike D’Abate and Kyle Crabbs (Locked On Dolphins) preview this Sunday’s Pats-Fins showdown. (40 min.)
  • Patriots Fourth and Two podcast: Steve Balestrieri and Derek Havens preview Patriots vs. Dolphins. (51 min.)



  • John Congemi (MiamiDolphins) Patriots-Dolphins preview: Three keys. 1. Control the tempo: The Dolphins need to control the tempo and make the Patriots one dimensional on Sunday.
  • Travis Wingfield (MiamiDolphins) Stopping the run: The Patriots always present a variety of challenges, perhaps none more daunting then their ground game.
  • Staff (Palm Beach Post) Miami Dolphins should beat New England Patriots in game with playoff implications.
  • Cameron Wolfe (ESPN) Oh, ‘Boise’: How the Miami Miracle unfolded and stunned Patriots.
  • Greg Cote (Miami Herald) Week 15 NFL picks. Patriots 23-19.