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New England Patriots links 9/11/20 - Pats-Fins previews, matchups: Let the games begin!

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  • Steve Balestrieri (PatsFans) Patriots-Dolphins Week 1: Key matchups, who has the razor’s edge?
  • Thomas Murphy (DiehardBostonSportsFans) Monster keys to Patriots vs. Dolphins. 1. Don’t get spread too thin.
  • Evan Lazar’s Patriots Game Plan: Newton’s rushing plan & avoiding another defensive collapse vs. Dolphins.
  • Luke Ervin (PatsBuzz) Preview and Prediction: Miami Dolphins vs. New England Patriots.
  • Henry McKenna (PatriotsWire) 11 bold predictions for the Patriots’ 2020 season. 1. The Patriots will lose three of their first four games. /’Eesh.
  • Matt Cassel tells us what to expect from the Cam Newton-led Patriots offense in Week 1.
  • Doug Kyed wonders if Julian Edelman can maintain production with Cam Newton at QB.
  • Henry McKenna (PatriotsWire) Why Devin Asiasi is a ‘true tight end’ and how that will lead to immediate success.
  • Zack Cox notes Josh McDaniels was one of the ‘main reasons’ Cam Newton signed with the Pats.
  • Mike Masala (PatriotsWire) Cam Newton delivers epic quote about the Patriots’ season opener: “I don’t get butterflies, I give them.”
  • NBC Sports Boston highlights Cam Newton addressing the ‘pressure’ of replacing Tom Brady as Patriots QB.
  • Mike Reiss writes about Sunday’s Brady-Brees game: Not only will this be the first matchup in NFL history between two starting QBs over the age of 40...but they rank first and second in all-time passing TDs and passing yards, respectively. They have thrown for a combined total of more than 86 miles.
  • Zack Cox finds Cam Newton aims to inspire as the first black QB to start Week 1 for the Patriots.
  • Ryan Hannable notes Cam Newton is saying all the right things ahead of his Patriots debut. /...and this is ‘news’?
  • DJ Bean ranks the NFL’s best starting quarterbacks entering 2020. Cam Newton 18th.
  • Ryan Hannable highlights WEEI guest Julian Edelman addressing not being named captain.
  • Ryan Hannable reports Stephon Gilmore was added to the injury report with a hamstring.
  • CBS Boston tackles the question of who will lead production of New England’s running backs.
  • Jordan Cohn mentions Tom Brady and Cam Newton are neck-and-neck in the race for the NFL’s best-selling jersey during kickoff week.
  • Robert Alvarez (PatsFans) A look back at the Patriots first regular season game 60 years ago today.
  • Patriots Talk podcast: Tom E. Curran, Phil Perry and Matt Cassel break down just how different this offense will look under Cam Newton. Will Josh McDaniels and Bill Belichick take advantage of the element of surprise on offense? Also, their 2020 bold predictions for the Pats. (47.45 min.)
  • Locked On Patriots podcast: Mike D’Abate and Steve Balestrieri discuss New England’s strategy from an offensive and defensive perspective, containing Miami’s offensive weapons, Gilmore vs. Parker and more. (34 min.)
  • Patriots Fourth and Two podcast: Preview: Dolphins vs. Patriots. Russ Goldman and crew preview Week 1 and later are joined by Brian Cat from On The FinSide, with a dolphins perspective. (57 min.)
  • Patriots Beat podcast: Evan Lazar and Taylor Kyles break down the Patriots’ season opener against the Dolphins. (50 min.)


  • Albert Breer (SI) Game Plan: Who will be the NFL’s five best quarterbacks by the end of 2020 Plus, power rankings, how the NFL will look on TV and market-setting contracts for star players.
  • Ryan Young (Yahoo! Sports) Cam Newton more than ready for Patriots debut: ‘I’m in a happy place.’
  • Ryan Young (Yahoo! Sports) Dolphins to stay in locker room for national anthem, demand action instead of ‘empty gestures.’
  • Staff (ESPN) Biggest Week 1 injury questions for all 32 NFL teams: Patriots: Chase Winovich limited (shoulder).
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) NFL likely will continue daily COVID-19 testing all year. /Will they keep records this time?
  • Gregg Rosenthal ( NFL Week 1 game picks. Patriots 23-17.