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New England Patriots links 10/14/21 - Pats’ Week 6 fixes: Faster starts, fewer fumbles, nix the miscues

Daily news and links for Thursday

NFL: Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New England Patriots
Matt Judon runs the ball
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  • Andrew Callahan says the Patriots offense must start faster – and it can through Hunter Henry, Jonnu Smith.
  • Zack Cox notes Hunter Henry is beginning to break out for the Patriots; Can Jonnu Smith follow?
  • Matt Cassel explains how the next stage in Mac Jones’ development might come on Sunday.
  • Karen Guregian believes the Patriots will learn what they’re made of Sunday.
  • Dakota Randall says the Patriots are still searching for their identity, and suggests what it should become.
  • Andrew Callahan sees the Patriots hoping to force QB Dak Prescott to read the defense, and hold the ball Sunday.
  • Khari Thompson analyzes how the Patriots are struggling more than usual with miscues. Costly turnovers, like Damien Harris’s two crucial fumbles, and uncharacteristic penalties have hurt.
  • Evan Lazar explains what makes LB Matt Judon a perfect fit for Bill Belichick’s defense.
  • Zack Cox says if you were choosing a defensive MVP from the first five games of this Patriots season, there’s only one real candidate: Matt Judon.
  • Mike Reiss reports Matt Judon will wear pink in honor of his mother’s breast cancer battle.
  • John Andersen says the overrated Cowboys defense should be no match for Mac Jones and the Patriots.
  • Andy Hart notes Mac Jones will face familiar Cowboys playmaking defender Trevon Diggs on Sunday. Jones and Diggs battled often in their time together at Alabama
  • Dakota Randall Bill Belichick Lessons: Nearly five minutes, 600 words on the Cowboys.
  • John Andersen says past matchups between the Patriots and Dan Quinn hardly matter this week
  • Mike D’Abate (PatriotMaven) Patriots-Cowboys Week Six Injury Report: Issues continue on the O-Line. The Patriots list a total of 12 players on the report, nine of which were limited participants on Wednesday.
  • CBS Boston notes Damien Harris and Shaq Mason were non-participants at practice.
  • Zack Cox reports the Patriots promote LB Jahlani Tavai from the practice squad to fill the 53-man roster.
  • Evan Lazar finds the offensive line is still depleted. (2.32 min. video)
  • Michael Hurley suggests that in exposing Jon Gruden, you have to wonder whom the NFL is shielding, and makes his Week 6 picks. “Getting borderline shootout vibes, because the Cowboys’ pass defense is terrible. But Dallas is much better equipped to emerge victorious from such a game.” Cowboys win.
  • Keith Pearson’s The Bet Box. Cowboys win 31-20.
  • One Patriots Place podcast: Alex Barth of 98.5 joins Clare, Murph and Steve. (1 hour)