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New England Patriots links 12/23/20 - Defense on edge: Needs to set it, stop getting gashed vs. the run

Daily news and links for Wednesday

New England Patriots Vs. Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium
Dolphins RB Salvon Ahmed runs past the Patriots for a long rushing gain.
Photo by Matthew J. Lee/The Boston Globe via Getty Images



  • Evan Lazar’s Film Review: Cam Newton is still the bridge the Pats need, but must improve in scoring zone.
  • Brent Schwartz (PatriotsWire) Patriots Week 15 film review: Defensive front seven needs offseason addressing.
  • Steve Balestrieri (PatsFans) Patriots Week 15 Report Card: For the second game in a row, they failed to find the end zone, the offense couldn’t seriously threaten the Miami defense. On the flip side, the run defense was absolutely trucked.
  • Mark Morse shares eight Patriots thoughts: 1. This year has been bizarre from the start.
  • Darren Hartwell points out the opening spread for Pats-Bills Monday night is the first of its kind since 2001, with the Pats 7-point underdogs.
  • Doug Kyed discusses a Bill Belichick quote on young QBs that appears damning for Jarrett Stidham. “If the Patriots don’t start him over the final two weeks of the 2020 season, perhaps the decision whether he is the “guy” has already been made.”
  • Sean T. McGuire explains why Patriots fans who await Jimmy Garoppolo’s return may have been dealt a good sign.
  • Justin Leger highlights Cam Newton saying he ‘absolutely’ would return to Pats next season.
  • Zack Cox notes the Patriots are currently are set to pick 15th in the 2021 draft and should be rooting for these teams as the season winds down.
  • DJ Bean says the new ‘path’ is determining where the Pats will pick in the ‘21 Draft.
  • Zack Cox notes Bill Belichick believes Matthew Slater is the best special teamer ever. ‘It’d be hard for me to imagine anybody going ahead of him.’
  • Robert Alvarez (PatsFans) Patriots teammates react to J.C. Jackson’s Pro Bowl snub.
  • Zack Cox NFL Rumors: Patriots host draft-bust kicker for free agent visit. Roberto Aguayo hasn’t kicked in a regular-season game since 2016.
  • Darren Hartwell notes Bills fans troll the Pats with a huge billboard near Gillette Stadium. /Hey, whichever team is on top gets to make the jokes.
  • Locked On Patriots podcast: Mike D’Abate and Steve Balestrieri discuss the Patriots Pro Bowl selections, the process of keeping the OL intact for 2021, and take an early look at the matchup against the Bills. (39 min.)
  • Patriots Fourth and Two podcast: Russ Goldman, Steve Balestrieri and Derek Havens discuss the loss to the Dolphins, playoff elimination, several big picture topics, and preview Pats-Bills. (57 min.)