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New England Patriots links 9/21/20 - Masks, mullets & grit: Pats-Seahawks had it all in nail-biting loss

Daily news and links for Monday

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  • Mike Reiss recaps Cam Newton nearly leading the Patriots to a fourth-quarter comeback win.
  • NBC Sports Boston gives us some Patriots-Seahawks takeaways: 1. Pats’ pass defense had a ROUGH night. 2. Seahawks slowed down Pats’ rushing attack. 3. Julian Edelman played great.
  • Tom E. Curran writes the Patriots are quickly learning what their 2020 team is made of.
  • Andy Hart comes right out and calls this a ‘good’ loss: Cam Newton’s comeback effort may have come up just short, but the Patriots proved they are once again capable of competing with elite opponents like the Seahawks.
  • Doug Kyed identifies what went wrong in the Patriots 35-30 nail-biting loss in Seattle. 1. The Patriots’ secondary coverage stats.
  • Michael Hurley contends that if you came away from Sunday night’s game thinking anything other than “holy moly, the Patriots have got themselves a quarterback,” then you, my friend ... you got caught sleeping on the platform as the train buzzed right on by.
  • Doug Kyed notes Cam Newton proved New England can pass effectively (44 attempts, 30 completions, 397 yds, TD, INT) despite the loss. The RBs, however, were ineffective on the ground, (20 yds on 14 carries). /woof.
  • WEEI highlights call-in guest Boomer Esiason: Cam Newton has exceeded his expectations and is playing like he did during his 2015 MVP season.
  • Doug Kyed highlights N’Keal Harry setting career highs in catches and yards, and earning praise from Cam Newton and Julian Edelman.
  • Abigail Adams reports Julian Edelman posts a career-high in single-game receiving yards, with his 33-yard grab in the fourth quarter pushing him over the edge.
  • Doug Kyed points out that ultimately, New England ran out of time last night, and Bill Belichick had little to say about the Pats’ time management.
  • Ryan Hannable suggests the Patriots should have used their last timeout earlier on the final drive to get another shot at scoring.
  • Zack Cox relays Cam Newton explaining what went wrong on the last play of Patriots-Seahawks thriller.
  • Zack Cox notes Stephon Gilmore was bested by D.K. Metcalf as the Seahawks torched the Patriots’ secondary.
  • Zack Cox Patriots Notes: James White in players’ hearts after loss to Seahawks; Tough sledding for ground game; More.
  • Logan Mullen calls attention to one of last night’s enjoyable highlights: Chase Winovich absolutely launching RB Carlos Hyde.
  • Dave Green offers a look at a handful of surprising stats that jumped off the page from last night.
  • Matt Dolloff picks his Ups & Downs: Mixed results in a 35-30 loss.
  • Logan Mullen calls out Quandre Diggs’ nasty hit on N’Keal Harry that got him ejected in the first quarter.
  • Abigail Adams discovers Twitter has plenty of jokes about Bill Belichick’s mask-wearing skills.
  • Mike Reiss reports James White’s father, Tyrone, died in a car accident Sunday and his mother Lisa was hospitalized and in critical condition.
  • Mike Reiss shares some quick-hit weekend thoughts: Cam Newton’s next challenge: Opening up Patriots’ passing game.
  • Patriots Talk Podcast: Tom E. Curran and Phil Perry discuss Pats-Seahawks. Pats take a big loss, but also a big step forward. (32 min.)


  • Albert Breer (SI) Monday Morning QB: The backstory behind the Cowboy’s unusual and unlikely onside kick; Plus, a rash of injuries, the Packers and Titans keep rolling, Harrison Butker drills a game-winner from 58 and More.
  • Peter King (ProFootballTalk) FMIA Week 2: Let Russ cook? Wilson has ingredients for first MVP season; More.
  • Gary Gramling (SI) Week 2 Takeaways: Herbert Hangs with Mahomes, Massive Dak comeback, Josh Allen on fire; Plus, Brady bounces back, Butker’s heroic kicks, Kyler’s got legs too, Falcons find a way to lose, More.
  • Around the NFL ( What we learned from Sunday’s Week 2 games. Cam Newton showed he’s every bit the supernova he once was. Though the Patriots were defeated, the defense was still strong(ish) and the offense was still outstanding. No reason to panic.
  • James Dator (SB Nation) NFL Week 2 recap: The week the Falcons forgot how to football; Bill Belichick’s child-size mask, Steve Belichick’s mullet; More.
  • Jonathan Jones (CBS Sports) Week 2 notes: Why brutal weekend of injuries for NFL stars means preseason isn’t going anywhere.
  • NFL Nation (ESPN) Week 2 takeaways, stat leaders, Injury concerns. Pats-Seahawks: “Bill Belichick said Wilson was the best deep-ball thrower in the NFL, and that’s ultimately what sunk his team despite a valiant comeback bid.”
  • Dan Graziano (ESPN) Judging Week 2 NFL overreactions: Dak Prescott’s 2021 megadeal, Josh Allen for MVP; More.
  • John Breech (CBS Sports) NFL Week 2 grades: Patriots B+, Seahawks A-; Tom Brady and Buccaneers get ‘B+’,
  • NFL Game Center ( Seahawks 35 - Patriots 30: Recap, stats, drives, highlights.
  • Jared Dubin & Cody Benjamin (CBS Sports) Russell Wilson and Cam Newton put on a show in primetime, but it was Pete Carroll’s squad who took home a close win.
  • Michael Silver ( In brilliant battle of QBs, Seahawks’ Russell Wilson comes out on top
  • Darin Gantt (ProFootballTalk) Seahawks hang on for 35-30 win over Patriots.
  • Grant Gordon ( Cam Newton stuffed on Patriots’ ‘best play’ to end 35-30 loss.
  • Josh Alper (ProFootballTalk) Bill Belichick on final snap: Went with our best play, nothing else to think about.
  • Corbin Smith (SI-Seahawks) Seahawks survive nail-biter, stay undefeated with goal line stop vs. Patriots.
  • Ian O’Connor (ESPN) James White knew the Patriot Way long before he met Bill Belichick.
  • Conor Orr (SI) Making sense of NFL’s rash of Week 2 injuries.
  • Kevin Seifert (ESPN) How the Dallas Cowboys’ rallying win ranks among the most improbable comebacks of the past 20 seasons. 2018 ‘Miami miracle’ game included, but not Pats-Browns 2013?