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New England Patriots links 12/04/20 - Pats-Bolts key matchup: Cam Newton vs. Cam Newton

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  • Thomas Murphy (DiehardBostonSportsFans) Monster Keys to Patriots vs San-LA-Diego Super Chargers: Early bird gets the W.
  • Steve Balestrieri (PatsFans) Patriots-Chargers Week 13 Key Matchups: Who has the razor’s edge? “The Patriots’ passing game remains a very limited air attack. As much as we admire Jakobi Meyers, he and Damiere Byrd are not a 1-2 punch that is going to keep opposing defensive coordinators up nights.”
  • Trevor Hass tells us four things to know about the Los Angeles Chargers, who have shown potential but struggled in close games. 1. Justin Herbert has made it clear he has a promising future.
  • Matthew Geagan tells us what to watch for on Sunday: This doesn’t have the hype of a Patriots-Chargers matchup of yesteryear, but it’s a big game for New England.
  • Karen Guregian says the Pats can’t afford another bad Cam Newton game, but it might be coming anyway. The Chargers Cover-3 scheme is not exactly suited to Newton’s strengths.
  • Andrew Callahan notes Cam Newton says he wants to play his best football, but he’s running out of time.
  • Mark Morse (PatsFans) Dr. Jekyll and Mr. “Hide” – Two Patriots who need to step up this week.
  • Dakota Randall NFL Rumors: Patriots not considering starting Jarrett Stidham over Cam Newton.
  • Doug Kyed’s Patriots Practice Notes: Rookie LB Anfernee Jennings returns from illness; Rookie TEs Devin Asiasi and Dalton Keene could be returning off of injured reserve.
  • Andrew Callahan mentions the Patriots changed their practice schedule to spark the offense to faster starts.
  • Sean T. McGuire relays Damien Harris on how the offense can overcome defenses stacking the box against them.
  • Conor Roche highlights Damien Harris: ‘I want to be like James White when I grow up.’
  • Zack Cox looks at which teams to root for in Week 13 that will help the Pats win a playoff spot.
  • Nick Stevens offers a fans’ Week 13 rooting guide for the Pats’ road to the playoffs.
  • Andrew Callahan reports David Andrews leads the center position in Pro Bowl voting.
  • Doug Kyed addresses his Friday Patriots Mailbag: Which ‘weapons’ should be targeted in the offseason?
  • Mike Reiss talks about New England’s search for a QB to build around long term, and the Chargers’ young starter is a reminder of how tough one is to find.
  • Zack Cox wonders if Chargers QB Tyrod Taylor could be an option for the Patriots in 2021.
  • Tom E. Curran offers a comprehensive look at QB options for the Patriots in 2021.
  • Matt Cassel suggests if the Pats draft a QB, his football IQ will be as critical as his arm.
  • Adam London notes Pro Football Focus predicts the Bengals will sign Cam Newton in 2021 free agency.
  • Eric Wilbur has the roundup of what the NFL experts are predicting for Sunday’s Patriots-Chargers game.
  • Michael Hurley makes his Week 13 picks. Chargers (+1) over Pats. “I’m all over the place with this one, but the Chargers are the best 3-8 team in NFL history. I stand by that.”
  • Locked On Patriots podcast: Mike D’Abate and David Drogemeier (Locked On Chargers) preview Sunday afternoon’s Pats-Bolts showdown. (47 min.)
  • Pats Pod: Matt Dolloff and Alex Barth discuss QBs for the Patriots, now and later. (44 min.)
  • The Gridiron and Beyond podcast: Bob Socci previews Patriots/Chargers with Rich Ohrnberger. (29 min.)