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New England Patriots links 10/15/21 - Week 6 Patriots-Cowboys: Game plans, matchups, keys to victory

Daily news and links for Friday

NFL: Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New England Patriots
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  • Evan Lazar’s Patriots Game Plan: How will Bill Belichick slow down Dak Prescott & Cowboys?
  • Murph (E2GSports) My monster keys to Patriots vs. Cowboys: Christin Barmore is a beast, it’s time to unleash him.
  • Thomas Baslios (PatsBuzz) Patriots vs. Cowboys: 5 keys to victory. 1. Ball security must be a priority.
  • Steve Balestrieri (PatsFans) Patriots-Cowboys Week 6 Key Matchups: Who has the razor’s edge?
  • Mark Morse (PatsFans) Week 6 preview: Patriots vs Dallas Cowboys. This is a new and exciting defense led by 1st round pick LB Micah Parsons. Parsons will line up anywhere on the field.
  • Alex Barth’s Patriots-Cowboys key matchups: Containing the Cowboys.
  • Mike D’Abate (PatriotMaven) Michael Onwenu reportedly activated from COVID-19/Reserve List: What it means for the Patriots O-Line.
  • Karen Guregian tells us neighbors Mac Jones and Hunter Henry are working overtime to strengthen their bond.
  • Karen Guregian notes Hunter Henry predicts Jonnu Smith will break out soon.
  • Andrew Callahan reports Matt Judon leads the Patriots with 6.5 sacks this season and has quickly assumed a leadership role inside the locker room.
  • Dakota Randall points out the most and least concerning Patriots issues, five games into the season. Most concerning: The secondary.
  • Mike Kadlick gives us four reasons why Mac Jones will win Rookie of the Year.
  • Mike D’Abate’s Patriots Notebook: Notable practice returns, Why Tavai? Also, Pats kicker Nick Folk is chasing yet another milestone on Sunday; More.
  • Andy Hart says the Patriots need to stop living in the past, accuses Bill Belichick’s team of leaning on history a little too much as it tries to find its footing in the 2021 season.
  • Dakota Randall highlights Matt Judon, who once thought the Patriots were ‘stuck up’ but now feels differently. ‘It was like the rich school that always won.’
  • Ryan Hannable highlights J.C. Jackson showing confidence in the secondary: ‘We can match with any receivers in the NFL.’
  • Ryan Hannable reports key players Damien Harris and Shaq Mason, were upgraded to limited at practice Thursday.
  • Zack Cox mentions how Mac Jones has impressed Mike McCarthy as a rookie QB.
  • Robert Alvarez (PatsFans) “Elite Eatz with Kyle Van Noy” featuring Matthew Judon at a BBQ spot in Boston.
  • Dakota Randall notes that unlike Darrelle Revis, Cordarrelle Patterson loved his time with the Patriots: ‘Once you walk into that building, it’s go time.’
  • Zack Cox notes even Bill Belichick was caught ‘off guard’ by this crazy punt play: ‘I haven’t seen that one before.’
  • Jenna Ciccotelli reports Browns’ Myles Garrett Included Mac Jones’ grave in his Halloween decorations.
  • CBS Boston gives us their Patriots-Cowboys Week 6 predictions. Three out of five pick Pats to win.
  • Locked on Patriots podcast: Mike D’abate and Marcus Mosher (Locked On Cowboys) preview this week’s matchup. (32 min.)


  • Charean Williams (ProFootballTalk) Cowboys’ Tyron Smith added to practice report with neck injury, Trevon Diggs remains out.
  • Gil Brandt (NFL.como) 2021 NFL trade deadline: Nine players who should be on the block. No Pats.
  • Jared Dubin (CBS Sports) Here’s how the NFL’s top QBs are dominating in 2021.
  • Nick Shook ( Top 10 surprising performances so far. No Pats.
  • Michael David Smith (ProFootballTalk) With Russell Wilson injured, Tom Brady has longest active streak of consecutive starts at QB.
  • Rodger Sherman (The Ringer) Why does the NFL keep sending trash games to London?
  • Gregg Rosenthal ( Week 6 NFL game picks. Cowboys win 31-24. ‘People keep looking for reasons to believe that the Cowboys aren’t a juggernaut. People also keep looking for reasons to believe the Patriots are anything but a mediocre team with a defensive ranking that is mostly propped up by the lack of quality opponents. I am not one of those people.’
  • Jason La Canfora (CBS Sports) Week 6 NFL odds, picks: Jaguars feel right at home in London, plus Cowboys run over Patriots. ‘I expect Mac Jones to be under a little bit of pressure and I just don’t see him being able to push the ball downfield enough to keep pace with what the Cowboys can do offensively. I really feel like this game could get particularly out of hand, especially if Dallas gets off to a quick start.’ More.
  • MMQB Staff (SI) Week 6 NFL picks. Four out of five pick Cowboys to win.



  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) Bruce Allen’s emails reveal close relationship with Jeff Pash. /Infuriating.
  • Madeline Coleman (SI) Report: NFL’s top lawyer had close relationship with ex-WFT president Bruce Allen.
  • Jason Owens (Yahoo! Sports) Report: NFL’s top lawyer Jeff Pash brokered penalty, traded diversity jokes in emails with ex-WFT president Bruce Allen.
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) NFL declines to make Jeff Pash available for interview.
  • John Feinstein (Washington Post) It’s time for the NFL to come clean about its WFT investigation. ‘The National Football League and Commissioner Roger Goodell have pulled every trick in the book to cover up for Snyder and his organization from the day this newspaper began to break stories about the toxic atmosphere — especially for women — that existed for years and years under Snyder’s watch.’
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) Judge accuses owners who failed to timely disclose financial information of playing “three-card monte.”
  • Madeline Coleman (SI) WFT President issues apology about timing of Sean Taylor jersey retirement. /Clowns everywhere.